On Thursday, December 15, 2022 Christopher Kauter, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation for the Bay Shore School District, presented a CAS CTLE Workshop entitled “Tech Tips for Administrators” on Zoom.
This workshop provided participants with practical suggestions on how to handle data, manage correspondences and leverage social media more effectively. In particular, he demonstrated many approaches to quickly build local technology capacity and maximizing your output. Mr. Kauter touched on several effective ways to use your time wisely by employing valuable and often overlooked aspects of the Google and Outlook email platforms that can improve and organize communication with parents.
From color-coding your calendar to reducing the ongoing email exchange you spent time having just to set up a meeting using Calend.ly or your Google account. Participants also learned how to train their email inbox to filter the important information from the unnecessary using tabs in their Google email. He also helped attendees retrieve an email they sent using the delayed send setting. This feature allows you to retrieve an email before it is sent to make one last correction or adjustment. Mr. Kauter also explained that creating email templates for recurring communications can increase efficiency.
Navigating our changing world requires time to reflect and make adjustments. Technology can help with that. The application Headspace is a meditation application that can guide you through quick meditations and mindfulness activities. If you don’t have time for that, create space on your calendar to focus. By designating a block of time on your calendar using the focus feature, you’ll be able to give yourself much needed processing time. When you’re ready to return to your To-Do List, there are a few applications that can help. Mr. Kauter reviewed ways to use Google Tasks or ToDo-ist to see the progress you’re making or to get a reminder when a task needs to get done.
Upcoming CAS CTLE Workshops:
Workshop Title: LGBTQ+: Honoring All Voices
Presenter: Zeneda Gordon
Date and Time: Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Workshop Title: Equity Walks
Presenter: Dr. Timothy Piciullo, Catherine Carella-Dean, Lori Goldstein, Michelle Marrone, and Raymond Ruiz
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor, and successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification. Upcoming CAS CTLE Workshops are scheduled throughout the school year and communicated through email and the www.casliny.com website.