Crippen Tech & Media Center Update

November 14, 2014

NCISD Education Foundation Grant

The Crippen library has been awarded approximately $5,000 from the NCISD Education Foundation to purchase Spanish language books for the library. These funds will provide almost 300 new Spanish titles to our currently small Spanish section. The books chosen for our library are all award winning or highly recommended titles in fiction and non-fiction children's literature. We should have new Spanish books to interest all of our students. These books will be ordered in the next few weeks and should start to make it into our student's hands by the new year.

Keeping Chromebooks Updated

I learned a new piece of information at one of my many training sessions this week. Many students on our campus and around the district have been having minor issues with their Chromebooks. In many of these situations the Chrome operating system needed to be updated. These updates are designed to happen automatically, but these updates will only occur if students shut down their Chromebooks.


Please start having students shut down their Chromebooks at the end of the day. When they turn it on the next day all updates will occur automatically.


If you have any questions, let me know.

Creating Poetry ONLINE

ELAR teachers need to check out the resources at www.readwritethink.org. Here is an excerpt from their mission...


...at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.


I wanted to share a few links for poetry creation that students could easily use on their Chromebooks. Younger grade level teachers could use these for whole group activities.


Interactive Acrostic Poem Creator


Interactive Diamante Poem Creator


Interactive Haiku Poem Creator


This site also has interactive materials for ORGANIZING & SUMMERIZING, INQUIRY & ANALYSIS, AND WRITING & PUBLISHING.

Next Tech Training...

Mark your calendar, our next tech training with be December 11th. I have several new apps and websites I am looking forward to sharing with each of you. Please come prepared to learn, this training may take more of your conference period that normal because we were not able to meet this week.

Upcoming Video Conference Opportunities for your students

If you would like your class to participate in one of the video conferences listed below, please let me know. I will get you registered and set up to participate on the day of the event.

Reading with Mrs. Claus (PreK - 1)

December 3, 2014

9:30-10:15, 1:30-2:15


Registration Deadline: November 20, 2014


Although this is a busy time of year in the North Pole, Mrs. Claus would like to take a quick break from her schedule and spend some time reading with your class. Help Mrs. Claus relax by joining her for an activity, some reading time, and a few questions.


http://edlink12.net/vcspark/2014/10/reading-with-santa-and-mrs-claus-3/

Reading with Santa Claus (PreK - 1)

December 15, 2014

9:30-10:15, 1:30-2:15


Registration Deadline: November 20, 2014


Although this is a busy time of year in the North Pole, Santa would like to take a quick break from his schedule and spend some time reading with your class. Help Santa relax by joining her for an activity, some reading time, and a few questions.


http://edlink12.net/vcspark/2014/10/reading-with-santa-and-mrs-claus-3/

Urban Animal Encounters: Skunks and Armadillos! (1-5)

December 16, 2014

9:00am - 9:45am, 10:30am - 11:15am, 12:45pm - 1:30pm, or 2:00pm - 2:45pm


Registration Deadline: December 9, 2014


Meet the nine-banded armadillo and the striped skunk. Although their defense behaviors and adaptations are beneficial to them in their wild environment, these same behaviors do not fare well in urban habitats. Most people cannot help but turn up their noses when they think about these two animals, but after our class, we hope your feelings change. Join us as we clear up some common untruths and add clarity to their unique structures and functions with the help of our friendly guest stars!


http://www.connect2texas.net/Connect2Texas_pages/register_begin.asp?eventID=18947