Education Talk Radio

Education Talk Radio is a professional development online broadcast for educators, preK–20. The show has aired over 3,000 programs with an average of more than 1,700 listeners each day. Continue Reading →

Virtual Reality PD

The virtual reality program Mursion simulates a typical classroom environment, giving teachers the opportunity to practice classroom management techniques and instructional strategies. The program features a classroom of virtual students that mimic real student behaviors. Continue Reading →

Free Chromebook Training Online from Simple K12

Join Simple K-12 on March 11th for this amazing line-up of information-packed webinars
for teachers by teachers!

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zSpace Virtual Reality Lab Training

We’ve got six amazing zSpace lab machines at Clinkscale Elementary – and these intrepid teachers gave up a Saturday to learn how to use them with their students.

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EdCampBISD Google-Palooza

We organized our very first EdCamp BISD on October 15th and we got a really nice turn out! We had 53 attendees from 9 different school districts. After a little work to get everyone on the wifi…we were off and running. Continue Reading →

Teacher Training with FriedTechnology

As part of our Chromebook roll out, we brought 4 teachers from every campus to a special, intensive Google training with Amy Mayer and Jessica Powell from FriedTechnology. These hardcore learners gave up three days (Oct 3-5th) to learn with us! Continue Reading →

CDW Leadership Workshop

The Technology Department hosted Mike Patterson from CDW for a Leadership Workshop on August 30th. Principals, APs, Top Techs, librarians, and teacher leaders joined together to learn about leading our district into a 1:1 environment. Mike shared some great resources and the whole group worked together, discussed ideas, and shared notes in a common Google Doc. It was a great day of learning, thinking, and preparing for where BISD is going next. Continue Reading →

Top Tech Breakout Edu

Our first Top Tech meeting of the year took place at STEAM Middle School (thanks, Louise, for hosting)! We went over some information about the Chromebook roll out and then Lindsay introduced the group to Breakout Edu! Continue Reading →

Get Your ZSpace On!

Thanks to Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, BISD’s Academic Innovations Officer, and in partnership with Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Clinkscale Elementary gained a 3D ZSpace lab! Right after Convocation, several teachers and the LT team headed over to Clinkscale to learn how to use this amazing learning tool! Continue Reading →

August Chromebook Academy – Movin’ It to BHS

August, with all of the back-to-school professional development, proved to be a challenge when it came to scheduling and delivering our third Chromebook Academy. We moved from Centennial HS to the Burleson HS library, and we split the training into 2 days in one week and the final day in another week. We had a great turn out of dedicated educators who had great ideas and made the training lots of fun! Continue Reading →

July Chromebook Academy – Holy Crowded Training Batman!

Our July Chromebook Academy was very well attended with over 50 teachers signing up to learn all about Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, and managing your classroom in a 1:1 environment! I had some adorable help setting up the classroom for our training (my grandson Aiden and daughter Amanda). Continue Reading →

June Chromebook Academy – Google is Coming

June brought our first 3-day Chromebook Academy training for teachers in our district. Heather created a great Game of Thrones parody graphic for the event and we carried the theme throughout the training. Continue Reading →

North Texas Google Summit

The BISD Technology Department hosted the North Texas Google Summit from June 8-9th this year at Centennial High School. We hosted, set up all technology, and our team presented at the event. Our CTO, Stephen Logan opened the summit with a welcome speech. Continue Reading →

BrightBytes Conference

I was invited to sit on a panel for the BrightBytes Conference at Region XI. I got to do a brief presentation on how our district uses its BrightBytes data, and then the panel took questions from the crowd. It was a great conference full of incredible speakers and I was grateful to be included. I got to spend time with my friends Jan North from Mansfield ISD and Dwight Goodwin from Denton…I always learn new things from them!  Continue Reading →

SXSWEdu 2016

This year we all got to go to SXSWEdu in Austin. It was VERY different from the usual educational technology conferences we attend. It was much more about big ideas, pushing limits, and a lot of the sessions were more geared toward post-secondary education. My biggest goal was to go to the XQ venue and talk to them (as we’re applying for one of their grants). We did manage to make it over, participate in their activities, and wind up on their display board! Continue Reading →

GEG-NORTX EdCampGoo

BISD hosted the first North Texas Google Educator’s Group EdCampGoo. This fun Google-focused EdCamp was organized by the Learning Technologies Department and the leaders of the GEG – Kasey Bell and Ann Witherspoon. There were great sessions and TONS of wonderful door prizes! It was really fun to host with the GEG team! Come back soon! Continue Reading →

Hour of Code Teacher Training

A bunch of teachers gave up their free time to join us for an Hour of Code training from Code.org. They got hands-on training and goodies to take back to their classroom an use!

 

TechStock 2015

I got to present at Region 11’s TechStock 2015. I really lucked out because I got the room with all of the comfy furniture in it! Super fun group of people and lots of learning going on! Continue Reading →

Prime Digital Learning – Region 11

Attended the Prime Digital Learning conference hosted at Region 11. Got to hear some great speakers and go to some interesting sessions. Lots of fun right before things get crazy as teachers and students come back!

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Keynoting with Google

I was really flattered when asked to Keynote and co-present with my friend Eileen Huang with Google. It was a great day and I learned a lot! Got to meet some amazing people and really enjoyed co-presenting with Eileen. Continue Reading →

Got to Meet Eric Sheninger

Attended a workshop at ESC 11, sponsored by TASA, featuring Eric Sheninger. I am leading a book study with the administrators at KMS and was really excited to get to hear him in person. I was NOT disappointed. Sheninger has all the great quotes, a slick presentation, and a northern accent that is so different from our Texas drawl…but even better…he’s got the PROOF that what he talks…he walks. Continue Reading →

It’s All About the PD

Today was the Google WebEx presentation on professional development. Really enjoyed getting to talk to the other presenters from Leander and New Caney. It’s great to share with people who are in the same line of work…the ideas were really great! Continue Reading →

Learning about PBL

I really enjoyed spending the day with teachers from Kerr Middle School as we attended training at Region XI about Problem Based Learning. This is something our district is really interested in and we got a full day of the “why” would you want to go to PBL. Continue Reading →