Week of 10-27-14

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Awesome things continue to happen on campus.  Students creating projects using the iPad and iMovie, working on computer based assignments, research, and much more.  Students are being actively engaged using technology they know and love.

A great statement I heard recently, “If Google can answer all your questions, maybe the depth of the questions needs to change.”  As we continue to advance into the year, and you assign tasks to your students, ask yourself, “Will a simple Google search answer what I am asking the students to do?”  Students frequently turn to the Internet to complete the tasks placed in front of them.  Making the students create and develop their own original content will allow the students to acquire a deeper grasp of the content.  Let’s move beyond the borders of a Google search.

Projector reminder:  please remember to turn off your projector when it is not in use.  Do NOT use the shutter or black out mode for more than a few minutes.  If you have to use this mode for more than a few minutes, turn off the projector.  This mode is burning the bulb.  I have seen many classrooms this week with no one in the room, but the projector was on.  Bulb replacements cost anywhere from $250-$450.  I’m sure everyone can think of a better use for this kind of money.  The longer you can make the bulb last, the better for your projector and the district.

At a Glance:

Your Life On Earth – How the World Has Changed In Your Lifetimewebsite

Your Life On Earth is a feature of the BBC’s Earth website. Your Life On Earth shows you how the world has changed during your lifetime. Enter your birthdate and Your Life On Earth will show you things like how much the world’s population has grown, how many new species have been discovered, and how many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have occurred since you were born.

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Tech Tip

All our students have network account and e-mail accounts.  Too frequently we provide their log in credentials to them.  Want to save yourself time and avoid providing the credentials repeatedly?  Have them take a picture of their credentials with their cell phone.  They won’t lose it.

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Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Session Details Session Description
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.

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