Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Online Course Offerings Expand for BISD Summer School Students

Summer School 2016 has already begun for some motivated BISD secondary students!   The students have chosen to begin their online coursework early to allow more time for a successful completion and to be able to participate in other summer activities.   Options available at the Haltom High School campus will include course acceleration, recovery,  and EOC remediation.

Summer School information can be found by visiting  http://www.birdvilleschools.net/summerschool.

Pictured are Principals Liz Pena (Middle School) and Carol Adcock (High School).  Mrs. Pena and Ms. Adcock are each leading a team of dedicated teachers who will monitor and help guide students through their online coursework, with regular communication to both students and parents.

An orientation meeting available to students and parents will be held at Haltom High School on June 2, 2016 from 6:00  pm – 7:00  pm.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Watauga First Graders Use Screencastify

Students in Laura Bean's first grade class at Watauga have been working hard for weeks on the Scranimals project. Theyread the book Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky. He takes two objects (a mango and gorilla for example) and create a new creature (mangorilla) that lives on Scranimal Island. Then the 1st graders created their own scranimal, independently added pictures and text to a powerpoint and read their writing using Screencastify to create a digital version of Ms. Bean's Class Scranimals!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Ms. Clark's Use a Variety of Digital Tools to Myth Summaries

SMS 7th graders recently wrote myths.  Ms. Clark gave students many publishing choices.   They  could post their story by creating a Smore or they could create a digital summary using Storyboard That or Story Cube from ReadWriteThink.  Students also had the option to propose other methods.  Students were highly engaged in the publishing process!  See pictures and a sneak peek below.

Mary Hadley
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NOMS Texas History Students Create Smores!

Mr. Garcia’s 7th grade Texas History classes are using Smore for a presentation product for research. Students worked in groups to pull in a variety of media such as text, video, images, and web-links. After working in Slides, Mr. Garcia wanted to offer his students another digital option and Smore worked well as a product.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Analyzation to Production with iMovie

Haltom High School students in Brooke Evans's English II class are collaborating and creating authentic products with iMovie. "They are taking the short story that they have already analyzed and then turning this analysis into a movie-style trailer." Ms. Evans went on to say, "I wanted to do something that would not only interest the students but would also be creative and allow for group communication. I am very pleased with the results."

Saturday, May 7, 2016

WMS 7th graders Create Visual Stories Using Flipagram

Heather Raynsford's ELA students used class iPads to take still shots to put into Flipagram to tell a story. They also added music to the final products.

Engineering Students Collaborate Via Zoom

RHS, BHS, and HHS engineering students are working in groups to design different themed holes for a mini golf course. The groups use Zoom to chat in love time and screen share as they work out the different parts of the project.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Music Students at West Birdville See Everyone's Work

In Kelsey Jerger’s Music class students are now able to see the learning taking place all around the room.  Jerger is using her Project Innovate iPad and Reflector as a mobile ‘doc cam’ to show work where it is happening…on the floor, in the corners of the rooms, etc.  Before, students would be asked to bring their work to the document camera in the front of the room.  But when work includes multiple materials that could get messed up when moved, the iPad and Reflector seemed like a great way to ‘see’ learning anytime/anyplace.  Great job Kelsey!  Click here for more from Kelsey. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daily Dashboard

Smithfield Middle School Assistant Principal, Jason Turner has found a fantastic way to share daily data with his teachers. For quite some time, Jason has been trying to find a way to visually relay important staff information to his teachers. He wanted one easy place to communicate absences, attendance, meetings, lesson plans posted, ARDs and admin information. Jason has managed to take a bunch of data from a variety of reporting sources and put it in one visually appealing package. Now every day teachers get the daily dashboard and at a quick glance they know exactly what’s going on at SMS and where improvements need to be made. Talk about continuous improvement! Kudos Mr. Turner! See the dashboard below.


Recently Tiffany Meinke finished an 8 week series of technology trainings provided by her DLS at NRMS. One of the last sessions covered was workstations/station rotation. Inspired by the session Mrs. Meinke decided to try workstations with her 7th grade ELAR students. Although the process was new to both the teacher and students, here’s what she had to say about the experience. “The workstations were awesome! It was a bit of prep, but even that was fun & the kids loved them. I'm going to tweak some stuff and start them earlier next year... trying for at least one a six-weeks. Thanks again for your help and ideas!” By the looks of these pictures, I would say her students enjoyed the new process. Way to be bold Mrs. Meinke!!

Quizlet Live

Recently, Quizlet launched a new feature called Quizlet Live. https://quizlet.com/features/live BISD teachers across the district have been using the new tool to prep students for EOC exams. BHS US History teacher Mrs. Medford was one of the first teachers to try the new site tool out with her classes. Upon notifying campuses about Quizlet Live, Mrs. Medford responded, “One step ahead --- we were testing it out today! It’s fun!!!” If you are looking for new and engaging ways to prepare students for upcoming assessments, why not give Quizlet Live a try? Ask your Digital Learning Specialist or if you are at BHS, ask Mrs. Medford for help.

Taking STAAR Review Sessions to Twitter

North Richland Middle School Social Studies teachers, Mrs. Siek & Mrs. Maupin are trying out a new way to review for the SS STAAR. With the support of their Academic Coach, Mary Terry, they are holding three twitter chats with students in preparation of the STAAR exam. There are two more sessions coming up; 5/5 from 7-8pm and 5/11 from 7-8pm. Come support North Richland Middle School students as they prepare for their state assessment. Log on to Twitter and search the hashtag #FalconSS. I’m sure the students and teachers would love to see you there!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Technology and the AP Chinese Exam

Many Birdville ISD secondary students are taking Advanced Placement exams this week.  One of the exams requiring the use of technology is the AP Chinese exam.  Students must be able to listen, speak, read, and write in the Chinese language to successfully master the exam.  Once a student completes his or her exam, the results are uploaded digitally for scoring by College Board graders.  AP Chinese students at Haltom HS, Richland HS, and Birdville HS have been working hard to prepare for the exam.   Good Luck!