Week of 10-20-14

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

I blinked and the week was over.  It’s hard to believe we are coming into the last week of October.  This week brought about many great things.  A cafeteria marquee displaying a message for the first time in several years.  A live, streaming broadcast of a volleyball match.  Many great classroom activities.  See many great things happening in the classroom and in the computer labs.

As the year continues, please remember to monitor your students when using technology in the classroom and when you are in computer labs.  We are seeing iPad chargers vanishing all over the place.  These aren’t cheap items to replace; especially when campuses are having to purchase 20 or more.  When you take students into a computer lab, remember this is not a free day for you.  The students need constant supervision.  The students have been destroying the computers and the rooms.  I have seen everything from simple mischief to destruction.  Let’s keep our equipment functional for everyone.

At a Glance:


Unless you haven’t turned on a TV for the last two months, election day is coming up quickly (November 4).  Early voting has already opened (October 20-31) and there are many important elected positions on the ballot.  The Texas Classroom Teachers Association created TexasTeachersVote.org in 2006 to help educators become more informed and more active in the political process at the state level at a time when education policy decisions in the Texas Legislature were at a turning point.  This site includes survey responses for candidates who chose to fill out a questionnaire on key education issues as well as voting records for candidates who were legislators during the 2013 session.  There is some great information that can assist in choosing a candidate.


Tech Tip

At some point, everyone needs clipart or pictures for use with their lesson or for students to use in their projects.  As nice as Google images works, most of those images are copyright protected.  There are thousands of sites that offer free images and clipart.  There are many sites that offer copyright friendly images.  Here are three sites that offer clipart and images for educational use with no user restrictions for lessons and student projects.

http://openclipart.org/ – Open Clip Art Library, a large collection of clipart that is free to use, shared, and manipulate.
http://www.school-clip-art.com/ – Free Clip Art Downloads for a learning world.
http://pics4learning.com/ – Pics4Learning is a sage, free image library for education.


Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Session Details Session Description
iPad Product Creation

Oct 28th

Section # 99380

Tired of “Drill and Kill” apps being used in your  classroom.  Do you want to reach those higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy in a fun way?  Why not use an iPad? In this session, you will not only learn about some great apps to use for creation, but also, some classroom management tips that will get the creative juices flowing.
Boost Student Writing with Kidblog

Nov 4th

Section # 99334

Students in this day and age thrive to “go global” with their work.  They yearn to have others around the world read and respond to their writing.  It is motivating for them to know an audience awaits to critique and communicate how the student’s writing affects them, positively or negatively.  Blogging is the perfect format to allow students to accomplish their goal or going global.  Kidblog is a great free tool that allows students to have their own blogging site while still giving the teacher overall control of what is published.  You will walk away from this course with your teacher blog created and the knowledge to add your incoming students to your account so they have their personal blog pages ready to roll.
Promethean Activinspire Intermediate

Nov 13th

Section # 99320

Learn how to create flipchart magic in this intermediate ActivInspire training. Explore the browsers and layers and begin to create flipcharts of your very own. To get the most out of this training, you must have basic knowledge of Promethean’s ActivInspire software. Participant will walk away from this session with a created flipchart page that can be used in the classroom.  Remember this session is only for Promethean campuses
Get in the Mix

Nov 18th

Section # 99381

Let’s face it. You’re kind of a big deal… with a lot on your plate. With that in mind, let’s explore Office Mix. Take your PowerPoint presentations and bring them to life as interactive online lessons. From recording audio or video of yourself giving a lecture, to directly writing in the presentation as you would at your whiteboard, to quizzing, to sharing, to seeing how it all worked – Office Mix helps you do it all simply.

Spring schedule will come out in December or early January.