'09 TechTime

November 2015

Thankful for . . .

all of the engaging work you create for your students. It is hard to believe it is November. All of the campuses have been busy with many wonderful different events and learning.

Thanksgiving and Primary Sources

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

Primary Source Analysis Tool

Have students use this tool to record their responses to a primary source.

5 Alternative Ways to Use Kahoot in the Classroom

If you're already a Kahoot user or someone that has never used Kahoot before, you might want to take a look at this article that shares 5 Alternate Ways to Use Kahoot in the Classroom.

If you've never used Kahoot before, it is a game platform that consists of multiple choice questions (quiz, discussion or survey) in any topic, language or ability. It's projected at the front of the classroom (through your classroom projector) and played by the whole classroom together in real-time (answering on any device). To get started, watch this 5:55 min video for step-by-step instructions.
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Elementary Spotlight

Monsters Talk Math!

Combining the literacy strands of reading, writing, listening and speaking with the math standard of comparing numbers, Howard students created a talking monster video!

Lucy Vincent, Lolita Large, Debra Moczygemba, and Jessica Mansfield had their students use the Chatterpix Kids app, to create a video of their "monster" explaining the math.

In order for the students to enjoy the videos, teachers uploaded the videos to their Google Drive, which allowed them to create a QR Code for quick viewing.

Secondary Spotlight

An Image is worth a Thousand Words!

AHHS speech and health classes used the Thinglink app this month for student presentations. Cathy Klumpp's speech students created visual presentations to compliment famous speeches and poems, and Mary Spradley's health students created interactive presentations to highlight drug prevention. In order to share their projects, both groups of student created QR codes that linked to their presentations, printed them, and displayed them in the halls for others to explore.

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What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials.

How to Teach an Hour of Code

Click {here} to learn how to get started.

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Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour.

You can also teach the Hour of Code all year-round. Tutorials will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or "unplugged."

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Imagine visiting the bottom of the sea or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, AHJS teachers took their classes on immersive virtual journeys to bring their lessons to life. Through the organization of 7th grade teacher, Chris McDow, he brought Google Expedition to the campus!
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Other Professional Development

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Tech Field Day

Region 20, Fort Sam ISD and Charlotte Dolat (your Area 20 TCEA Director) are hosting a Tech Field Day on Nov. 7.

The event will include great informative breakout sessions! Topic strands to be addressed include:

  • Google Apps
  • iPads
  • Web 2.0 Tools
  • Global Communications

They are looking to add more presenters! Consider signing up to present the fabulous things going on in your classroom as well as learn from others.

It's a great opportunity to learn and connect with educators in our region!

It's Free! Great Prizes!

Click on the link below for more information.


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The TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition brings together campus and district-level educators to explore best practices for engaging students, increasing productivity, and innovating teaching and learning through the use of technology.

TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition
February 1 - 5, 2016 | Austin, Texas | Austin Convention Center

Have a great November! We look forward to working with you! Cristie, Laura and Charlotte

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