GEMS Conference (Moody HS)
By Roxanna Guerrero
Gloria Bilaye-Benibo, Dean of the CITGO Innovation Academy, spearheaded the 3rd Annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math & Science) Conference hosted by the academy at Moody HS, held on Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2017.
In attendance were 350 CCISD middle schoolers and an additional 40 total from Gregory-Portland ISD and West Oso ISD. The conference ran smoothly with another 90 STEM Academy and 30 Health Science Academy high school students helping with group rotations and stations. Many others participated from TAMU-CC College of Science and Engineering, Del Mar Chemistry Dept, Center for Coastal Studies, Texas State Aquarium, and CITGO.
“This is an exciting initiative focused on getting more minority, specifically girls to be interested in the STEM-related fields as careers options.”
Currently, Moody has almost 300 CITGO Innovation Academy students of which only 90 are girls. The main purpose is to get more girls motivated and inspire them to enter the STEM Fields.
Some of the sessions were Girls Who Code, Rube Goldberg Activity, Shark Tagging with Technology and Underwater STEMbotics. In the Girls Who Code Session, the young ladies were introduced to Scratch Games and Lightbot from Hour of Code.
There were also live demonstrations from many such as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Land Robotics, Moody DRONES Club, and TAMU-CC UAS Drone.
Schanen Estates Elementary School
by Brandey Addison
Schanen Estates Elementary School Principal, Pamela Wright, and Assistant Principal Laura DeLaGarza will tell you that they are seeing more and more technology integration in Shamrock classrooms. Mrs. Wright and Ms. DelaGarza recognize the value of increased technology integration with core content curriculum. So many more students, including those who are struggling or have low-self esteem, are more engaged in learning when teachers use digital tools.
"I love integrating it within a lesson because the participation in class discussion increases greatly." Rachael Caffey, Fourth Grade Teacher
The school year started with a plan for professional learning for all teachers that was on campus and allowed teachers to learn how to design lessons that infused grade level curriculum content and technology. Teachers were provided hands on time to create lesson resources that they incorporated into their classroom lessons.
"I was always hesitant to use technology because I thought it would be time consuming and the kids would need lots of assistance, but it has turned out to be quite the opposite. It is so easy to set up and the students are very self-reliant when it comes to using it. It has changed the way I teach! Classroom management during stations has become much easier!" Diane Smith, First Grade Teacher
"Smart Notebook is used for lessons and for creating thinking maps in the classroom. Quizlet is used during reading stations to help with sight words. I used documents to create letters, notes, lists, for communication. ClassDojo is used to communicate with parents for student progress, behavior, and or concerns." Clem Garcia, Kindergarten Teacher
"I integrate technology in my classroom to keep my students engaged and to prepare them for a future where technology skills are necessary for success." Denise Walker, Second Grade Teacher
It wasn’t always easy. But, Schanen Estates Elementary has a motto.
“WHEN YOU GET…
PUSH THROUGH IT.”
Inspired by a video shared at a CCISD Administrator’s book study conversation, Mrs. Pamela Wright had an idea!
Video from: Jasmyn Wright (CEO & Founder of Push Through)
Right away, Mrs. Wright, knew that Schanen Estates need to have THAT determination to… PUSH THROUGH IT! And, that's how Schanen Estates Elementary adopted the motto...
"When You Get... Push Through It!"
When it came to “taking the risk” to try new instructional strategies and approaches to teaching and learning, Schanen Estates teachers and students PUSHED THROUGH…
While teachers began to use technology to teach new concepts and check for understanding, they were able to get immediate feedback from students using formative feedback tools like Plickers.
SPED Panel With Barbara Greses: Developing Future Teachers through Technology
By Rene V. Pantoja
Creating opportunities for experienced educators to collaborate through the use of technology with future teachers is a top priority for Corpus Christi Independent School District and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Barbara Greses, CCISD Coordinator for Special Education, teamed up with TAMU-CC Professor, Dr. Susan Elwood and her education class for a Teacher Connect webinar.
CCISD teachers Danielle Ramirez at Allen ES and Tara Turnbull at Berlanga ES met online for a 2 hour webinar with TAMU-CC pre-service teachers to share methods and assistive technology used with Special Education students.
“I think that everything ran very smoothly and I actually enjoyed the webinar – I felt so much more comfortable in my classroom. It was an amazing experience . . . that class was very informative and they had a lot of questions, they were eager to learn." ~~Danielle Ramirez, Adaptive Education teacher, T.G. Allen Elementary School~~
“I think that any time you are given the opportunity to share knowledge . . . you also gain knowledge. I definitely enjoyed the experience and I hope to be invited to do another one in the future.” ~~Tara Turnbull, Adaptive Education teacher, Berlanga Elementary School~~
CCISD is continuing its efforts through Teacher Connect to bring focus on experienced teachers like Ms. Turnbull and Mrs. Ramirez.
Not the case for you? Maybe you know someone who just got a shiny, new SMART TV with the very latest software and all those super cool NEW templates. Is SMART Notebook 11...
Worse, maybe now you see what you have and all you can think is….
Wonder what all the fuss is about? With SMART Notebook 16.1, you too can have access to all the shiny new Game Templates that you have heard so much about.
SMART Notebook version 16.1 has many features that were not available in previous versions of the software. One of the favorite new features is SMART lab, which contains numerous easy to use Game Activity templates available for teachers to use.
To access these activity templates, select the SMART Lab icon (pictured below) from the toolbar in Notebook.
Once the SMART lab Menu opens, select the template that suits the type of activity you want to use with your students and begin customizing with your content. See templates and descriptions from SMART Notebook below.