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The 2016 Escondido Youth Media Festival Submission Window opens March 14th!

posted Mar 9, 2016, 10:00 AM by Krystle Miller

It's time for the 2016 Escondido Youth Media Festival (EYMF)! In its seventh year, EYMF is a celebration of the creativity and 21st Century skills of elementary and middle school students from the Escondido Union School District (EUSD).

Produced by the Escondido Union School District, the Festival promotes students' work in their home community and on a global platform. Put simply, there is a lot of good news to share, and we want you to see it firsthand!

Why is the Festival important? EUSD already has exciting preliminary data indicating that students' Information, Communications, and Technology Literacy has a dramatic effect on their academic achievement. By creating Video, Photography, and Audio Storytelling, EUSD students develop skills and master educational content in ways that far exceed expectations.

Interested in submitting or attending the event? See below for details or check out our website.

Submissions - March 14-April 15, 2016Submissions this year are all done digitally. This requires that the Teacher of Parent/Guardian submitting the project for the student(s) should upload the digital file (video, photo, or audio) to an adult-controlled Google Drive and have the permissions changed to "Anyone with the Link". Watch how easy that is here. Be sure the file has been created using the EYMF File Preparation Guidelines.

Showcase - Prior to the start of the Festival (5:45-6:45), there will be a Showcase of some of the best, most innovative, and most interesting happenings going on within EUSD. Be sure to check it out in the lobby of the theater.

Screening -The Screening will be take place immediately prior to the awards show in the little theater, on May 31, 2016 ( 5:45-7:00 P.M.). All nominated video and audio entries will be presented in their entirety. All nominated photography entries will be on display in the lobby. The Center Theatre (little theatre), California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 380 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido 92025.

Awards Ceremony - Just like the Oscars, the Festival Awards are the high point of the evening. May 31, 2016 ( 7:00 P.M.).  Winners of 4 media categories, for 3 different age ranges will be awarded (12 total). The Center Theatre (little theatre), California Center for the Arts, Escondido 380 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido 92025.

EdTech2U - Saturday, January 30th!

posted Jan 19, 2016, 9:48 AM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 10:01 AM ]

The fourth annual EdTech2U Conference, for EUSD teachers created by EUSD teachers will take place on Saturday, January 30!


Why is Edtech2U amazing?

  • It is FREE

  • You can get PAID for attending - EdTech2U qualifies for up to 5.5 hours of Buy-Back

  • It is local, taking place at the Carilyn Gilbert Ed Center

  • Brunch is included

  • Sessions for beginning tech users to advanced tech ninjas

Register now! Click here


EdTech2U Schedule  

  • 8:00-8:30 Registration

  • 8:30-9:20 Session 1

  • 9:30-10:20 Session 2

  • 10:20-11:00 Brunch

  • 11:10-12:00 Session 3

  • 12:10-1:00 Session 4

  • 1:00-1:10 Closing

  • 1:10-2:30 Optional Hands-on Innovation and Collaboration Time - Come and sit with an expert or colleagues and explore what you just learned!

(Attend all or just part of the day)

Sessions include:
Engage Students Using Google Classroom
Audio Stories for the Media Festival
Photography Projects for the Media Festival
The App Exchange
Changing Classroom Climate with Growth Mindset
Class Dojo for Classroom Management and Parent Communication
Using EDpuzzle for Video Assignments
Finding Informational Text Online to Support All Leaners
Creating and Using Google Sites in the classroom
May the Forms be with you!

If you have questions, visit our website or contact Krystle Miller: kmiller@eusd.org

December Technology Professional Development

posted Dec 15, 2015, 1:39 PM by Krystle Miller


December Technology Professional Development


Monday, December 7th


Technology: Diving Deeper into Compass Learning

Presenter: Gina Baldwin

Are you interested in creating specific Compass Learning assignments that align with units you are teaching your class? Would you like to incorporate a Compass Writer activity in grades 3-8? Join others interested in taking the next step Compass Learning.

Prerequisite: Beginning knowledge and use of Compass Learning with your class.

Who should attend this session? Teachers interested in utilizing Compass Learning as a tool beyond prebuilt NWEA paths.

Materials needed: Teacher laptop, Planbook, Applicable prompts, Websites, Writing Resources you’d like to incorporate.

December 7, 3:30-4:30, Location: Oak Hill Computer Lab, SRN: 16306801


Tuesday, December 8th


Technology: Creating a Google Website for Your Classroom

Presenter: Michele Lopez, Math and Tech TOSA Juniper Elementary

Want to create a class website, but don't know where to begin?  Please join us to go step by step through the process of creating one and have a few essential elements.

Prerequisite: None, acquainted with Google Apps would be helpful.

Who should attend this session? Teachers interested learning how to create their own website for sharing information with other teachers, parents, and the public.

Materials needed: Teacher laptop.  Pre-think what you'd like to share about yourself, your classroom and your school.  Bring a draft with ideas and we will work to incorporate those ideas. I will provide samples.

December 8, 3:30-4:30, Location: Juniper Computer Lab, SRN: 16306901


Friday, December 11th


Technology: Comic Life

Presenter: Michele Lopez, Math and Tech TOSA Juniper Elementary

We've got it on all our Macs, now let's find out how to use it!  Will show you the basics, and share ideas for how to use it with your curriculum across grade levels.

Prerequisite: None.

Who should attend this session? Teachers wanting to give students some variety in how they represent their thinking and learning, and a creative way to present it to peers.

Materials needed: Teacher laptop.  I will provide samples.

December 11, 3:30-4:30, Location: Juniper Computer Lab, SRN: 16295401


Monday, December 14th

Technology: Reflector 2 - Best Practices

Presenter: Michele Lopez, Math and Tech TOSA Juniper Elementary

With all the updates to operating systems and apps, we now need to purchase and then see what's new with Reflector 2.  This downloadable program allows students or anyone else with an iOs device to connect and present from your laptop.  This class will be a hands on overview of what is new and improved, and how you can use it in your classroom to amp up student engagement and access to multi-media enhanced curriculum.  

Prerequisite: Before arriving you should purchase the app using this code and link.

RFUPRF2 for a 20% off discount on Reflector 2.

http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/features/mac/

Who should attend this session? Teachers wanting to use Reflector 2 in their classrooms to connect their iPad and present from their teacher laptop.

Materials needed: Teacher laptop and purchase of Reflector 2.  

December 14, 3:30-4:30, Location: Juniper Computer Lab, SRN: 16307101


Tuesday, December 15th


Technology: Twitter for the Beginner

Presenter: Michele Lopez, Math and Tech TOSA Juniper Elementary

Do you ever wonder "what the heck is a tweet, and why do I care?"  If so, please join us.  I will help you set up a Twitter account, learn the basics, and give you some time to explore.  I use it for PD and to find things to share with my staff regarding CCSS, explaining thinking (our problem of practice) and topics I'm considering teaching students (like coding).

Prerequisite: None.

Who should attend this session? Teachers who are curious about Twitter!

Materials needed: Teacher laptop and an iOS device.

December 15, 3:30-4:30, Location: Juniper Computer Lab, SRN: 16307001


Please contact Krystle Miller kmiller@eusd.org if you like to request PD for your site or if you have any questions.  

The Hour of Code is Here!

posted Dec 4, 2015, 10:44 AM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 10:45 AM ]

Technology is everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. 
 

The Hour of Code event is working to change this.  To date, more than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners joined together to support this movement. This year, every Apple Store in the world will host an Hour of Code.

Join in for Computer Science Education Week, and the Hour of Code 2015. Many of your EUSD colleagues were involved with an Hour of Code the past 2 years and plan to do so again next week, December 7-13.

Doing an Hour of Code requires little to no planning, and you don't even need technology access to do it!  Follow the Twitter hashtag #HourofCode to see all the excited educators and students coding!

Get started at http://hourofcode.com/us

Google Expeditions at Rincon Middle School!

posted Dec 2, 2015, 11:33 AM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 9:02 AM ]

“Students, today we’ll be traveling to the
Colosseum at Rome. We’ll be taking a tour inside to see where the gladiators fought. Then later on we’ll take an underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef.”

Does this sound like your classroom? Probably not. Sadly, field trips to places like Rome or Australia aren’t feasible. But what if you could bring these amazing destinations to your classroom?


Google has developed a 3D, virtual field trip platform called Google Expeditions. It is designed to bring the field trip experience to classrooms. Google is traveling to classrooms around the world doing one-day demonstrations of their new virtual field trip. Rincon Middle School was fortunate to be selected for one of these demonstrations.


Google Expeditions is built off of the Google Cardboard platform. The Cardboard is a 3D viewer, made of Cardboard (to keep costs down). A phone with the Google Expeditions app running is placed in the cardboard. The teacher uses a tablet to run the expedition. There are over 150 Expeditions ranging from underwater, to historic locations and even the moon!


When Google comes to your school, they bring everything you need for a day of exploration. Google brought six classrooms worth of Cardboards, phones, teacher tablets and even their own wi-fi to Rincon. The systems were set up in 7th and 8th grade Social Studies classrooms. Other classes rotated in so that every student at Rincon was able to try an Expedition.


The day started with the teachers receiving a quick tutorial on how the Expedition works. The technology is extremely easy to use. Each teacher had a lesson prepared for their destination. Sixth grade visited Rome and Greece. 7th grade explored Aztec ruins and 8th grade toured historic Philadelphia.


Each Expedition lasts about 20 minutes. The teacher controls what the students see via the tablet. The teacher’s app also includes a pop-up of historic information that can be read to the students. After each teacher did their lesson, they went on a little journey around the world. The underwater sharks were a favorite!



The response from the students was amazing. The classroom was filled with “Oohs” and “Ahhs.” There were excited discussions between the students as to what they were viewing. Being able to explore far away locations really makes the learning come to life.


Google will be rolling out the Expeditions app for educator use later this year. There is currently a Cardboard app that gives you a taste of what the Expeditions app is like. The Cardboards are available now from Amazon or you can make your own. See the link below for directions. Google may also be selling an Expeditions package that includes the Cardboards and devices.


Read more about the event in the Coast News Group article.


Post by Christine Hansen, organizer of Rincon's Google Expedition Day


Google Classroom is Here!

posted Jul 14, 2015, 7:32 PM by Tom Borer   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 9:06 PM ]

About Classroom
Classroom is available to anyone with EUSD - Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Docs, and Drive.
Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.
Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.


Getting Started

1.  Click on the Apps icon.
2. Select More
3. Then select Classroom 

4. After clicking on the Classroom icon, you should see this page:


Scroll Down and Select 



How it works

Easy set up

Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join. It takes just minutes to set up.

Saves time

The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review, and grade assignments quickly, all in one place.

Improves organization

Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.

Enhances communication

Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Affordable and secure

Like the rest of our Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free for schools.


Watch a video about Classroom:




Short Tutorial

My Big Campus Update

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:54 PM by Krystle Miller

As the year is coming to a close, we’d like to share updates about My Big Campus.  As you know, My Big Campus is transitioning to a Teacher Dashboard, and its current functionality will be phased out by June 2016.  My Big Campus access for teachers and all your teacher resources will still be available until June 30, 2016.  There will not be student access in the 2015-2016 school year.


We recommend you don’t add any new content to My Big Campus and you begin the process of exporting your resources to Google Drive.  My Big Campus has export features available and we are in the process of creating How2s to help you.  You’ll have the entire 15-16 school year to migrate any content you’d like to save, so there isn't a rush.


EUSD Resources on My Big Campus will also be available throughout the 15-16 school year and are also in the process of being migrated over to the Teacher Resources site.

Record your screen using Quicktime Player

posted Apr 30, 2015, 1:38 PM by Tom Borer

Record your computer screen using Quicktime Player

You can use QuickTime Player to make a video recording of your screen, or just a region of your screen to save as a movie file for later viewing. This can be helpful for showing others how to perform a task or workflow, or for training.


Open Quicktime Player. 

Choose File > New Screen Recording. To start recording what's occurring on your Mac's screen, click the round record button.

You can record some or all of the screen:

  • If you want to record the entire screen, click anywhere on the screen to start recording.
  • To record just a smaller portion of the of the screen, drag your pointer to select the region of the screen you want to record, then click the Start Recording button within the region.

Clicking the triangle in this window gives you additional options, such as letting you choose whether to use the built-in microphone on your Mac, or another connected microphone, or no microphone at all. This menu also lets you select whether or not your mouse clicks are shown during the recording (the pointer is highlighted when you click). 


To stop recording, click the stop button in the menu bar, or press the Command-Control-Escape key combination (all at once) on the keyboard.

You can also choose where to save your screen recording when finished.

April Technology Professional Development

posted Mar 31, 2015, 2:02 PM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Mar 31, 2015, 2:03 PM ]

April Technology Professional Development

All trainings are available for Buy-Back


Instructional Unit Planning with Krystle Miller and Chia Grossmann

Looking to make unit or lesson plans and use your Buy-Back hours but don’t have your grade level to collaborate?  Come to any or all of these sessions alone, or with a partner/team and we’ll create instructional resources with the support and collaboration from Tech TOSAs!  The session is listed for 2 hours but you can stay for any amount of time up to 2 hours.  

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to make instructional units or lesson plans and get support and Buy-Back!

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 16th, 3:30-5:30 District Office, Pine Room, SRN: 15302804  

April 20th, 3:30-5:30 District Office, Palm Room, SRN: 15302805  


Visual Learning - Show. Don’t tell. with Tom Borer

Why is it more engaging to show rather than tell? Why talk about the digestive system when we can take a video voyage through the digestive system? Vision dominates over other senses for acquiring perceptual information and we are wired to efficiently handle the large amount of visual information we deal with every day. You will learn how to screen capture, screen record, download videos from YouTube, SchoolTube, TeacherTube and many others, as well as become “Google Images Ninja”.

Prerequisite: None required.

Who should attend this session? Anyone who wants to have students more engaged in the classroom.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 16th, 3:30-5:30 District Office, Birch Room, SRN: 15303003


Remind for 21st Century Communication with Kyra Bowers and Amanda Peeples

Remind is a great tool for 1 way communication where most people need it - right to their cell phones!  Keep your personal number safe while letting parents, older students and staff opt-in to receiving up-to-date important information.  Keep the Common Core lines of communication open as you partner with parents and Remind.    

Prerequisite: none, but it’s helpful if you already have a Remind account

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to enhance their existing parent or staff communication.  This session is appropriate for teachers and administrators.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 16th, 3:30-4:30 District Office, Maple Room, SRN: 15303501


Intro to your iPad with Scott Soucy

You have an iPad, now what? In this session we will go over basic use and setup of the iPad.

This sessions is designed to help teachers stay organized in this digital age. This session will focus on built-in settings and apps.

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Beginner- Teachers who have one iPad and want an introduction on how to use it in their classroom

Materials needed: charged teacher laptop, laptop charger, and charged iPad

April 16th, 3:30-4:30 District Office, Palm Room, SRN: 15303601


Math Videos and Student Reasoning with Paul Erickson

Learn how to use Engage New York, 30 Hands, and Keynote to teach students to critique the reasoning of others.

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone who has access to student iPads and wants to use them for Mathematical reasoning.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger, charged iPad

April 20th 3:30-4:30 District Office, Birch Room, SRN: 15304201


EdTech2U Best of Series - Online ELD Resources with Krystle Miller

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Come learn about web resources to help target the needs of your ELLs in the Common Core. I'll present my favorites then open it up for any resources you'd like to share!    

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone with English Language Learners looking for resources to support their needs.  

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 22nd, 3:30-4:30 District Office, Palm Room, SRN: 15303701


EdTech2U Best of Series - Read, Write, Publish with Free Apps with Terri Price

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Using a few free apps, motivate kids to read more closely, write more clearly, record themselves reading and then publish their work to iBooks. Then have them share their books with each other or even their parents.

We'll use Subtext, Book Creator, Tellegami, Photowall, and Airdrop, with a little video and photography sprinkled in.

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone with access to student iPads. Does not need to be 1:1

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger, iPads, BookCreator App, Subtext App (both FREE in the App store)

April 22nd, 3:30-4:30 District Office, Pine Room, SRN: 15303801


EdTech2U Best of Series - Comic Life - You've Got It, Let's Use It with Michele Lopez

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Basics of using Comic Life on Macs, to create colorful and creative 21st Century work from single to multi-page projects.

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to learn Comic Life.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 22nd, 3:30-4:30 Juniper, Room 15, SRN: 15303901


EdTech2U Best of Series - Yes Way!!  22 Amazing Things Google Can Do for You! with Kathy Shirley

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Google is an incredibly powerful 21st century tool. Here are some fun and useful things that you maybe didn’t know you could do with Google search that will make your personal and professional lives a little easier!

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to make their life more efficient with Google

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 29th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Birch Room, SRN: 15303102


EdTech2U Best of Series - Writing in the 21st Century Classroom with Kyra Bowers

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  With the new Common Core Standards and the integration of technology, students are being asked to use various tools during the writing process. Come and find out how I use technology during writing to engage students and improve writing.  

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking for writing strategies and tools.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 29th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Palm Room, SRN: 15304001


EdTech2U Best of Series - Using Programming to Enhance Curriculum with Christy Hansen

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Are you interested in using programming in your Common Core classroom, but not sure how it fits into the curriculum? This session will discuss different programming resources and how to imbed programming into content areas.  

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to start programming.  

