Week of 4/4-4/8

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This was a great, fast moving week.  There are so many great things happening on campuses.  We have students displaying their knowledge and their creative skills through a variety of projects from PowerPoint to MovieMaker to iPad projects.  It’s great to see the creative juices flowing.  There are also many classes using interactive student response systems such as clickers and Kahoot to gage the comprehension of class concepts.  These are great ways to ensure the students are grasping what is being taught.

A couple of reminders.  First, if you are using computer labs and laptop carts, please ensure all computers are shut down at the end of the day.  Leaving computers on all the time leads to all types of problems.  With computer labs and laptop carts, if the teacher doesn’t take the time to ensure things are shut down properly, it’s possible the computers will be left on for several days before the next person uses them.  This is hard on the computer and a waste of electricity.  It also leads to computers locking up and programs not working.  For laptop carts, this is critical for the next teacher because frequently they end up with laptops with dead batteries.  Also, make sure the laptops are in the correct slots and pushed all the way in.  If a laptop is not pushed all the way in, it will not charge.  This is a simple task that does not take much time.  Holding your students accountable will greatly reduce the time you spend shutting down computers or organizing laptop carts.

Second thing, if you are using a laptop cart or working in a computer lab and notice a computer that is not working, you need to submit a help ticket.  You can do this through calling x0220 or going to http://helpdesk.lcisd.org; the process is easy.  Hanging a sign on the computer does not fix the problem.  There is no one in the district that comes around looking for signs or post-it notes on computers.  If a help ticket is not submitted, the problem will not get fixed.

As we begin to draw closer to the end of the year, I will be off campus a more frequently in preparation of INTERACT and in preparation of the beginning of next school year.  After STAAR testing, my visits to campuses will be limited as the CITS team will be completely engulfed with INTERACT preparations and beginning of the school year activities.  During this time, if you need me for anything, reach out through e-mail and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

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Hiding Grammar Lessons in Content Material – website

A good read for the importance of grammar lessons in all content areas.  Grammar is not just a lesson for the ELA classroom.  Grammatical accuracy still needs to be part of the hidden agenda of all courses, especially for college-bound students.

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That’s a Wrap – Getting Ready for the End of the Year – Learn how to wrap up your technology for the end of this school year as well as prepare it for the year that lies ahead.  Attend this webinar session from the comfort of your own classroom.  Register within ASCEND.

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Tech Tip website

Receive a strange e-mail about a missing person that just doesn’t look right?  How about an e-mail with an offer that just seems too good to be true?  What about that weird news article about a transparent bug in your water?  Whatever the message, Snopes.com is great website to determine is the message is real or not.  Urban legends have been around for as long as people can remember.  Just like Myth Busters, this website seeks to expose the truth or myth about these messages that float around the internet through e-mail and social media.  So before you forward on the message, be sure to visit the site to check it’s validity.  If it doesn’t show up on the site, do a Google search.  There are other sites that do the same thing.  Let’s break the chain of these types of messages.

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