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Discounted Pricing for Seesaw

Vita-Learn is excited to announce that we have negotiated a bulk purchase pricing agreement for SeeSaw for Schools Licenses  

If your school  is interested in discounts on  Seesaw licenses or renewals (now or in the future) please see this page for more pricing and ordering details!

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Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. It includes learning journals, portfolios tools, parent communication tools, and more. Learn more about Seesaw for Schools and Remote Learning.

Vita-Learn believes that every child deserves equitable access to the right tools for learning from school supplies to digital tools to educators who understand how to use learning tools to  create transformative learning opportunities. 

Vita-Learn recently surveyed schools to learn which tech tools provided solutions during our recent emergency remote learning.  

Several digital tools came to the top of the list.  We asked…

“How might we support schools who are working towards equitable access to the right tools for engaging our students both in person and remotely.”

Negotiating discounts for Vermont schools with solution partners willing to work with us as a consortium is one way we can help support this equity  goal. Seesaw is the latest in the list of agreements we have been able to negotiate for Vermont schools.


Click here to learn more about  discount pricing agreements we already have in place with with the following solution partners

  • WeVideo – video creation for every child anytime anywhere on any device
  • Book Creator –  create ebooks on a Chromebook
  • VoiceThread –  asynchronous conversation using audio, video, text around learning artifacts
  • Newsela  – 

“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which ALL children have access to a good education.”   ~ Nelson Mandela

End of Year Reflection

During the past few months, our members have demonstrated amazing ability to respond to a Governor Scott’s March 15 directive for the closure of K12 schools in Vermont as part of our Vermont’s response to a public health emergency.

“The orderly dismissal of schools is essential to support both the State’s response to COVID-19 and the needs of children and families across Vermont,” Scott said. “We must ensure children are safe, nourished, and still learning even as the traditional structure of school is disrupted.  The work of educators will be essential in this effort.” ~ Governor Scott

Adrenalin and commitment fueled school leaders, educators, librarians, ed tech teams, school staff, and communities to design and implement a plan. Challenges were met head on and plans were adjusted to meet those challenges. Three months later, as we come up for air, and start to think about ‘what next’, we find ourselves reflecting.

Inspired by @Devin Vodika’s blog post referencing the After Action Review Protocol, Vita-Learn as created and tested a reflection template that we hope might help others as they enter the last few days of of the school year. Feel free to download and make a copy of the reflection template to use as you consider the successes and challenges of your school’s emergency school closing plan.

Special thanks to board member, Tim O’Leary, and the team from Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union for testing the protocol with us and sharing feedback on the template.

We hope you’ll also let us know how if you find the reflection template useful.

Digital Tools Partner Offers

Digital Consortium Partners Offers in Response to Vermont School Closure related to COVID-19 (download)

Voicethread

Free for all Vermont Schools for rest of year via Vita-learn Constorium

Vita-Learn and VoiceThread are offering  VoiceThread for all Vermont Schools for the remainder of the school year along with free PD on setting up VoiceThread for distance learning. 

Please complete the following form  to set up VoiceThread for your school or district for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. 


Please complete the following Voicethread VT Consortium  Request Form to set up your account or set up free PD.

View recording or workshop on using VoiceThread in school closure planning. 

Workshop: Preparing for School Closures with VoiceThread

When: March 19, 2020 1:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Register for March 19 workshop

View recording or this workshop offered last week

Does your institution have a disaster readiness plan in the event of unexpected school closures or quarantine scenarios? Many schools and universities around the world are faced with this very situation today, and it’s important to ensure that students don’t fall behind or lose touch with their learning communities. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to include VoiceThread lessons and assessments into your plans.

Book Creator 

Free Collaboration Upgrade for 90 days and Free PD

…we’re supporting you in two ways. Firstly, we’d like to offer everyone the ability to collaborate together on books in real-time. This is a premium feature that is usually only available with a paid subscription, but we’re offering 90 days free use of this tool, to help keep students and teachers connected.

Secondly, we’ve pulled together a list of ideas for using Book Creator for remote learning – ideas that you can put in place today to help keep kids engaged whilst unable to attend school.

Free collaboration upgrade

To claim your free collaboration upgrade, you’ll need to:

  1. Sign into your Book Creator account. If you don’t have an account yet, create one and we’ll give you 1 library and 40 books for free.
  2. Start your collaboration trial on your account – you’ll automatically get 90 days free.

 Read this Guidance for home learninghow teachers can help parents to get their children signed into Book Creator at home.

