• Melissa Riggs

4x4 Technology PD

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Let's face it, teachers don't always look forward to professional development, and administrators struggle to find meaningful and relevant topics to meet the needs of a diverse staff.

At FESoT, Jarrod Torrez was able to schedule some exciting breakout sessions featuring D49's Ed Tech Team and our Apple Rep for their May 11th PD!

Patrick Benko, Senior Account Executive for Apple Education joined the fun for a hands-on session focused on iMovie. Since students at FESoT are nearly 1:1, creating movies can be a great way for them to show their understanding without a traditional test or can also be a fun way to wrap up the year with highlights of learning and activities.

Apple Teacher offers free starter iPad starter guides to help teachers support students. Want to learn more? Check out the FREE one hour trainings at the Apple Store in Briargate during Teacher Tuesdays.

In another session District 49 Education Technology Technician Brent Buena explained Apple Classroom. Since the name is similar to Google Classroom, it's easy to get confused! Apple's Classroom is not a Learning Management System (LMS). According to Apple: "Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time, or launch a different app for each group of students."

This can be a real game-changer especially with the "Littles" or students in grades K-2. Want to know more? Send Brent ( an email and schedule a time for your own session!

Jarrod ran session three using the BreakoutEDU boxes that FESoT owns. Have you done an Escape Room? "Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. With Breakout EDU kits, you can turn your classroom into an academically-focused escape room and facilitate games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas." Check out their website for more information. Once you've played a game, you'll be hooked!

Last but not least, it was a #TwitterParty18 in the fourth session (run by me!). Five stations included: signing up/logging into Twitter, taking selfies at a photo booth with props using the school hashtag #FESoT, connecting with others on Twitter and finally leveling up/earning badges. Want to have some fun? Use this link for a teaser of the Google Sheet created by @alicekeeler . Want to have your own Twitter Party? You can reach out to me on Twitter @RiggsRealWorld or send me an email (

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