Monday, February 29, 2016

Smithfield 1st Graders Share Work on SeeSaw

First grade students are using SeeSaw digital journals to share classroom work with an authentic, real world audience. To introduce SeeSaw, students created a ChatterPix reading contractions during work stations and emailed the assignment to me. Then I uploaded the videos to each student account in SeeSaw. Not only were the students able to share their work with peers and their parents, I was also able to use the videos for quick and easy report card assessments. 

Since our first venture into both ChatterPix and SeeSaw, students are eagerly uploading pictures of station assignments with voice explanations, capturing photos of math work during workshop and using the digital journal to publish writing. In addition to creating digital portfolios, the students are just as excited to view each other's work and show their support with likes. "SeeSaw is our class Facebook!" 

Alternative Energy Sources

Foster Village Fifth Graders using Google Slides

 Fifth grade students are using Google Slides to demonstrate their knowledge of various alternative energy sources.  They have worked in teams to create a slideshow using solar, wind, hydroelectric, biofuels and geothermal.  They are to insert 2 graphic images and several facts about their type of energy.   Each group will present their slides to the class, as they do the audience will record something they did well and something they could improve upon next time.

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Healthier Student in the Cloud

One Haltom High School Health teacher is embracing the cloud and is eliminating paper from the equation. Coach Charles Davis has nothing but great things to say about Birdville's decision to become a Google Apps for Education district. "It's great, the students are tracking their nutritional intake and they can access their spreadsheets from any device with Internet access, meaning that they can input nutritional choices on their phones as they happen." Mr. Davis went on to say, "For many of my students this is their first time creating a spreadsheet and I noticed that the students that are using Google Drive, or Google Classroom in other classes needed little to no instruction on how to log in and create a Sheet. This gave those students extra class time to complete the assignment. It was really nice."

#GAFE #howtohaltom #bisddlp #health #nutrition #haltomhighschool #googlesheets

Thursday, February 25, 2016

RHS CTE Teacher Uses H&R Block Online Challenge to Engage Students

RHS Dollars and Sense teacher Tana Taylor has her students interacting in the online H&R Block challenge to teach key concepts about budgeting. The students get virtual pay checks and then pay bills and manage their accounts online. Taylor takes grades on quizzes and participation in the different components of the site.
Scholarships are awarded at the end of the challenge for students who excel at money management. Taylor hopes at least one student in her 3 classes will win a scholarship, and she is encouraging all of them to download the app to be able to easily check and engage in their account management.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Quality Digital Resources via PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media offers educators access to more than 100,000 resources nationwide. Resources are available in English and Spanish, with content targeting all content areas to include videos, virtual events, maps and primary source documents.

PBS Learning Media in Action: Classrooms studying the upcoming presidential election  access videos to learn more about the election process, utilize interactive election maps to generate predictions, and attend virtual field trips to explore our Nation's capital. Students can compete in the Meet in DC election poster contest. Selected winners receive a trip to DC to see Congress in session, tour the White House, and visit the set of PBS NewsHour.

Digital Learning Platform: PBS Learning Media is accessible from any device,  providing students access to free quality interactive resources. PBS Learning Media is a best structure to providing interactive content to improve cognitive processing.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

West Students Use iMovie to Support Persuasive Writing

Students in Modesta Juarez’s 5th grade class have been working on their persuasive writing skills lately.  Today they learned iMovie and created practice videos to sharpen their skills.  Soon they will create a persuasive commercial for something found in the room.  Great way to support persuasive writing using iMovie!

Collaborative iMovie with Stowe 2nd Graders

2nd Graders in Rachelle Twilligear's class at Stowe Elementary worked together to create an iMovie showing they symbols of the United States and Texas.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Incentive in the Smithfield Middle 7th Grade Math Classrooms

Smithfield Middle School 7th grade math teachers Heather Mathis and David Barton are helping each of their students monitor his or her own individual online math Learning Path progress with stickers.  The students love it!  Each day, students get to add stickers for extra credit based on how many self-paced math lessons in CompassLearning they complete with a minimum of a 70% pass rate.   Pictured is Ms. Mathis with one of her 7th graders.   Motivation is a key component for student success and Ms. Mathis and Mr. Barton are helping build it with fun competition in their classrooms.

