T3: Teachers Taking-on Technology
April 2015 ~ GISD Elementary Schools ~ Volume 1; Issue 8
T3: Teachers Taking-on Technology Meeting
Thursday, April 23rd, 4:15-5pm
GISD Administrative Annex, 1313 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX, United States
This month we will be exploring tools, apps and sites that will help students create and share their digital stories. This is not just for ELAR teachers. Digital story telling reaches across all grades and class subjects.
If you want to share your classroom experience or get some hands-on exploration with this topic, please join us.
Thursday, April 23rd at 4:15 pm until 5:00pm
The A+ Education Foundation (the Foundation) is dedicated to providing grants to fund programs, training and materials for professionally certified educators.
Visit the tabs above to learn more about the Grant Program!
2014 A+ Grant Recipients include:
Margaret Vargo of Carver ES
Samantha Stevens of Jack Frost ES
Sheila O’Leary of Village ES
Applications must be postmarked or delivered to a branch by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015.
For more information, click this link: https://aplusfcu.org/educators/education-foundation/grants
T3 Teacher of the Month: Heather Castro of Mitchell Elementary shares "Classkick" app
Classkick helps teachers do real-time checks for understanding. The software makes a student’s tablet work like an electronic whiteboard: Students have a space to work out problems and complete assignments, and a teacher can track students’ work through a screenshot of all students’ workspace. Teachers can also add comments to individual student workspaces or offer “hints” to classes as a whole.
Below is our T3 Teacher of the Month Heather Castro or Mitchell Elementary utilizing it in her classroom. her students were so engaged in the lesson, they barely aknowledged that they were being filmed working.
Way to go Heather!
Kahoot! launches "Ghost Mode" for students to challenge themselves!
Here is the latest news from our friends at Kahoot!
Check them out: http://getkahoot.com
What is Ghost Mode?
Kahoot! has introduced a brand new way to play kahoots that, as always, is competitive and fun but also helps reinforce learning through repetition.
When you finish a game of Kahoot! you will see a brand new ‘Play again’ button that also contains a ghost icon. When you click on the button, the same game is relaunched. As well as your ‘live’ class, all players are joined by their ‘ghosts’! The ghosts play the game alongside live players, and their answers (and answer times) will be exactly the same as those the players entered in the previous game.
Ghost mode is a great way to encourage learners to compete against themselves as well as each other. It gives players a chance to beat their previous score and provides immediate feedback.
This is also just the first phase of Ghost Mode, with many, many more possibilities coming in the future!
Win Prizes in the DreamBox Math Challenge! (Ends April 10th)
The DreamBox Learning Math Challenge (March 14–April 10, 2015) may have started, but it’s not too late to participate! All you have to do is have your students complete five or more lessons each week and you’ll automatically be entered to win!
With 24/7 access included with every subscription, students can play DreamBox beyond the classroom: at home, on the road, at the library, or anywhere in between. Make the most of this math challenge with these ready-to-use resources.
There are so many ways to win! All K–8 classrooms using DreamBox that complete an average of five or more lessons per week are eligible to win prizes. Learn how to track your classroom’s average here.
Weekly Prizes Awarded to Five Classrooms Every Week!
When your classroom completes an average of 5 lessons per week, you're automatically entered into the weekly drawing. Every week!
Grand Prizes Awarded in Three Different Categories!
You can do it. Strive for a grand prize. There are three options to win:
- Highest Average Lessons
- Most Improved Usage
- Persistence Pays Off Raffle
Tweet your journey using #DBLMathChallenge!
Some of the prizes offered are:
Picture This! - Tech Tools for Creative Images
Fotor is a free image editing tool available in your web browser, as a desktop application for Mac and Windows, as iPad app, as an Android app, and as a Windows 8 application. Fotor can be used without creating an account. On Fotor you can crop images, apply filters, add picture frames, insert clip art, and add text to your images. You can also create image collages on Fotor.
Canva is a great service for creating infographics, slides, and photo collages. On Canva you can create infographics, slides, and photo collages in much the selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs (some of the clip art is free, some is not). You can also import your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be saved as PDF and PNG files. Canva offers a free iPad app that works in much the same way as the web version of the service.
PicCollage is one of my favorite Android and iPad apps. It is a free app that allows you to quickly arrange pictures, video, text, and stickers into collages. From the app you can share your collage to Google Drive, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, and many other file sharing services. You can also simply save your collage to your tablet's camera roll.
From the Desk of the Editor: Cori Coburn-Shiflett
Remember that your campus educational technologist is ready and willing to help you integrate tech in your lessons plans and classes, so please drop us a line.