Tech2Teach MOnthly Corpus Christi ISD -- Office of Instructional Technology -- March 2017

Curious about Couros?

by cary perales

GEORGE COUROS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER @ TECH2TEACH CONFERENCE 2017

We are very excited to announce that George Couros, the author of "The Innovator's Mindset," will be our keynote speaker at our CCISD Tech2Teach Conference. George is a learner, educator, and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant. He believes in the “need to inspire our kids to follow their passions, while letting them inspire us to do the same.” We are thrilled to have him as a keynote to start our 2017-2018 school year off with a bang.

Watch  George Couros' TEDTALK by clicking here or on video below.

We're Cooking Up Some Instructional Technology PD for You!

DON’T MISS OUT!

LAST TECH SAVVY

MARCH 25TH

Are you Gaga for Google, want to transFORM your lessons or perhaps just need some APPeteaser to increase engagement in your classroom; then you don’t want to miss out on the last Tech Savvy Saturday. The Office of Instructional Technology will be hosting one more Tech Savvy Saturday at Veterans High school on March 25th from 8:30-12:00. The following classes are available: Google Forms, Google Classroom, Google Draw, Smart Activity Toolkit, Smart Intermediate, Appeteaser: Plickers, Quizlet, and Wordle, and Skype for Business. All classes are in Eduphoria.

Please click or tap on the following links to sign up for the Tech Savvy Saturday classes. (You may be asked to login to Eduphoria.)

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Let's Taco 'Bout TECH2TEACH Conference 2017

Key Ingredient to Tech2TeacH Conference:

Presenters

Call Ahead Seating!

Coming Soon. Now taking reservations for all who are interested in presenting at Tech2Teach 2017.

Do not miss out on this “savory” opportunity to serve up your technology expertise.

“As a 2016 presenter at Tech2Teach, I had the privilege of sharing technology applications that we used effectively as a staff at Metro E. More importantly, interactions with colleagues during my session enabled me to learn and grow with new ideas for enhancing the work we were doing. Being a presenter added a whole new dimension to what I gained from the Tech2Teach conference.”

Robin Conde, Ph.D.

Tech2Teach Presenter

Principal – Metro E School of Design

"Last year in early August, I had the opportunity to present to my colleagues from around district, the concept of the flipped classroom model. I was initially nervous about presenting to my fellow peers, however as the day progressed I became very excited to share more. The excitement and curiosity of the teachers in my sessions ignited my passion for teaching in a new and exciting way. There were many digital applications and educational technology concepts I had been applying in my classroom that many teachers had never experienced. As the day progressed I realized how important the Tech2Teach Conference is in bridging the gap between educators and the forever growing educational technology field. I highly encourage all teachers to contribute to this progress in our district by sharing your knowledge with eager educators wanting to learn. I would also like to encourage all teachers and administrators to attend the Tech2Teach conference, it is truly an educational gem in our district."​

Denis Wisner

Tech2Teach Presenter

World History Teacher

Model UN Sponsor

Collegiate High School

Take Out from TCEA

A week in Austin...

Lots of New information to digest

TCEA (Texas Computer Educators Association) Convention feeds our work. The Office of Instructional Technology team attends workshops and sessions to learn about ed tech trends, solutions, software, certifications and more.

The success of the 2016 Corpus Christi ISD Multimedia Fair inspires other districts to highlight their students’ digital products. During a TCEA poster session, we shared our process for producing the CCISD Multimedia Fair. From conceptualization to kickoff to showcase to the awards ceremony, each step was outlined for participants to follow and reproduce in their school or district. Participants enjoyed CCISD students’ award winning digital products on display

The CCISD Instructional Technology team has an appetite for learning!

Below We share our favorite takeaways from #TCEA17

Brain Breaks in the Classroom

By Kathy Mendiola

Brain Breaks are short breaks taken at regular intervals during instruction aimed at either re-energizing or helping students regain focus. Justin Rhodes, associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explains the science behind exercise and improved cognition in an article featured in Scientific American stating “Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.”

Whether your students need a pick me up, a way to let the wiggles out or a way to regain their focus, there is an appropriate brain break. Here are a few great resources to help get you started.

Go Noodle offers a variety of videos aimed at PK-Grade 5 students. To sign up for your free account visit www.gonoodle.com.

Minds in Bloom, a resource for teachers offers a great list of 20 Three-Minute Brain Breaks on their website www.minds-in-bloom.com. The direct link to the list of brain break activities can be found at http://minds-in-bloom.com/20-three-minute-brain-breaks/.

Edutopia has a great article about brain breaks and lists multiple activities to try with your students at https://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-breaks-focused-attention-practices-lori-desautels.

