“10 Things” for Getting Connected:

New Teachers in 2010


Our 21st Century world requires that we all stay on top of the latest tools for , sharing, inventing, problem-solving and innovations of teaching and learning. We teach a habit of life-long learning best through example. However, new teachers have so much to learn...how can they do it all. Survival tip: learn to enlist the help and support of others. Your media staff is happy to help you through the first year. Congratulations and good luck to you!!

The following are “10 things” that will make staying on top of our 21st Century, “2.0” world easier:

1. GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR MEDIA STAFF
  • Media Specialist
  • Media Assistant
  • Media Technical Assistant
Schedule classes, ask for services, training and set-up on new systems, work with media on resources. See examples of media services.

2.GET SET-UP ON SCHOOL SYSTEMS FOR COMMUNICATIONS, TEACHING AND LEARNING
  • E-MAIL : FirstClass
  • SCHOOL NETWORK: Contact Media/Tech for Log-in Information
    • Provides access to instructional software, document files, shared folders and Internet access
  • STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM: Information/Training on Aspen/X-2 S.I.S. Scheduled for Beginning of School
    • Teachers in Grades 6-12 will use the system for student information look-up, daily attendance and grade book.
    • With some exceptions, teachers in K-5 will use the system for information look-up and attendance

  • GREENWICH PUBLIC SCHOOLS PORTAL: Access to many other system resources/systems as single sign-ons including Homework Online for Students (required for all secondary students), RTI Studio (currently implemented K-8).

  • PROTRAXX SYSTEM FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (ALSO REFERRED TO AS EZ-TRAXX)

3. TEACHER WEBPAGE OR WIKI TO COMMUNICATE WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS
  • ORIENT YOURSELF TO YOUR SCHOOL/DISTRICT WEBSITE
  • FINALSITE CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: Contact your school webmaster/media staff if interested in teacher website.
    • See information on planning and creating a website.
  • WIKISPACES: Greenwich Public Schools has wikispaces domain at: http://greenwich.wikispaces.net, teachers may create a wiki for their classroom through this space.
  • ADHERE TO ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY AND WEBSITE PUBLISHING GUIDELINES
  • KNOW COPYRIGHT GUIDELINES

4. FOLLETT DESTINY ONLINE CATALOG
  • GET ORIENTATION ON FOLLETT AND MEDIA CENTER FROM YOUR MEDIA STAFF
  • LEARN AND USE THE FOLLETT DESTINY ONLINE CATALOG – houses over 270,000 books and provides countless resources for teachers including standards, Webpath Express. (see quick start guides on searching, standards and Webpath).
  • CONTAINS eBOOKS, AUDIO BOOKS AND WEB RESOURCES

5. USE HIGH-QUALITY DIGITAL RESOURCES


6. USE HIGH-QUALITY VIDEO RESOURCES
  • DISCOVERY STREAMING VIDEO - Available to all teachers is much more than clips/videos - includes lessons, primary resources, ability to give assignments.
  • BRAIN POP ANIMATIONS -
    • Digital, Animated Curriculum (BrainPop, BrainPop, Jr)
      http://www.brainpop.com/
      The GPS passwords are as follows:
      username: greenwichps
      password: gps2009
  • ASK YOUR MEDIA SPECIALIST ABOUT FREE ONLINE VIDEO RESOURCES OR FOR HELP W/USING THEM
    • Teacher Tube, School Tube, PBS Videos
7. USE AN INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD (SMARTBOARDS)

8. GET TO KNOW THE DISTRICT-PROVIDED SOFTWARE AND ONLINE TOOLS
9. JUST-IN-TIME OR ANYTIME TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
  • Atomic Learning - Professional Learning Video Tutorial
    • For teachers: Username: greenwichteacher
      Password: Greenwich
      For students: Username: Greenwichstudent
      Password: Greenwich
      http://www.atomiclearning.com/

10. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES ALONG THE WAY - EXPLORE WEB 2.0 TOOLS FOR FUN