Technology Integrator Portfolio

Faculty Resource: Books & Bytes

Books & Bytes is a semi-weekly bulletin of middle school tech and library news. It is sent to our middle school faculty every two weeks. I started this with my department (the Middle School Librarian, and Director of Education Technology) during the 2020-2021 school year. Besides wanting to highlight the multitude of skills, and resources our tech and library team has to offer the middle school, the newsletter’s inspiration came from a few other ideas, including:

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Library Material: Reading Engagement Bookmarks

I created these reading engagement bookmarks during the 2021-2022 school year. They incorporate ideas of reading theory from Jim Trelease’s Readaloud Handbook (benefits of reading), and Nancy Atwell’s The Reading Zone (tips for getting into the “zone”).

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Faculty & Student Resource: Banned Books Libguide

This research guide on banned books, and Banned Books Week is meant as a starting point for middle school students (5th-8th grade) to be explored with a teacher, or librarian. It can be used by all grade levels for any special lessons that will take place during Banned Books Week, or at any time during the school year to explore resources about book banning, and censorship.

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Faculty Development: Database Tutorial

middle school science department, and contains example searches based in the science curriculum (including space, and human anatomy). The video tutorial includes information on why the database is both a reliable, ethical source for streaming (and/or assigning) videos in the classroom.

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Student Resource: Tech & Library Norms Presentation

I created this presentation in partnership with the Middle School Librarian. It was presented during the 2021-2022 school year to the entire middle school (facilitated by individual advisors) during our orientation days of the school year. It’s contents included an overview of technology & library in the middle school.

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Student Resource: Google Classroom Orientation

I created this presentation during the 2021-2022 school year. It was presented to the entire middle school (facilitated by individual advisors) during our orientation days of the school year. It’s contents include Google Classroom best practices, tips, and middle school Google Classroom guidelines.

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Faculty Development: Spaces Portfolio Support

Spaces is the portfolio platform we piloted in 5th Grade Humanities during the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, we will be expanding the 5th Grade portfolios to include projects from other disciplines. This slideshow, and presentation was presented to the 5th Grade Team, and provides an overview of the Spaces platform, as well as quick tips for teachers (and supporting students in its use).

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Faculty Development: Video Streaming Information & Resources

This resource was created for teachers during the 2021-2022 school year. There were several questions coming up about video streaming, and the legality of how to do it in the classroom (both with academic, and non-academic films). This presentation contains basic information about not violating copyright laws by using personal streaming accounts, and how we should model & practice Berkeley Carroll’s expectations of digital citizenship, as well as respect of intellectual property.

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Faculty Development: New Teacher Tech & Library Orientation

Library in the middle school has looked much different since the school went remote in March 2020. For returning teachers, there were many a lot of questions about norms, and what our practices look like in a “normal” year. This presentation was a chance for first and second year teachers to ask questions in a smaller group setting!

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Faculty Development: Google Classroom Resources

I created this presentation for the 2021-2022 school year on Google Classroom best practices, tips, and middle school guidelines. It was presented during our August Work Week before the school year, to help ensure that all middle school teachers understood the expectations around Google Classroom consistency.

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8th Grade SketchUp Unit

This project was done in collaboration with the 8th Grade Science teacher during the 2020-2021 school year. In the past, this project had been done during the engineering unit with this guiding question: “How can I improve the social, physical and aesthetic cityscape that my community inhabits by designing a bridge that is approved by experts in the field?” There was no digital component, and bridges were constructed using physical materials in the school’s Beta Lab.

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5th Grade Email Lesson

I created this lesson for my 5th grade Digital Essentials class in the 2020-2021 school year. It was assigned when we were learning remotely, so students could either complete it over Zoom independently, or asynchronously on their own time in the case of technical difficulties.

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Guest Artist: Recorded Presentation

Mostly included for fun (although it was a good example of how to use Loom as an EdTech tool), this is a recorded video presentation that I created in the 2020-2021 school year. It was assigned by the Middle School Art Teacher for the 5th & 6th grade artists to watch during an embroidery unit.

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