Tech Talks

The OPSRC Tech Team has created 30-45 minute Tech Talks on different technology tools teachers and students can use in the classroom. You can join these Tech Talks live or view the archived sessions below. We are providing new talks via Zoom regularly on Tuesdays (30-minutes) around lunch time and on Thursdays (45-minutes) after school.

Here are the future Tech Talks we have scheduled:

Upcoming Tech Talks

Communicating and interpreting visual language is an invaluable skill that complements and can be more efficient than text-based learning. Well designed images can be used to make connections, tell a story, or illustrate abstract ideas. There are many technology tools that can make producing, editing, and sharing graphics easy and accessible.

Adobe Creative Cloud Express
Adobe Creative Cloud Express is a suite of tools with a free account formerly known collectively as Adobe Spark. This session focuses on the updates to the graphic, website, and video creation tool. The new features include quick editing actions, image effects, and access to Adobe Stock Photos and Fonts.
January 18, 2022 11:30 AM
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January 20, 2022 3:30 PM
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Canva
Canva is a multi-purpose graphic design platform with a free account. Start designing with useful infographics, logos, and social media image templates. Promote design thinking with photo effects, simple formatting tools, and drag-and-drop editing.
January 25, 2022 11:30 AM
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January 27, 2022 3:30 PM
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Pixlr X
Pixlr X is a browser-based, image editing tool with a free account. Produce high quality photos using layers, graphics, and adjustments. Export jpgs, pngs, or social media products such as Instagram stories, YouTube thumbnails, and Twitter covers.
February 1, 2022 11:30 AM
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February 3, 2022 3:30 PM
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Visme
Visme is a visual content platform with a free account. Start a project to develop printables, graphs, or graphics then assemble them together in a combined graphic or presentation. Each product comes with filters, frames, and editing tools to produce high-quality and shareable content.
February 8, 2022 11:30 AM
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February 10, 2022 3:30 PM
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Check back later for future Tech Talks.
If you have suggestions for edtech tools you would like us to cover:
Suggest a future tech tool.

Archived Tech Talks

How to make the most of these lessons:

One recommendation on how to make use of these short lessons on different technology tools:
Step 1: Download the slides.
Step 2: Watch the 30-45 minute video and make notes on the slides. Pause the video any time you want to apply what you have learned with the tool.
Step 3: Contact us anytime you have questions or need help. You can reach the OPSRC Tech Team at techteam@opsrc.net.
Step 4: If you would like a follow-up training session, contact us and we can schedule something either virtual or in-person.

Technology Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) created their first technology integration standards in 1998. According to ISTE, the ISTE standards "have been used, researched and updated to continuously reflect the latest research-based best practices" and have been adopted in all 50 US states and several other countries. Much like content standards, the ISTE Standards provide informative, clear, and measurable targets for technology skills, knowledge, and attitudes. The standards are grouped by target audience, and each one is accompanied by descriptions and examples.

ISTE Standards for Students
Recording Date:
October 7, 2021
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ISTE Standards for Students
Note: video is glitchy around 26 minutes but will continue.
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ISTE Standards for Students
ISTE Standards for Educators
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November 4, 2021
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ISTE Standards for Educators
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ISTE Standards for Educators
ISTE Standards for Education Leaders
Recording Date:
November 11, 2021
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ISTE Standards for Education Leaders
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ISTE Standards for Education Leaders

Tech Integration Models

Several models to guide the use of technology in the classroom have been developed over the years:

The SAMR Model
was created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura in 2010 and considers four levels of technology integration in the order from least to most sophisticated: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. This model focuses on analyzing and encouraging deeper levels of student led and engaged activities.

The TPACK Framework was created by Punya Mishra and Matthew J. Koehler in 2006 and considers three areas of Knowledge needed for high-impact technology integration: Technological, Pedagogical, And Content. This model focuses on analyzing and blending the three knowledge domains and prioritizes selecting appropriate technology tools to support content and pedagogical needs.

The Technology Integration Matrix (or TIM) was created by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) in 2005. This framework examines the intersection of five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments (i.e. active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal-directed) with five levels of technology integration (i.e. entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation).

SAMR Model
Recording Date:
September 16, 2021
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SAMR Model
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SAMR Model
TPACK Framework
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September 21, 2021
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TPACK Framework
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TPACK Framework
Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)
Recording Date:
September 28, 2021
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Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)
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Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)

Individual Tech Tools

These individual tools can be used with any of the tech integration models listed above to meet ISTE Standards for Students in the classroom. If you have a suggestion for a tool that you would like us to cover in a future Tech Talk, use the "Suggest" button above to send us a note.

Adobe Spark Post
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February 4, 2021
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Adobe Spark Post
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Adobe Spark Post
Google Slides
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February 11, 2021
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Google Slides
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Google Slides
Book Creator
Recording Date:
February 18, 2021
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Book Creator
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Book Creator
Seesaw
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February 25, 2021
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Seesaw
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Seesaw
Adobe Spark Video
Recording Date:
March 11, 2021
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Adobe Spark Video
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Adobe Spark Video
Flipgrid
Recording Date:
March 25, 2021
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Flipgrid
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Flipgrid
YouTube
Recording Date:
March 30, 2021
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YouTube
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YouTube
Adobe Spark Page
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April 15, 2021
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Adobe Spark Page
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Adobe Spark Page
Google Sites
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April 20, 2021
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Google Sites
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Google Sites
Blogger
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April 27, 2021
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Blogger
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Blogger
Weebly
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May 6, 2021
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Weebly
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Weebly
Google Forms
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May 20, 2021
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Google Forms
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Google Forms
Quizizz
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May 27, 2021
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Quizizz
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Quizizz
Kahoot!
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June 3, 2021
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Kahoot!
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Kahoot!
Nearpod
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June 10, 2021
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Nearpod
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Nearpod
Wakelet
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June 24, 2021
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Wakelet
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Wakelet
Coggle
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July 1, 2021
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Coggle
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Coggle
Stormboard
Recording Date:
July 13, 2021
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Stormboard
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Stormboard
Google Slides 2
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July 29, 2021
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Google Slides 2
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Google Slides 2
Seesaw 2
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August 5, 2021
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Seesaw 2
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Seesaw 2
Flipgrid 2
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August 19, 2021
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Flipgrid 2
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Flipgrid 2
Nearpod 2
Recording Date:
August 26, 2021
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Nearpod 2
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Nearpod 2
Screencastify
Recording Date:
December 2, 2021
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Screencastify
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Screencastify
iMovie
Recording Date:
December 9, 2021
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iMovie
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iMovie
Edpuzzle
Recording Date:
December 16, 2021
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Edpuzzle
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Edpuzzle
Adobe Creative Cloud Express
Recording Date:
January 18, 2022
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Adobe Creative Cloud Express
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Adobe Creative Cloud Express