Crippen Tech & Media Center Update

March 20, 2015

Do Your Students Search for Images?

I want to introduce everyone to a website I recently learned about.

From the website:

Teachers have told us they need a place to access safe images that are available to be used in the classroom and for educational purposes. Plus they want accurate image citations. We’ve heard you and created “Photos For Class” to meet your needs for images!

  • Safe G Rated Images - All images are appropriate for school setting thanks to Flicker safe Search and our proprietary filters - Read More
  • Automatic Citation - Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms - Read More
  • Creative Commons - All photos shown are to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge Creative Commons licensed for school use

What this means for Crippen teachers and students:

  • No worries about accidental inappropriate images
  • Students learn about correctly citing images (it is automatically done for them)

Leaving NCISD After this Year? YOU MUST READ THIS!!!

If you are planning on leaving NCISD after this school year please remember that you will not have access to any district programs after your last day of employment. What this means for you...

  • You will not be able to print professional development certificates from Eduphoria
  • You will not have access to your district email
  • Any Google items you have created and saved in Drive will no longer be available to you or anyone you shared them with

You will need to address this potential issues before you leave.

  • Print out all of your professional development certificates (Your new district and/or TEA may want these in the future)
  • Important emails should be printed out or forwarded to your personal email
  • Transfer or save items in your Google Drive to another location
  • Transfer ownership of items that you created, but want your teammates to have future access to.

If you need help with any of these items, please let me know. LaSonya has indicated that she will not be able to assist you with retrieving electronic items once you have left the district.

3rd - 5th Grade BigBrainz Pilot in Ms. McElroy's Computer Lab

We have gotten off to a slow start with our BigBrainz pilot in Ms. McElroy's Copmuter Lab. We ran into some video cards that needed updated and Torri has not taken care of everything. BigBrainz has given us an additional week to pilot their program, so the pilot will run until April 17th. During this time 3rd - 5th grade teachers will be responsible for iStation testing in their classroom. If you have questions regarding the required timelines to complete iStation testing please get with Sandra Lee.

Upcoming Video Conference Opportunities for your students

If you would like your class to participate in one of the video conferences listed below, please let me know. I will get you registered and set up to participate on the day of the event.

Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Friends (Kinder-3rd)

April 23, 2015

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Registration Deadline: 04/17/2015

Listen to the exciting stories and adventures of Peter Rabbit told by “Miss Teresa” Mauer, a talented storyteller affiliated with The Beatrix Potter Society. The stories are about Peter Rabbit and his adventures with his famous cousin, Benjamin Bunny. An added treat will be a story about Mr. Jeremy Fisher. Peter Rabbit will be on-stage, too!

Click here and search for peter Rabbit to register:

Character Counts: President Bush Growing Up (K-3)

April 23, 2015

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration Deadline: 04/17/2015

This program features presenter and singer Bobbee Pennington, a song writer and a Youth Services Librarian at the Clara Mounce Public Library in Bryan, Texas. Highlights from President Bush's childhood and youth will inspire students to consider how to grow up to be president or how to be the best citizen possible. The stories and songs enhance the theme of character development. Joining together in music, movement and folktales "with a twist" will also help to meet several curriculum standards for grades K-3.

Click here and search for Character Counts to register: