Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hour of Code - December 8-14

In a world dominated by technology, the opportunities for computer programming have exploded. Every time you play a game, open an app, or surf the web you are benefitting from the hard work of coders from around the world.

The international Hour of Code week (December 8-14) challenges teachers to provide students with an opportunity to explore the world of coding for an hour. Numerous resources have been developed to help and you don't need to know how to code. If you are interested, please check out the Hour of Code event website. There are hundreds of thousands of people who have already committed to participating. It does not matter what subject you teach.

Let's get GUHSD involved!

If you plan to host an event in your class or would like some assistance, please let me know!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GUHSDtech Update - November 12, 2014

New Teacher ComputersIf you have not received a new teacher computer, Tuesday, November 18, is the final deadline. After this phase there will not be another opportunity to receive a new teacher computer. Click here to access the application.

TechFest 2015We are happy to announce that GUHSD along with several of our feeder districts will host the East County TechFest on February 7, 2015, at West Hills High School. Please save the date and consider applying to speak. Registration will be opened in January. For more information or to apply to speak, visit

Point Loma University - Instructional Design with Technology Program
Point Loma University is now offering a Technology Certification program for educators that includes the individual development of materials for online instruction. If you are interested in creating curriculum that can be delivered in a hybrid format using online materials that you create, this is an amazing opportunity!

PLNU has collaborated to offer GUHSD teachers a 20% discount!! If you are interested, please contact PLNU directly to register (make sure to let them know that you are with GUHSD to ensure your discount!) Also, please let Dan McDowell ( know if you are planning to enroll, as we are in the process of creating a GUHSD cohort of teachers for this program. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Workshops
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  • ELA Tech Strategies - Part 1 - December 2 (8:00am - 3:00pm)
  • The Google Centric Classroom - December 4 (8:00am - 3:00pm)
  • The Flipped Classroom - February 5 (8:00am - 3:00pm)
  • ELA Tech Strategies - Part 2 - March 11 (8:00am - 3:00pm)
iVIE Awards
Do your students make videos as part of your class? The annual SDCOE iVIE awards have been completely redesigned and revamped. Let your students represent your school and GUHSD! For more information, visit the iVIE website.