Digital Learning Opportunities

DoT Learning Opportunities

SFUSD's Department of Technology welcomes you to join any and all of our learning opportunities this year. We are offering professional development sessions that encourage using digital tools to implement Deeper Learning's 4 Core Instructional Priorities. All sessions are eligible for FWEA extended hours. 

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Learning Opportunities by Month

September

9/13/2022 4:00-6:00 Call for Change: Help Students Share Their Voice With Audio and Video Commentaries (for 6-12) PART 1 - Register Here Youth voices are leading the way as advocates for change at the local, national and global level. Help middle or high school students create audio or video commentaries about how to make the world a better place with KQED’s new Call for Change Youth Media Challenge. In this 2-part interactive workshop, we’ll explore curriculum resources, jump into planning and start an audio commentary to use as a model. You’ll leave with everything you need to do KQED’s Call for Change Youth Media Challenge or a similar issue-based media project with students.
9/15/2022 4:00-6:00 Call for Change: Help Students Share Their Voice With Audio and Video Commentaries (for 6-12) PART 2 - Register Here Youth voices are leading the way as advocates for change at the local, national and global level. Help middle or high school students create audio or video commentaries about how to make the world a better place with KQED’s new Call for Change Youth Media Challenge. In this 2-part interactive workshop, we’ll explore curriculum resources, jump into planning and start an audio commentary to use as a model. You’ll leave with everything you need to do KQED’s Call for Change Youth Media Challenge or a similar issue-based media project with students.
9/27/2022 4:30-6:00 Creativity Cohort with Adobe Express 1 - Register Here Participants will learn how to learn and teach creative tools that they can use with their students and embed into their curriculum, how to curate resources designed by lead educators, and how to assess creative works and plan for a creative learning environment. Four 90-minute sessions total (can complete up to 2 asynchronously through meeting recording)
9/27/2022 4:30-5:30 DLeaF for Beginners Not sure what the DLeaF program is all about? Not sure where to start? Not sure what will actaully be benefical to you? Come get some guidance and reassurance at this session!
9/29/2022 4:30-5:30 Planning for Digital Agency Week Want some help with figuring out what to do for Digital Agency Week at your school? Come learn about some resources, get some ideas, and find support for planning your event!

October

10/4/2022 4:30 - 6:00 Building Media Literacy into Research Come plan and launch a research project that starts with media literacy. Participants will explore and select resources for building a media literacy unit, consider and discuss how to implement resources and tie it into a research project. Session in the Fall will be the launch for this two part course.
10/5/2022 4:00-6:00 Unleash the Power of Audio Storytelling (for 6-12) - Register Here When we empower students to share their voice, we welcome their personal experiences, insight about the world, and ideas for the future. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore a range of audio projects that support deeper learning and creative expression, unpack curriculum and tools to make audio production possible, and learn about publishing opportunities through KQED’s Youth Media Challenges. Help connect your students to each other and an audience beyond the classroom with audio storytelling.
10/6/2022 4:30 - 5:30 Gmail & Drive Organization Feeling like your emails and Google Drive are out of control? In this workshop, you'll learn some tips and tricks for managing Gmail and Google Drive.
10/12/2022 4:30-6:00 Creativity Cohort with Adobe Express 2 - Register Here Participants will learn how to learn and teach creative tools that they can use with their students and embed into their curriculum, how to curate resources designed by lead educators, and how to assess creative works and plan for a creative learning environment. Four 90-minute sessions total (can complete up to 2 asynchronously through meeting recording)
10/13/2022 4:30 - 6:00 Culturally Responsive Digital Portfolios Explore and put into action the tools for creating a culturally responsive multimedia digital portfolio. Weaving Adobe Spark tools and other media making tools with KQED Learn, learn how to create independent learners in your classroom and how to reach out to new authentic audiences. One session in the Fall and a follow up session in the Spring. Facilitator is also available for co-teaching and thought partnership.
10/13/2022 4:30 - 6:00 Digital Agency - Choose Your Own Adventure Digital Storytelling  
Postponed to Jan 2023   Docs: Beyond the Basics Postponed due to EMPowerSF support
Check back in Jan 2023 for this workshop
10/18/2022 4:00-6:00 Using Empathy to Guide Human-Centered Engineering Design (for 6-12) PART 1 - Register Here In this 2-part workshop, participants will explore the Engineering for Good Youth Media Challenge, a project-based unit for middle and high school students to engage in human-centered engineering design processes and communicating with media to an audience beyond the classroom. In this unit, students identify problems that disproportionately impact marginalized communities that can be solved or improved through engineering in order to disrupt patterns of injustice and inequity. Participants will analyze student examples, brainstorm topics that fit their subject matter, go through the steps of the engineering design process and create a model infographic communicating their solutions.
10/20/2022 4:30 - 5:30 Take Me to The River Berklee City Music, Berklee Pulse, and the Take Me To The River Education Initiative have collaborated to create educational resources based off the documentary film Take Me To The River New Orleans by filmmaker Martin Shore.

