Tustin Unified School District and foundation to host educational technology conference

The Tustin Unified School District and the Tustin Public Schools Foundation are jointly hosting their second “Connect Institute,” a technology and learning conference, from Feb. 24 through Feb. 26.

Connect Institute #1 - March 2015More than 160 educational leaders representing 20-plus school districts throughout Southern California have registered for the three-day conference, which will be held at the Irvine Marriott. Attendees will explore connected teaching and learning, effective classroom technologies, leadership strategies and more.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Tustin Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin and John Couch, vice president of education for Apple. Couch is also a computer scientist and advocate for technology in education.

Picture1Board members, superintendents, principals, district administrators, IT directors and teacher leaders will get a chance to participate in strategic team planning sessions and workshops on a variety of topics, including educational technology in the classroom, essential tools for secondary math, establishing student-run technology help centers, developing student leaders to support robotics programs, building college and career-ready pathways, innovative online professional development, creating educational cafes in the classroom and utilizing Google Classroom at the secondary level.

Participants will also visit three schools – Barbara Benson Elementary School, C.E. Utt Middle School and Beckman High School – to see how teachers and students are using technology in the 21st-century classroom, and they’ll have an opportunity to tour the district’s Technology Operations Center at Beckman.

For more information about Connect Institute, contact Tustin Unified’s Communications Office at 714-730-7339.

OCDE to offer educational technology certifications for teachers and school leaders

Summer is just around the corner, and for many educators it’s the perfect time to get in some training to enhance and elevate classroom practices. To that end, the Orange County Department of Education is offering Leading Edge Certifications for teachers and school leaders.

Leading Edge Certification logo redBilled as the “certification for forward-thinking educators,” Leading Edge Certification is a national program designed to promote educational technology and curriculum innovation. The focus of each certification is to increase the knowledge and experience of educational leaders, enabling them to better leverage technology in the classroom.

Certifications are available in four categories: online and blended teacher, professional learning leader, administrator and digital educator.

Along with registration, orientation and an in-class portfolio review at the OCDE main offices in Costa Mesa, enrollees will participate in eight weeks of online work with one module completed per week, as well as an online web conference that serves as a mid-session overview.

You can go to the OCDE educational technology website for a detailed description of each certification, including learning objectives.

Here are the dates and registration links for the Leading Edge Certifications offered this summer.

Online and Blended Teacher ($475)
June 22 to Aug. 17
Register here by Jun 22.

Professional Learning Leader ($475)
June 25 to Aug. 20
Register here by June 25.

Administrator ($750)
June 30 to Aug. 25
Register here by June 30.

Digital Educator ($475)
July 1 to August 26
Register here by July 1.