Library Update & Technology Corner
Town Center Elementary : A CISD STEM School
Have you tried MackinVia?
Don't Forget about Brytewave!
Make a Pretty Display with Canva
The Beauty of Independent Reading
I love the quote from Nancie Atwell she uses to conclude her post. "A child sitting in a quiet room with a good book isn't flashy or marketable teaching method. It just happens to be the only way anyone became a reader." I sure love seeing all the independent reading happening all the time in our building!
New Professional Reading Available
"What's wrong with a little mentorship?" Leslie Blauman asks. Reap the benefits of her years as a Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) teacher with 31 of her best kid-tested and approved lessons that lead to great student writing. Not only are these research-based writing lessons kids' self-proclaimed favorites, they incorporate mentor texts, support the Common Core State Standards, and are research-based. Four lesson clusters reflect Leslie's core beliefs for teaching: writing narratives, informative texts, and opinion pieces/arguments a love of language, word play, vocabulary, and poetry writing fictional narratives writing research-based nonfiction. Use these generative lessons as a springboard-giving them your personal stamp-and watch as they lead to great writing for authentic purposes and in testing situations.
Taken from amazon.com.
If you're interested, or have learners interested, in coding or want to try using it in class, you may want to check this one out! This book includes help with the online coding program Scratch as well as other things to introduce to kids.
Learn the basics and then take it further with this title, helping readers with the online Scratch program.
"Get with the program, teach yourself to code, and practice the basics of computer coding with this Python programming workbook."
Taken from book cover.
Brad's Tech Corner
NEWS: KidBlog has gone paid!
Upcoming Technology PL Opportunities
Tuesday, November 10th - 3:30-5:30PM (but you only have to stay for one hour) - Globally-Connected Classrooms - @Brock
Saturday, November 14th - 8:15-11:15AM - Digital Communication for Educators - @ West
Saturday, November 14th - 12:15-3:15PM - Digital Communication in the Classroom - @West
Saturday, November 14th - 10AM - 11AM - DLC Twitter Chat
Tuesday, December 3rd - 7:00-8:00PM - Webinar: Tools for Communication and Collaboration
All of these awesome courses are in Eduphoria. We would love to see some Town Center friends there!!!!
DLC PL - Globally Connected Classrooms
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 3:30-5:30pm
Brock Center 268 Southwestern Blvd., Coppell, Texas 75019
Jennifer and Kristan are currently participating in the 6-week GRA with their classes. I interviewed both of them, and this information is being incorporated into the next DLC PL. Through GRA, their classes have been able to enjoy a great piece of literature, as well as the opportunity to make global connections with other learners enjoying the same book.
Great Resource for Learner Digital Portfolios - SeeSaw
A HUGE THANKS to Katy McKinney and Katie Tonemah for sharing their experiences with SeeSaw with me. I had seen and heard about SeeSaw, a tool being used for digital portfolio development for learners. Until I saw the amazing features of the app Katy and Katie were using with their classes, I didn't realize how beneficial (and easy) this tool really is to use!
Thank you BOTH for the amazing share! Your learners are definitely benefitting from this opportunity to easily share their work with you!