Week of 10-6-14

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

Another incredible week.  We’ve got teachers doing iPad creation projects creating videos, more projects on the laptops than can be counted, student response systems to check for understanding and assessments, and more GPS activities while the weather is ideal.  There are some great activities already in the making for the coming weeks.  Please let me know how I can help you.

As many of you may be aware, the CITS for the Blue track (Lamar, Lamar Junior, and Wessendorff) has left the district for her dream job.  We are excited for her great opportunity.  Until her replacement is hired, I will be assisting at Lamar High School.  Starting next week my schedule is changing.  I will be at Lamar High on Monday’s.  The rest of the week, my schedule stays the same with Foster on Tuesday, Briscoe on Wednesday, and Wertheimer on Thursday.

At a Glance:

Street View of a Desertwebsite

Google has given us a great view of many cities through Google Maps Street View feature.  Now they have given us the desert.  They hired a camel to walk through the desert and record some incredible images of the open desert.  Click the above link to get a great view of desert.  Use it to teach the students about the open desert.  Read more about this project here.


Tech Tip

For those of you with an iPhone or iPad, there is an app available for entering in your absences.  Here is the link to download the app for free:


You will be required to type in the LCISD Web Center address (https://webcenter.lcisd.org), then your Web Center User ID and Password.


Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Session Details Session Description
Weebly: An Online Window to Your Classroom

Oct 14th

Section # 99332

The need for communication between teachers and  their students/family continues to grow.  With the schedules of those involved filling more and more each day the opportunity for face to face contact dwindles.  A teacher blog is a great way to maintain positive contact with your audience in a way that can fit everyone’s schedule.  Come and discover Weebly, a free blogging tool that is easy to manage yet gives you control over what and how your things are displayed.  You will walk away from this course with class blog started and ready for the new year.
OneNote with Students

Oct 23rd

Section # 99333

Feeling comfortable using OneNote as a personal productivity tool and ready to try it out with learners? Come explore some real world examples of how OneNote can be used as a collaborative tool in the classroom. Participant will walk away from this session feeling comfortable using OneNote with their students.
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.