There’s a story about a group of engineers who were tasked with creating a car that was possible of driving 75 miles on just a gallon of gas, the response from the engineers was always the same, that from a car engineering perspective this was impossible. A group of students...
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This entry was posted in Education on May 6, 2016 by John Chavez


Update: The March trainings were a tremendous success! Fall & Winter 2015-16 training sessions are now available. Seats are limited. APPLY NOW! http://cdol.lacoe.edu/ Please join us for an interactive professional development series in K-6 Arts Integration through our Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) project. The TEAL series will focus on...
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This entry was posted in Events on Mar 23, 2015 by admin

##Sending Several Documents to a Group## Using online storage accounts like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive allow you to share documents while significantly reducing the amount of storage space your email messages require. Don’t attach your documents, spreadsheets, and PDF files to an email message and send it out to...
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This entry was posted in Technology on Nov 18, 2014 by Gerald Grant

What an exciting time for teachers! Lesson Plans become an instructional adventure with the use of technology, with the number and variety of technology tools (many free or incurring a small fee) available for learning, teaching, sharing, creating. These tools offer an array of instructional possibilities to the novice as well as the tech savvy. For example, teachers can find user-friendly tools (meaning fairly easy to learn) to incorporate blended learning and classroom flipping with teacher-made videos and digital displays for online access in or outside of the classroom; social networking tools that extend collaboration and communication beyond the school site, and resources that allow students to produce evidence of their learning in creative, challenging ways. And so much more. As with any abundance of choices, it can be a daunting task to select which tool to use, what to spend the narrow window of time available to learn, practice, and implement. The link below takes you to a curated list of tools for educators. Though it represents just a fraction of what is available, this chart is a handy, helpful place to start. https://elainthemiddle.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/techuseguide.pdf


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As best practices continue to emerge from the clamor of possibilities for technology use in education, learning outcomes have begun to resolve the idea that a conflict exists between virtual and face-to-face classroom instruction; that it must be either-or. The argument that virtual instruction would de-personalize learning, disconnecting the student from peers and teachers, removing crucial elements of social learning, has been a legitimate and important concern. It has also spurred and brought focus to the tremendous creativity and ingenuity of software and hardware tools that facilitate authentic interaction and collaboration, stimulate creative and critical thinking, and the creative and ingenious use of those tools by teachers and learners. It’s become clear that in-person, social, teacher-guided classroom instruction can very effectively support virtual learning and virtual learning can equally support the face-to-face classroom environment. And, in fact, the blending of the two is possibly one of the greatest gifts of “21st Century Learning”. Check out this article and video from Edutopia that shows how one school ‘s blending has changed their landscape of learning. http://www.edutopia.org/practice/blended-learning-making-it-work-your-classroom


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This entry was posted in Events on Oct 14, 2014 by Lisa Marin


Listen to the archived Introductory Webinar for the ELA/ ELD Framework Support Network provided by Curriculum and Instructional Services at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. This webinar will outline the purpose of the ELA/ ELD Framework Support Network and provide the context for our face- to-face professional learning...
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Password Safety CDOL Specialist Thomas Amiya launched the first 2014-15 CIS All Staff meeting today, with a cautionary overview on preventing and safeguarding user passwords from hackers. Citing recent instances of data breaching, participants were advised of security strategies, such as using cryptic passwords (not the name of your pet!)...
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This entry was posted in Events on Sep 9, 2014 by Lisa Marin