Week of 9-23-13

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Holiday shortened week…got to love it.  For me the week was a little shorter due to a sick child at home, but the down side of that is that I ended up not being able to meet with people whom I was scheduled to see.  Next week I plan to play catch up for the meetings I missed.  It’s hard to believe that next week is the end of the first six-weeks.  The year only seems to have just begun.  Now that things seem to be in full swing, we have teachers doing some wonderful things on campuses.  Popular again this year, iPad projects.  The students love them and they don’t require the teacher to be a technological guru.  There are so many great activities that can be done with the iPad and they can be done in virtually any class.  Many classes have moved to using the clicker systems within their class.  For those with SMART Response clickers, the tie into eduphoria! is simple.  Looking for help, let me know.

At a Glance:

Proper Use of Printers – Throughout the campuses there are a good number of Ricoh printers and only a few photocopiers.  Because of this, there are several teachers who have been using the printer as a photocopier.  Please stop doing this.  The printer is not there to be a photocopier.  I know it seems convenient, but it is more expensive to the district.  The per page cost of a photocopy is cheaper than the per page cost of a print job.  I have seen teachers printing 180 copies of a 3-4 page document.  Not only is this more expensive, but it’s hard on the printer.  Photocopiers are designed to support large quantity copying.  The printers, while designed to support printing of 1000’s of pages, they are not designed to support 1000’s of pages at one time.

Also, we have teachers who are having students print entire textbooks a chapter at a time.  At no time is it acceptable to tell a student they have to print the textbook on their own.  There is no difference between a teacher printing 180 copies of a 10-20 page document and 180 students printing a copy of the same 10-20 page document.  Both scenarios are hard of the printer and expensive, not to mention, from what I’m hearing, a direct violation of copyright laws.  If you are need of textbooks, see your campus administration.

If you are needing more than 4 or 5 copies of a document, you need to use the photocopier.  I know the printer may be more convenient because it’s in your room or right next door, you need to use the photocopier for large volume print jobs.

Using eduphoria! with SMART Response – For campuses that have access to the SMART Response clickers and use eduphoria! Aware to give multiple choice assessments, the use of the SMART Response Connector for eduphoria! will make your grading a step easier by eliminating the need for bubble sheets and not have to leave your room to gather results.  Visit the iCafe for step-by-step tutorial videos on using this system.  A big thing to note, when you create your assessment in eduphoria! Aware, do NOT use any symbols or special characters in the title of the assessment.  Use ONLY letters and numbers.  Most symbols cause issues when attempting to upload assessment results or signing into the clickers.

Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacherwebsite – Here is an incredible story of why we should never write off a student.  Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she’s creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it’s okay if sometimes homework isn’t the first thing on their minds.  Click the link above to hear about this incredible teacher.

Zombie-Based Learningwebsite – Blogger Andrew Miller has an idea for grabbing their attention: zombies! Get ideas for science, math, and English and language arts lessons.  Neat idea to reach students with something of interest.

Entertainment –  Mary’s mom has four children.  Their names are north, south, east.  What’s the fourth child’s name?  (See answer below)

Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Date ASCEND Section# Training Location Description
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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Entertainment answer – Mary (Mary’s mom has four children)