Ranger Ready

Tech Thursday | 9 February 2017

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How to Solve Problems and Change the World

$100,000 for Students | $50,000 for Teachers


The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.


Youth aged 4 to 18 (as of May 1, 2017) compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8 ● Ages 9 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 18


We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.


A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

How To Win The Paradigm Challenge
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ShowMe is a whiteboard app that allows students to show teachers what they know their way. They can work out math problems, explain a story arc, illustrate molecular DNA, or analyze political cartoons; the sky's the limit.

With just their fingers and voices, students can begin creating dynamic videos showing their teachers the new concepts they've mastered, and teachers can quickly assess understanding and provide valuable feedback.


Ready 1:1 Teacher of the Week

Each week in the Ranger Ready Tech Thursday Newsletter, a new teacher will be featured as the Ready 1:1 Teacher of the Week. These are teachers at Naaman Forest High School who are transforming teaching and learning in the classroom through technology integration using the iPad.

Zach Baudoin

Mr. Baudoin is a Lousiana native who teaches Chemistry. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech. He also minored in Biology. Baudoin is in his third year in education, but this is his first year at Naaman Forest. He often opens up his classroom for #ObserveMe Sessions, so other teachers in "The Forest" can see his using digital tools in the classroom.

What is your favorite iPad app to use with students and why?

Google Classroom - It is the life blood of my class, I can distribute information, collect and grade assignments, direct students where I want them to go, and keep students posted about what is going on when they are absent. Nearpod is a close second. It keeps students engaged through what would be a boring slideshow and students can work at their own pace.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

When I am not lesson planing or grading, I like to exercise, play board games, and read.

Connect. Empower. Lead.

#EdcampGarland is an unconference event for ALL educators. This participant-driven event will provide organic professional learning experiences for educators from all over the DFW- metroplex. Come be a part of the discussion about education topics that interest you and earn 5 hours of CPE credits.

What is an EdCamp?

EdCamp 101


#EdCampGarland will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, here at Naaman Forest. Please register early because tickets are expected to go fast for this FREE unique professional development experience open to ALL GISD educators and educators from neighboring school districts.

EdCamp Garland

Saturday, March 4th, 8am-1pm

4843 Naaman Forest Boulevard

Garland, TX