Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Integrating Technology in LASD...A ScreenCast Update

It has only been a few months in my role as the Technology Integration Coach, but I feel that we have started on a journey to provide more opportunities for teachers and students to embrace technology in their classrooms.  A few weeks ago, I presented an update with regards to our Educational Technology happenings during a Los Altos School District Parent Education Coffee. 

With our iLead Learner teachers sharing technology tools and practices at our sites, our Leadership Technology Advisory Group revamping our Student Acceptable Use Policy and a Chromebook rollout in all fifth and sixth grade classrooms, we are making strides to integrate technology more seamlessly throughout our curriculum here in Los Altos.

In an effort to reach out to those that weren’t able to attend the Parent Coffee, I went ahead and used Camtasia to screencast my Prezi presentation.  Technically speaking, I find Camtasia to be really easy to use.  The only trick is being forgiving of myself for minor mistakes and my speaking skills when something goes up on the web!  Avoiding spending an inordinate amount of time to finish the screencast is the biggest challenge of all!  I look forward to presenting another update in the spring to share how far the teachers and students have come since today.  Meaningful and inspiring projects are in the works!

Ellen Kraska is the Technology Integration Instructional Coach within the Los Altos School District. She is passionate about edtech, creativity and collaboration within innovative learning environments. You can email her at and/or follow her on Twitter @kraskae.


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