MEN4STEM: Moody High School
By Rene V. Pantoja
On April 11, Moody High School held its first Men 4 STEM conference. Middle and high school students from the CCISD district attended the event . . . sponsored by Citgo Refinery. The goal of the event was to expose the students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Hopefully, these students would continue and pursue a career in these professions. Local professionals in STEM volunteered their time to talk to the students and also provided demonstrations.
Breakout sessions were provided throughout the morning to teach the students about various fields of study. Sessions such as robotics, engineering, flying drones, and taking care of the wetlands were just some of the professions provided. Individual and group activities provided the students with an abundance of opportunities to learn about the opportunity to work in a STEM profession. Presenters provided different paths to career opportunities of study and ways to train and prepare for their chosen field.
Students spent the morning session learning and gaining experience from experts in their field. Lunch was provided, and the event continued into the afternoon with a student panel and a STEM-Off. Closing remarks were provided by event coordinator Dr. Gloria Bilaye–Benibo from Moody High School.
Chromebooks! Chromebooks Everywhere!
The Chromebook Incentive for 2016-2017 is coming to an end. A total of 45 participants received Chromebooks already! Fifty Chromebook Incentive participants chose volunteering at Tech2Teach and will receive their Chromebook after completing their volunteer hours at Tech2Teach Conference in August. Teachers receiving Chromebooks had to complete 2 Tech Savvy Saturdays and 2 Building Capacity opportunities. Building Capacity opportunities provided participants an avenue to apply what they learned at the Tech Savvy Saturdays.
Building Capacity Opportunities Choices Included:
- Volunteer at TECH2TEACH Conference (Facilitate in a room, collect attendance, handout materials, and other duties assigned). Completion Aug. 2017
- Volunteer to support Set Up prior to TECH2TEACH Conference. (one week prior to conference) Completion Aug. 2017
- Volunteer to support Take Down after TECH2TEACH Conference. (one day after the conference) Completion Aug. 2017
- Conduct a hands-on training session on their campus based on information learned from Tech Savvy Saturday. Completion March 30, 2017 (must submit agenda and sign in for documentation)
- Volunteer to be filmed teaching a lesson that incorporates technology applications in the classroom. Completion March 30, 2017(based on learning from Tech Savvy Sat.)
- Submit a lesson plan that integrates technology to be considered for future curriculum. Completion March 30, 2017.
- Submit an article to the Tech2Teach Monthly digital magazine (about your experience, highlight a class, extend the learning, or trending topic in Instructional Technology.) Completion March 2017.
- Volunteer to judge the Multimedia entries. (2 hours minimum)
- Volunteer to facilitate sessions at Tech Savvy starting October 1, 2016.
Experiencing the District’s “Super Tech Power” Multimedia Fever
Submitted By: Maria Marin, Houston ES Librarian
For the first time this year, Sam Houston Bobcats developed a “fever” for creating different types of multimedia to showcase in this year’s district Multimedia Fair which takes place in May. Sam Houston created their first technology club this year. The technology members participating this year were supervised by our librarian Dr. Marin, 2nd grade teachers Ms. Melissa Leal, Mrs. Selina Medina, Ms. Sally Howden, and third grade teacher Mrs. Anna Ramirez. The students in the technology club consisted of third and fifth grade students who created and submitted two PowerPoint presentations incorporating art work with voice, the other presentation used video clips, and the last submission was a digital art presentation. Fourth grade teacher, Megan Butler, was not to be outdone. Her classroom produced three PowerPoint presentations for the Super Tech Multimedia Fair, which made it a total of six technology submissions by the Sam Houston student body. The first time technology club members and creators, had lots of fun while creating their multimedia presentations. All of the participants, who submitted finished products, are looking forward to attending the actual Technology Fair to be held at Veteran’s Memorial High School in May. Parents and friends, as well as the community, can view all of the technology products created by students. Sam Houston students and staff are already looking forward to next year’s technology fair and more products being presented. Go Bobcats!
Lost and Found
A Poem Submitted By: Yezenia Venecia, Driscoll Middle School, 8th Grade Science Teacher
First year teaching at CCISD,
I walked into my room and what do I see?
This strange contraption that I have never seen before,
It was bolted to my board like a big eye sore.
A projector and screen is what I have been using,
But this new board seemed a bit more amusing.
My first time at it I was like a baby learning to walk,
At one point I wished I had a chalkboard and chalk.
Thank goodness for Tech Saturdays, I don’t know what I would do.
Every time I went I learned something new.
I learned about the activity toolkit and what was inside.
From text enhancements to games, your lesson can differ from slide to slide.
Pens can vary in color; shapes can vary in size,
Knowing there was a clear ink button was the biggest surprise!
With all this new knowledge I so proudly earned,
I created a review game using all the tricks I had learned.
Clicking, dragging, moving things around,
Seeing all the things I’ve done verifies I am no longer lost, I am found.