Chief Tech Tips

Tips for 1:1 iPad Integration - November 13, 2015

FALLing into STEM

A HUGE Chief Cheer goes out to all of the classes who participated in Spooky STEM a few weeks ago. You could really tell by the pictures (check out Facebook) that the kids were very engaged in the learning!


Next Friday, November 20 is our second STEM focused day (feel free to use Monday and Tuesday the 23rd and 24th as well). This month we will focus on FALLing into STEM projects which include anything that flies or falls.


Below is the link to the Dropbox folder of lesson ideas that fit this theme. Feel free to take parts of these lessons and make them fit your students. Please let me know if I can help your grade level make plans or even gather materials. I'm also happy to help you figure out how to use the iPads in your lesson. There are suggested grade levels on all of the lessons, but we can certainly adapt them up or down to fit all of you.


Be one of the first three to share your plans for Falling into STEM and win a prize!!

An App and A Snack Revisited

Since it seems that everyone's schedules are full these days, let's try something new for App & A Snack. Instead of having set apps to look at, let's think about it in terms of subject areas. Next Monday (yes, I know it's Thanksgiving week), we will look at ways to integrate tech into MATH lessons. We can take a look at First in Math vs. Ten Marks vs. Front Row. We can play around with some of the virtual manipulatives on the iPads. We can work together to plan some lessons. If you have ideas, you can come and share them.


Let's make it more of a collaborative planning session than a session led only by me. But I will still bring the snacks!!

An Hour of Code is Coming!

Last year we had amazing school-wide participation for the Hour of Code. What is the Hour of Code you ask, well here is the answer straight from their website: "Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra."


I would love for us to have 100% participation school-wide again this year. All you are committing to is one hour during the week of Dec. 7-13, but you might find that your students are learning so much and are so engaged that you will want to give them more time.


Please let me know if your grade level is willing to commit at least one hour, and I will get all of the details worked out for you! While we may not have any visitors from the community this year, I am sure we can still pull off a great week-long event! I would like to follow somewhat of the same plan as last year with the older grade levels pairing up to help the younger ones.


Check out this link for more information: http://code.org/learn. Remember last year there was a Frozen project for the students. Well this year Frozen is back, but Anna and Elsa are joined by the droid from the new Star Wars movie!


Check out the link below to see why teaching computer science is important in South Carolina!

Digital Citizenship

So it's November now which means you should have already taught at least 2 digital citizenship lessons this school year. If you haven't, now is the time to get caught up! I am suggesting one more lesson to you today for the 1st half of the school year. Please make every effort to teach these 4 lessons before we go home for Christmas break.


The new lessons I am recommending this month deal with giving out personal information online. We know that kids will likely be getting new devices over the holidays, and we want to be sure they are safe. For grades K-2, try out Keep it Private, and for grades 3-5 try Private & Personal Information.


If you are behind on these lessons, please let me come and help you catch up! The students do not necessarily need iPads to participate in these lessons, but they are very important!

Spooky STEM Gallery

Chapman Elementary

As always, I am here to help you integrate technology into your lessons. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.