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OAC Weekly Snapshot, May 12-16

by User Not Found | May 16, 2014
Another busy week as we approach the end of the school year. We are in the home stretch! Here are some highlights from our week:


  • OAC/TIF/Straight A Superintendents Webinar – The Superintendents Webinar on Monday, May 12 focused on Straight A updates, the TIF SLO/Assessment Literacy Collaboration Space, professional practice badges, updates to the OAC Collaboration Space, the OAC Principals Collaborative, and Connect for Success. Thanks for joining us! If you missed the webinar, check your email for a link to the recording.

  • OAC Twitter Chats – This week's #OACteach chat focused on the benefits of personalized learning and this awesome infographic shared by LearnDash. Big thanks to all participants and our host Alea Barker (@AleaBarker). You can view archives of #OACteach chats on the Collaboration Space here. Don't forget to join us Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Have something you'd like to discuss during a future chat? Please share in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #OACteach.

  • OAC Website and Collaboration Space Enhancements – We're excited to announce more enhancements to the OAC Website and Collaboration Space, including:

    - A new Our Initiatives section of the OAC website including information about the Personalized Learning Network and our Straight A Grant work. This information is available to the public. We encourage you to share with your districts and communities.

    - Collaboration Space orientation video that highlights the features and functionalities of the space. This is a great video to share in your districts to introduce folks to the Collaboration Space. Watch the video here. You must be logged in to view (using your Ohio Portal username and password).

    - Search functionality within the Discussion Forums, allowing you to search all discussion threads by topic/keyword. With the growing number of discussions, this will allow you to quickly find what you are looking for. 

    - Separate discussion forums for the Straight A Grant and Professional Development Coordinators (PDCs). If you are a PDC, please introduce yourself here

    - Links to the Red Booth management tool for Straight A and the TIF SLO/Assessment Literacy Collaboration Space.

    If you have questions about the website or Collaboration Space, please contact Julie Vujevich.

New Resources and Discussions

Discussions and resources continue to grow on the OAC Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in). Here are some of the latest conversations and resources, including a few shared through the OAC blog and Twitter @OHAppCollab:

  • Giving feedback to students  – Debbie Batz of New Lexington shared information and resources for giving effective feedback to students. Check them out here.

  • How can we personalize professional development?  – We'd like your thoughts! How can we personalize professional development opportunities within the OAC? Please visit this discussion thread to share your thoughts.

  • Using Twitter in your Classrooms – As folks are earning their Tweet Badges, we've gotten many questions about how educators can use Twitter to engage students and parents. Visit this discussion thread for some ideas and to share your experiences.

What's Next

  • Connect for Success – Are you registered for this year's Connect for Success conference, June 16-17? Don't miss the opportunity to connect with other teachers, administrators, education leaders, and higher education faculty in a variety of learning sessions aimed at helping your district succeed. Register here. Join the conversation leading up to and during the event on Twitter using the hashtag #2014CFS.
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Happy weekend!