Technology for Learners
SCOE advances the use of technology in Sonoma County schools by providing curricular services and technical support to create 21st century learning opportunities. SCOE works collaboratively with districts and nearby counties to fund and sustain meaningful education work with technology. Services in the following areas are available via SCOE class offerings, by consultation, and with special custom service agreements.
- Use of technology in K-12 settings: Coaching, skill development, and training focused on the integration of technology for whole class, small group, and personalized learning
- Digital learning resources: Selection and use of digital learning materials such as digital texts, supplemental learning programs, and learning management systems
- Assistive technology: Selection and use of electronic tools to provide information access and self-expression among students who have learning differences
- Data and assessment: Support for leadership groups and data teams using electronic tools to monitor student achievement
Blog Feature: Fun and Simple Coding Projects with ScratchScratch is one of the world’s largest free coding platforms for children and teens. It was created by the MIT Media Lab to help young people learn to, “… think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.”
Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools Integrating Technology
Closing Sonoma County's Digital Divide
Breakout EDU- Activating Collaboration & Critical Thinking
Annual Press Democrat insert featuring stories from numerous Sonoma County schools
5th Grade Connections from Russia
Robotics at Maria Carrillo- Student Voice in Action
RVUSD Summer Tech Institutes
New Active Learning Environments in Petaluma City Schools
Minecraft: A New Twist on California Mission Projects
Robotics Programs at Cotati-Rohnert Park’s Technology High
Mark West Elementary: Website & Watershed Learning
Healdsburg High School’s Computer Science Program
Prestwood Teacher Coding with Kindergartners
Petaluma’s 6th Grade Academy, a 1:1 Pioneer
Steve Williams, Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
Digital Media Class: Creativity with 21st Century Tools
2018 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge
The 2018 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge took place on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Now in its 16th year, students in grades 4 through 8 match designs and coding skills working with autonomously controlled Lego Mindstorm robots. Check the Sonoma County Robotics website to learn more! View a video from the 2017 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge below.
Materials Shared from Recent Professional Development Activities
12 Resources for Improving Use of Tablets in Your Classroom Session Handout
Activating STEAM in Grades 3-8 with Lego Robotics Challenge Activities Session Handout
Designing Wi-Fi Networks to Maximize Learning Session Notes
Emerging Technologies to Help Students Who Struggle in ELA Session Notes
Hands-on Exploration of STEM Resources for K-6 Session Handout
iMovie for iPads: An Introduction to Uses in K-12 Settings Session Handout
Transitioning from Paper to e-Books Session Handout
Technology Audit Service Offered
Technology is an essential component of the modern classroom, requiring school districts to have the proper devices for students and teachers, a reliable infrastructure, maintenance and technical support, as well as training for staff. The Sonoma County Office of Education is offering a new service that can assist LEAs in this important area. Called a, “technology audit,” this service helps schools review their existing technology capabilities highlighting strengths and needs. Read more...
Digital Citizenship Learning Materials
Digital citizenship is about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy. A recent technology survey by Sonoma County school districts found that digital citizenship was among the highest-ranked areas of need cited by respondents. How can K-12 schools support learning about digital citizenship? One strategy is to have agreed-upon content that students at all grade levels consider each month. To support this effort, SCOE is featuring monthly, grade-specific resources from Common Sense Media that focus on a specific monthly theme. Access these excellent resources.
School planning teams do well to have three- to five-year plans for their schools. Although written plans have been required for various funding initiatives in the past, there are no current requirements. Plans are important because they offer a common understanding of what a district is seeking to achieve with technology. They should address at least six areas: vision for technology, network infrastructure, devices for students and teachers, maintenance and technical support, staff professional development, and budget. Read more about technology planning in these Technology for Learning blog posts:
Technology has helped people with disabilities gain greater independence and integration in our society. Speech recognition systems, electronic communications, smart phones, robots, and artificial intelligence are transforming people's lives. As schools move to mainstream and provide full inclusion environments for persons with disabilities, it is important that teachers are aware of possibilities with assistive technologies. Read more about assistive technology below.
Take a Test Drive: Tech Devices & Activities
SCOE’s technology “Try Before You Buy” program is a great way for schools to see how technology can be integrated into teaching and learning. Take a look at the class sets of devices we now have available for checkout and the growing collection of resources focused on Common Core and Next Generation Science themes. Learn More...
- Matt O'Donnell, Technology Innovation Specialist