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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.

Canva for Education

By Matt Lee | January 19, 2023
With Canva for Education, you can create education presentations, lesson plans, worksheets, reports, posters, and more. You can empower your students through authentic assessments and tasks, enabling them to create beautiful, real-world deliverables quickly and easily. You can use Canva…

Digital Flashcards in GoodNotes

By Bridget Brown | January 9, 2023
Named the Apple iPad App of the year, GoodNotes is a great tool to engage your students in limitless digital note-taking. This App is equipped with a variety of digital papers, handwriting recognition, drawing tools, and easy organization via folders.…

Tech Tools for Communication and Creation

By Matt Lee | December 20, 2022
Learning can be deepened when students are asked to create products that express what they know or think. In particular, it’s the combination of communication and creation that can make these activities more instructionally meaningful. Deeper levels of Communication and…

Technology Update #74

By Matt Lee | December 15, 2022
In this Issue Welcome to the last issue of 2022! In this issue, we’ll take a look at new features added to many popular apps and services and new ways to use them. First, let’s take a look at Apple…

Movies in the Classroom…Is it Legal?

By Bridget Brown | November 30, 2022
Sharing a documentary, TV show, or movie can be a great way to engage students, drive deeper learning, and boost critical thinking.  But doing so requires us as educators to first be well-informed about copyright laws, and aware of school…

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…