All 4th -12th grade SFUSD educators are invited to this informational session to begin to explore how to weave these resources into your existing curriculum.
10/20/2022 4:00-6:00 Using Empathy to Guide Human-Centered Engineering Design (for 6-12) PART 2 - Register Here In this 2-part workshop, participants will explore the Engineering for Good Youth Media Challenge, a project-based unit for middle and high school students to engage in human-centered engineering design processes and communicating with media to an audience beyond the classroom. In this unit, students identify problems that disproportionately impact marginalized communities that can be solved or improved through engineering in order to disrupt patterns of injustice and inequity. Participants will analyze student examples, brainstorm topics that fit their subject matter, go through the steps of the engineering design process and create a model infographic communicating their solutions.
10/25/2022 4:30-6:00 Creativity Cohort with Adobe Express 3 - Register Here Participants will learn how to learn and teach creative tools that they can use with their students and embed into their curriculum, how to curate resources designed by lead educators, and how to assess creative works and plan for a creative learning environment. Four 90-minute sessions total (can complete up to 2 asynchronously through meeting recording)
10/25/2022 4:30-5:30 Voice of Witness (1 of 2) Oral History Storytelling in Digital Learning (1 of 2)
The Voice of Witness (VOW) Education Team will introduce ways to incorporate oral history interviews into a variety of projects (as narrative or research) and media (podcasts, slideshows, photo essays, videos). This session will include project examples, sample guides, and an opportunity to discuss how to center narrative storytelling as part of existing projects or ideas. Part 1 of 2. Registration Link.
10/26/2022 4:30-6:00 Getting started with Adobe Express - Register Here In this 90-minute hands-on session you will experience how Adobe Express can be used to drive teaching and learning. You will learn how to enable your students to create graphics like posters, infographics and more as demonstrations of learning, high-quality videos and webpages and portfolios in minutes.
10/26/2022 4:30 - 6:00 Storytelling for DLeaFs Come share your surprises, your joys, and frustrations as you launch digital learning into your classroom and beyond. Together let's document, create artifacts and tell the story of digital learning in SFUSD.
Postponed to Jan 2023   Sheets Formulas: Beyond the Basics Postponed due to EMPowerSF support
Check back in Jan 2023 for this workshop

November

11/2/2022 4:00-5:00 Assessing and Implementing Student Media Projects (for K-12) - Register Here Explore best practices around assessing and implementing media projects across grade levels and subject areas. Come away with classroom-ready resources and ideas from KQED and fellow educators. Open to all, whether you’re planning your first media project, or have already made student media-making part of your practice.
11/2/2022 4:00-4:45 Using Podcast in the classroom with Common Sense- save date on your calendar and jump onto this link the day of: Podcasts provide great opportunities to differentiate learning, address students' social-emotional well-being, and nurture a warm and inclusive classroom. Join Common Sense and explore several unique and creative ways to infuse podcasts into your classroom Our aim is to help integrate this accessible media format into their classrooms and schools with ease and excitement. Leave with great podcast recommendations and ideas for how to implement them immediately in your classrooms!
11/3/2022 4:30-5:30 Voice of Witness (2 of 2) Oral History Storytelling in Digital Learning (2 of 2)
The Voice of Witness (VOW) Education Team will focus on the VOW oral history methodology in this session and how we bring ethics-driven interview practices into our work. This session will include a short practice interview between participants, discussions around building classroom culture for sharing, and activities to teach interview skills. Part 2 of 2. Registration Link.
Postponed to Jan 2023    Google Classroom Best Practices Postponed due to EMPowerSF support
Check back in Jan 2023 for this workshop
11/3/2022 4:30 - 5:30 SeeSaw for Beginners Learn how to get started with Seesaw! Set up your class, use the Activity Library and the Seesaw interface for collaboration, inquiry, equitable access and demand, and assessment for learning. Even if you have already gotten started with Seesaw, this session will provide you with examples you can use the next day with your students!
11/8/2022 4:15 - 4:45 Family Partnership (Part 1 of 3): What Is Your School's Big Challenge? - Register Here The Family Engagement deliverable of your portfolio gives the option of collaborating with colleagues at your school in a cycle of inquiry. Together, you'll identify and address a Big Challenge that confronts your school regarding family partnership. Your school's Big Challenge may involve technology specifically, or perhaps it doesn't, yet technology could be used to help address it. In this first of three sessions, we'll support you with identifying and articulating your Big Challenge. And we'll help you decide on an "empathy research" activity or two that will help you better understand the Challenge from your families' point of view. If you have a Family Tech Team, bring them!
11/9/2022 4:30 - 6:00 Connecting Sites with Storytelling How do you extend an audience for your classroom's media project? In this session you will be asked to create a simple media project. Partner up with another teacher doing a similar project and share across your spaces. Let's come together and build.
11/9/2022 4:30-6:00 Creativity Cohort with Adobe Express 4 - Register Here Participants will learn how to learn and teach creative tools that they can use with their students and embed into their curriculum, how to curate resources designed by lead educators, and how to assess creative works and plan for a creative learning environment. Four 90-minute sessions total (can complete up to 2 asynchronously through meeting recording)
11/16/2022 4:30 - 5:45 TeacherVUE - Hidden Gems You are using TeacherVUE to take attendance but haven't had the time to explore all the other features. Join this class to find the hidden gems found in the TeacherVUE to deepen your understanding of your students and communicate with their parents. Also, learn a few power tips, such as how to reuse assets and assignment from a previous school in your present class(es).

