Anna ISD Tech Connect!

October 2015

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Tech Around the District

Tech Corporation Requests Two AHS Students Share Their Work

Anna High School Juniors Shane Gonzalez and Josefath Carranza have already put in half the work for this project. Weeks prior, they completed a Google Slides presentation as an assignment for Ms. McKlemurry's class. This week, however, she wanted students to take their presentations to the next level. The students were introduced to the Chrome extension TechSmith SnagIt, which allows them to screenshot and screen-record anything in the Chrome browser and then easily save directly to their Google Drive. Integrating this tech tool allows students to rehearse presentations and discretely turn it in to their teacher. The teacher can give direct feedback to help students improve their presentation skills, an important TEKS objective in high school. The boys learned how to use SnagIt and after several trial runs, they were ready to record their presentations. Obtaining help and confidence from each other, they were able to complete their project. But it doesn't end there....

@AnnaISDTech shared the picture below on Twitter and within minutes, the tech corporation TechSmith replied to the tweet with "This.Is. Awesome. Is this their first time using it?" A conversation ensued and moments later, TechSmith asked the boys if they would be willing to share their project links. Shane and Josefath have both agreed and are working on making their projects even better for the successful tech company.

By immediately changing the audience, these two high school students were instantly motivated to put more effort into their final product. They realized that their work was for more than just their teacher, more than just themselves, but potentially for the whole world to see. All from what started in a small classroom in Anna, Texas.

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Promethean Board Training: Part I

Monday, Oct. 26th 2015 at 4-5pm

1107 West Rosamond Parkway

Anna, TX

Interested in honing your Promethean Board skills? Do you need a refresher on how to use the interactive board? Come to this after school training to learn the BASICS of this useful tool in our classroom. To register, visit: goo.gl/Xi9y45

Edcamp Dallas

Saturday, Nov. 14th 2015 at 8am-3:30pm

6301 Chapel Hill Boulevard

Plano, TX

Edcamps are composed of educators, administrators & staff members who share a vested interest in growing professionally. Unlike other conferences, edcamps are considered to be an unconference because it does not include a key note speaker and the cost of attending is free. If you want to share your ideas, sign up to speak. You want to hear the ideas of others being shared, sign up to attend a session. For more information, visit: edcampdallas.wikispaces.com/

Promethean Board Training: Part II

Monday, Nov. 30th 2015 at 4-5pm

1107 West Rosamond Parkway

Anna, TX

Interested in honing your Promethean Board skills? Do you need a refresher on how to use the interactive board? Come to this after school training to learn the BASICS of this useful tool in our classroom. To register, visit: goo.gl/Xi9y45