January 2014

Intec Newsletter

Congratulations to Karen Ogen and Andrea Baker

Karen Ogen has accepted a position as the new Media Magnet Coordinator at Seven Oaks Elementary School. Karen has been an InTec for the past 4 1/2 years. We will miss you Karen!

Andrea Baker is now the FULL-TIME InTec at Seven Oaks Elementary.

Both Karen Ogen's and Andrea Baker's positions at the Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA Magnet School are being funded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Magnet School Assistant Program (MSAP).

Welcome New InTecs!

Meet Laura Adair

Laura Adair is a graduate of Furman University and the University of South Carolina and is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She has been in education 21 years as a classroom teacher, parent educator and Media Specialist until now.

Laura is married to Kirk and they have three children. She is an active member of local theater, teaches private voice and attends First Baptist Church of Columbia where she is involved in the choir and many other aspects of church life.


Laura is assigned to Nursery Road, Harbison West and Irmo Elementary.

Meet Micki Pitchford

Micki Pitchford in a National Board Certified Teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. She is very excited about starting a new adventure in technology, having served as Technology Teacher Leader (TTL) for many years at Crossroads Middle School.
Micki has three children and two four legged babies, a Bull Mastiff named Macie and a mini dachshund, named Maddie.


Micki is assigned to HE Corley and Lake Murray Elementary.

Elementary Students Participate in the Hour of Code


Many students across our district finished off their 2013 school year with a fun and new experience....computer programming through the "Hour of Code". Two of our schools, Leaphart and Oak Pointe, had school wide participation, and countless other classes learned basic technology systems and operations by using critical thinking, collaboration and perseverance! It is still not too late to try this fun activity- code.org still has all the activities available for you to use with your students. Just click and go!

Leaphart Students Learn to 3-D Print

Fifth grader students at Leaphart Elementary are using Tinkercad, a computer aided design program to build and design their dream house. They first designed their house on paper by drawing the front, back, side and 3 dimensional view of their house. Then they began designing and building it in Tinkercad. Once they are finished building their house it will printed in their 3D Touch and they will have a 3D model of their dream house!

CES Learns a New Way to Green Screen using the iPad!


You know what a "green screen" effect is, right? It's used in the movies to make it look like the actors have landed on an alien planet, and it's used on TV to make it look like your local news announcer is standing in front of an animated weather map. The green screen effect works by combining images from multiple sources into a single video. These images can come from photos or videos in your camera roll, or from the live video camera.

First grade students in Mrs. Wertz's visited Germany using the iPad app- Green Screen by Do Ink. Green Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos right on your iPad. This app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling you to get fantastic results. With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways.

Click Here to learn about Germany.


Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA Magnet 2nd graders Tour The Weather Channel Studios in Atlanta!

All Seven Oaks Elementary 2nd graders are touring The Weather Channel studios in Atlanta.... digitally via Connect With Weather: A Virtual Field Trip from The Weather Channel. Students are learning about television production techniques, green screening, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms. If you would like to access this webinar, please visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Live/connectwithweather.cfm