Educational Technology Team Signature Services
Learn more here about IU13 Educational Technology Team Signature Services:
- Instructional Technology Support Services
- Instructional Media Services (IMS)
- Collaborative Job-Alike Meetings
- Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS)
- Instructional Technology Conferences
For additional information about any of these services, please contact the Educational Technology Team.
Instructional Technology Support Services
The IU13 Educational Technology team provides a range of professional learning, coaching, and resources to support educators and administrators throughout the region in using instructional technology effectively to expand learning while leveraging teaching, time, talent, resources, collaboration, and knowledge.
Learn how to personalize learning using the Station Rotation Framework. This professional learning series focuses on utilizing the three modalities of learning used in station rotation in order to meet the specific needs of today’s learners. Station rotation is a stepping stone toward creating a Personalized Learning environment for today’s learners. Participants will experience and learn about the Station Rotation Framework, and how to apply both personalized and individualized learning strategies, resources, and tools to maximize learning. During the three-day hands-on sessions, attendees will participate in a variety of instructional activities and strategies that they will be able to implement in their own classrooms to engage today’s learners.
Our Instructional Technology Specialists and Coaches provide non-evaluative, job-embedded coaching for teachers to support instructional planning, delivery, and/or assessment related to many content areas or processes. Instructional coaching builds knowledge and capacity of teachers by differentiating professional learning and follow-up support based upon teacher needs in the following areas:
- Technology Integration
- Station Rotation Implementations
- Blended & Personalized Learning Implementations
- ISTE standards for Teaching & Coaching
- …and more!
Does your district have a new Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) and/or Technology Integration Coach who could benefit from connecting with an Instructional Technology Specialist Mentor? Or perhaps, your seasoned ITS and/or Technology Integration Coach is looking for some fresh ideas, resources, and support. Often times Instructional Technology Specialists and/or Technology Integration Coaches are isolated in their roles due to being the only person in this K-12 position or in a small group of integrators split between elementary and secondary buildings. Our IU13 Educational Technology team offers an ITS Mentor Support year-long program that is customizable to meet your district needs.
The Instructional Alignment services supports districts in creating and/or revising their Instructional Technology Plan, Digital Scope & Sequence, and Professional Learning Framework. Districts can select:
- The Digital Scope and Sequence Alignment – Review digital resources, ascertain usage, make recommendations to avoid content-provider fatigue, examine usage reports and recommend adjustments, determine if current resources align with vision, and customize to fit district needs.
- The Professional Learning Framework Alignment – Review ISTE standards, identify indicators and create considerations specific to district, provide a crosswalk with Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning and the Danielson Framework, and identify flexible professional development opportunities.
- The Instructional Technology 3-Year Alignment – Outline how the current CoSN Hurdles are/will be addressed in the district, identify accelerators, identify tech enablers, and utilize the Digital Tool Kit as a guide to inform instructional technology planning and development.
Through the IMS Lending Library, districts can borrow esports-related equipment to get an esports club/team started. Districts have access to borrow gaming PCs and Nintendo Switches. Devices are loaded with games and include all accessories needed to successfully get an esports club/team started. Esports managers, coaches, and staff can attended monthly Epsorts Collaborative networking meetings at no charge. These services are continuing to grow and change as esports rapidly grows across the IU13 counties and the state of PA.
Our Ed Tech team instructional specialists provide a variety of professional learning opportunities including:
- Collaborative Tools (Microsoft, Google, and Apple)
- Utilization and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) using our PA OER Hub
- Utilization of CK12 resources
- IMS workshops supporting all the IMS resources/tools
- Instruction to Blended Learning Models
- Leveraging technology in creating Personalized Learning environments
- Understanding and examining using AI in education
- Schoology from beginner to advanced
- Schoology for administrators
- Apple Training
Our team serves as Apple Teachers, Apple Trainers, and Apple Coaches.
