Week of 9-16-13

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Another fast week.  Visited with many teachers throughout the days.  The first progress reporting period is now complete and we are pushing towards the end of the 1st six-weeks.  Many different trainings taking place, both off campus and on campus.  The start to the year is very busy as we get to know our students, parents, colleagues, and administrators.  As we move forward, let’s keep the students as engaged and as active as they have been so far.  An engaged student is a learning student. 

At a Glance:

Voicemail – Please be sure to check your voicemail regularly.  In most cases, the phone is your classroom is not associated with your voicemail.  Your phone number is different than the one to your classroom.  To find you actual phone extension you can check a couple different places.  First place to check is the online LCISD phone directory.  If you are not showing in this directory, you can also get your extension from any of the district phones.  Here are the steps to find your number: 

  1. On a district phone, press the Directories button
  2. Select “Corporate Directory”
  3. Search for you name, you extension will show with your name

If you need assistance learning more about your phone, check out the blog post on the iCafe.  If you are unable to access your voicemail, submit a work order to helpdesk@lcisd.org (x0220).  The networking department can reset your access pin number so you can gain access.

Note:  Last year we received an e-mail notification when we received a voicemail.  Right now that notification feature is not working.  As a result, you need to make time to check your voicemail once a day to make sure you have not missed any calls.  You don’t want to leave a parent thinking you are ignoring their calls.

Website – Please remember to keep you web page up-to-date.  Parents love to see what is going on in your classroom.  Students benefit from your calendars and having access to notes and assignments.  If you are in need of assistance, let me know.  Remember, you cannot post the codes for your online textbooks.  This is a violation of the textbooks copyright.  If you are using Web Lockers or Edmodo, you can post them in these locations because it is a password protected, secure environment.  Here are cheat sheets for editing your LCISD website.  If you are interested in Edmodo, check the iCafe.  In the Resources section, there are great cheat sheets to cover most of the processes for using Edmodo.  If you are using external sites for your classroom, be sure to let parents and students know on your LCISD website that classroom resources are on stored somewhere else and provide a link. 

20 Cool Things You Can Do On Your Interactive Whiteboardhttp://www.teq.com/resource/ebooks/20-cool-things-iwb.pdf – Whether you are using a SMART Board, or Promethean ActivBoard, these resources can help you increase interactivity, share content, make lessons more impactful, and clarify concepts.  There are great ideas provided throughout this document.

5 Tips for Creating an Interactive Classroomwebsite – Giving students the right tools and opportunities to process their thinking, ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and present their work are all part of the learning process in an interactive classroom.  Here are some tips and related tools to get you started.

Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Date ASCEND Section# Training Location Description
Tuesday, September 24 77306 Edmodo iCafe Lab Join us as we introduce you to the world of Edmodo.  Edmodo is a secure social learning network designed for teachers, students, and schools.  It allows teachers and students to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework…all within a safe learning environment.
Tuesday, October 1 77307 iPad Projects Elementary iCafe Lab Get your iPads out of flashcard mode and into some real project creation.  Come for the top apps and stay for the lesson plans, project samples, and cross-curricular ideas for harnessing the iPad’s learning potential. Bring your favorite apps to share!**Please note that sections will be grade-range specific (Elementary or Secondary).
Thursday, October 10 77359 Digital Media LCHS Library Digital media is all around us…everywhere, every day.  Learn how you and your students can create media-rich presentations to support the learning in your classroom.  We will focus on Windows Live Movie Maker to add text, transitions, and effects that will draw the audience in.
Tuesday, October 15 77308 iPad Project Secondary iCafe Lab Get your iPads out of flashcard mode and into some real project creation.  Come for the top apps and stay for the lesson plans, project samples, and cross-curricular ideas for harnessing the iPad’s learning potential. Bring your favorite apps to share!**Please note that sections will be grade-range specific (Elementary or Secondary).
Thursday, October 24 77364 Become a SkyDrive Pro iCafe Lab Why deal with jump drives, your H: drive, or even carting paperwork to and from work? SkyDrive Pro enables you to leave the hassle behind and access your files from anywhere in the world that you have internet access. While you’re at it, collaborate with colleagues by sharing files, presentations, chatting and more, by using Lync. We will show you how to set these tools up and how to use them to increase your productivity – anywhere, anytime.
Tuesday, October, 29 77360 Gamify Your Classroom Terry LGI Want to transform your classroom? Gamification is the concept of applying game-design thinking to non-game applications to make them more fun and engaging. Many educators are beginning to find ways to use gaming to bring learning to life.  The number of innovative lessons utilizing the method is growing every day.  Let’s explore the possibilities and discover how gaming helps build content fluency and deepen problem solving skills. 
Tuesday, November 5 77314 Web Literacy iCafe Lab Our teaching job includes providing web literacy skills and strategies, including lessons on why critical thinking about the web is important. Learn how to REALLY search the web and why these skills are essential to every 21st century learner.
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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