Week of 11-4-13

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This seemed to be an incredible week of great things happening everywhere.  Distance learning activities in social studies, Prezi projects in several different classes, QR codes being used to assist with review activities, and much more.  Many of our fall sports and extracurriculars are moving into playoffs and beyond.  Our students are proving themselves successful both in the classroom and in their extracurriculars.  Continue to encourage our students to strive for success.  Even a small success can have a huge impact on the future performance of a student.

At a Glance:

LCISD Free iOS Apps – From time-to-time, certain makers of iOS apps will offer there programs free to anyone for a limited time.  The district, wanting to take advantage of this for the employees, has setup an iTunes account for these free apps.  An example of why this was done, Splashtop, it was made available for free last year for a brief amount of time.  By putting it into the district’s free apps iTunes account, we could pass on the savings to all district employees.  You will need to sign out of your iTunes account on the iPad and then sign into the district free apps account.  You can do this through the Settings app then the iTunes Store section.  Contact your CITS for login information.

After signing into this account, open the App Store and go to the Purchased section to view and download any of the apps that are made available for free to district employees.  After installing, sign out of the district account immediately so you don’t accidentally add other apps to the account.  This account is only for LCISD district personal.  Do not share this account information with students or anyone who does not work for LCISD.  The password will change periodically, so visit the iCafe or contact your CITS for the current password information.

Assigning Videos from Discovery Educationwebsite – Discovery Education is a powerful media tool that LCISD purchases for our teachers and students.  Discovery Education has a large number of features that are often overlooked by teachers including audio, video, and images files that are available for download and use.  One of the great features that is also missed is the ability to give assignments through Discovery Education.  Through a very simple process, teachers can assign a video for students to watch on their own time and/or at their own pace.  The process is fairly simple.  This file will guide you through the process.

22 Simple Examples Of Social Media In The Classroomwebsite – Social media in the classroom, while not perfect, has its benefits.  Though many teachers are forbidden to “friend” students on Facebook, that doesn’t mean that Facebook, Pinterest, social media at large are without merit in education.  This article contains an infographic that includes 22 simple examples of what social media in the classroom might look like, from socializing thinking and publishing student work, to connecting with communities and offering reminders for important academic events..

Twitter Illiterate? Mastering the @BC’s (Thank you Colleen for the link to this great article) – website – Only about 18 percent of American Internet users are active on Twitter, so here are some tips if you’re still new to the microblogging service.

Entertainment –Apple forgets the meaning of Free this week in the iOS App Store.

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Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Date ASCEND Section# Training Location Description
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.

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