#iCONNECT Tech Tips Newsletter

Friday, November 21, 2014 #EHSRedDevils

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eBooks Come To Elkmont High School

Students at Elkmont High School learned about our new ebook selection when they visited librarians, Ms. Joanna Schrimsher & Ms. Beverly Henley this week.

Ms. Tina McMunn's students were excited that they could read books on their MacBook Air laptops and were soon engrossed in reading ebooks.

Check out the great ebooks Elkmont High School's library now has here:


Tech Tuesdays Coming in 2015 to Elkmont!

After hearing of the great success Casie Barksdale from Tanner has had with Wireless Wednesdays, Elkmont will begin offering Tech Tuesday classes each Tuesday right after school from 3:00-4:00. Our first Tech Tuesday will be Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Topics will cover a variety of technologies based on teacher interest. Topics covered at Tanner have included:

  • Using Twitter as PD
  • How to add a signature to your email
  • How to set up group contacts in email
  • Technologies for Formative Assessments
  • Using Google Forms & Flubaroo to make quizzes that grade themselves
  • Other suggestions from teachers (please email suggestions to Ms. Nikki Robertson)
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Share What You're Reading

Do you love fantasy novels? Biographies? Mysteries? Sports?

Have you ever read a book that was so amazing you told all your friends "you've GOT to read this!"? Here's your opportunity to share with other students what you are reading and to discover new books based on other kids' recommendations.

This great book review site was shared this week by Amanda Gibbs, Instructional Technology Facilitator at West Limestone High School.


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Student Voice and Choice #StuVoice

One thing the 3rd and 4th grade DPI teachers have embraced this year is empowering student voice and choice via the MacBooks they received this year.

Ms. Anita Bates gave her students the task of writing a first person narratives about a food chain of their choice. Students could use StoryBird, Google Slides, or iMovie to create their story. These stories will be used to help teach grammar and science for the next several weeks. Final stories will be published for other kids in our school and around the world to read.

Ms. Luann Adams let's her students show tech tips they have discovered with the rest of the class. Thursday, Bobbie Jo had discovered a way to make collecting images for use in projects easier by dragging and dropping images onto the desktop. Ms. Adams had Bobbie Jo come up to the front of the classroom to use the Promethean Board to demonstrate to other students her tech tip.

Many teachers are nervous about technology coming into the classroom because they want to have mastery over the technology. The reality is that none of use truly has mastery when talking about use of technology. What we do have is good teaching practices that will make integrating tech into our classrooms easier. We also have STUDENTS who discover new tech tricks everyday and can help teach other students and their teacher. This creates a classroom where everyone is invested in learning together, makes failing or not knowing "OK", and empowers students to be confident in their own abilities to discover and learn on their own rather than waiting for their teacher to tell them what they should learn.

Student voice & choice creates a win-win situation in the classroom!

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Write A Letter To Your Future Self

Future Me is a fun writing site for students to write to their future self. Students get to decide when in the future the email will be delivered and whether to make the letter public or private. Students can also include pictures with their email.

This would be a great writing assignment at the beginning of the school year set to be delivered at the end of the school year.

Students could write authentic letters or throw a fictional/sci fi feel to their letter if they choose.

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Modern Totem Poles

Elkmont High School's brilliant Elementary Art Teacher, Breanna Ingle, turns student art into beautiful collaborative art pieces. This week Ms. Ingle put together Modern Totem Poles! How clever!