Kerr MS Virtual Curriculum Night

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CHS American Studies – Breakout!

Worked with the American Studies class at CHS to create a Great Depression break out session – part digital, part physical. The kids researched, created presentations, videos, and animations all about the causes of the Great Depression. They worked on poetry and used excerpts from their novel Of Mice and Men to solve clues. They also learned about the art and music of the time period. Continue Reading →

Kerr MS Virtual Curriculum Night

I’m so excited to be working with the teachers and administrators at KMS to put together their first annual Virtual Curriculum Night! Each grade-level department is making a video of the information they would normally share during Curriculum Night…with some fun, student-filled video skits mixed in! Continue Reading →

KMS Uses Google Classroom to Help Each Other

The National Junior Honor Society at Kerr Middle School has it’s own Google Classroom where members offer homework help and academic tutorials to their classmates. Continue Reading →

Hour of Code 2016

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.  Continue Reading →

Kerr MS Breakouts – ELA Students Rock the Locks!

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. Continue Reading →

BCHS Summer Bridge Program

bchs-logo1-4I was flattered and excited to be asked to participate in Burleson Collegiate High School’s summer bridge program. This new campus was bringing in all of its new students and doing a complete day of goal setting, team building, training, fun, and pizza. Continue Reading →

CHS American Studies – Chopped

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. Continue Reading →

The REALM Parent Night

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 and a GREAT turnout! Continue Reading →

BHD 3D Printer Installation

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!

CHS Lit Tank 2016

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 social media marketing campaign, create mock-ups or prototypes, and present to a panel of “Sharks” composed of district teachers, administrators, and community members. Continue Reading →

STEAM Academy at Stribling Parent Night

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. Continue Reading →

Working on The One Thing Challenge

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. Continue Reading →

The REALM School of Choice Night

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! Continue Reading →

The REALM Board Update

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 to see what amazing things these guys do with this school concept! Continue Reading →

The One Thing Challenge

This year, in our January Newsletter, we sent out the following challenge:

This year…we’d like to ask every one of you – Teachers AND Administrators – to take the ONE THING Challenge! Choose one technology goal for the spring semester…that’s right…just ONE! Continue Reading →

WW1 Museum

The kids in the American Studies class at Centennial HS – a class that combines US History and English III – created a WW1 museum. Students had to research their topic, create a physical display, and create a digital display as well. Here’s their work. It was really fun to listen to the kids act as docents for their exhibits. Continue Reading →

Google Expeditions at KMS

Our 6th grade social studies team were Expedition pioneers and Google came to visit with the Expedition kits! Great day! I don’t have photos of the kids right now, but I’ll try to get some.

Google Cardboard Geography

The 6th grade team at KMS brought Google Cardboard into their Social Studies class as part of a blended lesson. The kids loved it. We brought over some special guests to learn with our students. It was wonderful to hear their exclamations and watch them work on their lesson using the virtual reality apps and Google Cardboard viewers.

STEAM Copyright Mock Trial

My friend and STEAM teacher, Wayne Thames, had his students enact an actual copyright case in their classroom. Taking advantage of the working courtroom at Centennial HS, the kids divided up, researched, and then tried the case in front of their judge (Mr. Thames – robe and all). Real world learning. Continue Reading →

Tech on Campus

Just some photos from campuses I’ve visited this month. I love it when I see technology being used when I’m out and about! Continue Reading →

Lit Tank – Junior English

I got to work with a wonderful teacher from Centennial HS named Yvonne Hensley to put together a project-based learning activity called Lit Tank. Based on the TV Show, Shark Tank, the students had to create a business, product, app, or service that had something to do with literature or literacy. We had some AMAZING submissions! Everything from cruise lines to bakeries! Continue Reading →

When you see tech in a teacher’s room!

I love it when you walk into a teacher’s room and see signs of tech integration in little places…reminders to Mark as Done in Google Classroom, lists of who’s on the Geek Squad this week…and a calendar entry for parent night with Kahoot! Hooray! Kudos to this HMS teacher! Continue Reading →