S. Griffin

Director of Instructional Technology

Newsela Current Event Articles Support All Levels

Piedmont teachers using the Newsela service can be found at all of our schools.  Newsela.com rewrites articles from today’s headlines for five reading levels, allowing an entire class to read the same content, but at a level that’s just right for each student from primary readers to college-level!  The results: engaging, relevant nonfiction reading and…

Digital Citizenship Week October 18th-24th, 2015

With 92 percent of teens going online daily and nearly three-quarters of kids age 0–8 using apps, it’s time to have “the Talk.”   As parents and educators, we want to raise kids to be safe, responsible, and ethical in the digital and analog world. Giving kids a solid understanding of how we expect them…

Connected Learning in Action: Debbi Hill and Membean

In this continuing series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Below is an email sent by Connected Learning coach Debbi Hill to PHS staff about the personalized vocabulary service Membean students access from their Chromebooks.  The service is free for individuals, so…

Digital Discussions

The start of the school year is a great time to establish family expectations for technology use by having a “Digital Discussion.” To get you started, consider clarifying the norms and rules of your family on these topics: Where will your students use their devices to do their homework? In a shared visible location or…