I was blessed to get to help work on the nomination packet for Darla Kester, Assistant Principal Secretary at Kerr Middle School for Admin of the Year. She made the finals! And while she didn’t take the top honor…she’s tops in our books! Congrats, Darla! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] […]
For the last couple of years, our department has run the green screen photobooth at the BISD Employee Banquet. Good food, honoring our retirees with rocking chairs from Cracker Barrel, students giving a bell to their favorite teacher, and lots of amazing teachers, administrators, and staff members. This year, it […]
Sometimes you just have to sit back and marvel at the amazing people you get to work with and the FABULOUS kids you get to spend time with when you work in public education! Ms. Lisa Townzen is the AP at Kerr Middle School and she created an after school […]
For weeks, I helped the KMS teachers create videos for the first ever KMS Virtual Curriculum Night. Instead of coming up to campus for curriculum night, parents could stay at home and watch videos created by the teachers starring their students. We also live-streamed some fine arts performances!
Check out this great advertisement for the KMS Virtual Curriculum Night! Hope we see you online!
Every year, the Admin Building has a Christmas Door Decorating contest. The year the theme was Christmas Around the World. Our team drew Eygpt. We also took home the trophy!
Burleson ISD participated in Hour of Code week for the second time this year. All of our campuses took time during the first full week of December to encourage students to code and learn more about computer science.
Every year the Learning Technologies Department arranges digital visits with Santa. This year, we used Google Hangouts to connect with the North Pole. Students sent letters to Santa, which he checked twice with the students.
The Learning Technologies Department ran the green screen photo booth for the Special Services Department’s annual Best Friends Festival. This was our second year to run the booth and we had a wonderful time taking photos of the students and teachers…and photoshopping them into Tattooine!
With Lindsay’s help, we were able to work with the 8th grade ELA teachers at Kerr MS to introduce BreakoutEDU to their students as a review for their mid-term exams. We focused on a short story and literary elements that the students had studied in class.
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.
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!
The amazing Board of Trustees and Superintendent of Burleson ISD approved a 1:1 Chromebook roll out for students in 3rd-8th grade for the 16-17 school year. We were thrilled that they wanted to take this initiative to so many students. That meant we had to pull together and everyone got […]
We celebrated Matthew Kitchen’s birthday at Babe’s Chicken House…and may have subjected him to a little public dancing in a pink cowboy hat! What a good sport! Happy birthday, Matt!
On September 12. 2016, our CTO had to give an update to the School Board on the Chromebook Rollout. We talked about the numbers of Chromebooks delivered, the hours of professional development provided…but the best part was when two of our middle school teachers spoke about having Chromebooks in their […]
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 […]
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!
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!
Our first activity at a team this year was Convocation! It was great to finally get our new team members on board! We were all excited to see all of our teacher friends, to enjoy the festivities and skits, and to jump right into the new year! With the famous […]
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 […]
Kandice had to rock the July birthdays solo this year…and she nailed it! Way to go Kandice!
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).
BISD is growing and office space is at a premium. We’re very fortunate that our CTO arranged for the renovation of the Data Portable to allow it to house not only the Data team, but our department AND a training lab/conference room. We are very excited about getting to move […]
Loved getting to participate in this one! Woot!
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.
On June 24th, 2016, the zSpace mobile lab rode up to one of our elementary campuses so that students participating in summer programs could experience the amazing 3D virtual lab.
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.
The CHS American Studies humanities teachers, Yvonne Hensley and Patti Massey, decided to mix some TV with their course. We recreated the format of the culinary show Chopped to work with their final review for their students. Students were given boxes with mystery recipes and ingredients in them.
I think I’m addicted to these birthday songs! Love it!
I got to stop by The REALM Parent Night presentations – which were set up like games…really cool! Parents and students were so excited to learn about their new campus. Some of those parents got really competitive playing the 1980s video game challenge prepared by Dean Cheryl Essex. Good times […]
Working with the Data Department and the Academic Innovation Department, we managed to make the finals of the XQ Grant – a 10 Million Dollar grant for innovation in High Schools.
I got to facilitate the BHS Engineering 3D printer installation from Polyprinter today. It was really amazing how quickly the rep was able to get the printer up and running – despite all of us almost drowning in the torrential downpour outside!
The XQ School Grant asked that we submit a video. Dr. Bender Jutzi, Academic Innovations Officer for the district worked to put this awesome video together about The REALM. It was so exciting to be asked to participate in the video.
God only knows what we’d do without these birthday songs! Love them!
We ran the green screen photo booth again this year for the Employee Banquet! What a fun group of teachers and administrators. We always enjoy adding some digital fun to the proceedings!
LT Teresa Sumrall supported students from two elementary schools in BISD who wanted to raise money, goods, and awareness for local charities. They used Google Apps for Education to collaborate between their separate campuses, communicate with participants, and to inform the community. One student even invited the Mayor via Twitter!
Spring 2016 brought with it the 2nd Annual CHS Lit Tank. This 11th-grade English assignment is a take on the popular TV show, Lit Tank. Students have five weeks to plan and create a product, service, or business that is literature or literacy based. Students create a digital pitch site, a […]
The LT Department helped with the STEAM Academy at Stribling’s Parent Night. We helped with Osmo, robots, and more. It was a great, hands-on night where parents and students could explore STEAM activities, hear a presentation about the new direction the campus is moving in, and ask questions.
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 […]
A tribute to Sonny and Cher…and our only March birthday at Admin. So fun!
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 […]
The ladies have done it again! Amazing! I was so tickled to get to participate! Watch out for those smooth dance moves!
BISD created billboards for our district’s two TCEA award winners – Ryan Churchward and Teresa Sumrall! We couldn’t wait to run over and get photos of them! Congrats, guys!!!
Here are a few of the fun ways we reached out to the teachers who signed up for our One Thing Challenge to keep them motivated and setting appointments with us! These were put in the box of each teacher who signed up for the challenge.
Got to help with the two School of Choice nights for The REALM. It was great to hear the parents’ comments and listen to their responses to the campus presentations. This is getting really real and really exciting!
Tonight at the board meeting, all of our TCEA Finalists and Winners were recognized. Here they all are again!
Tonight was an update for the School Board about the BISD Gaming and Coding middle school, The REALM. I helped with sample schedules and assignments for the presentation. The Dean, Cheryl Essex, and the Principal, Dr. Beaird spoke…and so did the student Stewards of The REALM. I am so excited […]
Wednesday brought the Keynote and the formal announcement of the award winners. So proud of all of my friends from BISD! So deserving!
After spending the day in the Leadership Academy – where they did some jokes using the Simpsons…and served us donuts – DOH…
Day 2 saw us attending sessions at the Google Academy – after I started my day with some Starbucks! Then we headed right into a Google party at Google Fiber and some dinner. Getting ready for tomorrow night’s award ceremony! So excited for my friend, Teresa…she deserves this recognition!