T3 October: Fun, Formative Assessments

Natalie Chilese of the World Languages Department presented on the various ways that she engages students in assessment, conversation starters, and discussion (without the correcting). Her excitement for PearDeck and Quizizz brought in a contagious breeze of curiosity, laughter, and honesty. What struck me the most was that...

Ed Tech Speaker Series: Fall 2018

In Spring & Summer 2018, our first cohort of Ed Tech Representatives attended various ed tech conferences, integrated the strategies they have learned, and have decided out what tools worked (or haven't worked) for them. Each of our representatives will be core contributors to the O'Dowd Ed Tech Speaker Series in conjunction with the Teacher … Continue reading Ed Tech Speaker Series: Fall 2018

T3 August: Mac vs. Windows

Teaching in a school that has a 1:1 laptop program poses its own unique challenges, not to mention a classroom of non-homogeneous operating systems (i.e. some students have Macs and some have Windows). While each type of system essentially completes similar tasks, each may have its own method of navigation, keyboard shortcuts, settings and more. … Continue reading T3 August: Mac vs. Windows

Summer Teacher Feature: Polsky, Proehl, Van Doren

Responses provided by Dr. Zach Polsky & Karen Proehl What kind of PD did you attend? Zach: The sample curricula we [Zach, Karen, and Willie] got showed us how to do a whole unit on each of the six key themes that make up the overarching content of the AP French exam, including exercises ranging … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Polsky, Proehl, Van Doren

Summer Teacher Feature: Chilese & Witter

What kind of PD did you attend? On July 31 and August 1, Natalie and I attended the CUE Rockstar Camp at Minarets High School. Other than a little heat and smoke (couldn’t see the nearby Sierra), it was a beautiful site. I’ve been to several Rockstar Camps on my own, but if you’re interested in … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Chilese & Witter

Summer Teacher Feature: Hwang, Maeda, Roche

Responses contributed by Colette, Gavin, and Stephanie What kind of workshops did you attend? We each attended different Educational Technology conferences: PowerSchool User Group, Schoology NEXT, and ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education).   What are some of the overarching themes/lessons/topics of your workshop? The workshops that we attended were selected with our teachers' … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Hwang, Maeda, Roche

Summer Teacher Feature: Beito, Hicken, & Remigio

Responses provided by Liz Remigio & Jay Beito What kind of workshop did you attend? We [Liz Remigio, Jay Beito, and Mary Hicken] attended the Skillful Teaching Workshop in San Francisco as a team, which allowed us to collaborate during the sessions and to synthesize the content together at the end of the day.  Engaging … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Beito, Hicken, & Remigio

Summer Teacher Feature: Tim Newman

What have you been learning about this summer? For the 1st part of summer, I worked on research projects with O’Dowd students for the Ecology Project International at Yellowstone, where we: Ran a long-term study on the number of "ungulates" i.e. hoofed mammals the ecosystem can maintain (National Park Service Bison Team) Conducted a new … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Tim Newman

Summer Teacher Feature: Ray Lehner

What have you been learning about this summer? The main focus of the USS Midway summer workshop was about World War II in the Pacific. We got daily tours of the ship so we saw the inner workings of an aircraft carrier, engine room, flight deck, combat operations, hangar deck, the bridge, the magazine, how planes … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Ray Lehner

Summer Teacher Features: Cushing & Witter

Even though summer has just begun, the work never really ends for teachers. In hopes of getting a head start for the fall semester, some teachers have already begun using a variety of tools to start preparing for next semester. What is the Comprehensive Unit Planner? The Comprehensive 2018 Planners are two different resources built … Continue reading Summer Teacher Features: Cushing & Witter

T3 May: Unit Review Ideas

With finals week just around the corner, teachers are beginning to wrap up the semester with activities that sum up themes and concepts from this year. At this May T3 meeting, we specifically discussed different types of study guides and review games. Here is a snippet from our collaborative session: Study Guides & Practice Tests: … Continue reading T3 May: Unit Review Ideas

2018 Summer Countdown Calendar

We're only 21 school days away from Summer Break! Hover over the calendar to get a head start on some upcoming business items as we wrap up the semester. Be on the lookout around Finals Week as Colette will be sending out a complete list of items that need to be completed (many of which are … Continue reading 2018 Summer Countdown Calendar

T3 February: What’s Working?

In past T3 meetings, we've never had a good chunk of time dedicated to talking about the work that our teachers are doing in the classroom, so this month, we focused solely on sharing what has been working well. Creativity Assign projects that create a sense of self by: Mr. Kris Koller, Religious Studies Department … Continue reading T3 February: What’s Working?

5 Features in Schoology that are Working For Me

Schoology is the online hub that our teachers generally use to share resources, assign coursework, and communicate information to students and parents. Ms. Rita Yeh, Mandarin Teacher at O'Dowd, is a stellar educator who is constantly striving to better her teaching practice and to use available tools more efficiently. Here are some of the ways … Continue reading 5 Features in Schoology that are Working For Me

T3 October: Literacy Strategies

On October 25, 2017, 11 of us gathered in Room 124 to discuss literacy (reading, writing, listening, speaking) strategies that teachers from any department could use. Add yourself to the Schoology course to join in on the conversations: 8TGGV-7R5F3. What is literacy and why does it matter? Reading, writing, speaking, listening. Whether you teach English or … Continue reading T3 October: Literacy Strategies

Why I Use HyperDocs

Presentation created by Dr. Laura Ramey What is a HyperDoc? HyperDoc is a term used for an interactive Google Doc that serves as the foundation for a "choose-your-own-story" lesson. Click here to learn more about how you can create your own HyperDoc.