Tech2Teach Monthly Corpus Christi ISD -- Office of Instructional Technology -- February 2017

In This Issue

  • Atomic Learning: Powerful Pre-Assessment Data
  • Don't Worry, Be Appy: Seesaw
  • Techie of the Month: Julee Murphy
  • HiDef School: Miller High School
  • Google Tips & Tricks
  • MultiMedia Fair
  • Tech2Teach Call for Presenters
  • SMART Slam!
  • Readers Faves- Flocabulary

IMCAT Conference

by Rosa Ojeda, IMCAT President Elect

On behalf of the Instructional Materials Coordinators' Association of Texas (IMCAT) I would like to personally thank the Corpus Christi ISD / Abel Villarreal and Albert Martinez for sharing their amazing Instructional Technology Team with the rest of the State of Texas.

Abel Villarreal the Immediate Past President of IMCAT recommended reaching out to Albert Martinez, Director of Technology and Cary Perales, Coordinator of the Instructional Technology to present at our 25th Anniversary IMCAT Annual Conference at the Moody Gardens Conference Center in Galveston, Texas on December 5-7, 2016.

We were excited to have the Instructional Technology team present and when we received our survey results of the conference, we were not surprised the Instructional Technology team were the highest rated breakout sessions of the conference. It was a wonderful experience to meet with the technology staff and give them the opportunity to understand the needs of our attendees . Being a Technology Director in Waller ISD, it was not only refreshing, but a wonderful example of the impact that a strong and knowledgeable Instructional Technology Department can be.

Everyone representing the CCISD Team showed a level of professionalism and attention to detail giving other districts around the state a prime example of a highly effective Instructional Technology team. They showed and performed to a level of expertise that compels us to express our sincerest THANK YOU of a JOB WELL DONE from not only the IMCAT Board but from all our attendees that were privileged to attend the courses offered. We hope to continue the opportunity in the future.

A sincere congratulations on having a remarkable team. Please share our appreciation with the Instructional Technology team and we expect to hear great things coming from Corpus Christi ISD.

Atomic Learning: Powerful Pre-Assessment Data

by Cary Perales

The Atomic Learning pre-assessments are designed to measure technology proficiency related to 2015 Technology Applications EC-12 Standards for all teachers. The Office of Instructional Technology collaborated with school IT Chairpersons to encourage high participation in regards to the Atomic Learning technology pre-assessments.

Below is a description of the two pre-assessments made available to school teachers.

  1. Tech Skills Assessment (24 questions) - CCISD’s goal was to have this pre-assessment completed by all teachers no later than November 30, 2016. This pre-assessment is aligned to SBEC Technology Applications EC-12 Standards required of all teachers. The district had a total of 1,832 teachers participate in the Tech Skills Assessment.
  2. 21st Century Skills Assessment (48 questions) - CCISD’s goal was to have this pre-assessment completed by all teachers no later than November 30, 2016. This pre-assessment lets districts gauge technology skill levels and helps teachers develop personalized learning paths to incorporate 21st century skills into the classroom. The district had a total of 1,620 teachers participate in the 21st Century assessment.


Pre-assessment results will provide direction on how the Office of Instructional Technology can best support educator’s professional development and instructional needs. Additionally, teachers can use the completion certificate for evidence towards T-TESS goal attainment .

The prescribed videos based on pre-assessment results are NOT REQUIRED.

They are a suggestion of topics to support the educator.

*** District Pre-Assessment Results***


to all teachers and IT Chairs that took the opportunity to take the Technology Proficiency pre-assessments in Atomic Learning. The Office of Instructional Technology is excited to have collected data on all 7 teacher standards to better service our district with upcoming professional development in the area of Technology integration. We appreciate your support in the effort to move our district forward to be Future Ready! Please continue to use Atomic learning as a 24/7 resources to support teacher and student growth. To learn more about the CCISD results go to

The Learning Journal

by Seth Caylor

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form

∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, and links to show what they know.

∙ When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device.

∙ Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student. Optionally, teachers can use folders to organize work by subject area or project.

∙ Teachers can flag items for follow up or to review at parent-teacher conferences.

Sign In Options that Work for All Ages

∙ Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code. Older students can sign in with their existing Google Account.

Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience

∙ Seesaw helps capture the learning process not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer.

∙ Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments.

Strengthen Connections Between School and Home

∙ Include families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates are viewed by parents, provide encouragement for students, and cross language barriers.

∙ Teachers approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents.

Techie of the Month:

Julee Murphy

CCISD- Teacher Librarian

TAMUCC- Education Specialist

by Brandey Addison

Julee Murphy's fate as a librarian began with a single ping-pong ball.

Julee Murphy is to librarians what Ms. Frizzle is to science teachers. She is knowledgeable and passionate about her work. Without a doubt, she loves what she does!

There is no Magic Library Cart waiting to appear and whisk readers away to some magic fairytale land in Mrs. Murphy’s library. However, there is “magic” waiting for young readers in the ECDC library.

“As a kid, I didn’t always love reading,” Julee explains. “There’s a good story behind that.” Growing up in Kingsville, TX, she looked forward to the Town Ping-pong ball drop. “They would drop ping-pong balls, and we would all scramble to get them. Prizes were printed on each of the balls. I thought mine said ‘Work at the Library.’ When I reported to the library for my prize, they tried to explain to me that wasn’t the prize on the ball. I worked there anyway. That was my first day as a librarian.”

Makerspace organized and ready for students to begin creating!


The Makerspace packed with materials is ready for students to begin creating. Julee believes that an elementary right of passage is that you must have created paper origami cup and a paper fortune teller. And you can bet there is plenty paper in the Makerspace to make this happen! “One of the students’ favorite Makerspace activity is using the die-cut machine. I think I am going to pull that out for Valentine’s Day, and let them design their own cards.”

Julee has 45 minute scheduled classes in her library. During this time students check out books, code games in Tinker, Sploder, or Scratch, create products in Makerspace. That’s not all! Julee is connected and integrates technology in the library creating an enhanced library experience for her students.

Student coders using Scratch


Look out! If you are checking out a book at ECDC library and mention to Mrs. Murphy that this is your favorite author. She may just tweet directly to that author and let them know how much you love their work.

“Authors have tweeted right back and some have even sent signed books and book swag to the students,” Julee gleams when she speaks. “Once a student responded in his Google Forms Reader Survey, ‘I hate books.’ He also mentioned that his favorite author was Jonathan Maberry. I tweeted to James Ponti, who writes young adult mysteries, and he tweeted right back directly to me responding to that student reader and sent him a book to try.”

Julee Murphy has a presence on Twitter. Her Twitter feed is a compilation of professional learning resources, book reviews, resources for readers, and information about special events like Teen Bookfest by the Bay, Book Fairs, and more.

Julee enjoys participating in Twitter Chats and follows several conversations on Twitter including the following:

For Librarians:

  • #txlchats - Texas librarian network
  • #titletalk - monthly Twitter chat where you tweet about your favorite book
  • #palibchat - Pennsylvania librarian chat
  • @DoInkTweets - tweets about green screen production
  • @Scholastic - Scholastic’s official Twitter account

For Teachers:

  • #readYAlit - Tweet about Young Adult literature

Network with other teachers working in the same grade level:

  • #1stchat
  • #2ndchat
  • #3rdchat
  • #4thchat
  • #5thchat

Thinking about starting a Twitter account. Go here and start Tweeting today!

Google Hangouts

Every November is Picture Book Month. One of Julee Murphy and her students’ favorite things is to participate in a Google Hangout with students across the country to share book talks. “Students love connecting with other kids. This year we connected with students in libraries in Georgia, Massachusetts, Vermont and Texas.”

When we asked Mrs. Murphy if she might be interested in connecting teachers and librarians in CCISD, she lit up. She already participates in teacher and librarian chats using Google Hangouts and would love to help others get connected. She may just even teach a session on Google Hangouts at Tech2Teach 2017. Look out for that!

Connect Using your CCISD Google Educators account and Google Hangouts.


You betcha! You can find Julee Murphy on Facebook too!

Are you wondering what she’s finding on Facebook? Well, FREE STUFF! Lots of book swag!!!

“Social media like Facebook and Twitter are the best ways to connect with authors,” Julee bursts from behind a bundle of book swag. You name it, Julee has authors sending it to her. Bookmarks, signed books, badges, bracelets, …

And guess who benefits… the student readers in her library!

Some favorite Facebook groups and pages to “Like”

Bookmarks, signed books, badges, bracelets, …

Podcasts and Webinars

You didn’t think Julee would forget about podcasts and webinars, did you?

Julee is certainly in the know about best books to fill the ECDC bookshelves. She keeps up through podcasts and webinars too. One of her favorite resources for webinars is Booklist.

What’s Next for Julee Murphy?

Julee’s future goals for technology integration are getting connected with more teachers on her campus through apps like Class Dojo. She enjoys being connected with students and teachers in every way.

