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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.

Getting Started with Flip Grid

By Matt Lee | April 10, 2018
By Jeanette Kleppinger Ever want to assess student learning quickly, on the fly, and authentically?  Our students communicate with their peers using video and pictures commonly through Snapchat.  This app has changed the way students reflect and share their learning…

Quick Hits 2: Productivity

By Matt Lee | April 9, 2018
There are many google apps and extensions that have made my life easier. So, on this Padlet, I have shared my favorites. I will continue to add to this list as I find more, and I would love to hear…

The Power of Story

By Matt Lee | November 29, 2017
“Let me tell you a story.” I LOVE those words. Don’t you? From childhood tales around a campfire, to friends sharing a recent weekend event, those six words spark your interest. You are instantly engaged and want to know more.…

Leaders, eMerge! Growing Your Own Technology Leaders

By Matt Lee | July 27, 2017
Looking to engineer foundational, long-lasting change within your buildings?  Grow your own instructional technology leadership.  Hear how one district launched a teacher-centered professional learning program to help classroom teachers eMerge as embedded technology coaches in their own buildings. Click here…

Reflections from NETA 2017

By Matt Lee | May 1, 2017
This year marks my 10th year in education. As I think back to my first year, I’m reminded how quickly that year went by. It was a blur, filled with new situations and many, many questions on what to do.…

iPad Accessibility

By Bridget Brown | November 23, 2016
iPad Accessibility iOS devices such as the iPad come with assistive features that have changed the learning landscape for students with special needs. These innovative technologies allow every student to experience the fun and function of iOS.The iPad accessibility settings…

Cold Weather Computer Care Tips

By Bridget Brown | November 15, 2016
With winter fast approaching we would like to give you some tips on taking care of your device! 1. Careful Storage: Never leave a laptop, even in a well-padded and insulated laptop case in your vehicle for more then an hour in cold…

The New Google Sites

By Matt Lee | November 14, 2016
The new Google Sites have arrived! What can I do with the new Sites? You can build a classroom web page, make a resource site and more —all without designer, programmer, or IT help. With the new Google Sites, building websites…

Creating A Custom Search Engine for Students

By Matt Lee | November 1, 2016
Created by Alex King and Jenna Miller If you are starting a research project and would like to control where your students get their resources from then this tool is for you! With just a few simple clicks you can…

Student Technology Teams

By Matt Lee | August 26, 2016
By Meredith Chambers and Kelly Heflin ATTENTION TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS: If you are looking for quick technology support right in your building, look no further than your classrooms! Many schools across the country are utilizing the technology experts in their…