Chief Tech Chat
All Things Instructional Technology - September 1, 2015
iPads Are Coming Soon!
STEM Fridays and Other Upcoming Events
Here are the dates and topics for this year:
Sept. 25 - Intro to STEM (or work on your Fair contest entries)
Oct. 30 - Spooky STEM
Nov. 20 - Fall into STEM
Dec. 7-13 - Hour of Code
Dec. 14 - 18 - Elf STEM or Polar Express STEM
Jan. 29 - Cold STEM
Feb. 22 -26 - Engineers Week - start thinking now about people you might know to invite!
Mar. 25 - Spring into STEM
Apr. 22 - (not the last Friday, but Earth Day) - Recycled STEM
May - STEM Challenge Week
Let's Be Leaders at the Fair!
Let's show all of Spartanburg what talented students we have at Chapman! There are 2 great opportunities for STEM lessons connected to contests at the fair. If your class chooses to participate, I will be happy to help in any way (including taking your entry to the fairgrounds). I have plenty of recycled materials in my room that you are welcome to as well. Please let me know if you plan to participate and I will get the entry forms ready for you. Both are due on October 10. If you plan to send entries to the Juice Carton Barn Contest, we will need to have a form turned in by Oct. 1 to reserve a space.
Here are the details for the 2 contests:
Scarecrow Contest – Open to all schools by class, clubs, or other groups in which the students construct a life size scarecrow from all recyclable materials. Winners will receive money for their school and prizes for their group. Winners will be announced on Monday of Fair Week. Sponsored by Bojangles, Spartan Photo Center, Steve Parker Painting, Spartan Bakery, Pizza Inn-Hillcrest and the Piedmont Interstate Fair.
Juice Carton Barn Contest - Open to ages 1st thru 6th grades and Exceptional Children (any age). Entries should be constructed from Juice Cartons, Quaker Oats Boxes, Cereal Boxes, etc. (not baked gingerbread or cookies) decorated to look like any kind of barn with various materials like paint, construction paper, Popsicle sticks, straws, craft materials, natural materials, etc. Three (3) prizes will be awarded in each division.
Digital Citizenship Lessons Are Back!
Please remember that everyone needs to be doing at least one digital citizenship lesson per month. I have a link below to the Common Sense Media's Scope and Sequence for Digital Citizenship Lessons. The lessons that I am suggesting for the month of September all focus on basic internet safety. For K-2 they are "Going Places Safely" or "Staying Safe Online." For 3-5 I am suggesting "Rings of Responsibility" or "Digital Citizenship Pledge." Remember that since we are putting digital tools into our children's hands, we are obligated to make sure they know how to use those devices responsibly!
Remember that you will have to set up a free account at Common Sense Media in order to download all of the lesson materials. And also please remember to let me know when you plan to teach your lesson each month so I can keep track of our school goal to have at least half of our teachers get CSM certified this year!
2. Also please send me a copy of your daily schedule if you have not done so yet, so I can update the QR code outside your classroom. If you do not have a QR code, please let me know that as well, so I can create one for you.
3. Please keep track of the students in your class who have turned in their District Issued Electronic Device Student Pledge pages. When you have all of yours (signed by parents and students), please let me know. Note to 3-5 teachers: students WILL NOT be able to take their iPads home if they have not returned this form.