TJMS Staff Newsletter

Technology and LRC Updates

End of Year Technology Survey for Teachers

Teachers, many of you have already completed the end of year technology survey I sent out last month. However, if you have not completed it, please click on the link below. It only takes three minutes, I promise! Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KJKBTGQ

The Technology Integration Conference is Coming to Dubuque!

Want to get a head-start on integrating those computers you will have in your classroom next year? Are you curious how the tablets will help you differentiate your instruction? Would you like to find out exactly what a “Flipped Classroom” is and how it could work for you and your students? The Technology Integration Conference will answer these questions and many more! Check out some of the sessions below that could benefit Jefferson teachers and students or visit the full site at http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/en/school_technology/tic_technology_integration_conference/


7 Steps to Flatten Your Classroom

Jun 18 10:15 — 11:15 AM

Global collaboration is an essential part of a good education. You can get there one step at a time and find a network of teachers just like you to support and encourage you along the way. Learn how to integrate global collaboration into your classroom one step at a time.


3D Printing: What is it, how does it work, and where can I use it?

Jun 18 10:15 — 11:15 AM

Exhibit Hall

Join us in the Exhibit Hall to see Keystone's 3D printer in action and discuss how it could be used by you and your students. Play around with a free 3D design program that works on either Mac or PC and find out how your students can submit their designs for printing through Keystone's production services. This will be available all day. Stop by for as little or long as you would like!


Digital Copyright Wisdom for 21st Century Tech Integration

Jun 18 11:30 — 12:30 PM

Meeting Room 1

This workshop will help participants become confident in the proper (and legal) use of digital content in multimedia and technology. It will also help educators understand the techniques of training students for licensing, legal and liability matters they will face in their careers and higher education.


Twitter and Facebook: Should I Or Shouldn't I

Jun 18 11:30 — 12:30 PM

Meeting Room 3

Twitter and facebook are two easy ways to communicate with parents, students, and colleagues. However, educators and administrators must be careful as to what they tweet and post. In this session, we will look at mistakes others have made using twitter and facebook, as well as cover some suggestions as to how to use them as tools for positive communication with parents, students, and colleagues.


Simple Online Presenting or Simple Steps for Blended Classrooms

Jun 18 11:30 — 12:30 PM

Exhibit Hall

Online presenting doesn't happen by accident. It is intentional and even audience members are a vital part of this learning ecosystem. There are a whole new set of challenges where you cannot see the faces of those you are talking to. Learn from this teacher who has connected thousands of students and presented online for hundreds of hours about how to make online presenting work for you and the skills you MUST teach students so they can master how to do this as well.


Concept Building in Middle School Math with Gizmos

Jun 18 1:30 — 2:30 PM

Meeting Room 1

Gizmos is a simulation tool that allows students to explore concepts that lead to understanding the underlying mathematics. This session demonstrates how a middle school math classroom integrates Gizmos into instructional time and aligns the student work with the Iowa Core. Using technology to engage middle school students in mathematics is the work that needs to be done! Come find ways to meet the expectations of the Iowa Core for all learners in the mathematics classroom.


Integrating Web 2.0 Tools, eBooks, and Apps Into The Curriculum and School Community

Jun 18 1:30 — 2:30 PM

Salon D

Integrating Web 2.0 Tools, eBooks, and Apps Into The Curriculum and School Community


Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction

Jun 18 1:30 — 2:30 PM

Exhibit Hall

Learn how this award-winning teacher uses podcasts, digital movie-making, a YouTube channel, wikis, blogs, and other tools to involve all of the learning styles of her students and create repositories of information to document and demonstrate learning in her technology classroom. She will also share best practices from educators in other subject areas who are also using these tools to teach.


Digital Storytelling Tools

Jun 18 2:45 — 3:45 PM

Meeting Room 1

Do you want to engage your students in writing and storytelling in a way that is meaningful to them? Learn how to use different programs to teach students to create digital stories using video, music, pictures, and student artwork to share their perspective and demonstrate their understanding. Participants will be introduced to many different tools that can be used for students to tell a digital story and share with a global audience. Programs that will be introduced include iMovie, Animoto, UTellStory, Storyrobe, ProShow, Albums FX and many more. Digital Storytelling programs will be computer based programs as well as iPad apps. Twitter handle @jlh842000


Flipping Your Classroom

Jun 18 2:45 — 3:45 PM

Salon C

The "Flipped Classroom" is a concept developed in 2007 by two Science teachers in Colorado. The Khan Academy has built its successful learning program based on the concept. What is it exactly? Are you able to do the same thing? Jarod Bormann has researched this topic and has begun implementing the same theories into his own classroom. See how "flipping" naturally differentiates the learning at any level. Join him to see if you can benefit from a new teaching pedagogy that literary flips learning on its head. http://tinyurl.com/ticflip


Beginning the Blogging Journey

Jun 19 10:00 — 11:00 AM

Meeting Room 3

Using a classroom blog as a forum for online discussion, for writing assignments, for showcasing student work, and providing a monitored and safe zone for students to publish work online. Demonstration of how a blog can be used, as well as discussion of setting up a classroom blog and suggestions for use. http://shawsclassroom.blogspot.com/


Edmodo, Schoology, and Moodle

Jun 19 10:00 — 11:00 AM

Meeting Room 2

A look at three LMS systems and how teachers can go beyond simply handing in papers.


SmartBoards

Jun 19 11:15 — 12:15 PM

Meeting Room 3

This one hour session will go over the basics of a Smart Board and share ideas for how K-12 teachers can make their lessons interactive and fun for all students no matter the content area.

Meet the New Staff!

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Samantha Sherwood (pictured on left):



How many years have you been a teacher?

This is my first year teaching!


What do you do at TJMS?

I am an eighth grade Special Education Teacher!


What do you like best about TJMS?

I love the friendly environment from the staff and students.


Family/pets? I am originally from Crystal Lake, IL. That is where my parents and my younger sister and brother live. I also, have a large extended family with over 30 cousins!


What do you like to do in your time away from school?

In my time away from school I like to run, watch Sports...especially the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and the Duke Blue Devils. You can usually find me once a week eating Buffalo Wild Wings.


Amanda Marks (pictured on right):


How many years have you been a teacher?

This is my first year of teaching.


What do you do at TJMS?

8th grade special education teacher


What do you like best about TJMS?

The friendly and fun staff.


Family/pets?

Husband Jon, Son Kinnick, dog Henry and baby due December 6th :)


What do you like to do in your time away from school?

I enjoy being with my family and friends when not in school and reading.

LRC Update

Please remember to turn in any library books to the LRC by Friday. We would also appreciate it if you would remind your students, too, as they were due on May 31st. Shari and Judy will be sending out the charges to the parents for those student books not returned.

Summer Learning!

Ready to Try Edmodo?

If you haven't tried Edmodo yet, now is the time! With the addition of new technology to our school next year, teachers will need a way to manage how they virtually work with students. Edmodo allows you to create and post assignments, track progress, discuss, and quiz students in one system. Please email me if you are interested in watching a few step-by-step tutorials on the basics of Edmodo over the summer. Also, please feel free to email on my school account over the summer, I will do my best to reply quickly!

Teacher's Guides to Technology and Learning

Check out Edudemic's official guides to technology and learning. There are some great tutorials on topics such as Twitter, Flipped Classrooms, Digital Scavenger Hunts, and more!