Week of 10-7-13

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

What a week.  Government shutdown, but fortunately the teaching continues.  Many great things have been happening on campus.  Teachers using OneNote with their students, team, department, and administrators.  Many iPad projects.  I’m seeing many incredible things happening in the classroom.  Keep pushing forward with your students.  Take the opportunities to keep their learning growing by doing things different.  Some students may express they don’t like change, but just like everyone, change is tough.  Some adjust better than others, but when the students see that this is the way it will be, they will embrace the change as well.  As teachers, we need to model change and the willingness to embrace change.  If we refuse to do things different, the students will follow suit.  So we have successful students who become successful adults, we need to step out of the box.  As a district we have done a great job embracing change, let’s keep moving.  Let me know how I can help.

At a Glance:

Government shutdown: What does it mean for public schools? – The impact of the federal government shutdown, which went into effect Oct. 1, 2013, in the absence of an agreement on a federal budget bill, will depend on the length of the shutdown.  Read this article from TCTA for more information.

7 Ways Teachers Make Videos Without Installing Softwarewebsite – All of the web tools on this site do not require any software installation and you can work on them right from the Internet browser.  These sites are very useful; particularly when working on video projects with your students.

46 Tools to Make Infographics in the Classroomwebsite – Infographics are an interesting, mash of easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).  The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency.

FlipSnackwebsite – Do you have a packet of PDF filled with learning and assessments? You can turn those PDFs into an interactive online flipbook with this website.

Entertainment – the beauty of internet filters – website

Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Date ASCEND Section# Training Location Description
Tuesday, October 15 77308 iPad Project Secondary iCafe Lab Get your iPads out of flashcard mode and into some real   project creation.  Come for the top apps and stay for the lesson plans,   project samples, and cross-curricular ideas for harnessing the iPad’s   learning potential. Bring your favorite apps to share! 

**Please note that sections will be grade-range specific   (Elementary or Secondary).

Thursday, October 24 77364 Become a SkyDrive Pro iCafe Lab Why deal with jump drives, your H: drive, or even carting   paperwork to and from work? SkyDrive Pro enables you to leave the hassle   behind and access your files from anywhere in the world that you have   internet access. While you’re at it, collaborate with colleagues by sharing   files, presentations, chatting and more, by using Lync. We will show you how   to set these tools up and how to use them to increase your productivity –   anywhere, anytime.
Tuesday, October, 29 77360 Gamify Your Classroom Terry LGI Want to transform your classroom? Gamification is the   concept of applying game-design thinking to non-game applications to make   them more fun and engaging. Many educators are beginning to find ways to use   gaming to bring learning to life.  The number of innovative lessons   utilizing the method is growing every day.  Let’s explore the   possibilities and discover how gaming helps build content fluency and deepen   problem solving skills.
Tuesday, November 5 77314 Web Literacy iCafe Lab Our teaching job includes providing web literacy skills   and strategies, including lessons on why critical thinking about the web is   important. Learn how to REALLY search the web and why these skills are   essential to every 21st century learner.
Thursday, November 14 77310 SMART Intermediate iCafe Lab Build on your foundational SMART Notebook skills. Begin   learning how to create an eye-popping SMART Notebook presentation and boost   the technology integration in your classroom.  These session is for   teachers who work with a SMART Board and have attended an introductory SMART   Notebook training.
Tuesday, November 19 77311 Promethean Intermediate iCafe Lab 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.