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Jahbari and his 8th grade math teacher, Jessica  Broussard, show their

excitement as they give proof  of their first found clue.

Geocaching Scavenger Hunt: A Technology-Enriched Math Activity

by Jessica Broussard, 8th grade math Teacher at Wright STEAM Magnet

8th grade students in Mrs. Broussard’s math class participated in the Second-Annual MEGA STEAM GeoFest at Wright Middle School STEAM Magnet last week.  GeoFest is the entry event to a project-based learning unit created by 8th grade English, history, science, and math teachers at Wright STEAM Magnet.  This engaging entry activity consisted of students navigating a scavenger hunt that led them all over campus in search of clues that would reveal a secret finish line.  The clues were hidden at precise coordinates at various locations on Wright’s campus.  In order to find the clues, students were given the latitude and longitude points, an iPad, and were instructed on how to use an app called Coordinates.  Students entered the latitude and longitude coordinates into the app, and the app located the coordinates and displayed them on a map that students used to locate the clue.   Students then used the iPad to take a picture with the hidden clues; no picture, no credit.  Once they found all six locations, the students had to unscramble the letters in order to find their final destination. 

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Grades: K-5

Subject: Arts, English Language Arts

Skill: Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

Toontastic is a digital storytelling tool that teaches kids how to organize and present story ideas through cartoons. It employs a "Story Arc" that contains five sequential scenes to guide story structure (Setup, Conflict, Challenge, Climax, and Resolution).  Read More

Digital Storytelling with Toontastic: Click here for the lesson ideas.


School Instructional Technology Plans

All ITI schools are required to develop and submit an effective plan for Instructional Technology Integration that is tailored to each school’s needs by October 30, 2015.  This goals outlined in the plan should be aligned with the school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement.  Use the criteria and feedback form, which local district superintendents will use to evaluate plans to guide your work.

The Instructional Technology Initiative Task Force

During an ITI Task Force meeting held on September 24, members reviewed a Myths & Facts document that aimed to provide up-to-date information regarding ITI projects and progress. The document is linked here.  Please visit the ITI Task Force website for more information.  All task force meetings are open to the public.

Schools with Testing Carts: Submit Your Proposals!

In order to make use of testing devices for instruction, schools are asked to develop and submit a two-page proposal describing how they will be integrating the digital tools.  Submitted proposals will be forwarded to your local district for review.The link to submit your Instructional Technology Proposal is now live!  For your convenience, we have also included a link to the  proposal template.


Educators’ Evening of Science

October 14, 2015 – 4pm-7pm

Join Discovery Cube for a night full of interactive programs, immersive exhibits, and hands-on FUN at the new Discovery Cube LA! For one night only, teachers are invited to get an exclusive sneak peek at our award-winning science programs while exploring hands-on exhibits and valuable education resources.  For more information, click here.

October is Connected Educator Month: Get Involved!

It’s 31 days of connected goodness - networking educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide

For more information please visit Connected Educators

WeatherBug Schools Program

Powered by WeatherBug's industry-leading technology and unique capabilities, the CBS 2/KCAL 9 WeatherBug Schools Program supports your school with alerting tools that monitor weather conditions and STEM-based education resources.  visit WeatherBug Schools Program for more information

Benefits Include:

Enriched Stem Curriculum - Powered by WeatherBug's industry-leading technology and unique capabilities, the CBS 2/KCAL 9 WeatherBug Schools Program supports your school with alerting tools and STEM-based education resources.

Advanced Total Lightning Detection and Alerts Only WeatherBug monitors cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning strikes. In-cloud lightning is a valuable precursor to severe weather. WeatherBug detects in-cloud lightning and delivers alerts up to 9 minutes ahead of other providers. WeatherBug helps coaches, trainers and administrators respond faster and keep students safe.

CBS 2/KCAL 9 WeatherBug Helps Connect to Your Community

By joining the CBS 2/KCAL 9 WeatherBug Schools Program, data from your school's weather station can be shared with local residents through their desktop computers, tablets and smartphones—providing a valuable resource. Plus, when CBS 2/KCAL 9 uses your school's weather data or camera images during television broadcasts, viewers will hear your school's name – elevating your school's visibility.


Imagine what happens when the smartest, most motivated educators engage with the most creative edtech entrepreneurs.


Education Leaders Workshop

Specifically for senior district and school leaders who select and implement instructional technology for districts or networks of schools, including: Superintendents, Chief Academic Officers, Curriculum & Instructional Directors and their district teams.


All Educator Day

Open to all teachers, schools leaders and administrators currently working in K12 schools, districts and central offices. Please use your school email address to RSVP for a ticket. You do not have to be from one of the sponsoring districts.


Bourns Technology Center

1200 Columbia Avenue

Riverside, CA 92507

Click here to register

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?

by Anne Jolly

A tug of war is currently looming between proponents of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and advocates for STEAM lessons, which add art to the mix. Whichever side you come down on, here are some ideas for you to mull over.



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LAUSD Launches Anti-Sexting Campaign

Develops Video and Resources to Teach Students

In response to a growing use of social media by students to post or send photos or videos of a sexual nature, the Los Angeles Unified School District has launched an anti-sexting campaign.

The ‘Now Matters Later’ initiative teaches students about the dangers of sexting, and the possible social, disciplinary and criminal consequences. A video will be shown to students in grades six through 12 to introduce the concept of sexting, encourage healthy boundaries and highlight the risks. Additional resources include classroom lessons that help teachers instruct students on how to say no if asked for a picture or video of a sexual nature. The lesson plans also will show: how to problem solve, and how to explore risks and responsibilities in a digital world.

For resources including videos, posters, and lessons for students, parents and teachers, please visit the Now Matters Later website,

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Digital Citizenship Week

During the week of October 19-23, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in collaboration with Common Sense Education, will participate in Digital Citizenship Week (DCW), a national movement focusing on safely maximizing the potential of online technologies for learning, creating, communicating, and collaborating. DCW is about teaching students to maximize the potential of technology by engaging in the vast online world in a safe and responsible way. Through themed digital citizenship resources for teachers, students, and their parents, we are empowering youth to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology. For more information please visit LAUSD Digital Citizenship and Common Sense Media.

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” 
-Benjamin Franklin
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