Julee also wants to know more about SKYPE for Business, the 2017 CCISD TOP 6 video conferencing app. We hope to help Julee out with this and see just how many librarians ,teachers, and students we can network to celebrate and encourage their love for reading!

Students' Exit Tickets after coding with Sploder.

Miller High School Metropolitan School of Design

by Irma Muniz

Gabriel Gomez- AP Human Geography & AP World History (top), Keith Perez- Pre AP English I & Pre AP English II (bottom left), and Julia Tamez- Video Technology(bottom right) engage Miller students in the use of technology.

Keith Perez, AP English I/II teacher and Gabriel Gomez , AP Human Geography and AP World History teacher have things in common. They both teach rigorous courses and have high student expectations at Miller High School. While English and social studies are two different courses, Perez and Gomez co-teach. Their combined students share a large room that is surrounded by computers. They use project-based learning, a student-centered pedagogy that gives students an opportunity to learn their content deeply. This is made possible by integrating technology.

When asked what his students learn in English I, Mr. Perez shares that at the most rudimentary level, students learn to communicate. This includes critical thinking, reading, writing, grammar, research, word processing, and video editing skills. Students acquire these skills as they construct knowledge. They work individually and in groups as they create outlines, essay checklists, and journals entries. Eventually their work is published in video format.

Human Geography and World History courses provide the content while English studies enable students to acquire communication skills. Students create drafts of their work. They also acquire information literacy skills through the research tasks they are asked to complete for their projects. Later they create storyboards and write scripts to be used for narration. All of this work is checked for accuracy. If their teachers approve their work, they create videos using such tools as iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Those videos are published in their teacher’s YouTube channels.

Mr. Gomez highlights student work by use of a Playlist on Youtube.

See the excellent freshman projects on the cultural landscapes of European countries by clicking on the links below:

Julie Tamez teaches Video Technology to 7th and 8th grade students at Miller Metro Prep. Her course also incorporates a project-based approach which helps students learn research skills, camera operations, and video editing.

In Video Technology, Tamez assigns students the task of capturing video through the use of handheld video cameras and screencasting. She teaches them to edit their videos by using WeVideo, a collaborative video editing program. Throughout the course she stresses the importance of locating video footage in cameras that must be shared by all. She holds all students responsible for this time-consuming task faced by all videographers in the real world of video production.

Tamez assigns a variety of projects to her students, including Welcome to the City of Corpus Christi , a project that highlights the city of Corpus Christi, Texas from a teen’s perspective for a visiting teen audience. During Christmas students are given a different project through which they highlight the beauty of the season and charity organizations that seek assistance during this time of year. Through their video presentations they make others aware of their needs.

We are proud of the work of Keith Perez, Gabriel Gomez, and Julie Tamez. Their skills make Miller High School and Miller Metro Prep High Definition Schools through their approach to teaching and the work of their students. They demonstrate how instruction can combine core area skills with technology for a student-centered approach to learning.

by Seth Caylor

Google. It’s everywhere today. We have embraced it as a district and embedded it into our day-to-day work. It helps us save time. It helps us collaborate and communicate effortlessly. Here are some tips and tricks to help you become a Google expert.

Convert Units

Whether you want to convert currency, American and metric units, or any other unit, try typing in the known unit and the unknown unit to find your answer (like "how many teaspoons in a tablespoon" or "10 US dollars in Euros").

Search a within a specific kind of site

If you know you only want results from an educational site, try "site:edu" or for a government site, try "site:gov" and your search term to get results only from sites with those web addresses.

Google News

Google News brings headlines from news sources around the globe to help you stay current without much effort.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Use these handy keyboard shortcuts to make you even faster when using Google.

Google Books

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.

Search full text for over 10,000 books.

Google Voice

Get a local phone number with voicemail to use when you would not like to give out your personal number. This can be setup on your mobile device or done completely from your desktop computer.

Crash! Bang! Boom!

Calling All Technology Super Heroes!

MultiMedia Fair 2017

The 2017 Multimedia Showcase planning has begun!


Many students are already creating multimedia products in their classrooms and at home. It's time to think about showcasing what you do!

Categories will include:

  • Video Game Design
  • Digital Art
  • Motion Media (Not to exceed 3 minutes.)
  • Digital Music Design (Not to exceed 3 minutes.)
  • Web Design
  • Digital Presentation (Not to exceed 3 minutes.)

If you don't already have something you plan to submit, then check out the multimedia apps on our website to #getyourtechon.

