Tuesday Tech Tips

A little tech goes a long way!

Hour of Code = Awesomeness!

Many GSCS teachers and students, as well as teachers and students across the globe, took part in the Hour of Code last week. The resounding comment from all the schools that we visited was, "It is so much fun!" We witnessed students who were engaged in problem solving and critical thinking as they were trying to manipulate the code that was necessary to program the selected tutorial! Computer science opens up the world to students in a completely new way!

Just because the Hour of Code is over doesn't mean you have to stop! You can still visit the website www.code.org/learn and allow your students to continue to code!

Check out the updated slideshow below to see our GSCS students in action!

Is YOUR Name on the List Yet?

More and more are taking the challenge!

Special shout-out goes to Melanie Lynch for accepting the challenge and earning ALL FOUR Google Ninja Belts! Congratulations! (Additional Google Ninja pictures are forthcoming!)

It's not too late to be a Google Ninja! Go to our GSCS Ninja Academy right now! Join in to earn the Google Ninja pins for your GSCS lanyard.

Have no fear.

Be a Google Ninja!

*Because our Google Ninja list is so long, we have run into a problem! However, what a great problem to have!

We will be unable to publish the Google Ninja Standings list as a whole list. We will begin publishing the names of those who have earned their belts since the last publication. We will also be providing a link to the whole list.

Complete Google Ninja Standings

Google Ninjas since last publication:

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Interested in attending ISTE?

Previously we mentioned that registration was opening for the International Society in Technology Conference which will be held in Philadelphia next year. As with most conferences, there is a cost associated with attending. If you are serious about attending, here are some tips to help finance the trip.

  1. Enter their social media contest. ISTE is offering a free conference registration AND a four night hotel stay to one lucky educator who participates in their social media contest. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself stating why you want to attend the conference and post it to your favorite social media network. Make sure you use the #ISTE2015 hashtag.
  2. Join Project RemaginED. Project RemaginED is a community of educators who are redesigning their curricula for the digital age. When you and your colleagues join this passionate community, you get the chance to collaborate on and publish new learning activities aligned to the Common Core and ISTE Standards - and compete for a free trip to ISTE 2015 for up to four members of your team. It's a win-win for both you and your students.
  3. Become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Submit a short video showing how you're using digital tools to drive student achievement in your classroom, and you could be one of 30 applicants selected for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to both ISTE 2015 and the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit. Apply by February 11 to win.
  4. Apply for a professional learning grant. There are plenty of organizations that offer professional learning grants to educators to help them attend conferences. Here are a few places to start.

  • NEA Foundation - Apply by February 1, 2015 to receive notification in time for ISTE 2015.
  • Association of American Educators Foundation - Apply by March 1, 2015 to get reimbursed for up to $500 of your travel expenses. You do not have to be a member to apply, but members do get extra consideration for these competitive scholarships.
  • Funds for Teachers - This flexible program offers up to $5,000 for individuals. Apply by January 29, 2015.

Taking Printing to the Next Level

FREE APP - Today Only!

Stick Around App for Teachers

Stick Around empowers teachers, students, and parents to design, play, and share labeling, sorting, and matching games. It has been used in hundreds of classrooms and is often mentioned by students as their favorite educational app.

You can download Stick Around here in the iTunes store.