The new semester begins. An excellent opportunity to reach out to your students for new beginnings. Even though some of them may have struggle last semester, the slate is once again clean. Reach out to these students. They will love to see that you are not willing to give up on them. There are many great things happening on campus even now. INTERACT 2013 participates have been receiving equipment, INTERACT 2014 hopefuls are getting their teams together and submitting their Intent to Apply. As you are looking over this semester curriculum, let me know if I can be of assistance. If I have not had an opportunity to work with you on something for your students; hopefully this semester we can make something happen.
At a Glance:
- INTERACT 2014
- New Schedule
- 25 Brilliant Teacher Blogs Worth Following
- Staff Development Opportunities
- 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students
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
Please let me know if there is anything I can assist you with. E-mail is the best way to reach me.
25 Brilliant Teacher Blogs Worth Following – website – There are a large number of resources, websites, blogs, social medias, and more that contain educational resources. Unfortunately with the size of the Internet, it becomes very difficult finding quality. Check out this article for a list of teacher blogs that are high quality. This article also has a link to another article on tools to start your own blog. Want to start your own blog, let me know; I’m happy to help.
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students – website – This article discusses five simple, but powerful questions you can use in the classroom to make students think and learn. A great question will lead the student to question more. A student asking questions is a student who desires to learn. This article provides questions and insights to each question that will make your students become better students.
Technology Staff Development Opportunities – Log into ASCEND to register
|January 14||98013||Publish or Perish – Every Student an Author||iCafe|
|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|