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  • PD idea at a school site

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 5/6/2016 11:00:00 AM

    The following format can be used for an effective and fun PD session during a staff meeting. Contact me if you have any questions: sjohnson@pbvusd.k12.ca.us


    1. The teachers meet in a room with their laptops at the end of the day. Once everyone is seated and the computers are turned on, they visit the following website: https://www.pbvusd.k12.ca.us/lounge. (5 minutes)


    2. The teachers then click the link entitled “Three Minute Thrillers” on the left hand side of the webpage, which takes them here: https://goo.gl/7m66hC. The teachers view the titles of the tutorials and choose two videos they believe will help enhance their pedagogy to improve student learning. They watch the videos with provided headphones to cut down on distractions. Laptops will also be provided if teachers forget to bring devices. (6 minutes)

    3. Once the two videos are viewed, the teachers sit next to fellow teachers who watched one of the same videos. They will discuss the following questions: How can I use this strategy as a teacher to improve student learning? How can the students use this strategy to improve their own learning? Where does the use of this strategy reside on the SAMR model? (15 minutes)

    4. Once the teachers discuss the questions, they create a lesson plan that incorporates the idea they discussed with their partner(s). (10-15 minutes)


    5. The professional development session concludes with the teachers meeting in their department group where they share the video(s) they watched and the lesson plan they wrote. They will share how the lesson went at a following PLC meeting. (10-15 minutes)


    Time: Approximately 1 hour


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  • Fiver Friday

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 2/5/2016 10:00:00 AM

    Would you like Steve Johnson to send five ideas to your inbox every Friday regarding education products, websites, quotes, and more? Sign up for FIVER FRIDAY! FIVER FRIDAY is a great way to end your week with ideas to ponder and possibly put into action. Think of it as a soothing cup of coffee or tea every Friday morning! Yes, it'll be that good!

    Sign up for the weekly newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bPoo25. (Feel free to share this link with whomever you'd like.) If you'd like to see an example of a FIVER FRIDAY message, check this out


    Contact Steve Johnson if you have any questions.  


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  • PBV Book Club

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 1/25/2016 9:00:00 AM

    PBV Book Club


    Coherence is one of the best books I've read concerning how educators can lead their way to better schools. Here's what John Hattie has to say about Coherence:


    "Coherence is a book that demands action – it moves from the narrative of fixing one teacher at a time, to asking about the coherence of the system (be it school, national, or world issues). Fullan and Quinn create an important narrative about direction, working together, deepening learning, and securing accountability. The book sparkles with examples of coherence in action, it makes no excuses for employing the wrong levers of change. This is the blueprint for a new vocabulary of education action; it shows where we need to go next, and is another example of Fullan at the top of his game."

    Join us at the PBV OpenEd Lab on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:45 P.M. as we discuss how the ideas in this book can make us better leaders and educators. A Google Hangout link will be shared in the Google+ Community on February 3rd at 3:30 P.M. for people who'd prefer to participate online. Contact me if you have any questions.




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  • Three Minute Thrillers

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 1/14/2016 9:00:00 AM

    Teachers are extremely busy. Between creating lesson plans, grading student work, implementing new intervention strategies, and using new curriculum, there's very little time to attend professional developmenet sessions before and after school. This is where THREE MINUTE THRILLERS can be very helpful!


    Three Minute Thrillers are PD videos packed into 3 minutes... or less. It's an efficient way to learn new skills from the comfort of your classroom, home, Starbucks, or anywhere else with an internet connection. You can visit the Three Minute Thriller playlist on YouTube or peruse PBVLounge for all provided tutorial resources. 


    Contact me at sjohnson@pbvusd.net if you have any questions. 


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  • Google Classroom: Mission control for students and teachers

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 11/17/2015 10:00:00 AM

    Terri Parker Rodman at Old River Elementary was featured on the Google for Education blog. You can read the post by visiting the website


    Here's an excerpt from the piece:


    Terri, who teaches sixth grade at Old River Elementary School, also observes that Classroom can strengthen ties and improve communication. “When a student doesn't turn something in, I can see how close they are,” she says. “In the past, I couldn't tell why they didn't finish their work. I was grading them on bringing back a piece of paper instead of what their ability was.”


    Great job, Terri!


    Google Classroom is a wonderful way to implement digital infrastructure within your classroom for assigning assignments, collecting assignments, and communicating with students.



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  • Why the name change?

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 11/16/2015 10:00:00 AM

    Teachers' Lounge has been a great help in our district's 1:1 journey. Along the way we've had some exciting professional development experiences. Some of these include:


    • PBVCon
    • PBVLead
    • PBVRoadshows


    As you can see, there's a theme that has naturally developed over the past 15 months: PBV.


