MIS Good Things

December 2015

Happy December Birthdays!

Susan Menkel - Dec. 1st

Kari Steffen - Dec. 1st

Raymond Alexander - Dec. 6th

Dawn Baierlein - Dec. 10th

Kristina Thoennes - Dec. 20th

Christina Welch - Dec. 21st

Erin Anders - Dec. 22nd

Enola Lynch - Dec. 29th

2nd Quarter Focus

Collaboration and Communication

Our focus for this quarter will be on these two of the 4 C's along with reviewing the SAMR model. Research proves that students will achieve and learn more when they interact with their peers. Here are some ideas for getting students collaborating and communicating with each other!

  • Students work in teams to prepare their own study material Infographics to share with other class members or other teachers' classes (Try Piktochart)
  • Pair classes in common content areas to create and play virtual games against each other using Jeopardy Labs, Quizizz or Socrative.
  • Have students create a collaborative study guide using Google Docs to collaborate virtually with another teacher's class.
  • Use student-led small groups to review key concepts in station-style rotations. Consider using Today's Meet for a backchannel or use Real Time Board for interactive whiteboards.
  • Have students create newsletters to share with parents about what they've learned - practicing their synthesizing skills and using images to support (cited properly of course!). Try Smore.
  • Set up a Mystery Skype or Google Hangout with another classroom in the district or an outside expert in your content area. Let students develop questions to ask related to their studies, or teach a lower level grade about topics they are "experts" in. Click here for more information on Connecting Outside the Classroom.

Use the 4Cs to Grow 21st Century Learners


Hour of Code

Please see Ms. Thoenne' awesome Picktochart about Hour of Code. "The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics." Click here for some additional information.
Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

National Boards

There are a group of us looking into working on our National Board Certification this year. If you are interested, let me know! Here is some information...
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SAS Curriculum Pathways

This excellent resource has been recently added to our Clever portal. It contains various virtual labs, lessons, and activities covering a wide variety of topic areas. If you haven't checked it out, you should!

Why Use SAS Curriculum Pathways?

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Knovation's Digital Learning Awards Program

MGSD finished in the Top 100 in Knovation's Digital Learning Awards Program! The district was specifically recognized for our outstanding iCurio usage during the 2014-2015 school year. Click here to check it out! We were ranked #1 in our size category!

If you haven't been using iCurio and are curious about it's features, please let me know and we can sit and look at it together...


Progress Reports...

...go out this Thursday, so please take a moment to check your students' grades and your gradebook setup in BBLearn. Here are some directions. Let me know if you need any help!

New Technology Work Order System

Please update your bookmarks with this new site: https://techhelp.mgsd.k12.nc.us/

You will be required to login to this website with your AD credentials (the same username and password you use to login to your laptop).

This new system is more robust and will provide better reporting and accuracy. This will then provide you with better support and service.


Ms. Fabrizio and Ms. Bergin will be leading us through some cooperative learning strategies on Wednesday. If you missed our staff meeting on Tuesday, here is an introduction to cooperative learning. I added the projects created to the bottom!

Flex Tech PD

There are only 6 flexible tech PDs left for the remainder of the school year. Please remember that you are required to attend at least three of them. Here is a link to the Flexible Tech PD site, along with a link to sign up for any of the remaining sessions!

Spotlight Form

Please take a moment to fill out this form! We love to hear about other great things that are happening every day at MIS!

Just for Fun!

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Coming Soon....

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Oh Techmas tree! Oh Techmas tree!

Be on the look out!