IU13 Instructional Media Services (IMS) and Pennsylvania Instructional Media Services (PAIMS) together bring consortia opportunities for IU13 public and nonpublic districts/schools striving to offer the best possible prices for quality instructional media resources for teaching and learning.
The Interlibrary Delivery Service (IDS) of Pennsylvania’s purpose is to provide a cost-effective efficient delivery service linking all types of libraries to support timely resource sharing throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As an incorporated not-for-profit membership organization, IDS is supported by a state/local partnership which includes a state subsidy and local membership dues. Through IDS, member libraries share print and non-print library resources to meet the information needs of end users. Currently, IDS membership includes 409 libraries which comprise the service area of the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania. This total includes 181 Full Member libraries and 228 sites which are Affiliates of Full Member (“Parent”) libraries.
Open Education Resources (OER) are “teaching and learning materials licensed in such a way that they are free and may be used, reused, remixed, and otherwise customized to meet specific needs.” (oercommons.org)
During this first session, participants will learn what Open Education Resources (OER) are and the importance of including them as part of their learning and teaching.
Districts can attend or request on-site workshops related to any of the IMS resources which include the following: Discovery Education, BrainPOP, Gale Resources Databases, CultureGrams, and Sora/OverDrive. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants or school district. The IMS also provides regular Certification Workshops for Lending Materials. One half-day workshop can provide certification on the Mobile Device AR/VR Kit, the StarLab, and the Telepresence Robots. Another half-day workshop can provide certification of one or all of the STEM Lending Library Resources that include: Makey Makey, Botley 2.0 the Coding Robot, Cubelets, Edison V2.0 Robot, Hummingbird, Turing Tumble, Raspberry Pi4 w/ Tinker Kit, Finch Robot 2.0, Phidgets, Sphero Indi Robot, and LittleBits STEAM Student Set.
Our teams offers the following sessions for training and support to districts implementing Schoology: Schoology 101, Schoology Level UP, and Schoology for Administrators. In addition, we offer consultation services for utilizing Schoology Best Practices K-12.
CK-12 has a mission of providing free access to high-quality, customizable educational content in multiple modalities suited to multiple student learning styles, levels, and resources. Participants in this professional learning workshop will learn how to leverage the power and flexibility of CK-12’s digital and interactive content, simulations, and practice from their FlexBooks® 2.0 series. CK-12 content and student response to assessments and practice can be utilized to personalize instruction while being easily embedded and synced with teacher’s own LMS courses.
Instructional Media Services (IMS)
IU13 Instructional Media Services (IMS) provides a cost-effective and convenient program for educators to obtain high-quality digital media to complement classroom instruction. We update and revamp the IMS every five years in order to continue to meet districts’ current needs and initiatives. Our IMS focuses on supporting 21st century skills, digital-age literacy, inventive thinking, high productivity, and effective communication. Whether students are studying world languages, math, science, language arts, humanities, social studies, or any other electives, our IMS provides materials and resources for all K-12 educators and learners.
Districts can attend or request on-site workshops related to any of the IMS resources which include the following: Discovery Education, BrainPOP, Gale Resources Databases, CultureGrams, and Sora/OverDrive. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants or school district. The IMS also provides regular Certification Workshops for Lending Materials. One half-day workshop can provide certification on the Mobile Device AR/VR Kit, the StarLab, and the Telepresence Robots. Another half-day workshop can provide certification of one or all of the STEM Lending Library Resources that include: Makey Makey, Botley 2.0 the Coding Robot, Cubelets, Edison V2.0 Robot, Hummingbird, Turing Tumble, Finch Robot 2.0, Phidgets, Sphero Indi Robot, and LittleBits STEAM Student Set.
Collaborative Job-Alike Meetings
IU13 facilitates a variety of Educational Technology job-alike groups as a value-added service to our school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Most of these collaborative and networking opportunities are provided at no cost to educators who work in member districts. Please note that there are eligibility requirements for attendance at some of these meetings, which are listed in the descriptions.
