Google Summit ’13

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The Google Summit is a **free** event taking place on Oregon’s Statewide Inservice Day. This year, the Google Summit will be at Thurston Elementary in Springfield, Oregon from 8:00am-4:30pm on October 14. This is a call for both presenters and participants. Please sign up with the following form:

Visit for relevant information. Sessions are meant to be informational and include hands-on practice or question time for participants.

Have no fear! Google Docs is here!

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Spiders, snakes, and heights might be something you fear, but technology should never be included in your list of nightmarish items. This is where ORVSD (Oregon Virtual School District) comes into play. We are a group of educators providing free technology training for teachers. With a focus on the Google Apps in Education platform, Moodle, WordPress, and Drupal, we can help you integrate meaningful technology into your classroom. There is a great emphasis on technology integration in the CCSS; therefore, teachers are needing to increase their knowledge and use of technology in the classroom. These platforms meet the CCSS expectations and provide many beneficial features.

As an English teacher, one of my favorite features of the Google Apps is Google Docs. Google Docs embraces collaboration. In Google Docs I can create curriculum, share it with my PLC, post viewable documents online for my students to access and even grade and leave comments in documents to help my students with their writing (YouTube Tutorial).  My colleagues and I have recreated our curriculum maps using Google Spreadsheets because each of us have editing rights to the doc because of the sharing features in Google. Every time something is edited in the shared doc, we all automatically receive an updated version of the document. Gone are the days of emailing attached word documents to multiple people, receiving multiple edited versions of the document and trying to copy and paste all of the revisions into the original document. Now we can all work in the same doc at the same time! Most importantly, goodbye worrying about unexpected computer crashes and shut offs that result in lost documents. Google makes it easy for you to collaborate.

Another of my favorite features in Google Docs is the ability to leave comments. My students peer edit their essays using Google Docs by sharing their document with their peer editor. They are able leave constructive criticism and recommendations by highlighting and commenting on the text. This not only helps communication in the classroom, but saves a tremendous amount of paper. Also, students can access their document from any computer that is connected to the Internet. I used to hear the, ‘I forgot my thumb drive and it has my essay on it” or “I can’t find my document” excuse consistently. Not anymore thanks to Google.

There are many benefits to Google Apps in Education and I have barely begun to break the surface of them. I invite you to check out the great features that Google can offer to you and your students.  Have no fear, you too can easily become a master of Google Apps through attending ORVSD trainings like the Google Summit in October at Westview High School, ORVSD webinars and other ORVSD sponsored trainings like Klamath Basin Ed Tech Day. Check out our website and see what have to offer to help you in the integration of technology into your classroom. I promise- we won’t bite!

Google Apps to Flip your Classroom

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Google Apps to Flip your Classroom
April 9th 8-9pm on WebEx
Go to ORVSD WebEx Meeting Page 
Select attend a meeting
Select:Google Apps to Flip your Classroom

Use the following information to join the meeting
Meeting number:   492 939 090
Meeting password:   llnickgoogle

Access notes for this training in advance at the following link.

You will have the best experience if you have a working microphone and speakers/headphones to interact, but you can also type in questions.

The entire training will be recorded and viewable 24 hours later at the following site.

orvsd | nickersonl

This is also where you can reprint training materials and PDU certificates.

Spring Roadshows 2013

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Volkswagen Van

The ORVSD Training Team is loading up the party van (we wish) and traveling to your area for a day of tech sharing and learning.

We’ll host sessions on the ORVSD suite of tools: Moodle, Drupal, WordPress, Google Apps, digital content, and more. We’ll also include sessions about social media, open education resources, and related topics.

March 8Northwest Oregon
April 13Central Oregon - at Ridgeview HS in Redmond
April 19Southern Oregon (EdTech Summit at SOU)
April 19Mid-Valley/Willamette ESD
April 26Northeast Oregon
May 10Southeast Portland

Registration is open now.

Agendas and presenter materials are available on the roadshow site.

ORVSD at #ipdx13

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Jamie and Tim looking at their phones

Members of the ORVSD Training Team are leading, participating in, or sponsoring several sessions at IntegratED Portland.

Jamie Richardson and Tim Lauer, pictured above, join Tricia George to share their experiences bringing together a cadre of tech-leaning administrators in Oregon this past summer. Catch them Monday afternoon at 3:45.

Jeremy Macdonald joins Julia Fallon and John Pederson to talk about balancing technology and life. Joint the session Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Corin Richards has assembled an all-star cast of North Marion, Oregon educators for this look at production, collaboration, and sharing in a 1:1 iPad classroom. They start their talk at 2:00 on Monday afternoon.

Join G Douglas Bundy for laughs and exploration at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. G will provide a fast-paced look at brain research, game theory, behavior research, flipped classrooms, and the amazing work he has done on Student Source (Beaverton School District).

ORVSD is thrilled to help bring Mike Rohde to IntegratED Portland. Join Mike for an exciting active notes session on Monday afternoon at 2.

This Tuesday morning workshop is part puzzle, part mystery, part maker workshop. In between all that, Rachel Wente-Chaney will guide a look at website choices and ideas for making good media and design choices.

Google Calendar for Lesson Planning – Webinar

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  Google Calendar for Lesson Planning

Join us on WebEx

Trainer : Laura Nickerson

Sign up to receive a reminder and join us on WebEx

  Starting date:   February 5, 2013
  Starting time:   3:45 pm, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
  Duration:   1 hour
  Host’s name:   Laura Nickerson
  Host’s Email:
  Meeting number:   490 836 563
  Meeting password:   googlenickll
  Host key:   813530
  Audio conference:  
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
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   Access code: 490 836 563

Klamath Basin EdTech Conference

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presenter during workshop

 2013 Klamath Basin EdTech Conference – Jan 25th, 2013

This conference is sponsored by ORVSD and has speakers from across the state coming to present in Klamath Falls.

Registration is now open for this FREE event!  There will be a variety of sessions (Google, Moodle, WordPress, Ipad, Chromebook) at numerous comfort levels (Beginner thru advanced). Lunch is provided and there will be several prizes  to be given away!

All session will be hands on and worth PDU’s.  This is a great opportunity for ALL basin educators.  Both KCSD and KFCS have partnered for this conference. Our goal is to have 150 participants.   On Jan 25th we plan on beginning on around noon and wrapping up around 4pm at Mazama High School.  We will be utilizing  MHS’s 7 computer labs and will also have an iPad cart and chromebook cart available.

Register TODAY!  All educators and support staff are welcome!

Klamath Basin EdTech Registration Link -

Questions?  Contact Laura Nickerson ( or Jeremy MacDonald (


Laura and Jeremy

ORVSD Trainers

Webinar Training Calendar Announced

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The 2012- 2013 Google Apps Training Webinar Calendar has been announced and is ready for participant sign up.

Go to to sign up!

Trainings are free and last about 1 hour.

Trainer : Laura Nickerson

PDU : 1 hour per session

Oregon School Boards Association — Conference 2012

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We presented information about ORVSD during the Hot Topics session at OSBA. The flyer for the session is available here. The slides used in the presentation are below:

2012 Google Summit

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Registration is open for the 2012 Oregon Google Summit. We have a full agenda this year, with sessions for technical staff, school administrators, teachers, and district administrators. Stay tuned for more information about speakers and sessions. Reserve your spot early:

hanging the summit sign

Preparing for last year's Google Summit