Gettin' Techy With It!

April 2016

The 4-1-1

  • There is a website update coming this summer. Make sure to BACK UP anything you have stored on your current teacher website in NetStart.
  • Have your earned your first BADGE yet? Check out the Transform website and see what we have to offer. New badge releases include Animoto and Chatterpix. Apply for one today!
  • Next year will bring more iPADS to the primary grades. Get ready 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade!
  • Go from "Tech-phobic" to "Tech-ninja" during this FREE WEBINAR where you will discover new tech tools and how to apply them in your classroom. Click here to register.

Digital Resources!

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Looking for ways to make your STAAR Review fun and engaging? Check out some of these ideas on how to "Gamify Your STAAR Review!"
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Going the Distance

There are a TON of great distance learning opportunities available this month from several different providers. Take a look at the program descriptions below and let us know if you'd like to schedule a viewing of any of these presentations.

The Story of National Symbols (K-2)

This program introduces young students to American symbols such as the American Flag, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, and the Great Seal of the United States as well as others. Photographs from the National Archives will be used in the program. Sammy, an American Bald Eagle puppet will help present this program.

Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Friends (K-3)

Listen to the exciting stories and adventures of Peter Rabbit told by “Miss Teresa” Mauer, a talented storyteller affiliated with The Beatrix Potter Society. The stories are about Peter Rabbit and his adventures with his famous cousin, Benjamin Bunny. An added treat will be a story about Mr. Jeremy Fisher. Peter Rabbit will be on-stage, too!

Party for the Planet: An Earth Day Celebration (PK-4)

Join the Texas State Aquarium as we celebrate our annual "Party for the Planet", the largest combined Earth Day event in North America! Learn how you can participate in environmentally friendly practices by going “green” and raise awareness about animal conservation.

The Magic of Monarchs (1-5)

For such a delicate insect, the Monarch butterfly leads an adventurous life! During spring and fall, millions of Monarchs will travel through Texas on their way to or from their overwintering sites in Mexico. Live caterpillars and adult Monarchs will be on hand during the program, allowing your students to see them up close and in detail. Join us as we discuss the basic needs, life cycle, adaptations, and migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly and learn how you can help conserve this unique creature.

We the People: A Constitution Day Program (3-5)

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. This program is a brief overview of the U.S. Constitution. It will cover the events leading up to the creation of the Constitution, the Constitutional Convention, the framework of government set up by the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Gone to Texas: Part of the Nation's Immigrant Story (4-5)

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey.

Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle (1-5)

Reptiles are a diverse group of animals, displaying great variety between species; think about turtles versus snakes! During the program, we will take an up-close look at our live critters and compare their various body structures and their functions. We will investigate and explore how they eat, how they survive in their environment/habitat, and how they protect themselves from predators.

Awesome App of the Month

Looking for a novel way for students to showcase or present their work? Make words move with Adobe Slate! This free app will allow students to turn their next report into a gorgeous visual story that delights readers on any device. Give it a try today!

Techie Teacher Award

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This month's Techie Teacher Award goes to Melissa Garffer, 2nd Grade Dual Language teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary. While incorporating many forms of technology into her classroom, Melissa is using SeeSaw Digital Portfolios to allow her students to show off their work. Students are able to upload or create products in the app itself. Mrs. Garffer is then able to publish those works online for parents to view and comment. Check out her class blog HERE to see what kinds of things they're doing in 2nd grade. Way to go, Melissa!

How can we help?

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