Showing posts from November, 2017

Hour of Code in GCISD

The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. It was launched in December of 2013 to demystify and promote Computer Science.  Hour of Code has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Over 200 million students have participated since its inception. 

Great features in iOS 11

In the fall, Apple usually comes out with a new operating system for their phones and tablets called iOS. It can be a pain to continuously update your devices. But even if the update seems to be trivial, it is really important for the safety and security of your device, where you might keep a lot of sensitive information.
Over half of our iPad users in GCISD are still on iOS 10 or below. We (Technology Services and Instructional Technology) are recommending our teachers and students be updated to iOS 11.1.2, or the most current version of the operating system for Apple devices.  I know in the past, we've waited a few versions to update, but the iPad Pro will work best when updated. There are several benefits to updating, so watch the video below for my favorite features for the GCISD classroom.

Features include:
Screen recording & customizing your control centerSplit screen viewQR code scannerKey flicksScreenshots Scan and annotate documents in the Notes app Watch the video be…

Recording Student Voices

Retro handset

If you've been on Pinterest in the last year, you've most likely seen pictures of classroom recording booths.  Students are able to use their device to make video recordings about their learning, however the process of recording the videos can present certain challenges.  
A majority of the time students work in large open areas or hallways to make a video recording of themselves.  Both the echo of each student's voice and extraneous background noises are picked up by the microphone in each recording device.Recording booths, as well as external microphones, are some of the options that can help students' voices be heard.
Christina Hayes, a 5th grade ASPIRE teacher at Glenhope Elementary, has created a unique solution.  Using funds from an Education Foundation grant and a plywood structure (4' x 4' x 6'), she built a recording booth that is similar in size to a refrigerator box.  She believes that it gives students a space to privately reflect on …

Quizlet and Quizlet Live

Have you heard? Quizlet Live is the next best thing since sliced bread — at least that's what the feedback has been from students. So if your Kahoots are feeling a little stale, or you're looking for a way to liven things up consider Quizlet Live!

Quizlet has been around for many years as a website where students or teachers can create study sets of digital flashcards. Students can use these card decks to complete study activities that help them learn concepts or academic vocabulary words. These activities range from spelling practice, matching games, a test, or even an asteroid game set in outer space called “Gravity”. All of these things are great for individual practice, but if you’re looking for something a little more collaborative — Quizlet Live is for you.

Quizlet Live is similar to Kahoot; however, unlike Kahoot this learning game requires soft skills like collaboration and communication among students.

To play Quizlet Live, have students login by going to an…