Week of 12-9-13

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

The semester is winding down.  Students are getting antsy.  Final exams are coming.  This semester has been fast moving and great.  The students have grown because of everything you have done for them.  This is my last week on campus for the semester.  I will return to my regular campus rotation on January 13.  I’m still available if you need me.  The best way to reach me is through e-mail.  As you begin preparing for winter break, please remember to turn off all the equipment in your classrooms.  Have a great holiday season.

At a Glance:

INTERACT 2014 website – W It is hard to believe, but we are in the beginning phase of INTERACT 2013 already!  It is time to start thinking about forming a team so you can apply from your campus.  The rules will be similar as last year.  All information you need to know right now is posted on the iCafe.

We are just giving you plenty of notice to get you thinking about applying and allowing you time to form your team.  Once your team is formed be sure to follow this link and complete the Intent to Apply Form by January 31.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I hope to see you there!

Claymation (Stop-motion Animation)website – With strategies for success at each stage of the Claymation process, this essential resource will help you introduce the exciting world of clay animation to your students. This book includes ideas for using clay animation to improve student learning, descriptions of each step in the animation process, project ideas for core classroom subjects, and much more!  This book includes project ideas for virtually all subject areas.

Sladerwebsite – A free, user-generated source of step-by-step solutions to homework problems in popular math and science textbooks.

PreAlgebra through Calculus books supported, along with most AP Science level textbooks. Students can also connect with the users who contribute solutions or each other for further support, both through comments on solutions, general Q&As around specific topics, or in real-time chat.

How It Works:  Users view and share original answers and work for high school textbooks, join academic classes, post homework assignments, and discuss subject-specific questions with their peers and classmates on the Slader site. Slader offers an alternative to expensive tutors and costly after-school programs. It ensures that every student has access to the academic resources that secure success.

Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Be on the lookout for the spring semester staff development opportunities.  They will be posting within ASCEND soon.  There has been excellent staff development opportunities through this semester.  The technology staff development team and the CITS have offered roughly 120 hours of staff development opportunities since the start of August.  There will be many opportunities next semester as well, the schedule will be posting soon.