December

12/6/2022 4:30 - 5:30 Bringing Tech into “Instructional Structures” Are you having a hard time getting your colleagues to use technology? Find about some ways you can demonstrate the usefulness of digital tools in GLCs, ILT meetings, staff meetings, coaching cycles, data reviews, etc.

January

January 2023 TBD Voice of Witness (1 of 2) Oral History Storytelling in Digital Learning (1 of 2)
The Voice of Witness (VOW) Education Team will introduce ways to incorporate oral history interviews into a variety of projects (as narrative or research) and media (podcasts, slideshows, photo essays, videos). This session will include project examples, sample guides, and an opportunity to discuss how to center narrative storytelling as part of existing projects or ideas. Part 1 of 2.
January 2023 TBD Voice of Witness (2 of 2) Oral History Storytelling in Digital Learning (2 of 2)
The Voice of Witness (VOW) Education Team will focus on the VOW oral history methodology in this session and how we bring ethics-driven interview practices into our work. This session will include a short practice interview between participants, discussions around building classroom culture for sharing, and activities to teach interview skills. Part 2 of 2.
1/9/2023 4:15 - 4:45 Family Partnership (Part 2 of 3): How to Address Your School's Big Challenge - Register Here If you're engaging in the cycle of inquiry as part of your Family Partnership deliverable, you did an activity or two during the fall to better understand your school's Big Challenge from your families' point-of-view. With that broadened understanding, at today's session, we'll support you with identifying approximately two activities you and your colleagues could do this spring to help your school make progress on its Big Challenge. And you'll talk through what data collection might be built into the activities to help you measure progress. If you have a Family Tech Team, bring them!
1/19/2023 TBD Everyday Accessibility: Built-in, Game-Changing Tools that Benefit Everyone (in-person) Explore the built-in accessibility features that you, your students and families already hold in your hands––tools that can help with comprehending spoken and written content, writing, and translating into multiple languages. We will address Chromebooks/Google Suite, Macs, PCs, and iPads. Please bring the device you want to explore during this self-guided tour! Special thanks to ATIC (SFUSD's Assistive Technology Innovation Center) for collaborating in the development of this session. (Event location to be announced).
1/31/2023 4:30 - 5:30 Planning for Digital Learning Week Want some help with figuring out what to do for Digital Learning Week at your school? Come learn about some resources, get some ideas, and find support for planning your event!

February

2/9/2023 4:30 - 5:30 SeeSaw: Diving Deep Lets dig deep together to build on using SeeSaw as a platform for Deeper Learning. Particpants will collaborate together on how to leverage the Creative Canvas to promote creativity, choice, voice, expression and also connect with families! This session will provide everyday SeeSaw users with a new take on how SeeSaw can be more than a lesson in your classroom!
2/15/2023 TBD Everyday Accessibility: Built-in, Game-Changing Tools that Benefit Everyone (virtual) Couldn't make the in-person session of Everyday Accessibility on January 19th? Log in and join us for the virtual version! As with the in-person event, bring the device whose built-in accessibility tools you want to explore, be it a Mac, PC, iPhone/iPad, or Android.
2/16/2023 4:30-5:30 Talking to your families about tech with Common Sense Rather than tackle family engagement, Digital Agency, and SEL as three separate topics, take an integrated approach to talk to your families about tech. Join Common Sense Media as we work on a communication plan together. You’ll leave our time with ready to use family conversation starters and a clear picture about what family messaging looks like when discussing tech in your classroom.

March

3/2/2023 4:30-6:00pm Digital Agency Happy Hour- If interested in RSVP simply email jnunez@commonsens.org on or before 3/1/2023 Have you done amazing things with tech this year? Care to share your digital agency stories over a complimentary glass or two of wine/sangria/mojitos? Common Sense is hosting a happy hour with a focus on digital agency discussions. Come learn Digital Agency tips from others, engage in resolving digital dilemmas ( choose your own adventure prompts) and celebrate your accomplishments with Digital Agency.
3/7/2023 4:30 - 6:00 Building Media Literacy into Research Come reflect and build on your media literacy research project. Participants will share resources used building their media literacy unit, consider and discuss adaptations to the project. This second session will meet in the Spring.
3/14/2023 4:30 - 6:00 Culturally Responsive Digital Portfolios In this follow up session, participants will share their experience in creating a culturally responsive multimedia digital portfolio. Weaving Adobe Spark tools and other media making tools with KQED Learn, participants will tell how they learned to create independent learners in their classroom and how to reach out to new authentic audiences.
3/16/2023 4:15 - 4:45 Family Partnership (Part 3 of 3): What Did We Learn? What's Next? - Register Here As you and your colleagues wrap up your cycle of inquiry around your school's Big Challenge with family partnership, we'll help you look at the data you collected this spring, reflect on progress and lessons learned, and identify possible next steps for the coming year. If you have a Family Tech Team, bring them!

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