Monday, November 21, 2016

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is back and better than ever!

Computing jobs are the number one source of new income in The United States, and there are currently 500,000 job openings that require coding. Coding jobs are in every industry and are growing at twice the rate of other jobs. 

The Hour of Code helps to give students an opportunity to learn some basics of coding in an enjoyable format. Minecraft, music making, homophones, robots, and secret codes are some of the fun activities that you and your students will be able to enjoy during the Hour of Code.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Making The Grade

It is report card time, and your EduTech Team is here to support you. Come to The Den and we will help you to complete the reporting process efficiently.

All reporting information is located on the Assessment and Reporting site.

Quick links (ISKL faculty only):

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a simple tool that is very powerful. By combining simple shapes you and your students can create complex drawings, mind maps, charts, and infographics. You can also use this tool with photos or other images to get your message out.

Drawings can be collaborative, and they can be added to other projects, Google Docs, web sites, or blogs.

You don't have to be an artist to create works of art with Google Drawings.

Get a copy of the presentation below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Library Resources

Get the most our of the Melawati library. This session will cover:
  • The online catalog
  • Tumblebooks
  • Tales2Go
  • Printable lists
  • & more resources!

Monday, September 12, 2016


Managing your photos can be a challenge. This week in The Den we are going to help you to meet this challenge.
We will help you to:

  • embed folders of photos on your site
  • create a video slideshow with music
  • add photos to a looping presentation
  • have photos upload directly to Drive & Google Photos
  • create slideshow movies on your phone or iPad

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Virtual Learning

The return of the haze was an unfortunate reminder that we that we need to be prepared for an unexpected school closure. Our goal is that in the case of a school closure we are able to continue to make progress toward our learning goals even though the students are not present on campus. 

Most teams collaborated to create a Google Slide show with all of the information that parents and students would need to continue learning at home while the school was closed. The grade 5 example is a model that was very successful. I recommend that all teams spend some time in their next team meeting to set up a template for this year, so that we are ready. Last October when we had our first and only virtual learning day, we received a great deal of praise from parents on how we handled the closure. I credit our faculty's professionalism and preparation for this well deserved praise.

Julie Olson, ES Principal
As most of you remember, last year ISKL adopted a Virtual Learning Guide that outlines the expectations for teachers in case of school closure. I recommend that you familiarize yourself with this document, and also the ES Virtual Learning Guide for Students and Parents & the ES Virtual Learning Guide for Teachers & Administrators

The EduTech team will have virtual learning support sessions in The Den this week on Wednesday and Friday. The EduTech, Curriculum, and Admin teams are here to support you in preparing for virtual learning at Melawati. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or voice your concerns. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

iOS Apps at Melawati

Come learn about the core suite of apps we have on our iPads here at Melawati. We will look at different ways they can be used for assessment, portfolios, and showing what students have learned.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Creating End of the Year Movies with YouTube Editor

*UPDATE* As of September 20, 2017 YouTube has discontinued YouTube Editor.

Have you taken movies of your students this year? How about photos?

This is your opportunity to put all of them together for a wonderful end of the year movie. We will also show you how to use movies that others filmed.

Prefer to have your students create the movies? We will show you how to do that too.

No need to hassle with DVDs for your students. Your movie will be posted to YouTube when you are finished.

Come in this week and learn to use YouTube Editor to make some incredible classroom movies.

Monday, April 4, 2016

iMovie on the iPad

Video making just got super easy and fun when done on the iPad! Come check out our presentation this week!

Monday, March 7, 2016


Hapara is a very powerful tool. Hapara Dashboard allows you to monitor your students' work and communications. 

After this session, the days of sharing a link with your students so they can copy a doc are over. You can send a copy of the document to each student, in the folder of your choice. You will also learn how to share documents with individuals and groups with a variety of permissions.

You will leave this session knowing how to monitor your students' work and email.  

You will be happy about Hapara.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Green Screen Filming

This week your InfoLit/Tech Team presents:

We have created a session to help show you how to use green screen techniques in video making on the iPad. Some of the questions we will answer this week will be:

  • What is green screen?
  • Why should I use it?
  • Can my students use it?
  • Do I need to use an iPad?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cloud Storage

This week your InfoLit/Tech team presents...

We have created a session to help guide you through the confusing world of cloud storage. Some of the questions we will answer this week will be:

  • What is cloud storage?
  • Why should I use it?
  • Are my files safe in the cloud?
  • Which cloud storage is the best?
  • Should I pay for storage?
Would you like a detailed summary of the most popular cloud storage options? This recent article summarizes several and gives a price comparison.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Google Search

The InfoLit Tech team is proud to announce our first of many professional development sessions in the Melawati MakerSpace. This week we are offering Google Search.

We will be teaching a variety of search techniques, including:

  • Newspaper archive searches
  • Google Scholar
  • Domain Searches
  • Google Alerts
  • File Type Searches
  • and much more!
The calendar on the right has the session times. See you in the Melawati Makerspace!

Click below on GoogleSlides (lower right corner) and make a copy of the presentation.