Tuesday Tech Tips

A little tech goes a long way!

Is YOUR Name on the List Yet?

WOW! GSCS has had an amazing week of our teams becoming Google Ninjas!

Special shout-outs go to Jhondee Barnes, Ben Steele, Michelle Purmort, and Alicia Stratton 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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The Hour of Code Starts Next Week! It's Not Too Late!

Earlier this year, we gave you resources on implementing coding in your classrooms. If you did not try it, there is still another opportunity to do so. There is an entire week devoted to the Hour of Code. Computer Science Education Week is December 8 - 14, 2014 and during that week, educators and students around the globe will participate in coding activities. It takes just one hour anytime during that week and that time will fly by as your students are having fun learning computer science!

If you visit this site, you can register for the event. All teachers who register are eligible for either a Dropbox or Skype credit, a chance to win $10,000 for their school, and a chance to participate in a video chat with a celebrity guest speaker.

Anyone can participate in the Hour of Code. If you are interested, visit the site for more information. There are FAQs, tutorials, and videos on how to get started. Take a look at some of the fun and educational activities that your students can enjoy by visiting www.code.org/learn. There's even one featuring FROZEN! Robin even created a Flappy Santa game that can be accessed here! Teachers can then print out their students' own personalized certificates!

You do not have to have prior coding experience. Do it! You and your students will be glad you did!

If you have activities planned, please email either Leslie or Robin to let us know. If we are available, we will come and take pictures. If we are not, we would love for you to take pictures and send them to us. We will post pictures in a future issue of the newsletter.

The Hour of Code - WORLDWIDE

Amazing Apps for STEAM

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TeachingBooks.net Webinars

Thursday, Dec. 4th, 9am

This is an online event.

December's Webinar: Booklists and Custom Reading Lists at Your Finger Tips

Please join one of the following sessions to quickly find, create and share booklists to support literacy activities. Examples include: American Indian Heritage Month, Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, and lists of paired fiction and information texts.

You can register here for a session. There is a session from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM and another from 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

Carver Road Middle School to Host First Lego League Competition

This Saturday, Carver Road Middle School will host the Regional First Lego League Competition. The competition will include students from 24 schools representing Bibb, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton, Troup, and Spalding counties. Both elementary and middle school students will participate in the day long event.

In First Lego League, children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society.

If you would like to watch the exciting competition, stop by the school between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. If you would like to help, contact Antoinette.Richter@gscs.org.