DISD Tuesday Tech Talk

February 23, 2016

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Ashlei Rios - (Junior High) - Ms. Rios' classes used Google Hangouts to connect with 8th grade students in Trinity ISD!!!! The students in TISD presented their lessons and DJHS students used Padlet to ask them questions. AMAZING work, Ms. Rios!! (See photos above!)

Laura Morado - (Intermediate) - Mrs. Morado sent some great photos of 5th Dual Language classes researching fossil fuels on their Chromebooks!!! (See below)

Deanna Willmann - (Junior High) - Mrs. Willmann's class used Plickers this last week!!

She said, "I created an account in Plickers and set up my class.

- I upload math questions using my "Snipping Tool" so my graphics could be added as attachments.

- We used word problems for problem solving practice. Students would hold up their "plickers." (These are easily printed straight from the website for FREE!!!)

- I downloaded the app on my phone and scanned their cards. I was able to see which students had responded, which students answered correctly, and also had basic data given to me about the class as a whole and their answer choices in REAL TIME.

- I loved it, and the kids loved it. There was a little bit of time needed to start up, but it was all super easy and very teacher friendly. I was able to do three warm up questions, have students respond, and discuss the responses real quick. I will be doing this again for sure." (See photo below)

Kaleena Mayo - (Elementary) - Mrs. Mayo said, "I created a quiz on Quizalize to practice word problems. The kids loved it!" (See photo below)

Brooke Curtis - (Primary) - Mrs. Curtis says,"The students at the SMART Board are counting syllables in words using the Lakeshore game "Swingin' Syllables -A Phonemic Awareness Game" and the ones on the rug are using iPads and Leap Pads." (See photos below)

Kathy Custer (Intermediate), Marina Escobeda (Elementary), Cathy Pavlik (Admin), Stacy Williams (Elementary) and Maria Rodriguez (Elementary) - These ladies joined me for our Thursday Tech Training at the Tech Building last week. We had a blast and worked on Powtoon Presentations. WAY TO GO, LADIES! I can't wait to see how you integrate this great tool with students!

Deleasha Brawley (Elementary) - Check out Mrs. Brawley's class on Twitter at @brawl3y!! Equivalent Fractions - fracciones equivalentes @ElemJacks @DISDTech #megamath #thinkcentral #3rdgrade #duallanguage (See photo below!)
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Thursday Tech Trainings...

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