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger, and/or iPad

April 29th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Pine Room, SRN: 15304101


Introduction to Google Sites with Tom Borer

Google Sites is the easiest way to make information available to teachers, students, and parents. You’ll learn how to post links, resources, announcements, and homework. You’ll learn how to use your Google Site to facilitate communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity for your intended audience. https://sites.google.com/a/eusd.org/tborer/

Prerequisite: Know your EUSD Google login

Who should attend this session? Anyone wanting to build a website.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

April 29th, 3:30-5:30 Pioneer, SRN: 15300707

March Technology Professional Development

posted Mar 4, 2015, 10:55 AM by Krystle Miller

Technology Services has more exciting Technology PD offerings for you in March, including repeats of these popular sessions from EdTech2U
  • 22 Amazing Things Google Can Do for You!
  • Great Resources for Math K- 5: Ideas for the classroom and home
  • 30 Hands to Present Student Learning  
Looking to use your Buy-Back hours to plan lessons and units but your grade level isn't available? Attend Instructional Unit Planning on MBC on March 9th, 11th, or 16th and get Buy-Back hours for your planning!  

Instructional Unit Planning on MBC with Krystle Miller and Chia Grossmann

Looking to make unit or lesson plans and use your Buy-Back hours but don’t have your grade level to collaborate?  Need help putting your resources on MBC?  Come to any or all of these 1 hour sessions alone, or with a partner/team and we’ll create instructional resources with the support and collaboration from Tech TOSAs!

Prerequisite: None

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to make instructional units or lesson plans and get support and Buy-Back!

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

March 9th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Palm Room, SRN: 15302801

March 11th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Maple Room, SRN: 15302802

March 16th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Palm Room, SRN: 15302803


EdTech2U Best of Series - Great Resources for Math K- 5: Ideas for the classroom and home with Brenda Heil

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Join me on a tech journey to locate Common Core math resources. Websites, apps, and downloadable items to support math in the classroom and at home will be shared.

Prerequisite: None

Who should attend this session? Any K-5 teacher looking to support math with great online Common Core resources!

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

March 9th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Willow Room, SRN: 15302901


Keynote with Tom Borer

Why is it more engaging to show rather than tell? Why talk about the digestive system when we can take a video voyage through the digestive system? Vision dominates over other senses for acquiring perceptual information and we are wired to efficiently handle the large amount of visual information we deal with every day. You will learn how to screen capture, download videos from YouTube, SchoolTube, TeacherTube and many others, as well as become “Google Images Ninja.” Now mix it all together in Keynote!

Prerequisite: None required.

Who should attend this session? Anyone who wants to have students more engaged in the classroom.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

March 9th, 3:30-5:30 District Office Birch Room, SRN: 15303301


EdTech2U Best of Series - Yes Way!!  22 Amazing Things Google Can Do for You! with Kathy Shirley

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Google is an incredibly powerful 21st century tool. Here are some fun and useful things that you maybe didn’t know you could do with Google search that will make your personal and professional lives a little easier!

Prerequisite: none

Who should attend this session? Anyone looking to make their life more efficient with Google

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

March 11th, 3:30-4:30 District Office Pine Room, SRN: 15303101


Visual Learning - Show. Don’t tell. with Tom Borer

Why is it more engaging to show rather than tell? Why talk about the digestive system when we can take a video voyage through the digestive system? Vision dominates over other senses for acquiring perceptual information and we are wired to efficiently handle the large amount of visual information we deal with every day. You will learn how to screen capture, screen record, download videos from YouTube, SchoolTube, TeacherTube and many others, as well as become “Google Images Ninja”.

Prerequisite: None required.

Who should attend this session? Anyone who wants to have students more engaged in the classroom.

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger

March 11th, 3:30-5:30 District Office Birch Room, SRN: 15303001

March 16th, 3:30-5:30 District Office Birch Room, SRN: 15303002


EdTech2U Best of Series - 30 Hands to Present Student Learning with Jen Zacharias

This is a repeat from EdTech2U.  Learn how students can use the 30 Hands app to create presentations around any subject area, demonstrating their learning in a fun and engaging way. Social Studies, ELD and Math examples will be shared, and can be adapted to any grade level. 30 Hands is a free app and can be used on iPods and iPads.

Prerequisite: Download the 30 hands app on your iPad or iPod.  

Who should attend this session? Anyone with mobile devices looking for a great way for students to present their learning.   

Materials needed: charged laptop, laptop charger, iPod or iPad

March 11th, 3:30-4:30 Rock Springs Room 56, SRN: 15303201     


Click here to view the March flyer.  All sessions qualify for Buy-Back.  Hope to see you there!  


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