These monthly meetings provide school district technology and media integrators/specialists/coaches with a forum for professional learning and sharing the uses of technology and media in curriculum and instruction. These collaborative meetings focus on participant needs and professional development supporting technology integration to maximize student learning.
The purpose of this collaborative is to provide Lancaster and Lebanon county library stakeholders, including AccessPA member libraries, with pertinent information concerning technology tools, ethical and legal issues, and professional development on the integration of IMS and other media literacy specific tools/databases/strategies. Meetings are held in September, November, January, March, and May at IU13 in Lancaster and/or virtually with Zoom. There is no cost to IU13 IMS member districts.
These monthly meetings provide Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS) advisors and institutional administrators the opportunity to network with other district advisors to share ideas, challenges, updates, etc., in regards to online and blended learning.
The purpose of the Enriched Virtual Forum (EVF) is to support district cyber academies to be the highest quality and most cost-effective programs which fully compete with other cyber charter programs available today. District teams will begin with creating a district action plan to outline the areas of focus and goals for the year for their district cyber academy. Meeting topics will be built around the needs and goals as outlined in the district action plans. Possible meeting topics will include resources from the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Quality Matters partnership for use of rubric and review process, and the Digital Learning Collaborative national “think-tank” and resource provider for online learning programs.
In addition, for districts who are creating their own course content to supplement and enrich current district cyber programs, EVF will focus on topics such as course design, best practices for LMS templates, accessibility & WCAG compliance, and using open-educational resources (OER) and other instructional online content in the district’s LMS.
For districts who intend to strengthen their cyber academy programs, possible collaborative topics will include incentivizing and marketing your program to your community, building a complete K-12 program with supporting electives, honors courses, implementing industry-based credential options for Career Ready learners, learner engagement strategies, academic and support tutoring both synchronous and asynchronous, and online teacher professional development.
This Collaborative is included with Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS) partnership and is available for a fee for non-participating districts.
The purpose of the Virtual Teacher Collaborative group is to provide IU13 virtual teachers with a regularly scheduled time to meet with a network of other online educators to collaborate and share best practices for teaching in a solely online environment. Resources for virtual field trips, ideas for class meetings, and asynchronous and synchronous teaching strategies will be provided. Each collaborative meeting will be planned to focus on participant needs and provide targeted professional development that supports K-12 online learning. This Collaborative is included with Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS) partnership and is available for a fee for non-participating districts.
The Esports Collaborative now brings together IU12 (York, Adams, and Franklin), IU13 (Lancaster and Lebanon), and IU14 (Berks). The purpose of the Esports Collaborative is to provide any MS/HS educators interested in esports the opportunity to meet with a network of others to explore starting, exploring, and continuing esports programs. Time is provided to collaborate and share ideas, upcoming events, games, platforms, and opportunities with esports across PA. Current trends, opportunities for support, networking, and esports-related resources will be shared. Each collaborative meeting will be planned to focus on participant needs and questions, and to provide support in the K-12 esports environments.
This collaborative provides elementary, middle, and high school principals, assistant principals, and deans of students who work in public schools in Lancaster and Lebanon counties with the opportunity to network with colleagues and build personal capacity to lead at the school level.
Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS)
Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions (LLVS) is part of the largest online learning consortium in the state of Pennsylvania. LLVS provides students with engaging, high-quality curriculum. The courses are customized to fit their needs, while teaching valuable technology skills that are essential for success in the 21st century.
Instructional Technology Conferences
- Elementary & Secondary Technology Conference
- IMS Back-to-School Mini-Conference
- Schoology ConnectPA – Discover how educators use Schoology in various ways to expand learning, while leveraging teaching, time, talent, resources, collaboration, knowledge, and much more in Pennsylvania. Participants will have an opportunity to explore beginner, intermediate, and advanced Schoology features and instructional practices. This conference is intended for administrators, technology directors, system administrators, technology media integrators/coaches, and teachers. Registration is available via Frontline.
- Edcamp Lancaster
- Esports Summit