Energizing Brain Breaks is a great blog written by Illinois teacher, Dave Sladkey and can be found by visiting http://brainbreaks.blogspot.com/.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE

by mary cavazos

  • Free
  • Speak into your device and Google will recognize as much text as possible
  • Google will then convert the spoken word to text
  • You can then show translation in over 70 languages and hear translation in over 60 languages
  • Google translate also supports handwriting and Photo text identification of 30 languages

My Hour of Code at TCEA

By Rene V. Pantoja

Coding is emerging as the leading skill elementary, middle school and high schools should include in their curriculum. Coding is a language with instructions that computers can understand.

The website considered to be the best place to start learning about coding is code.org. This website has an easy to follow menu and is perfect for students of all ages who want to learn how to code.

Code.org is free and has helpful videos for teachers who may need more information on how to offer a coding class.

Computer programming is an empowering skill to learn. Learning to code and its implications on careers of the future is far more reaching than educators are prepared for, so begin with these easy to follow sites.

Codecademy

This website offers courses to make learning to code and design websites fun and easy. You can choose to learn specific languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, or dive right into building a website. The classes are all free.

freeCodecamp

A great option . . . learn to code and help nonprofits.

Code.org

Enjoyed the hour of code but want more? Learn basic computer science with a suite of classroom-ready courses for different ages (even kindergarten).

#bestmeetingever

by brandey addison

I'm always looking for ways to pull a "fixer upper" on the professional learning sessions I plan. I try to make them engaging, interactive and relevant.

Maybe you are looking for a few ways to pull a "fixer upper" on your faculty meetings or classroom lessons...

One of my favorite sessions (and there were some really good ones!) at TCEA was "STAFF MEETING FIXER UPPER." Janet Corder and Joan Gore engaged their audience using...

Kahoot!

By roxanna Guerrero

What is it?

Kahoot is a Game-like Formative Assessment Tool that brings quiz questions to your students. This game can be played individually or with team members. Teachers can choose from content questions sets already created or they can choose to create their own. Kahoot will give real-time reports on students’ progress. Students enjoy the competition, background music, and colorful visual of the game.

What’s new?

Recently, Kahoot has added an option called Jumble. Students are challenged to rearrange the answer tiles in the correct order instead of only choosing one correct answer. This option calls for ordering items such as smallest to largest numbers, earliest to latest events, chronological order of wars or presidents, planet order, or four part set of steps. Jumble takes the question to a higher level requiring students to have a fuller understanding of their content.

Blogging in the Classroom

By Irma Muñiz

"Blogging in the Classroom" is the title of a session that presented strategies for teaching writing by having students create blogs. Mrs. Buttler, 7th grade English teacher in Austin, Texas, has students use Edublogs to write about a variety of topics and publish them in blogs. As a result, their writing skills improve. Students care more about correct spelling and grammar when they know that their work will be published for the world to see.

One challenge is for students to feel that their writing is worthy of publishing. Buttler constantly provides encouragement, teaching students that a blog is one way of showing who they are. They eventually learn to express themselves, and hope that the public will comment on their posts.

To read education blogs of 7th grade students blogs, go to

Feel free to leave a comment on her students' blogs.

EDPUZZLE

By Melissa L. Gonzalez

Enhance learning with EDpuzzle

What is EDpuzzle?

It is a free, web-based resource, which allows you to transform online videos from passive into interactive events by:

  • Adding audio and text comments to a video
  • Adding open-ended questions
  • Adding multiple-choice questions
  • Replace the existing audio track with your own voice to customize the learning experience

Why EDpuzzle?

It is a great tool for flipping content with videos. Embed quizzes in already existing videos from Youtube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, etc. or upload your own. Enable self-paced learning with interactive lessons, add your voice and questions along the video.

Helps teachers customize video content for their lessons. When students log in and watch the videos on EdPuzzle, you can then see their progress. Did they watch the video? How did they perform with the questions? (Note: You may add feedback to the questions as well.) It’s perfect for flipped and blended learning.

PIKTOCHART

Jennifer Carter, 4th grade teacher at Kolda Elementary School, loves Piktochart.

"You can create amazing "Infographics" Presentations and Printables - the free version offers many graphics and a variety of ways to present information."

Jennifer created a single account for the class and shared the Username and Password with her students.

GOOGLE TREKS

by seth caylor

See the pyramids without renewing your passport

Visit one of the most famous places on Earth in Street View.

Click "Pyramids of Giza" and start wandering the pyramids without the sunscreen.

TOP ELL APPS

by Mary Cavazos

Technology plays a crucial role when it comes to education. Mobile phones have changed the way people access information, and almost everything we need is available at our fingertips. Students do not shy away and are comfortable using the coolest new gadgets. There are many apps that make any classroom an interesting place for both students and teachers. From easy-to-use user interfaces, to customizable features to differentiate instruction, these apps have been built to deliver great user experience.

Please click on the link below to view beneficial apps that can help support English Language Learners.

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