Check out the Multimedia Tools on our website.

Last year almost 150 students participated in the CCISD Multimedia Fair! Each first place winner received a medal and Chromebook!


Digital Art - Hailey Ritter’s “Livestock” - Windsor Park Elementary - Hailey Ritter

Video Game Design - Parkour Run - Metro E - Damion Govea

Music Design - Kaylee’s Music Composition - Windsor Park Elementary - Kaylee Xu

Motion Media - Flying Dreams - Windsor Park Elementary - Windsor Bissell

Digital Presentation - The Greatest War: War of Nouns and Verbs - Sam Houston Elementary - Graven Lopez, Leilani Lopez, Christian Tercero, and Adrian Valdez

(Download required)


Digital Art - Abstract Niall Horan - Veterans Memorial High School - Lauren Gonzalez

Video Game Design - Forrest Adventure - Cunningham Middle School - Natalie Martinez

Music Design - Sway - Miller Metro Prep - Lee Murphy and Julian Garcia

Motion Media - Cyber-bullying: Hurting the Youth - Ray High School - Macy Faust

Digital Presentation - Tech and Pets: How Technology Helps Pets - Mary Grett Transitional School - Lucas Pacheco

Web Design - Photography By: Amanda - Miller Metro Prep - Amanda Helsel

by Kathy Mendiola

CCISD’s Second Annual Tech2Teach Conference was a huge success and we are looking to make it even bigger and better this year.

In order to do that…


The Office of Instructional Technology

is now accepting Presenter Proposals for

Tech2Teach Conference 2017,

to be held at Veterans Memorial HS on August 1st and 2nd.

Possible Session Topics might include:

  • Web 2.0
  • Google Applications
  • SMART Notebook
  • Devices in the Classroom
  • Content Specific Technology Integration
  • Classroom Management with Technology
  • Integrated Digital Curriculum Resources (Discovery Learning, BrainPOP, Calculators, Stemscopes, Reading A-Z)

Have a proposal in mind???

Deadline to submit is March 10th.

We want to celebrate your accomplishments!

by Brandey Addison

Be an advocate for your @CCISD campus.

Tweet the amazing things you and your students are accomplishing. #ccisdproud #tweetureme #getyourtechon

Be sure to tag your Tweet with


Fannin ES and Sanders ES

First Annual SMART Slam

by Roxanna Guerrero

Fannin ES and Sanders ES began their SMART Cohort series in September 2016 and worked diligently to complete their training on January 12, 2017. The Cohort, made up of 10 teachers from certain Title I schools, was created to train and support teachers with Smart TVs and the Smart Notebook software. A series of seven hands-on sessions helped teachers move from novice to experience level culminating in the SMART Slam event.

What is a SMART Slam?

Glad you asked.

This is where each of the teachers are invited to showcase their best product(s) developed during their training period. The teachers, each given only 3 MINUTES, presented how the smart templates, games or tools were integrated into their lessons to enhance student learning. In essence, they “Dropped the Mic!”

As the teachers waited their turns, you could see and hear the excitement, nervousness, curiousness, laughter and applause in the room. Several teachers took deep breaths before starting their presentation, they were not used to presenting in front of their peers. And yet, they all did a great job incorporating their content and pedagogy into their explanations. Cheering bursted out as each teacher completed their presentation. The majority of teachers used the Lesson Activity Toolkit and the Lesson Activity Builder. Some of their favorite templates were Keyword Match, Vortex, Image Select, Multiple Choice, Super Sort, Speed Up Racer, and Match’Em Up.

Rachel Lopez (left) Sanders 5th grade teacher and Brandi Bennet (right) Sanders 2nd Grade teacher take their turns "showing what they know."

Some favorite tools used were Pull Tab, Timer, Spinner, Highlighters, Dual Page and the linking tools. Below are some of their thoughts on their Smart Cohort experience and reflections on their students reactions:

“My students absolutely love it! It draws and keeps their attention. The “game-like” quality of the lessons really appeal to my students and the interactivity keeps them involved and provides a sense of ownership and collaboration.” --Sandra Aleman, Fannin 5th Grade Teacher--
“I love that my class has the opportunity to be exposed to fun and interactive learning!” --Esmeralda Henderson, Sanders 3rd Grade Teacher--
“I used to ONLY use Smartboard Exchange, and now I can create my own assignments!” --Erica S. Garcia, Fannin 2nd Grade Teacher--
“Students are more engaged with the Smart TV. Great to introduce tutoring kids to a new activity before the rest of the class sees it.” --Tena Beanland, Sanders 4th Grade Teacher--
“First grade students look forward to using the Smartboard. Their favorite activity is Speedup Racer.” --Gracie Vargas, Fannin 1st Grade Teacher --“Kinder just loves the Smartboard, they get upset when our internet is not working. It keeps them engaged and learning.” --Bessy Cruz-Ferrera, Fannin Kinder Teacher--

Fannin and Sanders teachers were also asked how they would encourage other teachers to learn about SMART Notebook.

