Crippen Tech & Media Center Update

January 7, 2015

Plicker Cards Now Available in the Library for Checkout

Sets of Plicker Cards are now available for checkout in the library. Get with Nancy or Matt to check a set out to use in your classroom.

If you need a refresher on Plickers or would like an extra hand with implementing Plickers in your classroom, please let me know. Plickers are a great way to quickly assess students with multiple choice questions. Students do not have to use any technology (i.e. tablets or Chromebooks) to use Plickers.

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2015 Texas Summit will be in New Caney ISD

The Google Texas Summit will be held on May 16th at Porter High School. We are actively recruiting break out session presenters. If you are interested in presenting at the Summit please follow this link and submit your request to present. If you need or want an assistant for your presentation, I am more than willing to help. I have already submitted by presentation request an I would love to see you there. Also, if you are selected to present your admission to the Summit is free.

If you need help or have questions, let me know.

Spanish Grant Books Have been Ordered

Dual Language teachers, our new 300+ Spanish books have been ordered and are on their way. I requested that these books be spine labeled and barcoded before they were sent to us, so once they arrive I should be able to add them to our library immediately.

On Monday we will be moving the Spanish section to the new bookcases (purchased with Book Fair profits) that are behind Ms. Keen's reading chair. This will give us more room for the 300 new books.

The biographies and autobiographies will then be moved to the old Spanish section by the computers. Currently, we have not had room in the library for these books.

Tech in Action @ Crippen

This week I wanted to recognized Laura Hobbs for the alternative energy project that she gave her 5th grade students. Students were assigned groups and a type of alternative energy to research. Students then presented their findings to the class. Students were not required to create a presentation involving technology, but many did. Laura gave her students a menu of options for their presentations and the three listed below were all used. GREAT JOB!

If you are doing something in you class, please let me know. I would love to feature all of our amazing teachers at some point during the year. Featured teachers, stop by my office to get a jeans pass courtesy of Mrs. Mayes.

Upcoming Video Conference Opportunities for your students

If you would like your class to participate in one of the video conferences listed below, please let me know. I will get you registered and set up to participate on the day of the event.

2015 Reading Discovery Featuring First Lady Barbara Bush (3-8)

January 29, 2015

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Registration Deadline: 1/23/2015

Join in the excitement of reading a new book with First Lady Barbara Bush! Students from many states and abroad will ask questions during the videoconference with Mrs. Bush. If your students submit questions prior to Jan. 9, your class might be selected to ask questions during the program. Reading Buddies on stage join in the interaction. Music fun is another way to share new words and rhymes.

Please complete this form and submit up to five written questions by Friday, Jan. 9 that your class would like to ask Mrs. Bush. Selected schools will be notified by Jan. 23 however, it is possible that some schools may not get to ask their questions due to time constraints. You must be registered in the videoconference to participate in the Q&A with Barbara Bush. Register and find additional information at the following link:

Celebrate Presidents Day w/ George Washington (3-8)

February 19, 2015

10:30 am - 11:30 am

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration Deadline: 02/13/2015

President George Washington (historical impressionist Peter Small) brings history alive about the life and leadership role of the First President of the United States. Learn about Washington’s crucial role in the implementation and interpretation of the Constitution and the establishment of the American government.