Week of 5-12-14

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

This was certainly an exciting week for me.  This week marked the first week for the secondary CITS transitioning to new campuses.  I am very excited to now be part of the Wertheimer and Briscoe teams.  In addition to these two campuses, I also serve as the CITS for Foster and Special Sites.  Even though I will not spend much time on these campuses before the end of the school year, I look forward to the time we will be able to work together.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I will do my best to get back to you in a timely fashion.

At a Glance:

Last Day for CITS Regular Schedule – The last scheduled week for CITS regular campus visits will be next week (May 19-23).  The remainder of the year will primarily be dedicated to INTERACT preparation.  Even though I am not on campus, I will still be available to offer assistance.  E-mail is the best way to reach me.  I will do my best to provide a prompt response.

Top 12 Effective End of the Year Activitieswebsite – Ah, the end of the year in near.  Many are tired and starting to lose focus.  Some of the testing is behind us (STAAR, AP exams), a few still remain, and not everyone is still performing at their best.  So what’s a teacher to do?  Choose a goal to make the last month of school an effective one.  The website has some time-honored end of the year activities.  Take a look, there is sure to be something that could be used in your classroom.

4 Free Web Tools to Boost Student Engagementwebsite –  When students use tool technologies to create content, their engagement is largely based on how successfully teachers craft the learning assignments, rather than on the technology itself.  This is different from what happens with other types of technologies, such as tutor technologies (e.g. software for learning).  Here, student engagement depends principally on technology, taking teachers almost completely out of the equation.  This article contains a few great examples of motivational technology tools to boost student engagement.

5 TED Talks Teachers Should Watch With Students – website – Here are few TED Talks that are inspiration like most TED Talks, but can be used with students to potentially give them a little motivation and energy moving into the final weeks of school.

Entertainment You Have to Be a Teacher if:

  • You have no time for a life from August until Mid-July.
  • You want to slap the next person who says, “Must be nice to work from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and have your summers and weekends free.”
  • When you’re out in public you feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior.
  • You refer to adults as, “boys and girls.”
  • You encourage your spouse by telling them they are a “good helper.”
  • Meeting a child’s parents instantly answers the question, “Why is this child like he is?”
  • You believe “extremely annoying” should have its own box on the report card.
  • You know hundreds of “good” reasons for being late.
  • You don’t want children of your own because there isn’t a name you can hear that wouldn’t raise your blood pressure.

Technology Staff Development Opportunities – Log into ASCEND to for new offerings.

The CITS is deep in to preparing for INTERACT 2014, but the summer staff development schedule will be coming later.