Of course, the SMART Slam just experienced had in the title “The First Annual.

Proud Principals: Dr. Analisa Farah and Dr. John Prezas

The evening came to a close with certificates of completion, a special gift from their principal, and a special door prize for one teacher from each school. They screamed and hollered for their peer who won a brand new Chromebook. None of them knew, that day, they were going to be given an opportunity to win such a fancy prize.

Chromebook winners!!!

The SMART Slam was a great success!

The integration of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) was definitely demonstrated in the presentations and the teachers went home having learned a variety of ways to use the templates, games and tools.

Since the SMART Cohort shared their SMART Notebook files on Google drive with one another, they will each have access to over 20 samples of SMART Notebook activities.

Major Success!!!

First Annual Fannin/Sanders SMART Slam participants
“They (the students) are intrigued by it. They love the colorful pens, styles of writing, and interactive games. It is fun to teach with and it keeps my students engaged.” --Amy Furr, Sanders 3rd Grade Teacher--
“I love incorporating SMART lessons to increase and maintain student engagement.” --Victoria Buentello, Fannin 4th Grade Teacher--
“Don’t be afraid to jump in. Your kids can help you.” --Tena Beanland, Sanders 4th Grade Teacher--
Our District WAN Team (left to right) Rene Torres, Raymond Lumampao, Jack Marroquin, Marilyn Doughty, Debbie Torres, Julian Reyna

Introducing the WAN Team!

by Cary Perales and Brandey Addison

First, you are probably wondering, "What does WAN mean?"

Well, good question! It is definitely NOT a spin off of an 80's pop band. WAN stands for Wide Area Network. This means the network of all buildings in CCISD. The LAN is the network of devices at one particular building.

Who is on the WAN team?

In the past seven years, the WAN Team has grown from a 3 member team to the six member team that you have today.

The Line Up

Marilyn Doughty-- Network Coordinator

Jack Marroquin-- Wide Area Network Specialist

Debbie Torres-- Senior LAN Manager for Network Services

Raymond Lumampao-- LAN Manager for Network Services

Julian Reyna-- LAN Manager for Network Services

Rene Torres-- LAN Manager for Network Services

What does the WAN team do?

This team supports and maintains the backbone of network communications including internet access, WiFi, the network drop in classrooms, and all the parts and pieces that allow your district computers to access electronic resources every day.

Challenges? Oh yeah! The WAN team has challenges.

One of the biggest challenges is trying to provide the best internet connection possible in the fast-paced world of technology. Keeping up with over 1,600 network switches at sixty-eight locations across the city has challenges. WiFi is a prime example.

Just a few years ago WiFi was a convenience. Today it is a critical part of the education process.

The WAN team works very hard to ensure everyone has the network connectivity they need to excel.

Most importantly, remember this...

Corpus Christi Independent School District has a network team working continuously in the background to keep network services online and accessible. This CCISD WAN team is dedicated to provide an efficient and accessible network so you can meet your goals.

What makes them happy?

The most satisfying part of the job for Marilyn and her team is seeing technology in use across the District in classrooms, libraries, offices, etc.

Thanks to Marilyn Doughty and the WAN Team for sharing information about how they help support our technology integration efforts across CCISD!

Brooke Busenbark, 5th grade teacher @ Zavala ES, loves

Mrs. Busenbark tells us that...

Flocabulary allows students to learn new ideas/expand on ideas already taught and engage in understanding key components within ELAR, Math, Social Studies, Science, Life Skills etc. You choose a topic that incorporates the TEKS you are teaching and it brings that topic to life through music. The music beat is hip/hop and R&B that is fresh to a student's life. Students are then able to read the lyrics presented throughout the song at the bottom of the screen and see real examples as the song progresses. These songs not only break the monotony within the daily lesson but engages them. You are able to print out the lyrics for students, lyrics with missing words that are beneficial to the TEKS, and take short quizzes on the main idea of the topic.

Mrs. Busenbark recommends this resource for elementary and middle school lessons.

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