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Carthage ISD Technology Department May 2018

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Be sure to get your campus principal's approval for November comp time before you attend any of the technology training listed below.

TCEA Area 7 Conference--June 7

Dear Area 7 Members,


The TCEA Area 7 Conference will be held on Thursday, June 7th at the White Oak Community Church due to bond construction at WOISD this summer. Please join us for 'A Day of Learning' with educational innovator Kevin Honeycutt. Due to the change of venue, we will not have room for breakout presenters. Next year, we hope to return to our traditional conference schedule. Please register below. If you have any questions, please let me know.


Registration Link


Michelle Cooper

TCEA Area 7 Director

Region 7 Virtual Back-to-School Conference--June 8-Aug. 3


This year we will once again offer our Virtual Back-to-School Conference twice.


VBTSC 1: June 8 (8 am) - 22 (noon)

VBTSC 2: July 19 (8 am) - August 3 (noon)


This year's VBTSC features 54 one-hour professional development courses for a wide variety of interests and needs. Each session will be offered in both of the Virtual Back-to-School Conferences, so you can take them at the time that best fits your schedule. Participants may take as many courses during each VBTSC as they wish; however, they may only receive credit for taking a course one time. Get your PD in your PJs, on the beach, or anywhere else you have internet access! All sessions are available 24 hours a day during each Virtual Back-to-School Conference. Click here for instructions on how to register for VBTSC.

Elementary Technology Conference--June 10-12

In Galveston--Formerly known as Tots and Technology, the much-loved summer conference is back under a new name that better reflects its focus on all educators working with grades PreK-5. This conference is a chance for energetic elementary educators to come together and share the latest technology tools, resources, and strategies for engaging the next generation of digital superstars. Click here to register.

LearnFest!--June 13-14

In Austin--LearnFest (the event formerly known as iPadpalooza) is a 2-day learning event held at Westlake High School in Austin. This learning festival is a celebration of the shift in learning technology has brought about in education and the world. This event will focus on creativity, social collaboration, engagement and the compelling ways schools have integrated mobile devices into their classrooms. Click here to learn more and register for this event.

Region 7 Tech Quest--June 14

At Sabine ISD--Formerly iPadpalooza East Texas...join your fellow educators as we go on a quest for technology at TechQuest 2018! This one-day event will be packed with inspiring and innovative tech ideas which will provide practical applications for your campus, classroom, and curriculum. You will leave with a tool kit full of tools ready to set out on your own technology adventure with your students! Shannon Pickard, popular local motivational speaker, author, talented musician and actor will be the featured keynote. Registration includes t-shirt and lunch. Click here to register.

Region 7 Day of Awesome--June 20

Join us from the coffee shop or your living room as we bring you a Virtual Conference centered around Digital Learning. Past participants say this is one of their favorite events! There will be sessions to choose from with links and/or downloadable handouts for each session. Sessions will be led by classroom practitioners, library media specialists and digital learning specialists. Those who register will have access to both live sessions and the recorded archive of all sessions. Follow #R7DL on Twitter. Click here to register for session #072742.

Region 7 Library Conference--July 11

The Texas School Library Standards have been updated starting 3-9-18 - don't be left behind! Also find out how you can help address the Commissioner's Four Strategic Priorities. In this one-day mini conference you'll join forward-thinking Library Media Specialists & Instructional Technologists as they model emerging technologies & trends they are using to make their library the hub of the school. Click here to register.

Accommodate Special Populations with Digital Resources--July 12

TexQuest digital resources provide access to authoritative online content including articles, videos, images, and full-text nonfiction e-books, in English and Spanish. Join us for an informative and interactive session covering how these digital resources can be used to accommodate all students, including: Supplemental material, correlated to the TEKS, to support curriculum and differentiation Text to Speech features. Translations for multiple languages and much more! Register for Session #072385

Region 7 Recharge Conference--July 30

RECHARGE yourself and learn from speaker and author Rushton Hurley. You will learn simple, time-friendly ways to improve your rapport with students, assignments and assessments, delivery, collegiality and professionalism, and logistics. The activities are hands-on, and designed to re-connect teachers with the passions that brought them to teaching at the beginning of their careers, whether that was one year ago or many decades in the past! Register for Session #073395

TCEA Academy Series--in Austin

Click here to register for any Academy.


