Tech Talk

November 2016 Technology Department Newsletter

LT November Wishes

I Am Thankful for You

Click the link and share your Attitude of Gratitude within our district. Let's make this the season for saying and sharing our thanks!

Hour of Code Workshop (Earned-Off Hours Eligible)

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

201 South Hurst Road

Burleson, TX


What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

When is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week will be December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

3D Videos Providing Virtual Reality Experiences

YouTube has a dedicated channel for 3D videos. On their computer, users can scroll around using their mouse, but to enjoy the full virtual reality experience, they can place their smartphone in their VR viewer and choose the Cardboard mode. Some of the best videos have informative narrations. For example, from BBC News comes a 360-degree tour inside the Large Hadron Collider, “the world’s greatest physics experiment,” with a fascinating explanation. Cost: Free

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Click Here to Access BBC News Video

Take the Challenge: Marshmallow Collaborative Project

Want to challenge your students? Check out this project from the Collaborative Projects by Jen collection (active through November 18th) in which students use STEAM concepts to build a freestanding structure using a large marshmallow, twenty pieces of dry spaghetti pasta, 1 meter of masking tape, and 1 meter of string. The project is geared for K-6 but anyone can participate!

Polar Bears International Fall Tundra Connections

Monday, Nov. 14th, 11am to Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Partner: Discovery Education
Panelists: Kyle Schutt, Julene Reed, Dr. Thea Bechshoft, Dr. Flavio Lehner

Arctic ABCs
Monday, November 14, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
Target age: Content tailored to K-3, all ages welcome
P is for Polar Bear, U is for… Ulu? Let’s go through the alphabet, Arctic-style! We’ll have some fun, see some polar bears and other organisms that live in the Arctic regions, and learn some new words along the way!
Educator resources:
All About Polar Bears. For K-4 (PPT presentation)
Living Large Like a Polar Bear Unit Plan
Arctic Biodiversity Lesson Plan
Polar Bears for Kids
iTunes: All About Polar Bears
iTunes: Bears for Kids, Kids for Bears

Ice Bears in Your Backyard
Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
Target age: Content tailored to 4th-8th grade, all ages welcome
Learn how water in your backyard is tied to polar bears in the Arctic! Help us understand the global world of ice and water and why its conservation is so important to all creatures, not just polar bears.

STEM on the Tundra: Cool Jobs!
Wednesday, November 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
Target age: Content tailored to 4th-8th grade, all ages welcome
The daily choices we make impact our world. Tune in to see how different teams on the tundra are utilizing STEM skills to support a global conversation and make a positive impact for polar bears. We’ll learn why you don't need to be a scientist to practice the core values of STEM. And, we will see some cool jobs that you might not typically consider when you think about the tundra.

Learning Technologies Coaches

  • Kim Estes - CHS, BCHS, Kerr MS, The REALM
  • Lindsay Foster - Brock ES, Frazier ES, Hajek ES, Taylor ES
  • Matthew Kitchens - Academy ES, Clinkscale ES, Norwood ES, CrHS
  • Heather Sanders - BHS, Hughes MS, STEAM MS
  • Teresa Sumrall - Academy at Bransom, Academy at Mound, STEAM Academy at Stribling
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