TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

DECEMBER 2015

THE HOUR OF CODE

What Most Schools Don't Teach

Code.org

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming. It is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Online tutorials guide students through the coding process.


WHY DO IT?

Computer programming promotes perseverance, problem solving, logic, creativity, and critical thinking. It also improves academic achievement in reading and mathematics. There will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than computer science students by 2020. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. http://code.org/stats


WHEN IS IT?

DECEMBER 7-16 is the official time scheduled by code.org, but you not required to participate during this time. You can make it fit your schedule.


HOW DO I START?

Anyone can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience is needed and it is appropriate for ages 4 to 104.

Code.org works on any device.

For tutorials and more information on how to participate at your school, go to:

https://hourofcode.com/us

For resources and videos to show your students:

https://hourofcode.com/us/promote/resources#videos
OR

Contact your Instructional Technology Specialist for support!

Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

CODING SITES FOR STUDENTS

HOME ACCESS CENTER

The new link to get to TAC from home is http://www2.hebisd.edu/waplinks.


Choose Teacher Access Center.


You will enter your HEB username and password (just as you do for TAC at school).


After that authenticates, you will be asked to login to your TAC account again.


If you have not updated your link for TAC from home, please do so. Also, if you have issues with logging into TAC from home, please address those issues to your campus help account and give as much detail as possible.

FEATURED APP

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TEKS APP by MasteryConnect

View the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in one app! A great reference for teachers, parents, and students to easily read and understand the standards. Quickly find and search standards by subject, grade level, and key word.

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DECEMBER TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video Killed the Radio Star - Using Video to Reach the Digital Generation

Elementary Teachers:


12-3-15 Click here to sign up today!


In this course you will learn how video can be used to reinforce student learning. Discover how video can be used to: flip instruction, for review of concepts, or as a means of repeating commonly given direction(s). Whether you are creating content for student consumption or looking for a lesson that engages students in creation, this course will help you develop the skills necessary to capture and create video content for a variety of purposes. Up your SAMR and find out how video-infused learning can make the difference in your classroom!


*Note enhancing but not limited to:

4th Grade Reading and Writing, 5th Grade Science

7th and 8th Grade Reading and Writing, English I/II Retesters

Technology Courses are now available for GT PD Hours!

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself - Formative Assessment Tools for the Classroom

Secondary Teachers:

12-3-15 Click here to sign up today!


Pump up your short-cycle assessments with some awesome online tools that even grade themselves! Get in-the-moment data to see how your students are learning and see how free web-based applications like Kahoot!, Socrative, and Nearpod can work in your classroom tomorrow!


*Note enhancing but not limited to:

4th Grade Reading and Writing, 5th Grade Science

7th and 8th Grade Reading and Writing, English I/II Retesters

Technology Courses are now available for GT PD Hours!

Show Me What You Want, What you Really Really Want! - Showcase the Lesson and the Learning with Interactive Tools in the Classroom

Secondary Teachers:

12-9-15 Click here to sign up today!


Looking for a new way to engage students? Whether you are teaching a new concept or having students demonstrate their own learning! Explore some awesome digital tools like Discovery Board Builder, Piktochart and infogr.am to see some exciting new ways to show me what you want, what you really really want!


*Note enhancing but not limited to:

4th Grade Reading and Writing, 5th Grade Science

7th and 8th Grade Reading and Writing, English I/II Retesters

Technology Courses are now available for GT PD Hours!

Baby Got Back... Channel - Engaging Learners to Find Their Voice in the Classroom

Elementary Teachers:

12-9-15 Click here to sign up today!


Engaging all learners is a challenge educators face daily. Back channeling allows each student to have a voice in the classroom. It is real time online conversations alongside live presentations or through independent work time. A back channel lets participants ask questions, discuss what is being presented, share links and reflect on their learning. It can be used in any subject area in which you would use discussion, brainstorming or exit tickets. The possibilities are endless!


*Note enhancing but not limited to:

4th Grade Reading and Writing, 5th Grade Science

7th and 8th Grade Reading and Writing, English I/II Retesters

Technology Courses are now available for GT PD Hours!

**Course Cancellation Policy**

District policy requires a minimum of 5 participants enrolled in order to hold a course. If the course is cancelled you will be notified via email 24 hours in advance. Please check your email before traveling to the PMC.

ABOUT US

HEBISD Instructional Technology

Nancy Bingham - BLE, HLE, MPE, OTE, WHE

Jeff Blankenship - BME, LWE, MCE, NEE, SEE, SGE, VRE, WLE

Carla Doss - Gradebook - All Junior High Campuses

Vikki Durham - All High school campuses

Casey Phelps - BHE, DPE, HHE, RTE, SBE, SOE, STE