Gettin' Techy With It!

October 2015

The 4-1-1

  • SuperDrives have been delivered and are available for checkout! Talk to your librarian about using one in your classroom.
  • Digital Citizenship Week is October 19-23. Mark your calendars! Look below for some more info on what to expect.

Going the distance

The Texas Wildlife Association is offering two distance learning opportunities with a Halloween theme. Let us know if you'd like to schedule a viewing of either presentation.

Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters (10/29/15)

Unfortunately for our guests, their creepy appearance strikes fear in most people, even though they know little about them, and in some cases have never encountered them. Our visitors are quite an eclectic bunch, from those with no limbs, to others with four, six, or even eight! Join us as we take an up-close look at these critters and discuss how they fit into the food chain, as well as their habitats, adaptations, and the structures that bring fear to many. Each presentation is 45 minutes.

Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion (10/30/15)

This interactive presentation provides students the opportunity to investigate the relationship between the anatomy and the ecology, including the dietary habits, of different species of bats. This is an experience you will not want to miss. LIVE bats take part in the program! We will look at their unique body structures and their functions that allow bats to fly, identify other special adaptations, as well as discuss their basic needs and diverse habitats. We will also discuss ways you can help these beneficial creatures and conserve their habitats. Each presentation is 45 minutes.

Is your iPad making you iMad??

Sometimes your iPad just doesn't do what you need it to do. Check the iPad Troubleshooting Tips for quick fixes that can be done in your classroom.

If you have a broken iPad (i.e. broken screen, won't charge, broken headphone jack) take it to your librarian and a request to fix the iPad will be submitted.

Get S'MORE out of your Monday Mail

Time is running out for the special EDUCATOR discount on a Smore subscription! You can get a year subscription for $39/year. It's interactive and has some great features to keep track of who's actually reading your newsletter. Check out this EXAMPLE!

Awesome App of the Month

Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos in a silly way. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice. It's great to add some fun to narratives or to help shy kiddos get out the information they need to share.

Techie Teacher Award

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This month's Techie Teacher Award goes to Melissa Deppe at Walnut Springs Elementary for using QR Codes to help her students explore Author's Purpose. I'm sure she'd be willing to explain more if you're interested! Thanks, Melissa, for Gettin' Techy With It!

Digital Citizenship Week

Monday, Oct. 19th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 23rd, 3pm

This is an online event.

Digital Citizenship Week is this month! Please click HERE for lesson plans and videos that will help your kiddos learn to use our technology responsibly. The digital world can be scary without our guidance. We're looking forward to helping you however you need!

Let us know

We're eager to get into your classrooms and help you do your thing. If you need us to help integrate technology into what you're already doing please let us know.

Michelle Harwood

Elementary Technology Integration Specialist

New Braunfels ISD

Kimo Aleman

Elementary Technology Integration Specialist

New Braunfels ISD

A penny for your thoughts?

Use the comments section below to respond to the following statement. We don't have pennies to give, but I'm sure we can think of something! :)

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