Week of 1-13-14

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

This was a great week, albeit, an incredibly fast week.  I was moving from the moment I walked in the door on all campuses.  I worked to touch base with everyone who contacted me, but unfortunately, time was not on my side this week.  For those I was unable to meet with this week, you’re at the top of my list for next week.  As we move forward into this new semester, let’s continue to push our students to perform at their best.  Presenting our students with challenges will help them become the successful people we want them to be.

At a Glance:

Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projectswebsite – This blog post offers some great ideas for most content areas for projects that are engaging and can enrich instruction.  Ideas range from Angry Birds in Physics and collaborating with NASA to community service projects and helping English Language Learners.  Take a look, there is likely something that can be adapted to your curriculum.

Rhyme ‘ Learnwebsite – A collection of math and science rap videos aimed at secondary topics.  These videos make for great mnemonic learning tools.  This is a great way to get your students learning their facts in a manner they will enjoy.  These can be used as instructional aids as well as reference resources for students working independently.

INTERACT 2014 website – It is hard to believe, but we are in the beginning phase of INTERACT 2014 already!  It is time to start thinking about forming a team so you can apply from your campus.  The rules will be similar as last year.  All information you need to know right now is posted on the iCafe.

We are just giving you plenty of notice to get you thinking about applying and allowing you time to form your team.  Once your team is formed be sure to follow this link and complete the Intent to Apply Form by January 31.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I hope to see you there!.

New Schedule – From an e-mail earlier this week, Katie Marchena is the new Math Curriculum Instructional Specialist for LCISD.  Katie was the CITS for Terry and Lamar.  I will be providing coverage to these campuses until a replacement is hired.  I will be visiting each high school according to this schedule:

  • Monday – Lamar Consolidated High School
  • Tuesday – George Ranch High School
  • Wednesday – Terry High School
  • Thursday – Foster High School

When scheduled, I will also be assisting at Special Sites.  Please let me know if there is anything I can assist you with.  E-mail is the best way to reach me.

Entertainment – How do you answer, “What did you do in school today?”

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January 23 98003 Become a Skydrive Pro iCafe
January 28 98004 Introduction to  Microsoft OneNote iCafe
February 11 98006 Promethean  ActivInspire Intermediate iCafe
February 13 98007 INTERACT Video Assistance Open Lab iCafe
February 18 98008 INTERACT Video Assistance Open Lab iCafe
February 20 98015 Dive in Deeper with Edmodo iCafe
February 25 98014 Engaging Minds with QR Codes and Augmented Reality iCafe
March 18 98016 App Smashing 101 iCafe
March 27 98009 Tips and Tricks for Office 2013 iCafe
April 8 98010 Become a Skydrive Pro iCafe
April 24 98005 Introduction to  Microsoft OneNote iCafe
January 27 98017 Webinar 1 – 21st Century Learning Design – Intro to 21CLD Online
February 3 98018 Webinar 2 – Knowledge Construction Online
February 10 98019 Webinar 3 – Collaboration Online
February 24 98020 Webinar 4 – Use of ICT for Learning Online
March 3 98021 Webinar 5 – Real-World Problem-Solving and Innovation Online
March 17 98022 Webinar 6 – Self-Regulation Online
March 24 98023 Webinar 7 – Skilled Communication Online
March 31 98024 Webinar 8 – Certification Presentations Online