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Week of March 17-21, 2014


New Lesson Plan Link

5th Six Weeks- http://bit.ly/1kcqLgu

Important Dates

March 18-21- Both Computer Labs will be used for TELPAS testing.

March 22- Irving PLAYdate- 8:00-12:00 check out http://playdateirving.blogspot.com/ for more information

April 26- DEN Spring Virt Con- 8am-3pm- Lunch will be provided! http://virtconlive.com/locations/elliott_elementary be sure to register in Eduphoria so I can order enough lunch.


3rd grade did an awesome job of rewriting the song Happy. Next week I will be filming people dancing as either a grade level or individual so I can create a music video. Check out Pharrell Williams 24 Hours of Happy http://24hoursofhappy.com/

Acceptable Use Policies

Just a reminder. If students have not turned in their Acceptable Use Policy, they are not supposed to be using computers or any devices. I am still missing a few classrooms.

Computer Lab-Before School

Computer lab is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning for Think Through Math (3rd-5th)

I will be opening up my lab on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for students to use the computer lab for the Flight Program- this is a time for students to work on various tech projects that they would like to work on.

Tech Challenges

Have you completed any of the Tech Challenges? Please make sure to email me what you have done so I can make sure to get goodies in your box. I apologize for being behind from January! If you completed January or February challenges goodies will be in your box by this Friday :)


There are 3 blogs up that students can use in stations. A number crunching blog, a writing blog and an inferring blog.

The 411- Playdate Irving 2014

Tired of the same old professional development model? Do you want time play and explore to figure out how to apply what you've learned? Do you still need PD credit?


PLAYDATE Irving: People Learning and Asking Y. Digital Age Teacher Exploration©

When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 8am-12pm

Location: J.O. Davis Elementary

If you are interested in attending, please visit this website for more details: http://playdateirving.blogspot.com

Irving teachers will need to register on two sites:

1) Eduphoria: https://eduphoria.irvingisd.net/wshop/default.aspx?cid=18381 (for 3 PD credits)

2) EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playdate-irving-14-tickets-8974818925

Are you interested in getting more involved with PLAYDATE? Consider becoming a session facilitator! We are looking for educators willing to guide exploration and discussion. No experience necessary. I want to guide.

This isn't limited to just Irving teachers. If you know teachers in other districts, please feel free to forward this email to them or tweet about it using the hashtag #PLAYDATE14.

Plug and Play

Do you have questions on how you can implement these challenges? We are keeping the same challenges this month except for Web 2.0 (it was a super crazy month last month.. and March is short!)

Encouraged- Come to a Tech Byte Training. These are no more than 30 minutes. Want to see something offered in the Tech Byte Training, just let me know! Can't make it to a meeting, but still want the info... let me know and we will make a plan!

Web 2.0- Use Little Bird Tales to write a story.

Science- Create a paperslide video

Data Driven-Write a word problem that can be posted on the Number Crunching blog.

Support Staff- Write a word problem that can be posted on the Number Crunching Blog

See the challenges- check out all of them HERE

How to Create a Paperslide Video
EduAllStars Episode #8 - Amber Teamann
Disney and Pixar Sings Let it Go