#ACSPowerUp Elementary News

Celebrations & Tech Integration Ideas for ACS Teachers

ACS Elementary PowerUp Team


Celebrating #ACSPowerUP in Our Elementary Schools!

ACS Has Tickets for EdCamp Florence!!

Saturday, March 5th, 12am

648 North Cherry Street

Florence, AL

Tickets for EdCamp Florence are available ONLY to participating districts for a short time. Grab yours now before registration opens for all. Beth McKinney and Alyson Carpenter are co-founding this event, and the PowerUP team hopes to see LOTS of ACS teachers attending and leading/facilitating. This is similar to our Power Circuit, so if you were a leader at Power Circuit, you could take your show on the road. Don't be shy ACS--You have so much to share! If you don't want to lead, no worries-- there are ample opportunities to participate as a learner at EdCamp as well. It is one of the most rewarding professional learning experiences you can find these days. We hope you'll give it a try!

We are excited to be partnering with other districts as well as Technology in Motion for this event. It will be a great day of collaboration-- and it's FREE! :)

See additional info below and get your tickets now before the rush:

Our first annual Edcamp is coming to Florence Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Florence High School/Florence Freshman Center!

Our group of co-founders wanted to bring this kind of professional development to the Northwest Alabama area. This is the most wonderful free teacher professional development experience ever!

Website: http://edcampflorence.weebly.com/

See us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/edcampflorence/

Follow us on Twitter: @EdCampFlorence

Follow us on Instagram: EdCampFlorence

The best news is it is free of charge, that’s right, FREE! Breakfast and lunch will also be provided at no charge. All educators are welcomed so please tell and bring your friends from other districts. This is going to be EXCITING! Don't miss it! Only the first 250 people to register will be able to attend. Be sure to register now so that you can reserve your spot for this free teacher/administrator/educator professional development!



Here is a link to an article about edcamp:


Thank you,

Your EdCampFlorence Co-Founders

Jennifer Butler

Jackie Flowers

Beth McKinney

Barry Wigginton
Alyson Carpenter

Robin Horne

Jenny Ozbirn

Denise Woods
Jill Edwards

Krissy Malone

Karen Tucker

Awesome Instructional Technology Integration

Lots of POWERful learning is happening in all of our schools in Athens City! Check out the examples from each of our four elementary schools below.


Mr. Lavendar's 3rd Grade Class used Google Slides to complete a Sequencing Activity about the book the Great Fuzz Frenzy! Each group member was responsible for creating a slide about his or her event from the story. The slide included a brief summary and student illustrations. The students had to make sure their presentation was sequenced correctly. Here is a link to one of the finished projects.


3rd Grade Students in Mrs. Owens' Class were totally engaged in a Reading Comprehension Activity. Mrs. Owens put a new spin on a traditional activity. The class used Popplet to create a graphic organizer to show evidence and answer question about cause and effect. I the past the activity was done "pencil and paper" in a Comprehension Trifold. The students were working hard every minute of this activity. I witnessed 100% student engagement!


It was thrilling to see all the classrooms that chose to participate in Hour of Code this year. The students LOVE putting together code and are engaged in the program, but that is slight in comparison to how much they are learning while coding. Critical thinking skills, problem solving, mathematical procedures, sequencing, and so much more is addressed in coding opportunities. Mrs. Medlen, Mrs. Little, and Mrs. Beaty are just a few of the teachers that have chosen to bring coding opportunities into their classrooms at Cowart Elementary. I had the privilege of watching these young minds experience coding for the first time and it was truly amazing to witness the engagement of the students.


Students in Mrs. Carter's First grade class are creating some fantastic writing projects for their SeeSaw digital portfolios. The students wrote several sentences about a family member and drew an illustration. Then, they uploaded a picture of their work to their digital portfolio. Finally, they used SeeSaw to add a recording of themselves reading their work. The students are excited to write and share more!

It's Not Too Late to Participate in an HOUR OF CODE!

Hour of Code -- It's STANDARDS BASED!

Check out the link below to see the many standards students are meeting when participating in Coding activities! Tutorials found at Code.Org will walk your students through the tutorials, so no prior knowledge is required to begin teaching students to code. Students will be instantly engaged by their ability to manipulate well known characters. A few teachers have even been hooked! Try it out!

Cool Tech Tool Review!

Were tools featured last year that you'd like to revisit?? You can find all of the "Cool Tech Tools of the Week" from the 2014-2015 School Year at the link below. If there are any tools you'd like to use in your lessons, we'd be happy to support you with both planning and implementation! Drop us an email to get started. :)

Remember to Collect Your ACS Digital Badges!

Got Badges??

We hope you've started collecting digital badges! We're enjoying the chance to celebrate your hard work in the classroom along with all the student learning happening because of you! As of today, over 300 badges have been given to ACS teachers and staff.

Visit the ACS Credly badge site to start to begin your collection or to add to it! https://credly.com/u/acspowerup

For reminders on how to begin your ACS badge collection, check out the information in the flyer linked below:

Social Media- Learning & Sharing in Athens City

ACS Twitter

Official Twitter Page for Athens City Schools


View or add tweets celebrating the great things happening every day in ACS!

ACS PowerUp Twitter

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View or add tweets sharing ideas & showcasing instructional tech integration.

Calling ACS Tweeters...

We'd love to add you a list of ACS "tweeters." Take a look to see what your colleagues are sharing on Twitter: http://bit.ly/ACSTweeters

Is your name / twitter handle missing from this list? Add it by completing the form below with your information:

ACS Facebook

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More From Athens City Schools:

Athens City Schools Website

Athens City Schools TV Channel


Our district TV site is home to videos about our district as well as many student created productions and broadcasts.