Ranger Ready

Tech Thursday | 2 March 2017

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The March Monthly Skill Focus is on Student Digital Collaboration. Each week this month, a new application that promotes student digital collaboration will be featured in the Ranger Ready Newsletter.

This skill focus stems from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students strand dealing with students as creative communicators:

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

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Baiboard 3 allows students to visualize, create and collaborate from their iPad.

BaiBoard 3 is a cloud based collaboration app that enables students to create and collaborate on educational content, through the use of a collaborative whiteboard with document annotation and so much more. BaiBoard 3 is integrated with Google Drive and iCloud Drive.

CLICK HERE to become a Nearpod Certified Educator

NFHS has a limited number of site licenses for Nearpod. Become one of the first 20 teachers to earned Nearpod Certified Educator status and you will be granted a site license. Please email your certificate to the Ready 1:1 Instructional Coach.

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How to Solve Problems and Change the World

$100,000 for Students | $50,000 for Teachers


The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.


Youth aged 4 to 18 (as of May 1, 2017) compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8 ● Ages 9 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 18


We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.


A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

How To Win The Paradigm Challenge
Each week in the Ranger Ready Tech Thursday Newsletter, a new teacher will be featured as the Ready 1:1 Teacher of the Week. These are teachers at Naaman Forest High School who are transforming teaching and learning in the classroom through technology integration using the iPad.

Demetrius Morgan

Mr. Morgan has been in education for 10 years; the last 7 here at Naaman Forest. He teaches Global Business, BCIM, and Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance. Morgan studied at Florida A&M University with an emphasis on Business Education and Lamar University with an emphasis on Education Administration.

What is your favorite iPad app to use with students and why?

Popplet and Recap are my favorite apps. I really like using recap app for exit tickets in my class. Its a great way to get feedback from students. I use this feedback to alter my lesson plans to strive to meet every student learning style. Popplet is one of my favorite apps also! Its an awesome educational tool that can be use for student collaboration and organizing. I like for students to use this app to create graphic organizer for research projects.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

I love to spend time with my family, working out, and doing yard work.

Connect. Empower. Lead.

#EdcampGarland is an unconference event for ALL educators. This participant-driven event will provide organic professional learning experiences for educators from all over the DFW- metroplex. Come be a part of the discussion about education topics that interest you and earn 5 hours of CPE credits.

What is an EdCamp?

EdCamp 101


#EdCampGarland will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, here at Naaman Forest. Please register early because tickets are expected to go fast for this FREE unique professional development experience open to ALL GISD educators and educators from neighboring school districts.

EdCamp Garland

Saturday, March 4th, 8am-1pm

4843 Naaman Forest Boulevard

Garland, TX