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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.

Focus Mode!

By Matt Lee | August 10, 2023
On iPad and iPhone, Focus Modes lets you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate, when you want to present, or when step away from your device.  When you set up a focus, you can customize settings on…

Getting Started With Notability 14

By Matt Lee | August 9, 2023
Notability is a great way to help blend the advantages of handwriting AND the ability of digital to keep things organized. Notability lets you and your students quickly organize notes, write on PDFS and even present lessons! It takes advantage…

Clever Teacher Checklist

By Bridget Brown | August 7, 2023
The new school year has begun and like in previous years Clever will be a powerful single sign-on tool to enable your students to access a host of digital tools like, Seesaw, IXL, HMH, and Wit and Wisdom, just to…

Seesaw Tips & Tricks

By Bridget Brown | August 7, 2023
Seesaw is a fantastic tool for capturing learning in the classroom. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work…

Notability turns 14!

By Matt Lee | August 4, 2023
This summer (2023) Notability got a complete redesign! Now in version 14, Notability has a new look and feel, as well as several new features. Don’t want to watch? Check out the highlights: Every Tool in the Toolbox: Every tool including…

Canva Tips – 2023

By Matt Lee | August 4, 2023
Canva is a free graphic design platform that can be used by teachers to create visually appealing and engaging learning materials. With Canva, you can easily create infographics, posters, presentations, and more. Canva also offers a variety of templates and…

Get to Know Your Students with Keynote

By Matt Lee | August 3, 2023
Looking for a great activity to both better know your students, and introduce a great technology tool? This activity does both! Using Keynote, their iPad, and their camera, students will get to know their peers, and you! Activity: Keynote FIle:

Getting Started with Google Classroom – 2023

By Matt Lee | August 3, 2023
Google Classroom is the Westside-approved learning management system for grades 3-12. Looking to get started setting up your class? Check out the slide show below created by Kate Carlson! As always, if you’d like personalized help, please reach out to…

Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

By Matt Lee | August 2, 2023
Keyboard shortcuts are a powerful tool that can help you to save time and improve your productivity! They are a set of keys that you can press to perform a task quickly and easily. Keyboard shortcuts can be used in…

Technology.Update #78

By Matt Lee | July 26, 2023
New Staff Tech Essentials 2023-2024 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 is a shared Google file…