Evaluating Sources via instaGrok

The instaGrok interactive search engine populates video, images, articles, and terms based on a user's query. Educators are using instaGrok to improve research skill sets. The instaGrok search engine affords users an improved ability to evaluate sources and assess understanding on specific research topics. Students can access instaGrok from any device for free and a free 90 day trial is available to all educators.

instaGrok in Action: Students use an interactive research system to research the circulatory system, accessing a visual concept map. Students quickly have access to quality key facts, reliable websites, video, images, and concepts. Students evaluate their search results and understanding using the interactive quiz feature available within the platform.

Digital Learning Platform: The instaGrok application is an interactive search engine in which students improve cognitive processing and receive quality feedback.

Blended Learning Leaders Emerging

In every new movement there are trailblazers that emerge. Haltom High School's Sheryl Stewart is on her way to be just that. In her 18th year in the classroom Sheryl has decided to take a shot at something new by offering her students access to an online learning environment. Sheryl decided to go with Google Classroom since it is part of Google Apps for Education. Seeing that there was a need for specific materials Ms. Stewart did what a good teacher does and created the necessary documents to ensure success for her students and peers. "Sheryl made numerous step by step documents for each step of our research project. These handouts are digital as well as paper. Every student has access to these documents in Google classroom. Our grade level is better because of her focused attention to detail." Said fellow ELA teacher Becky Church. When asked what her thoughts were about implementing an online learning system, Ms. Stewart said,
"More students are having greater success with the very difficult task of research. I believe it is the accessibility of all of the instructional materials I have posted in Google Classroom. This year's poetry research process is moving smoothly and at a quicker pace than years past." #howtohaltom #ela #english #bisddlp #gafe

Friday, February 19, 2016

RHS Food Science Teacher Uses QR Codes to Make Vocab Interactive!

Richland High School Food Science teacher Elizabeth Lundy created QR codes to sites with more information about the class vocabulary for her students to scan. She also planted a "see Lundy for a prize" QR code! Interactive word wall, indeed.

RHS Theater Students Edit Videos

RHS Theater students took videos in small groups to create short films. They worked on library Mac computers to edit the videos before their big screenings.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Watauga MS Science Teacher Taps into Instagram to Engage Students

WMS science teacher Sarah Strittmatter created a class Instagram account to connect students on social media with their learning. She then prints out the posts of the pictures on the account and mounts them on posters outside her room so all kids, even those without accounts, can enjoy the pictures tied to the work units in class. Strittmatter recognized how popular Instagram was with her 8th graders, and this led to her decision to use it for class sharing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

QR Code Kaboom Game for practicing Letter Names of the Treble Clef

One of the music TEKS for elementary students is to read standard notation.  My students learn the letter names of the treble clef starting in 3rd grade.  Today they worked in different stations to practice this skill.  One of the stations was a game called Kaboom – each stick has a QR code attached.  Students scanned the code and if it was a note on the staff, they had to identify the note by its letter name. If it was a “funny cat video” they got Kaboom-ed, and all their sticks had to go back in the jar!  This was a fun way to practice their treble clef letter names using our classroom iPads!  #bisddlp #thanksBISD!

Elizabeth Shier, ACFT Music Teacher

Using Padlet for Collaboration in Social Studies

Mrs. Fogarty’s class at ACFT was trying out a new digital learning tool called Padlet today during their Social Studies time.  Mrs. Fogarty and the ACFT staff received hands on training with Padlet during their staff development session on February 15.  Padlet is an online bulletin board where students can post ideas about any given topic.  It’s a great way to show what everyone is thinking all at one time.  The students used Padlet today to collaborate and share ideas about both sides of the Civil War.  Questions students responded to included: How did the North feel about slavery?  How did the South feel about Slavery?  What were reasons behind both sides viewpoints?  Excellent use of a new digital resource Mrs. Fogarty!!!

iPads & QR Codes Help Researchers at ACFT

It was a busy day in the ACFT library today.  Bridget Wright had several research workstations set up for students to visit as they researched Martin Luther King Jr.  Students used iPads to scan QR codes that lead them to different digital resources.  Once there, students read articles or watched videos that provided answers to research questions.  Awesome way to utilize new BISD Bond equipment and rich digital resources.  Great job Bridget!

Using Kahoot to 'Show What They Know" at West Birdville

In the library today at West Birdville, 2nd graders used Kahoot to show what they learned about literal and nonliteral meanings. Great use of this data gathering resource Mrs. Grupe!!

Binion First Grade Uses ChatterPix and iMovie

Students in Misty DeMoss' First Grade class have been describing characters and the reasons for their actions and feelings.  After reading The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!, the students took pictures of their drawings of the wolf using the app ChatterPix Kids and recorded the wolf describing himself and his actions.  The students used iMovie to combine and organize their videos to retell the story.

