Week of 2-10-14

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

What a great week.  Valentine’s Day is great.  We frequently get to see the students dress to impress.  There are many great things happening on campuses.  Several teachers are having students create Prezi presentations to change things up.  These seem to work much better than the everyday, standard PowerPoint presentations.  As we continue moving through the school year, remember to keep websites and other resources up-to-date for the parents and students.  They love to see what is happening in your class and having access to class resources.

For those applying to INTERACT 2014, be sure you complete steps two and three of the application process by February 27.  Information for steps two and three would have been sent out to eligible teams earlier this week, but can also be found on the iCafe.  Please let me know if there are any questions.

At a Glance:

4 Powerful Ways to Inspire Student Creativitywebsite – Are you looking for a way to bring creativity into your classroom?  When you help your students be creative they will feel good about themselves as well as do better in the classroom.  Studies have shown that students that show off their creativity do better on standardized tests along with coming into a classroom motivated and have a more positive attitude towards learning.  Even as a teacher you will also be rewarded. Your performance as a teacher will increase and you will come to work every day feeling positive and eager to teach.

Doodle 4 Googlewebsite – Do you have a student who likes to doodle?  Here is a great opportunity for that students’ work to be seen by the world.  Check out Doodle 4 Google and encourage your students to participate.  Google will select one young artist and his or her artwork will display on the Google homepage.  Along with that recognition, the student will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.  Closing date for entries is Thursday, March 20.

No-Cost Summer Travel for Teacherswebsite – I know, it’s early to be talking about the summer, but these are opportunities that need early planning.  Are you interested in spending a week, month, or the entire summer abroad?  There are several summer travel opportunities listed on this site as well as many others on the Internet.  Take a look, there might be a great opportunity available to you that would be great information to come back and share with your students and colleagues.

Entertainment How not to clean your computer.

Technology Staff Development Opportunities – Log into ASCEND to register


ASCEND Section#

Training Location
February 18 98008 INTERACT Video Assistance Open Lab iCafe
February 20 98015 Dive in Deeper with Edmodo iCafe
February 25 98014 Engaging Minds with QR Codes and Augmented Reality iCafe
March 18 98016 App Smashing 101 iCafe
March 27 98009 Tips and Tricks for Office 2013 iCafe
April 8 98010 Become a Skydrive Pro iCafe
April 24 98005 Introduction to  Microsoft OneNote iCafe
February 24 98020 Webinar 4 – Use of ICT for Learning Online
March 3 98021 Webinar 5 – Real-World Problem-Solving and Innovation Online
March 17 98022 Webinar 6 – Self-Regulation Online
March 24 98023 Webinar 7 – Skilled Communication Online
March 31 98024 Webinar 8 – Certification Presentations Online