LT Newsletter: August 2017

Learning Technologies Department

Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Ambassador Cohort Starting Soon

Kick-start your knowledge of Discovery Education Streaming service and the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) through the DEN Ambassador program. Through three two-hour meetings in September and October, you'll learn the ins and outs of the Discovery Education website. Highlights cover:


Meeting 1 (Sept. 19, 4:30-6:30pm): Topics include intentional and strategic integration of digital resources through Spotlight on Strategies (SOS); flipped class instruction; and the basics of having a personal learning network (PLN).


Meeting 2 (Oct. 3, 4:30-6:30pm): Dive deeper into tools covered in Meeting 1. Digital integration and instructional strategies span subjects and grade levels. You'll gain working knowledge of at least five DE media resources.


Meeting 3 (Oct. 17, 4:30-6:30pm): Enhancing the student experience takes center stage here. Over the course of the previous two meetings, you've acquired insights and instructions for enhancing student learning. In Meeting 3, you'll show what you know by describing how you've integrated DE tools in your classroom.


The DEN Ambassador program is worth six (6) hours of professional development credit. (Sorry, no partial credit will be awarded.) Click here to enroll. For questions, contact LT Lindsay Foster at 817-245-1116.

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Get 18 Hours of Training While You Still Have Time

As a reminder, all Burleson ISD teachers are required to complete 18 hours of professional-development - six (6) hours of which must be technology related.


Documentation highlighting the successful completion of training is due to principals by Nov. 15, 2017.


Those who still need a few hours (or all 18) can find relief inside the technology training calendar. Classes are currently available through early November. Check back frequently - as new classes are added continually.

Also in the Mix

Great American Solar Eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, which happens to be the first day of school in Burleson ISD, the sun and the moon will align above our heads to produce a solar eclipse.


As any BISD fifth grader can explain, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. The result: The moon's shadow falls on the earth's surface - temporarily blocking our view of the sun. Monday's celestial show will be a partial eclipse here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area - meaning we will see our closest star partially blocked.


Solar eclipses don't happen every day. In fact, North Texas won't see another one until April 2024. In the meantime, if you and your classes want to take a break from first-day-of-school activities to observe the eclipse, here are some resources from NASA to help you do so. The solar eclipse begins in the Metroplex at 11:40am - with maximum moon coverage happening at 1:09pm.


As a reminder, don't forget to warn your students not to look directly at the sun once the eclipse begins. Rays from the eclipsed sun can cause severe eye damage.

Is This Your Type?

Extension activities are a great way to enrich the learning experience for students when they finish an assignment. Here's a keyboarding activity that's just the right type for any grade level.


Home Row Tutorial Via Youtube


Doorway Online Interactive Typing Tutor


Try loading the above resources as a station or anchor activity inside your Google Classroom. Ask your LT for more typing tutorials and activities.

5 Google Drive Shortcuts to Impress Your Friends

Here are keyboard shortcuts to help you in Google Drive. Quickly rename files; share them; move them; star them; and modify how they are displayed in Drive. Click here to see how.

Gmail Notes: Annotate Emails You Receive

It's simple to add sticky notes and annotations to emails you receive. Cloud HQ's handy dandy extension makes it easy to apply an email sticky note, edit it, send it to someone else, or keep it private.


Want to know more? Watch the silent video here. Then steer your cursor to this link for installation instructions.

Team Contacts and Discipline: The Easy Way

As students return their parent-contact forms to you and your teammates, create a Google spreadsheet, share it with every teacher on your team, and grant each person editing rights.


You can all add your homeroom classes in separate tabs. When you need to call a parent, you all have access to the contact information of every student on your team.


Best of all, you can create a final tab to house a parent contact log, which comes in handy as you and your teammates are ready to call parents. With one shared parent contact log, you and your partners can easily see and compare how often parents are called, who is calling, and for what reasons.


Need a quick start? Click here and make a copy. Don't forget to share it with every member of your team. Need help? Ask your LT.

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Contact Your LT

Kim Estes
Lead Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: KMS, The REALM, BCHS, CHS
Email: kestes@bisdmail.net
Book an Appointment: kimestes.youcanbook.me
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Lindsay Foster
Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: Brock, Frazier, Hajek, Taylor
Email: Lindsay.Foster@bisdmail.net
Book an Appointment: lindsayfoster.youcanbook.me
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Matthew Kitchens
Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: Academy @ Nola Dunn, Clinkscale, Norwood, CrHS & RTDC
Email: Matthew.Kitchens@bisdmail.net
Book an Appointment: matthewkitchens.youcanbook.me
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Heather Sanders
Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: HMS, STEAM MS, BHS
Email: Heather.Sanders@bisdmail.net
Book an Appointment: heathersanders.youcanbook.me
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Teresa Sumrall
Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: Bransom, Mound, Stribling
Email: tsumrall@bisdmail.net
Book an Appointment: Via Email
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