Crippen Tech & Media Center Update

February 27, 2015

3rd - 5th Grade BigBrainz Pilot in Ms. McElroy's Computer Lab

Starting after spring break we will be piloting a math fact fluency program in Ms. McElroy's Lab for 3rd - 5th grade students. The pilot will be four weeks long (March 16th - April 10th). During this time 3rd - 5th grade teachers will be responsible for iStation testing in their classroom. If you have questions regarding the required timelines to complete iStation testing please get with Sandra Lee.

Read&Write for Google Now Available for Select Students

New Caney ISD has purchased Read&Write for Google for students who may be taking the computer based STAAR-A assessment this year. It is now available for select students to use and has been automatically downloaded to their Chromebooks. It is possible that these students may notice a new icon (like the icon to the right) at the right end of their omnibar in Google Chrome. This app may also ask for permissions, if it does, click accept. I will be training Ms. Williams and Ms. Peters on the program next Monday. If you have questions regarding the use of this program for STAAR-A students please get with Ms. Williams or Ms. Peters.

Classroom Library Bins are Back

If you need additional bins to complete the organization of your classroom library, please complete the form below.
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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.

Rattlesnake 101 (K-12)

March 4, 2015

8:30 am – 9:15 a.m

9:30 am – 10:15 a.m.

10:30 am – 11:15 a.m

Registration Deadline: 02/27/2015

To help educate students, Mr. David Sager and Mr. Dennis Cumbie, professional rattlesnake handlers, education officers, and safety experts for the Sweetwater Jaycees, will visit with students concerning the rattlesnake’s habitat, characteristics, life cycle, different species, research, safety, and emergency medical treatment if bitten. During the program live rattlesnakes will be professionally handled for demonstration purposes. Selected sites will have the opportunity to participate as interactive sites for live Q & A with the rattlesnake handlers.

NOTE: If you have a schedule conflict and would like the recording of any of the sessions, please register for the session and then send me an email with a recording request.

Click here and search for Rattlesnake 101 to register:

Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle

March 5, 2015

9:00 am - 9:45 am

10:30 am - 11:15 am

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Registration Deadline: 02/26/2015

Reptiles are a diverse group of animals, displaying great variety between species; think about turtles versus snakes! During the program, we will take an up-close look at our live critters and compare their various body structures and their functions. We will investigate and explore how they eat, how they survive in their environment/habitat, and how they protect themselves from predators.

Click here and search for Reptile Lifestyle to register:

Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines

March 24, 2015

9:00 am - 9:45 am

10:30 am - 11:15 am

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Registration Deadline: 03/17/2015

Join us and our prickly guest as we clear up some common misconceptions and discuss porcupines’ amazing adaptations. These rodents are unique in so many ways, from being nocturnal to being covered in quills; our program will be packed with fun facts. We will also study porcupine structures, their functions, habitats, and compare new world and old world porcupines. Don't miss this great opportunity to see this rarely seen critter!

Click here and search for Prickly Porcupines to register: