December 2016 
New Brunswick Public Schools
Technology Newsletter
Featured EdTech Resources for 
Current Events/Nonfiction:

We've had several requests recently for nonfiction and current events resources, particularly leveled resources and resources available in both English and Spanish. Please find a short list of resources we have available to us here in the district that provide nonfiction and current events in a variety of formats and multiple languages. 

Discovery Education:  
Discovery Education offers a portfolio of resources for teaching students in a digital age with digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, and virtual experiences.
  • NBPS access:  Full District Access, K-12
  • Resource types:
    • Videos
    • Images
    • Audio recording
    • Reading passages
    • Encyclopedia articles
    • Interactives
  •  Languages:
    • English
    • Spanish

CNN Student News:
CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed
for middle and high school classes. It is produced by the journalists at CNN.
  • NBPS access:  Free website, ideal for grades 6-12
  • Resource types:
    • Videos
    • Podcasts
    • Transcripts
  • Languages:
    • English

Engaging learning games, animated movies, an d activities. Designed with relevance, depth, and humor to encourage kids on their unique learning paths.
  • NBPS access:  Freemium product -- limited access  available for free (full access district pilot in-progress)
  • Resource types:
    • Short, animated videos
    • Nonfiction reading passages
    • Primary sources (videos)
    • Learning games
    • Cartoons
  • Languages:
    • English
    • Spanish

Newsela Elementary:
Newsela is a web application which provides leveled nonfiction and current event articles for students at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • NBPS access:  Freemium product  -- limited access available for Free (full
  •  access district pilot in-progress)
  • Resource types:
    • Leveled news stories
    • Leveled nonfiction texts: biographies, speeches, etc.
    • Primary sources
  • Languages:
    • English
    • Spanish
For more information about any of the resources above, please reach out to the Media Specialist or Literacy Specialist in your building, or contact Melissa Morris Inoa, Supervisor of Instructional Technology. 
December Twitter Chat

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New to Twitter? 
Click here for directions for signing up, using hashtags, and joining your first Twitter chat! 

Digital Citizenship: 

Our students are becoming proficient in searching and researching online. It's also important for students to learn that their online work leaves a digital footprint which can in turn be searched by others. 

This short video can be used to introduce the idea of a digital footprint to students, start some conversations about what they do online, and what kind of (searchable) footprint they may be leaving behind.

After watching this video, please share your thoughts on the video and ideas for discussing these topics with your students and their families in our Google+ Community. 

Upcoming Voluntary Professional Development

1/27/17 ~ 
Google Apps Work Session 
(focus on FORMS), 1st floor, Central Office, 2pm-4pm 

Technology Resource Survey

Our Library Media Specialists are working on curating collections of digital educational technology resources. 

P lease click the link below to fill out the Technology Resource Survey and share feedback on the resources you use most and the ones you'd like to explore:

Update on Online Unit Assessments

New Brunswick Public Schools continues to work with Performance Matters in pioneering new online testing features in the Unify online assessment platform.  

We appreciate the cooperation and feedback from all of our faculty and staff as we work to develop testing environments and online assessments for our 21st Century Learners. 

To leave feedback and suggestions about the online assessments,  please visit this form

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

We're constantly working on updating and improving the many aspects of our technology infrastructure and instructional resources. 

Please submit feedback and share any questions, ideas, and/or suggestions regarding our district's technology initiatives by clicking the following link: 

Evan Abramson , Director of Technology
Melissa Morris Inoa , Supervisor of Instructional Technology

We're continuing to expand our social media presence here at New Brunswick Public Schools and encourage all of you to follow us on  Twitter and  Instagram , while liking us on  Facebook. 

Always remember that your online posts are an extension of the classroom and school community, so there can never be negative remarks about students or colleagues. 

If you have any questions about managing your social media accounts, please reach out to Melissa Morris Inoa, Supervisor of Instructional Technology.

We look forward to seeing you online. 

Follow us on social media, and use the hashtag #ALLIN4NB.
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