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
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.
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.”
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.
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:
- #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
- #readYAlit - Tweet about Young Adult literature
Network with other teachers working in the same grade level:
Thinking about starting a Twitter account. Go here and start Tweeting today!
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”
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!
Miller High School Metropolitan School of Design
by Irma Muniz
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.
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.
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.