Technology Tuesday Tidbit

A morsel of technology integration for you to chew on

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Have a voice in how technology resources are purchased and allocated at your school! We have partnered with BrightBytes, a leading educational research organization, again this year to better understand the impact that technology is having on student learning in our district. Your participation is key in the prioritization of learning initiatives within your school.

The Technology & Learning module combines input from administrators, teachers, and students to understand the environmental factors, skills, access levels and classroom factors that shape the impact of technology in your school. This information will be used to make purchasing decisions for technology in the coming months, as well as determine which professional development opportunities are most needed and wanted. By contributing to the BrightBytes initiative, you have the ability to:

  • Shape the professional development opportunities available to you and your colleagues
  • Support the continuous drive towards modern, 21st century classrooms
  • Help prioritize future technology initiatives
  • Be a voice for change in your classroom, your school, and your district

We are committed to helping each of our students prepare for 21st century life, citizenship and work. This is a collaborative approach and we very much need your input and perspective, which will help us to continue to improve the quality of education in our school.

Our data collection window will begin on Monday, March 23rd, on the campuses of ACW, CMS and CHS for students. We will also need data input from all teachers, regardless of campus, and parental input as well. Please be on the lookout for an email from me with links to the surveys. Thanks in advance for your help in driving the instructional technology needs of Commerce ISD!

Teacher Spotlight - Commerce Elementary School

For open house tonight, the students of CES have been busy creating videos of themselves talking about their recent projects. They have used iPad apps such as Chatterpix, Telagami or the native video app to create detailed explanations about their research. Kindergarten students researched animals native to Texas while 2nd Grade students researched animals of the rainforest. That's not the best part. The teachers have helped the students connect their videos TO the paper and posterboard project that they have created with their hands. This is true integration of technology in the classroom. To do this, they used the augmented reality app, Aurasma. So, if you visit the hallways of Commerce Elementary School, download the free Aurasma app and follow the "channel" named "Commerce ES". Scan the projects as you walk down the hallway and listen to the students tell you what they learned. It's very powerful!
CES Kinder Chatterpix/Aurasma smash
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The great Amber Teamann, VP of Wally Watkins Elementary in Wylie, posted about this podcast a few weeks ago on Facebook (You can also follow Amber on Twitter @8Amber8). I added it to my growing list of podcasts that I listen to and I really enjoy her 10 minutes of encouragement every week. If you are new to podcasts, a podcast is essentially a talk radio show which you can listen to online or download to take with you wherever you go. Angela Watson posts the podcasts on Sunday, and they are available for download then. The purpose of the Truth for Teachers podcast is to speak encouragement and truth into your life, and get you energized for the week ahead.

I use the native podcast app of my iPhone but you can also listen to her in iTunes on your computer or smartphone. This is the link to her site:

I hope you take the time to check her out!