If a picture is worth a thousand words…then here are a couple million to keep you up-to-date on what I’ve been doing lately! Click on a year to see the album.
Another Awesome Year in BISD!
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! Matt came up with the idea for “I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus” and we all ran with it. We had heirogliphic walls, an actual mummy, Canopic jars with our faces on them, and holiday goodies for BabaNoel. We tied for the trophy and had to have a holiday sing-off to determine the winner. Our boss, the CTO, helped us out by dancing along with our song to get us the extra cheers we needed to win the day! 12/15/2016
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. Santa read a book, and everyone got to ask Santa questions before ending the hangout with a song - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's a great tradition and the students really love it. Afterward, the letters are sent to the local paper for a special Christmas edition. 12/5-12/8/2016
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. 09/12/2016
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. 8/30/2016
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! They had to complete a breakout to find the agenda for the rest of the meeting. It was a fun way to introduce them to the concept and they worked well together to solve the clues! 8/22/2016
BISD's new Burleson Collegiate High School hosted a summer bridge program for all of its students. Learning Technologies was invited to do some Chromebook training and to help with some fun team building activities (we did a digital photo scavenger hunt and made pixel art). It was a great day! 6/13/2016
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. They had to create a digital product that explained and expounded on the ELA and SS themes, topics, and essential questions in the box. They would then submit their products for teacher review. The next day, they would open their box to see if they made the next round or if they were "Chopped". Teams that made the next round went on to a harder assignment while chopped teams moved to another room to participate in a review session with one of their teachers. 5/27/2016
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! 5/24/2016
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. The turn out was amazing and many charities benefited from the funds and goods donated. Teresa and I ran a free green-screen photo booth for the day to support the students efforts.4/23/2016
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 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. 4/11-4/15/2016
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. 4/11/2016