Adobe Academy--June 19-20

Whether you are just getting started using Adobe applications, polishing your techniques, or taking your curriculum to the next level, there will be something for every educator.


Microsoft Academy--July 12-13

In two days of hands-on learning led by TCEA’s Microsoft Certified Trainers as well as Texas MIE Experts/Trainers, you will become a more effective creator and user of Microsoft productivity tools.


Chromebook Academy--July 26-27

A Chromebook can be a cost-effective alternative for the classroom, campus, or district. You have probably heard that they greatly improve student learning and performance, but you still may have many questions. How do they benefit students and teachers? How do they compare to other mobile devices? How can we maximize and yet simplify their use? What is the best way to manage a classroom set? At TCEA, we understand your concerns and have a solution for you.

May webinars and training

TCEA webinars

Tech Lessons to Wrap Up the Year

May 2 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

The end is almost here! Join us to learn about and share end-of-the-year ideas and activities that you can use with your students to reinforce how fun learning can be and how much you’ve enjoyed them in your class.


Google Resources for Creating Digital Breakouts

May 3 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

You don’t have to have a physical box to hold a Breakout EDU – you can host a Digital Breakout Edu. Join us for examples and ideas of how to do this using Google. Complimentary membership with each non-member purchase.


Tech Tools for Leaders

May 9 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

We’ll share our list of favorite tools (apps, websites, and gadgets) that can help campus and district leaders be more productive and connected.


Summer Sites for Students

May 16 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Join us to get a great list of curated sites to share with your students that they can use to have fun over the summer break…and possibly avoid the learning dip.


Design Thinking

May 23 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Learn the methodology that designers use as a creative way to develop solutions for specific problems. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to use in your classroom.


Internet of Things

May 30 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

It’s amazing how many things are connected to the Internet that can impact our daily living AND learning. We’ll share a variety and discuss how it can effect students’ learning and career choices.

Region 7 Online Courses

The following online courses are being offered in the month of May. Click here to register for any of the following:


*Online Introduction to the Pre-K Guidelines

*Pre-K Guidelines: Math Domain

*Personalized Technology Training

*Expertly Crafted Q & A for the Classroom and Assessment

*Online Course: Ultimate Algebra 1 Review: Category 4

*TI Nspire CX Online Series - Part 5: Matrix and Simplifying Radicals

*K-5 Math Games

*Math Academy Extended Learning - Coaching/Mentoring 2-3 Cohort Online

*Math Academy Extended Learning - Coaching/Mentoring K-1 Cohort Online

*Math K-3 Classroom Expectations for Administrator Leaders

*TEKS Resource System 101: Assessment Creator

*TEKS RS 101: Making Connections with the IFD

*TEKS Resource System 101

*TEKS RS 101: Vertical Alignment and Sequencing Documents

*G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Spring

*App Smashing

*iPad Apps for Creating 3!

*Six Word Stories and a Picture

*Google Forms: Collect and Organize Information (big and small)

*Google Keep

*Plickers: Every Teacher, Every Period, Every Day

*Twitter for Teachers

*Dyslexia Assessment, Identification and Instruction

*T-TESS and Distinguished Teaching

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Austin Smith--Student Assistant

Dakota Plumlee--Student Assistant

Message from the Director

It is May! It is currently testing season and right around the corner is the end of the school year. Even though the school year is about to come to an end, technology staff will still be working through the summer. Please check your desktops and move any files you have saved to your My Documents folder or Google Drive to keep them safe. We will be coming around to re-image computers and I don't want you to lose important files. Also, check your CD-ROM or DVD drives and remove any software CDs or movies and store them in your classroom. Please don't leave them in the computer over the summer. We don't want to be responsible for missing CDs.


If you are changing or moving into a new classroom, please do not move any computers or other technology from room to room. These are requests that need to be approved by your principal and he/she will make the request to technology. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this matter.


If you have technology needs for the summer months, please put in a ticket. Do not add technology jobs to the summer maintenance lists. We want technology tickets for everything.


Enjoy the rest of the month. The countdown is on!

Annette Johnson