ITRT News & Updates
ITRT Newsletter for Elementary - Mullenaux - February 2015
View available sessions offered throughout the county, descriptions, and directions for registering.
Tech Happenings at HCES & JGES
Students have been using technology to enhance their learning at HCES & JGES. Here are several examples.
- First grade students are retelling and sequencing events from stories they've read using the RWT Timeline app.
- Second grade students are improving their alphabetizing skills with the Spelling City app.
- First grade students have been working on their math problem solving skills using Pixie 4.
- Fourth grade students are using the ReadWriteThink website's timeline feature to sequence events they've learned about in Virginia Studies and consider the impact each event had on subsequent events.
- Second grade students shared how to collect data, make a graph, and analyze the graph using Educreations.
- Fourth grade students shared what they learned about famous Virginians using the websites Blabberize and ThingLink.
My goal is to help each teacher meaningfully integrate technology into their classroom. Think about how technology can improve what you're already doing, not add more to your plate. Maybe you're looking for a way to revamp a lesson or want someone to bounce ideas off of. E-mail me and we can collaborate to create an engaging lesson that enhances your students' understanding of the curriculum!
MS Office 2013
Tips and Tricks - Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access Toolbar is in all Office applications - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. This allows you to access your frequently used features without having to toggle back and forth between the tabs at the top of your file. Click here to learn how to customize the appearance, contents, and location of your toolbar.
Web 2.0 Tool - Thinking Blocks
Is modeling word problems with manipulatives a big part of your mathematics instruction? Or, do you struggle to find good, visual modeling for mathematics objectives? If so, consider using Thinking Blocks. Thinking Blocks is a good instructional tool for explaining and guiding demonstrations using models to understand math concepts. You can easily use the tool as a whole group on an interactive whiteboard, or students can work independently on problems on laptops, desktops, or netbooks. Students can model and solve word problems with visual manipulatives from basic topics such as addition and subtraction, all of the way to more advanced concepts such as ratios and proportions. This interactive tool is a great compliment to Singapore math activities.
Visit: Thinking Blocks
Sweeten student achievement using Quizlet! Quizlet's flashcards, tests, and study games make learning engaging and fun for students of any age. Sign up for a free account at www.quizlet.com and create interactives for specific classes. Students can enjoy reviewing using Quizlet competitions and games like Scatter and Space Race. Follow students' progress as they learn and push them to move towards higher order thinking, using what they know to apply, analyze, question, and create.
Contact your ITRT for more ideas on how to use these apps or implement them with your students.
Please Note: When receiving an iPad for school use through school funds, grants, donations, PTA funds, etc., initial set up has to be completed by your ITRT. Please contact your ITRT as soon as you receive the iPad(s).
NEW: My Organizations > HCPS Professional Development > Gale-Cengage eBooks
When you log into Blackboard, you will see “HCPS Professional Development” under the “My Organizations” section. There you will find links to district-wide professional development sites and information including the new Gale-Cengage eBooks. Check out how some schools are already using these eBook titles:
The School Climate and Culture PLC at LDHS is using excerpts from Closing the Achievement Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success in their work together.
The RPES faculty are discovering key information about student resilience through reading segments of Fostering Grit: How Do I Prepare My Students for the Real World.
Click the link above for a nice article about using Remind to send resources to students which lets them access content
If you are currently using Remind, then hopefully you can share how it’s working with your colleagues. Would you like to try out Remind with your students? Sign up for a free account here. https://www.remind.com/
Looking for classroom project ideas that students can create with Pixie? Check out some samples on Tech4Learning’s very own YouTube Channel.
We are excited to offer a workshop series to parents called Connecting Families-Helping Parents Connect with their Children’s Digital Lives.
The goal of this workshop series is to support families in raising kids who think critically, participate responsibly, and behave ethically in their online lives. The program materials were developed by Common Sense Education and are endorsed by the National PTA.
March Workshop Date/Description:
March 16, 2015
7:00-8:30 pm at Patrick Henry High School
Texting & Photographs:
What actually constitutes sexting? How can understanding the phenomenon help us keep teens from making irreversible decisions to share compromising photographs?
Social Media Spotlight
File Management - Google Drive
EdTech 2015 Conference
Thursday, March 12th, 8:30am
1000 Floyd Ave
Save the date - The EdTech conference is back!
For those unfamiliar with EdTech, it is a regional educational technology conference geared towards teachers, administrators, school librarians, and ITRTs. This year's theme is Personalized Learning: Sparking Innovations for Students and Self.
This one-day conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday, March 12th.
Click here for more information and to register: http://www.edtechrva.org/