Read the guidance

 Daily webinars – join Jon Smith for daily webinars on using Book Creator for home learning, and simple getting started with Book Creator sessions. These are informal – drop in and ask Jon anything.

View webinar schedule

WeVideo 

Free WeVideo EDU accounts for rest of school year for new accounts or for those who have WeVideo with Vita-Learn and need more accounts. 

“We recognize that teaching during this crisis is very trying for educators,” WeVideo CEO Krishna Menon said. “Staying connected and keeping students engaged while they’re home isn’t easy but we recognize a collaboration tool like WeVideo can help and we are ready to do what’s possible during these times.” 

WeVideo is ready to offer this resource as a way to enable successful distance learning. K-12 districts and schools of any size are eligible for these accounts. If your school or district is interested, please fill out the form below and we will contact you. 

https://www.wevideo.com/blog/for-schools/wevideo-offering-support-to-schools-affected-by-covid-19

Newsela

Newsela’s entire product suite available to all teachers, free of charge, through the end of the school year, and COVID educational content

During this immensely challenging time, we want to support you and your district partners however we can. In that spirit, we are making Newsela’s entire product suite available to all teachers, free of charge, through the end of the school year. 

For free access to Newsela products for Teachers and Administrators:

We’ve also added timely resources that can be accessed via our coronavirus resource center:

  • Free professional learning for remote instruction: We’ve assembled a Remote Teaching Toolkit to make sure teachers are fully prepared to use Newsela to support core instruction remotely.
  • COVID-19 educational content: We’ll continue publishing content that educators across subjects and grades can use to teach about COVID-19 in a way that’s accurate, responsible and empowering to students. 

Dialogues related to School Continuity -in response to COVID-19

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As our educational community responds to COVID-19, the  #VTED community supports each other during a dynamic and quickly changing conversation.   We have set up a Special Event that allows our colleagues to share their emerging thinking.

Sharing Emerging Thinking on
Educational Continuity in VTED & COVID-19

Two Sessions on Monday, March 16th

Monday, March 16, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 PM – Designing for Remote Learning 

8:15 – 9:15 PM – Supporting Technical Decisions related to Educational Continuity

  • Focus on Technical Aspects: Device Management, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, etc.

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Facilitators:  Tim O’Leary (7:00 – 8:00 PM) and Patricia Aigner (8:15 – 9:15 PM)

Notetaker: Lucie deLaBruere

Purpose: To conversationally share ideas and resources being developed among districts on these complex and emerging conversations within and beyond our state.

Format: Each one-hour session is designed to hear from 3-4 panelists for 10-15 minutes each. Each will conversationally present some of their district’s current thinking and resources they have either created or curated. Questions can come from text-chat from viewers and panelists will answer a select few.

Connect to the Sessions

Designing For Remote Learning
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Facilitator: Tim O’Leary 
Supporting Technical Decisions related to Educational Continuity
8:15 – 9:15 PM
Facilitator:  Patricia Aigner
Join from Computer, iOS or Android:
https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/185137288

Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

+1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 185 137 288
(needed when calling in via telephone)

The conversation will be recorded and the video will be shared with our #vted community via the School-IT listserv soon after it is completed.

Join from Computer, iOS or Android: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/732756939

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 

+1 646 876 9923  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 

Meeting ID: 732 756 939
(needed when calling in via telephone)

The conversation will be recorded and the video will be shared with our #vted community via the School-IT listserv soon after it is completed.

 

More details available here

 

NEWSELA Webinar

Good news! Vita-Learn has approved an agreement with NEWSELA that will offer Vermont School’s consortium level pricing for NEWSELA products. Vita-Learn has arranged for NEWSELA to explain the difference between the various products at a special Vermont Schools NEWSELA webinar on February 13 at 1:00 p.m. 

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 You can register for the webinar  here 


You should also register if  you can’t make that time and would like a link to the recorded archive or information about consortium level pricing.

Vita-Learn believes that availability to educational resources should not be determined by zip codes and are pleased that your school (no matter the size) will benefit from this negotiated consortium level pricing.

IGNITE Educators Celebrate!

Do you know an educator who is using technology in innovative ways?

Someone who is creative, innovative, and willing to take risks?
Want to get that person some well deserved recognition and connect them with innovators around the State?
Nominate them to be part of 2017 IGNITE Cadre who will be honored this March!
Nominations close January 10th!
Here are the instructions, process, and nomination form, as well as nominees from past years.