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Technology Information for your Classroom

August/September 2015

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back! I am looking forward to a GREAT 2015-2016 school year! If you need help integrating technology in your classroom, learning Windows 8 on the DLE Device, using your SMARTBoard, creating SMARTNotebook files, creating Project Based Lessons using iDevices, integrating distance learning in your classroom, collaborating utilizing technology, using Microsoft Office 2013, Outlook/Office 365, Safari Montage, Edmodo, creating Visual Literacy Festival Entries, and writing grants for technology in your classroom please contact me! I look forward to working and collaborating with you this year!

About Ms. Bal

My name is Irene Bal and I am very excited to be your Technology Educator! I earned a B.M. from Furman University, and a M.M.E. and M.E. from the University of South Carolina. I have taught for 10 years, nine of which were in Richland One. I began teaching in Richland One as a high school band director for five years, worked three years as an elementary music teacher, and am currently in my second year as a technology educator. I have received school and personal grants in technology, was awarded Tech Savvy Teacher of the Year, have received multiple honorable mentions in the Visual Literacy Festival for Richland One, and have recently become an Edmodo Ambassador. If you have any questions, please contact me, email is best! You can also follow me on Twitter! I look forward to a great year of teaching and learning!

Need Technology for a 1-to-1 Experience?

Are you interested in doing an activity in which every student needs a device? Do you have limited access to devices to create that 1-to-1 environment? If this is you, contact me! I have access to a class set of iPods for Project Based Learning, Assessments, QR Code activities, etc. that you can use in your classroom! I will help you develop the lesson (if needed), bring the devices, assist with trouble shooting, and help teach the lesson (if needed).

Interested in Incorporating Distance Learning in Your Classroom?

Do you know an author or an athlete or anyone you would like to bring into your classroom via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts? I have a VX-1 Internet Conference Station you can use. This VX-1 Conference Station is a speaker/microphone that can allow your students to hear and be heard more clearly when using an iPad/iPhone or laptop. If you are interested in using this please email me and we can schedule a date/time.

Did You Know? Technology Integration Resources

Did you know


  • I can model and teach a technology integrated lesson in your classroom?
  • I can plan lessons with you to integrate the DLE laptops, iPads, iPods, Nooks, Document Cameras, etc. into your classroom?
  • I have a VX-1 Conference Station you can use for your Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts distance learning conference?
  • I have iPods I can bring into your classroom for students to use for Project Based Learning, Assessments, and QR Code Activities?
  • I can come to parent events to showcase technology integration in the classroom, promote technology resources available to them through RCSD1, and teach/show parents how to use technology to support their children?

If you are interested in any of these things, or more, please email me! I look forward to continuing to collaborate with you!

Resources!

Check the links below for more Technology Resources.

Reading Rocks 2015

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 9am-1pm

3455 Pine Belt Rd

Columbia, SC

Mark your calendars for Richland One's Annual Reading Rocks Celebration! This year's event is focused on services, resources and activities to strengthen families. Special Features Include:

  • Family Feud Competitions
  • Family Photos
  • Family Service Providers
  • National and Local Authors
  • Free Book Distributions
  • School Performances
  • Literacy Parade, Character
  • Community Celebrities, State, and National Queens
and much, much more!

VLF Photography Entries Due

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 5pm

1225 Oak St

Columbia, SC

Visual Literacy Festival Photography Entries are Due! To get your applications and information: VLF Photography Information