Soarin' Into September

Your Friendly Learning Technologies Department

We're back in the swing of things.

The students are back in class and so are the Chromebooks. We're gearing up for a great year in Burleson ISD. Here are some tech resources to help you and your students connect, collaborate, teach, and learn.

BISD Students Teach Special Services About Snap & Read and CoWriter

Roles were reversed for the BISD Special Services department during August professional development days. Facilitated by teacher Dana Blackaby, students became the teachers, and educators learned from their pupils. Nine students from the Academy at Nola Dunn and one from Centennial High School guided teachers through the ins and outs of both Snap & Read and Cowriter, two software packages that have been purchased for all BISD students by the Special Services department. For information on Snap & Read and Cowriter, contact Dana Blackaby and Tonya Harden.

Goosechase: And the Winner Is . . .

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For the second year in a row, district faculty and staff formed campus teams to participate in the social-media Goosechase game. Sporting a series of team-building challenges, Goosechase is a great way for new staff and veteran teachers to share a few laughs while getting to know each other. Inside the classroom, Goosechase can be used to test student knowledge, reinforce academic concepts, or kick-start curiosity. The 2018-2019 Goosechase champion is #SquirrelSquad from Brock Elementary. In the picture above, Ben Renner, a member of last year's champion team #HuskySquad, gracefully presents the Goosechase trophy to Nickole Castillo, Jennifer Burke, and Amberly Johns. For more information about setting Goosechase challenges in your classroom, contact the LT department.
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Let's Chat

If the software in your classroom or office leaves you scratching your head, don't get frustrated: Chat with the BISD Learning Technologies Department online. We're here to help with anything Google related or with the myriad of other online tools used in the district.


To snag a session, simply log on to www.BISDLearnTech.com and look for the yellow circle in the lower right corner of your screen. Click it to start a chat with us weekdays from 7:30am to 4:45pm. (If it's after hours, leave us a message. We'll get back to you within the next business day).

LT Appointments

Sometimes, a quick chat online with an LT won't do the job. You need more guided support - especially when the time comes for PLC consultations, team trainings, individualized tutorials, and coteaching opportunities. You can still book anyone of the LTs for an appointment. Simply login to IncidentIQ and complete a help ticket. We'll be there to help you when you need it.

Snap & Read Helps with Reading and Oral Administration Accommodations

Teachers can have students load the Chrome Extension Snap & Read for the oral administration of online tests and assignments. Students tap Snap & Read to level the text of webpages, hear passages read to them, translate online text into different languages, and help with online notes. The extension is open to all BISD students and is great for special-needs accommodations, as well as students who need tiered interventions. For information on Snap & Read, contact Dana Blackaby and Tonya Harden.

Just a Reminder

Lots of teachers and administrators are using the Remind app to communicate with students and parents. There have been some questions about the ability of the app to send photos or videos as well as text messages. Please remember that you must check in Skyward to ensure that you have parental permission to post a student's image, a video containing that student, or that student's work to the web or through ANY electronic application (Remind, Facebook, Twitter, Class Dojo, etc.). You can check this using Skyward and looking for a "No" under District, Video, and Student Work. If you're unsure how to do this, check with your campus PEIMS clerk for help with identifying students who do NOT have permission to be posted.

We're Here for You.

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