Author: Kelly West

Ed Tech: Idaho Technology Pilots

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Schools across Idaho can apply for a share of $3 million in technology pilot grant money.

Three million dollars is up for grabs through the second round of the Idaho Technology Pilot program. Last year eleven schools statewide shared in three million dollars of technology money. The program asks What does a next-generation classroom look like and how would you put it into action?

The state is hosting four informational webinars on April 22 and April 23. For  more information visit the state’s website. I am available to help your building team brainstorm ideas, write the grant, and put together a budget.

Only one application can be submitted per school. The state will accept multiple applications from a district. All grant proposals need to be approved by the District Office before submission. Grants are due by June 11th.

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Math: Resources for Checkout and Region 1 Quarterly Newsletter

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Have you checked out the Idaho Regional Math Centers Region 1 Quarterly Newsletter?


The newsletter is packed with ideas and resources for teachers! The Region 1 Center also offers books and manipulatives for checkout.

Math News


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Ed Tech: Read and Write for Google

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Jessica Lamb, a second grade teacher and DRT at Mullan Trail Elementary, uses the read aloud Chrome extension, Read&Write for Google™, with her second grade students. With its many features, this Chrome extension might be right for you.

Read Aloud

Read&Write for Google™ works on PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks to add many powerful support features to the web and common file types in Google Drive. The free version offers features such as read aloud and translation to read the web and Google documents.

Unsure about using/installing Google apps, extensions, and scripts, contact me at

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Math: U of I Book Club-What’s Math Got to Do with It?

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University of Idaho is offering a book club on What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject by Jo Boaler.

The book club is free and includes a copy of the book! There is an option to participate for 1 credit offered through the University of Idaho for $60. Check out the flyer below and contact to register.

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Ed Tech: 40 Ways to Start Using Apps in Schools

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Looking for ways to use Google Apps beyond document creation and sharing? Are you interested in increasing student engagement, teacher efficiency, and colleague collaboration?

Check out this presentation by Becky Evans, a community manager on the education team at Google.

Google Apps

Thank you Jennifer Olsen for sharing this presentation with me.

If you or your school is interested in Google Apps for Education student accounts, contact your administrator. I am available to work with you and your students to incorporate Google Apps for Education into your classroom. Contact me at

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Discovery Education: Science Fair Central

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Discovery Education and Elmers have partnered to create a science fair resource website. Science Fair Central offers all the tools and resources to put together a small or large scale science fair.

Science Fair

Resources include project ideas, teacher, parent, and coordinator resources. One section of the website that looks particularly useful is the Science Fair Investigation Project Steps.

PDFs included on the site:

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Ed Tech: Idaho Google Apps for Education Conference-North

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GAfE (Google Apps for Education) is coming to North Idaho! Learn how to use GAfE to support teaching and learning.

Idaho GAfE North conference will be held February 15th at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort. Scholarships to cover the $145 registration fee are available through the University of Idaho Doceo Center; apply today! 1 credit hour is also available for $60 through the University of Idaho.

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Reposted from the Idaho GAfE website:

Idaho GAfE Festival – North 

Saturday, February 15 Coeur d’Alene

Join us on February 15, 2014 for the first annual North Idaho Google Festival. This event will focus on integrating and using Google Apps for Education and other Google tools to promote student learning and engagement in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, University faculty, and practicing administrators.   

Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education and other free Google tools to support and enhance student learning.

Sessions include practical application presentations as well as hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers.

  • Google Apps Scripts
  • Google Apps for Education at all levels
  • Chromebooks in Education
  • YouTube for Schools
  • Google Maps and Earth
  • Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, Gmail tips, and… even more!
All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, or teachers with local Google success stories!  

Open to attendees everywhere, this festival offers unique opportunities for all participants:

  • FREE parking and WiFi
  • Continental breakfast and lunch with networking time each day.
  • Direct access to educational technology leaders.
  • Optional Credits for Professional Development (extra charge)