Educational Technology Best Practices
The AESD/OSPI EdTech team has created a wealth of educational technology (EdTech) resources for educators, parents, and providers. These efforts began through the Learning Management System (LMS) training and support provided by the AESD for the 2020-21 school year was made possible by federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding through the CARES Act to Washington State. As of July 2021, House Bill 1365 provided funding to empower innovation and collaboration within educational communities by developing and enhancing digital equity, access, and inclusion to meet the needs of all students with an emphasis on underserved students, families, and communities.
This statewide work is focused on Educational Technology Learning Standards found on the OSPI EdTech website.
EdTech Professional Learning Opportunities
The AESD Regional Educator Network (REN)
SIGN UP TODAY for the March 15 and May 10, 2022 statewide educator collaborations. Learn more and earn clock hours about EdTech Connections to Educator Mental Health and Wellbeing on March 15 and about Youth Voice and Advocacy on May 10.
On-Demand Learning with Clock Hours
- Selecting a learning management system (LMS)
- Learning to use these five learning management systems (LMS): Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Schoology
- Video conferencing best practices courses (Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams)
- Deep-Dive courses: Digital Navigation, 1:1 Technology 101, Level Up Your Tech Game, Project-based Learning for Distance Learning, and Google Forms
Professional Development Session Recordings & Materials
Interested in learning about the different Learning Management Systems but don’t need the clock hours? Or did you attend a session and want to re-watch? Click on the LMS below to view the available recordings and resources.
Future-Focused Educators’ Summit – July 26-29, 2021 event recordings
This event was packed with inspiring keynote speakers and subject matter experts.
WA Digital TeachKit
Easy-to-use guides crafted by teacher librarians to help K12 educators select, understand, and use commonly-adopted digital learning tools in Washington State.
OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
Washington OER Hub | OER Commons
Washington’s platform for sharing K-12 open educational resources – providing equitable access to standards-aligned, quality instructional materials.
LMS Interface Quick Guides
These quick guides are intended to provide an overview for each LMS interface to allow providers to assist students in navigating their LMS.
Remote Learning Vocabulary
Our Learning Management Systems (LMS) specialists have put together a list of key words and their meanings to help families become familiar with the basic vocabulary around Learning Management Systems.
Resources: Supporting Student Learning
This document contains resources for parents and caregivers on how to support students’ social-emotional learning and academics.
National EdTech Organizations
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Association for Computer Professionals in Education
Association for Educational Communications and Technology
American Educational Research Association
American Society for Training and Development
A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.
International Society for Performance Improvement
International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE Resources and Support for the Online Educator
Northwest Council for Computer Education
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education
100Kin10 unites the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage