Fall 2022 Professional Learning

Want to learn more about Apple Classroom, iPad, Adobe or other teach tools? Looking to improve collaboration with your team or PLC? We're here to help! Check out our professional learning opportunities for the fall semester of the 2022-23 school year.

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Westside teachers earn Apple and Google certifications!

Apple Teachers are recognized for their understanding of how to use Apple products for teaching and learning. They have proven knowledge of using iPad, Mac, and built-in apps to enhance productivity and inspire creativity in their classrooms and beyond.

Google Certified Level 1 Educators are those that have learned the fundamentals of using Google tools in the classroom. Level 1 validates standard technology implementation skills.

Learn more here!


Announcing Teachers in Technology! Westside’s technology professional learning program for teachers, by teachers.

Teachers in technology, or TNT for short, is a teacher facilitated program that works to improve how staff use technology in their classroom. Launching in the Spring of 2022, the first cohort of teachers will participate in the program in fall, 2022.

For more information, including how to apply to be a team member or in the cohort, click the link below.

TNT Information.

Technology.Update #73

By Matt Lee | October 17, 2022
In this Issue Welcome to issue number 73 of technology.update! In this issue, we take a look at a new resource available for staff and students – Grammarly! We’ll also take a look at how to use Safari Tab Groups…

Grammarly for Education

By Matt Lee | October 10, 2022
Westside students (Grades 5-12) and all staff have access to Grammarly for Education! If you aren’t familiar with Grammarly, it’s a tool to help improve your writing by checking for spelling, grammar, word choice, sentence structure, tone, and more! Great…

Westside iPad Apps

By Bridget Brown | October 7, 2022
When deciding on a default set of applications for students and teachers to use, the technology team, along with curriculum leaders and a focus group of classroom teachers had to balance many factors. We wanted to give teachers as many…

Enrich Reading and Writing with Comic Life

By Bridget Brown | September 20, 2022
Have you been looking for a way to motivate those students who are reluctant readers? Or maybe you have students who read fluently but struggle with writing. The use of Comics in the classroom can be a great way to…

Technology.Update #72

By Matt Lee | September 9, 2022
In this Issue Welcome to Technology.Update #72! In this issue you’ll learn all about a new resource from Apple – the Apple Education Community! We’ll also take a look at how to manage calendars on your phone, use SignUp Genius…

Technology.Update #71: Back to School 2022-23

By Matt Lee | August 5, 2022
In this Issue Welcome Back to School! I hope everyone had a great summer and you’ve returned recharged and ready to go! This email is a bit long, and please take a moment to look through these important updates. Back…

Technology.Update #70: New Staff Essentials 2022-23

By Matt Lee | August 5, 2022
Issue 70: New Staff Essentials 2022-23 New Staff Tech Essentials Welcome to Westside! This email may be a bit long, but contains everything you need to know to get started with district technology and services. District Intranet The district Intranet…

2022-23 Technology Professional Learning

By Matt Lee | August 5, 2022
Check out the below for our formal professional learning schedule for the 2022-23 school year. In addition to the formal sessions and drop-in ‘office hours’, we have a wide variety of asynchronous and on-demand resources. Teachers.technology: This is our home…

Sign in With Google Allowed Services

By Matt Lee | August 4, 2022
In order to protect staff and student data, Westside is restricting the apps and services that users can use the ‘Sign in with Google’ or ‘Sign in with Microsoft’ button on. You can read more about this change here. The…

Important Changes to How District Accounts Work With Other Services

By Matt Lee | July 29, 2022
May 18, 2022 Westside staff, Due to security, privacy and Westside Board policy, starting on June 30, Westside will be enhancing our policies on how Google Add-ons, Extensions and ‘Sign in with Google’ / ‘Sign in with Microsoft’ will interface…