Mr. Zirkle

Technology Credits

There has been much talk about teachers needing to get there Technology credits. The Digital Learning Coordinators can support teachers in getting technology credits. There are multiple paths to getting tech credits. Here is a list of some pathways to tech credits. Contact your area DLC for support or questions.
1. The North Carolina DPI Digital Learning Competencies – this may be the fastest and easiest way to obtain technology credits. The NC DPI created modules for teachers to complete in order to obtain technology credits. There are 4 competencies that teachers can choose from. Each competency is equal to 1.0 CEU.

A. Leadership in Digital Learning –Teachers will demonstrate leadership in accelerating their integration of digital teaching and learning pedagogies.
B. Digital Citizenship- Teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school    culture.
C. Digital Content and Instruction- Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.|
D. Data and Assessment- Teachers will use technology to make data more accessible, adjust instruction to better meet the needs of a diverse learner population, and reflect upon their practice        through the consistent, effective use of assessment.
You may need a partial credit or a whole credit. These modules will enable you to complete an online course at your own pace. Contact me, Chris Zirkle, to receive more information and access to Canvas courses. (

2. Work With a DLC – When we work with staff members we keep track of the time we have spent with you working on technology integration. We will provide your school’s E-School manager with the number of hours we worked with you and a description of the session. Each hour equals .1 CEUs.

3. Convergence Remix – The WCPSS DLCs host Remix events throughout the year for each calendar schedule. We send out invites to administrators. Be on the look for a Remix event. They are awesome ways to learn about technology integration while earning tech credits.

4. Kyte Learning – If you love to participate in Professional Development on your own time and in your pajamas, Kyte Learning may be up your ally. Look for the link in the WCPSS Portal.

5. Google Level 1 & Level 2 Certification – Your area DLC can provide you with resources and support in order to pass the Google Educators Certification Exams. Level 1 is worth .8 CEUs and Level 2 is worth 1.2 CEUs. Here are some resources to get you started.

6. The Friday Institute – The Friday Institute offers several online courses.

Got Google?

Use this Google Drawing to demonstrate what Google apps you know, love, and want to learn about. This activity will give you some experience with Google Drawings. As you participate in this activity, think of ways you can use Google Drawings with your students.


  1. Drag each Google app, that you are familiar with, to the board.
  2.  Describe how each app can be used to engage students, enhance your curriculum, and integrate the 4 Cs, or simply describe what the app does.
  3. Note your favorite apps.
  4. Add question marks next to the apps you need to practice using.
  5. This G Suite Presentation will go over some of the most common apps and their features.

Would you like to become a Google Certified Educator? You can prepare for the Google Level 1 & 2 exams by completing this self-assessment. In this resource, you will find links to the WCPSS boot camps, Google practice questions, and tutorials.

SAMR Staff Activity

The SAMR model is a great tool to use to discuss and explore technology integration. This activity would be perfect for a staff meeting or PD session. It was created by Jocelynn Buckentin.
SAMR Staff Activity

Technology Integration Matrix

The University of Sothern Florida has created an awesome “At Your Fingertips” resources for ITFs and teachers. I like to search the matrix by subject and grade level. Here is the link to TIM ( Technology Integration Matrix).

DSAP, TPACK, SAMR, and Technology Matrix

DSAP- is a framework that helps identify technology tools for the purpose of increasing student engagement. DSAP stands for delivery resources, student practice resources, assessment resources, and productivity resources.

The TPACK framework is an excellent way to look at how technology plays a role in lesson and student activity development. It has been a couple of years since I dove head deep into the TPACK framework. This brief video does an excellent job ob explaining and illustrating TPACK.

TPACK helps us with the theory of instructional design and the SAMR model can be used to evaluate the use of technology. I see many uses of technology and most are not transformative. It can be a challenge to reach redefinition level. This video will introduce or refresh your memory of the SAMR framework.

The University of Sothern Florida has created an awesome “At Your Fingertips” resources for ITFs and teachers. I like to search the matrix by subject and grade level. Here is the link to TIM ( Technology Integration Matrix).

Skype in the Classroom

Here is a demo of how Skype can be used to communicate to students that are not physically present in the classroom.

Cross Platform Matrix

Welcome to Convergence. Today we will work together to collaboratively create a matrix that will help teachers know the various platforms that digital tools are compatible with. For example, digital tools that use flash will not work on certain platforms. I have create the matrix and entered in several digital tools and the platforms they are compatible with. The majority of today’s session will be spent on us working collaboratively to add more digital tools to the matrix.

Here is the link to the cross platform matrix.

3D Poetry in Motion

I have taught Language Arts for over 12 years and I have never seen a Language Arts lesson like this before. I was blown away by Ms. Hartnett and her Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School students. They transformed the lines of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” into a 3D version of the poem that included STEM connections and a robotic speaker, in motion. I filmed Ms.Hartnett and her students presenting their poetry projects and sharing their reflections. It was exciting to see how this learning experience engaged the students.

I would love to collaborate with Language Arts teachers to create and implement learning experiences that incorporate STEM, technology, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative products that enhance learning and engage students.