    In an attempt to bring coherence to all of our edtech pursuits, Teachers' Lounge will now be called PBVLounge. This not only fits with the "PBV" conferences, sessions, and other learning opportunities being offered--it also brings a certain harmony to everything we do. (Not to mention the easy-to-use hashtags: #PBVLounge, #PBVCon, #PBVLead, #PBVRoadshow, #PBVTech, etc.)


    As always, our ongoing attempt is to increase student learning by spreading knowledge and skills in the most effective ways possible. Please feel free to share any ideas you have for furthering this goal by contacting support@pbvusd.net.


    Thank you for all you do!



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  • Professional Development Categories

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 9/1/2015 2:00:00 PM

    Professional development (PD) categories are an important way for the school district to create meaningful training sessions that meet every teachers' needs. Here are the PD categories within our district:


    PBVCon--This is the large kickoff conference that sets the stage for the rest of the school year. 


    EdCamp--This is an intensive day-long session that dives deep into edtech best practices--usually involving Google Apps for Education.


    Rolling Roadshows--These sessions (beginning in late September 2015) are PBVCon-type trainings that occur every two weeks.


    Appy Hours--These are smaller PD sessions that are assembled on the fly. Follow our Google+ Community to stay tuned for the most up-to-date information. 


    Teachers' Lounge--This website is a one-stop-shop for all things curriculum and edtech. Every week we're adding more YouTube tutorials, so stay tuned!


    The best tools to use in the classroom change quickly, and these PD categories will provide you with the training needed to be successful. 



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  • Acer Update Troubleshooting

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 8/20/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Are you or teachers at your school site experiencing trouble updating the Acer laptops? Here are some troubleshooting tips that may help:
    1. Restart the devices.
    2.Toggle the wifi off and on. This can be done by clicking on the wifi icon or by holding down the Fn+F3 buttons at the same time.
    3.Try connecting the devices to the wifi and then open the Chrome browser. Keep the browser open for a couple minutes and the devices could update. (Some teachers have experienced success with this.)
    4. A very common reason why laptops aren’t updating is because last year’s SBAC package was never downloaded to the device. You do this by visiting the district website, hover over “For Students”, and click on “Update Ubermix”. A package will download that you’ll open and run on the device. Once the package is installed, you can restart the device and the update should take effect. C5 Teachers are familiar with this process, so please see them if you have any questions.
    5. If none of the above work, send the devices to Kathy Smith via the school library. We’ll take a look at them and send them back ASAP.
    If a device has duplicate icons on the desktop, delete the icons and restart the laptop. The icons should reappear without duplicates. 
    Hopefully this helps! Let us know if you have any questions or would like clarification.
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  • Teachers' Lounge Book Club's fall book

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 8/13/2015 2:00:00 PM
    The Teachers' Lounge Book Club's fall selection is Alice Keeler's 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom!
    There is a lot of excitement about this book! The first discussion will be in the OpenEd Lab on Thursday, September 17th at 3:45pm. Swing by and participate in the fun and informative discussion we'll have concerning Google Classroom. 
    No worries if you can't be present! You can join the Teachers' Lounge Book Club Google+ Community and still participate. You can also join in the conversation via Google Hangouts. (Contact sjohnson@pbvusd.net for more information regarding Google Hangouts.) Hope to see you there!
    Here's the description from Amazon:
    One of the most frequent questions educators Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller hear from teachers is: "How can I effectively implement digital tools in my classroom when I don't fully understand them myself?" It can be challenging to add new technology to the classroom. Figuring out the equipment and software and deciding how to integrate technology into existing lesson plans are just a few of the learning curves teachers face. But adding technology to classrooms isn't optional; it's a must if students are going to be well-equipped for the future. In 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom, Keeler and Miller shorten the learning curve by providing a thorough overview of the Google Classroom App. Part of Google Apps for Education (GAfE), Google Classroom was specifically designed to help teachers save time by streamlining the process of going digital. Complete with screenshots, 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom provides ideas and step-by-step instruction to help teachers implement this powerful tool. Google Classroom helps teachers: • Encourage collaboration between students • Seamlessly use other google tools, such as Google Docs • Provide timely feedback to keep students engaged in the learning process • Organize assignments and create a paperless classroom Google Classroom makes it easy to facilitate a digital or blended-learning classroom. 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom shows you how to make the most of this valuable, free tool. You'll learn how to: • Set up and add students to your Google Classroom • Create a lesson • Share announcements and assignments with multiple classes • Reduce cheating • See who's really working on team projects • Offer virtual office hours • Personalize the learning experience • And much more!
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  • Teachers' Lounge Book Club summer book

    Posted by Stephen Johnson on 5/15/2015 3:30:00 PM
    Teach Like a Pirate  
    Here's the description from Amazon:
    Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to: • Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher • Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet • Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom • Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you'll never look at your role as an educator the same again.
    Please join us as we read and learn innovative ideas that can help us be better teachers. Meetings will be posted in our Google+ Community. Have a great summer!
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