T3: Teachers Taking-on Technology

September 2015 - GISD Tech PLN - Volume 2; Issue 1

T3 Meeting: Teachers Taking-on Technology

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 4:15-5pm

1313 Williams Drive

Georgetown, TX

T3 (Teachers Taking-on Technology) is a voluntary group dedicated to improving skills and connections related to integrating technology in the classroom.

Our first meeting of the year will focus on utilizing Google Hangouts for your classroom.

Sign up in Eduphoria for this meeting:


October 1st, starting promptly at 4:15pm so we can finish by 5pm.

Location: The GISD Admin Annex on 1313 Williams Drive, in the Technology Conference Room.

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Connected with other Twitter Classrooms From GISD & Around the World

The following link is to a spreadsheet housing Twitter handles of K+ classes using Twitter. Feel free to add your own, or to connect with others.


We also have an ever-growing list of Georgetown ISD Edu-family of tweeters here:


Feel free to follow or subscribe!

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AIAA Special STEM Grants for K-12 Teachers

How would you enhance your students’ STEM education? Now is your chance:

Send us your proposal!

Several $500 grants will be awarded. All K-12 STEM teachers are eligible.

The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Systems Technical

Committee and the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee, in cooperation with the

Challenger Center, are once again offering several $500 grants to elementary and secondary

school teachers for use in procuring programs and supplies for engaging STEM education.

To apply, email a letter proposal (2 pages maximum, MS Word or pdf format) to


Your proposal should:

 Briefly outline how you would use the funds to benefit STEM student learning

 Detail your budget for spending the $500 award

 Specify whether you are applying for K-6, middle school or high school

 Indicate how many students will participate

Proposals must be received by October 9, 2015.

Notification and payment of awards will be mailed to the selected educators by November 13, 2015. These funds are to be used during the 2015-2016 academic year. Recipients will also

receive a press release highlighting their success, for distribution to appropriate media in their

hometown including local radio and television stations, newspapers, school district

newspapers, and alumni publications. Recipients agree to provide the AIAA with a classroom

“year in review” by April 21, 2016, explaining how the money was spent on STEM projects

and what impact it had on their students (a detailed feedback form will be provided to


For more information on contest details and past winners, visit


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Free: Available Platforms - iOS, Android, and via Chrome

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school.

FEATURES: Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form ∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know.

∙ When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device.

∙ Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student. Optionally, use folders to organize work by subject area or project.

∙ Teachers can flag items for follow up or to review at parent-teacher conferences. Sign In Options that Work for All Ages

∙ Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code. Older students can sign in with their existing Google Account. Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience

∙ Seesaw helps capture the learning process not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer.

∙ Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments. Strengthen Connections Between School and Home

∙ Include families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates actually get seen by parents, provide encouragement for students, and cross language barriers.

∙ Teachers approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents.

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Google Cardboard - Brings Virtual Reality to your Classroom

Expeditions: Take your students to places a school bus can't

You can get 1st hand experience with Google Cardboard at our T3 meeting on Sept 29th.

From the Desk of the Editor: Cori Coburn-Shiflett

I wanted to wish every a "Happy New Year" and I hope that you all had a chance to celebrate the exciting possibilities of 2015-16. This new year brings the Educational Technologist a new title: Digital Learning Coaches. We welcome this change as it give a better description of what we do in Georgetown ISD.

It is often hard to tell others of exactly what we do in education. I really hope that none of our educators think of themselves as "just a teacher". Often times teachers stand in for parents, cheer lead, mentor students, facilitate discussions, act as tour guides, lead learners , support ideas , embody knowledge and resources. There are many other hats that educators wear that were not mentioned, but we sure would welcome you showing us.

From now and during the month of October, use the #TeamGISD hashtag to share your pictures & complete this phrase {I'm not "just a teacher", I am a(n) ______.}