Crippen Tech & Media Center Update

December 12, 2014

This Weeks Hour of Code

Our Hour(s) of Code last week got off to a bumpy start with the website going completely down due to the high volume of students trying to participate in the Hour of Code worldwide.

We made the decision to implement a different coding lesson on our campus (and others in the district) where students were able to create a lighting program for the State of Texas Christmas tree located at the White House. Students programmed the colors, quantity, and movement of the lights on the tree. Once they finished their program it was uploaded and they were given a date and time that their program will appear on our state tree in Washington DC.

The NCISD Hour of Code Event at the Texan Drive Stadium Community Room was a success on Tuesday night. We had 52 students PreK-12th show up with their parents to write computer code. It was a great experience watching the kids learn and teach their parents.

December Book Drive - LAST CALL

LAST CALL for new and gently used books. Please remind your students to bring them to the library. These books will ultimately end up back in teachers classrooms to expand their classroom libraries.

Tech in Action @ Crippen

These week I wanted to recognized three teachers who submitted an entry into the Pk-2nd grade tablet contest created by NCISD. These teachers are regularly using technology in the classroom and hopefully one of them will be the district winner who will receive a class set of tablets or Chromebooks.

If you are doing something in you class, please let me know. I would love to feature all of our amazing teachers at some point during the year. Featured teachers, stop by my office to get a jeans pass courtesy of Mrs. Mayes.


Due to lack of space in the front office, the laminator has been moved to the library. The same parent volunteer will still be laminating your items weekly. Please bring your materials needing laminated to the library with your name on them. Please place these materials on the empty computer desk closest to the circulation desk.

Upcoming Video Conference Opportunities for your students

If you would like your class to participate in one of the video conferences listed below, please let me know. I will get you registered and set up to participate on the day of the event.

2015 Reading Discovery Featuring First Lady Barbara Bush (3-8)

January 29, 2015

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Registration Deadline: 1/23/2015

Join in the excitement of reading a new book with First Lady Barbara Bush! Students from many states and abroad will ask questions during the videoconference with Mrs. Bush. If your students submit questions prior to Jan. 9, your class might be selected to ask questions during the program. Reading Buddies on stage join in the interaction. Music fun is another way to share new words and rhymes.

Please complete this form and submit up to five written questions by Friday, Jan. 9 that your class would like to ask Mrs. Bush. Selected schools will be notified by Jan. 23 however, it is possible that some schools may not get to ask their questions due to time constraints. You must be registered in the videoconference to participate in the Q&A with Barbara Bush. Register and find additional information at the following link: