Thursday, December 11, 2014

GUHSDtech Update - December 11, 2014

A Celebration of 2014
As we look to close out 2014 and head into the new year, GUHSDtech would like to commend the efforts of the teachers and staff who have challenged themselves to encourage learning in their classrooms and schools with technology. A year ago, we had a few hundred Chromebooks in the wild. By the end of January, that number will hit 6000. Hundreds of teachers have attended a technology integration workshop and we are seeing exponential grow of the use of Google Drive. We are laying the foundation for students to get the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the modern world. Thank you for your efforts! We look forward to an even more successful 2015.

TechFest 2015
The East County TechFest will take place at West Hills High School on Saturday, February 7. Please save the date!  Some of the most innovative practices in GUHSD and around East County will be shared. More information can be found here:

Present at TechFest 2015
If you are successfully integrating some element of technology into your curriculum, please consider presenting at Tech Fest. If you have questions, contact Visit to register to speak.

With the influx of iPods, iPads, and smartphones, video has never been easier. If you integrate a video project into your class, you should consider having your student submit the final product to the San Diego County iVIE Awards. More information can be found here:

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators
If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology in your classroom, we encourage you to apply to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This yearlong professional development program is designed to reward, foster and grow a community of 100 tech-savvy educators making an impact in their classrooms. For more information, visit this link:

Google Updates, News, and Tips

Monday, December 1, 2014

GUHSD at SDCUE - November 15, 2015

On Saturday, November 15, over 30 GUHSD teachers and administrators actively participated in the annual San Diego CUE Tech Fair at La Costa Canyon High School.

Eight GUHSD teachers and administrators presented at the educational technology event, including April Baker (Grossmont Middle College), John Berray (West Hills), Jarrod Carman (West Hills), Mike Falconer (Santana), Dan McDowell (District), Matt Norris (West Hills), Josh Reyes (West Hills), and Mike Skocko (Valhalla). Our own Reuben Hoffman (West Hills) serves as the SDCUE Vice President and oversaw the organization of the entire event.

April Baker and her students from Grossmont Middle College.
Additionally April Baker and Mike Skocko brought students and participated in the Student Showcase. Mrs. Baker’s students shared their Literature blog ( and Mr. Skocko’s students demonstrated the student built and supported gamification plug-in that is redefining classrooms across the country (

The strong attendance at the SDCUE Tech Fair reflects the dedication of GUHSD teachers to integrating technology tools into their classrooms.