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! Continue Reading →
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! Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 hands-on with prepping and distributing the devices. Continue Reading →
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 classrooms. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 Coach Carter as our guest speaker and with the release of the Burleson State of Mind music video, it was a motivating morning for BISD! Continue Reading →
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 →
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). Continue Reading →
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 into our new digs…as soon as they’re ready. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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! Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
The ladies have done it again! Amazing! I was so tickled to get to participate! Watch out for those smooth dance moves!
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 →
Thursday at TCEA brought my chance to present in the Google Theater. I finally scored the Google shirt I’ve always wanted! Woot! I volunteered in Google space answering people’s questions for an hour and then gave my Google Forms: Automated Awesomeness presentation. I got some great reviews and the room was packed! I even got a shout out from Google on Twitter! Continue Reading →