QR Codes in the Library

In the Birdville Elementary library, students will be learning about various African American authors and illustrators this week during their library time using QR codes and the library iPads.
Susanne Stutheit introduced students to Black History Month and gave them the option of reading information from Reading Rockets or Time for Kids.  She provided links to several author/ illustrators including Faith Ringgold, Kadir Nelson and Jerry Pinkney.  There are also links to the author sites for Tameka Fryer Brown, Nikki Grimes and Jacqueline Woodson.

Makerspace in the math classroom at SMS

Mrs. Fuller’s students use what they have learned about equivalent fractions to design and sew a quilt.

Mary Hadley
Academic Coach
Smithfield Middle

Sunday, February 14, 2016

If I were a book, my title would be....

The 4th grade students at OH Stowe Elementary created unique projects using ChatterKids on the library iPads! They created Talking Book Covers after writing about "If I were a book, my title would be..." A video created by Scholastic books was their inspiration. This project was worked on over several sessions during their library time under the instruction of their librarian, Mrs. Reyna, who compiled the finished projects using Animoto. See this link to see some of the finished projects.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

NOMS science teacher flips lesson for STAAR Bootcamp

North Oaks Middle School science teacher, Jennifer Gasca, recorded a short review lesson over an objective for her students to view and use to do work on Saturday during the STAAR Bootcamp. Her students viewed, paused, and re-played her video as they worked on activities related to that objective. They were each able to go at their own pace and listen on headphones to Gasca as they were working.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Watauga Elementary 2nd Grade - Chatterpix Kids App

2nd Grade students in Mabel Figueroa’s class at Watauga Elementary have been using the Chatterpix kids app to create videos.  In her guided reading groups, students are reading about influential African Americans.  After reading, they brainstorm the character traits that person has.  Then they create a Chatterpix video about him or her.



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shannon HS Algebra I Teacher Embraces Digital Resources

Students enrolled in the Algebra I class at Shannon High School have several resources to help them successfully complete their coursework.   Of course, their best resource is their teacher, Mrs. Paulette Bangert.   Students also use a graphing calculator, notebook, Chromebook, textbook resources, and an online CompassLearning Algebra I course, which is aligned to Texas state standards.  The Algebra I course is built by Mrs. Brenda Mesa, Secondary Math Coordinator for BISD, and includes supplemental textbook materials.  Pictured with Mrs. Bangert is  Shannon High School student, Robin.   Mrs. Bangert is known for embracing new digital resources and instructional techniques as she works with her students to achieve success.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

4th graders peer edit poetry at WCE

Fourth grade students in G.A.T.E. class chose a topic and had to use the topic chosen with 3 different poetic structures to understand and experience how writers’ choose a particular structure based on the content of their writing. Using our collaboration station, students peer edited and revised their poems before presenting to others.  Having this piece of technology available, allowed an authentic revising and editing process that students can relate to as a real world experience.




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Paperless Research Paper

It is poetry research paper time for Birdville ISD English III students. Haltom High Schools Becky Church has decided to make this year's research papers a paperless affair. "I am in love with Google Drive and Classroom. It is making things so much easier." said Mrs. Church. "I have to admit l, I spent a couple days over Christmas break trying to figure out how I could get out of the commitment I made earlier in the year. Eventually, I just told myself that it would be ok and that I could do this." She went on to say "I'm a believer in Google and you can contact me anytime if you want me to talk to anyone that is reluctant to make the jump." #bisddlp #bisdgps #haltomhighschool #buffnation #ela #english #highschool #gafe #google #poetry #research

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mystery Skype!

This week in 4th grade math/science classes we Skyped different locations all around the world and learned about their weather, climate, time zone, and seasons! Scholars had to guess where they think that person is and discovered how to count time zones forward or backward based on the time in that person’s location and also were able to figure out if the person was in the southern or northern hemisphere because they told us if they are experiencing summer or winter. After scholars narrowed down a general area, they were allowed to ask yes/no questions such as, “Do you live in Asia? Are you near a body of water? Do you live on an island? Does your country border this country?”

We Skyped Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Netherlands, Wisconsin, California, and United Arab Emirates. All of these people were either relatives of our scholars or teachers at Green Valley or people we knew. The lesson was engaging and a great experience for our scholars. They were able to grasp some concepts that were difficult to teach using Earth, Sun, and Moon models.