Crippen Tech & Media Center Update

March 6, 2015

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Read&Write for Google Now Available for Select Students

New Caney ISD has purchased Read&Write for Google for students who may be taking the computer based STAAR-A assessment this year. It is now available for select students to use and has been automatically downloaded to their Chromebooks. It is possible that these students may notice a new icon (like the icon to the right) at the right end of their omnibar in Google Chrome. This app may also ask for permissions, if it does, click accept. I will be training Ms. Williams and Ms. Peters on the program next Monday. If you have questions regarding the use of this program for STAAR-A students please get with Ms. Williams or Ms. Peters.

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

Starting after spring break we will be piloting a math fact fluency program in Ms. McElroy's Lab for 3rd - 5th grade students. The pilot will be four weeks long (March 16th - April 10th). 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.

Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines (1st-5th)

March 24, 2015

9:00 am - 9:45 am

10:30 am - 11:15 am

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Registration Deadline: 03/17/2015

Join us and our prickly guest as we clear up some common misconceptions and discuss porcupines’ amazing adaptations. These rodents are unique in so many ways, from being nocturnal to being covered in quills; our program will be packed with fun facts. We will also study porcupine structures, their functions, habitats, and compare new world and old world porcupines. Don't miss this great opportunity to see this rarely seen critter!

Click here and search for Prickly Porcupines to register:

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: