Posts Tagged Staff Development

Fall 2013 Tech Tuesday Thursday Schedule

Here is a list of upcoming staff developments that are being offered by the CITS. All of the following are available for sign up through Ascend and are 1.5 hour sessions that run from 4:15 to 5:45.  Check Ascend for descriptions and locations.

  • Sept 10th – Your New Office – Section # 77312
  • Sept 12th – Introduction to Microsoft OneNote – Section # 77302
  • Sept 17th – Introduction to Microsoft OneNote – Section # 77303
  • Sept 19th – Your New Office – Section # 77313
  • Sept 24th – Edmodo for Beginners – Section # 77306
  • Oct 1st – Elementary iPad Projects – Section # 77307
  • Oct 10th – Digital Media: Creating Video Projects in the Classroom – Section # 77359
  • Oct 15th – Secondary iPad Projects – Section # 77308
  • Oct 24th – Become a Skydrive Pro – Section # 77364
  • Oct 29th – Gamify Your Classroom – Section # 77360
  • Nov 5th – Web LiteracySection # 77314
  • Nov 14th – SMART Notebook Intermediate Training – Section # 77310
  • Nov 19th – Promethean ActivInspire Intermediate Training – Section # 77311

 The following sessions will be 3 hour trainings on Saturday, September 21st

  • Promethean ActivInspire Beginner Training – Section # 77304
  • SMART Notebook Beginning Training – Section # 77305

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Summer 2013 Professional Development

The count-down to summer has begun! In many cases it began months ago…

As the summer is drawing near we wanted to take a moment to share with you the Summer Training Schedule. The beginning of August will provide you with quite a few training opportunities! Please see the list below. The list tells you the date, time, and Section number in ASCEND to make it easier to sign up.

Pay special attention to the Promethean and Smart trainings. Be sure you are signing up for the training that meets the needs for your campus. If you are on a campus that has Smart Boards and sign up for a Promethean training you will not be able to attend.



iPads for Beginners 

  • Aug 7th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66741

iPads Productivity 

  • Aug 7th 1:00-4:00 Section #66907

Elementary iPad Projects Students will Love 

  • August 8th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66894
  • August 13th  1:00 – 4:00 Section #66897
  • August 14th  8:30 – 11:30 Section #66896

Secondary iPad Projects Students will Love 

  • August 8th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66895


Promethean ActivInspire Beginner Training

  • August 13th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66762
  • ** New Section Added** August 15th  1:00 – 4:00 Section #77140

Promethean ActivInspire Intermediate Training

  • August 13th 1:00 -4:00 Section #66764
  • August 15th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66763

 Promethean ActivInspire Advanced Training Part 1 and 2

  • August 15th  1:00 – 4:00 Section #66769

Enhance your Promethean Lessons with ActiVotes or ActivExpressions

  • August 9th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66742


Beginner SMART Notebook

  • August 7th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66632

Intermediate SMART Notebook

  • August 7th  1:00 – 4:00 Section #66689

Doing More with your SMART Board

  • August 14th 1:00 – 4:00 Section #66676

Enhance your SMART Lessons with SMART Response System

  • August 9th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66639


Creating learning activities requires careful thought about the skills you want learners to gain and the way in which they are presented. This course, stemming from research conducted by the Stanford Research Institute, will give you a framework within which to assess your own learning activities with regards to student learning, advance your innovative teaching practices, and discuss them with others. Each session will focus on a specific dimension of learning and use actual teacher lesson plans as the basis for our conversations.

Attending all 8 sessions over the five weeks will earn you the “21st Century Learning Design Trained Educator” Designation.

  • Webinar #1 – July 10th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66930
  • Webinar #2 – July 11th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66931
  • Webinar #3 – July 17th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66932
  • Webinar #4 – July 18th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66933
  • Webinar #5 – July 24th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66934
  • Webinar #6 – July 25th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66935
  • Webinar #7 – July 31st 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66936
  • Webinar #8 – Aug 7th 9:00AM-10:00AM – Section #66937



Introduction to Microsoft OneNote

  • August 8th 1:00-4:00 Section #66745
  • August 14th 8:30-11:30 Section #66744

Edmodo for Beginners

  • August 8th 1:00-2:30 Section #66636

Google Earth Walks

  • August 14th 1:00-4:00 Section #66770

Digital Media: Creating Video Projects in the Classroom

  • August 15th 8:30 – 11:30 Section #66772

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It’s Coming…INTERACT 2013

Are you ready?   INTERACT 2013 is on it’s WAY!!


INTERACT is a week long learning experience for teachers across our district in which attendees are invited to explore some of the best research-backed teaching strategies while being immersed in the all of the amazing technology resources available here in LCISD! The week of INTERACT is one of the most amazing, fun, fulfilling, and meaningful learning experiences we get to be a part of…and we want you to be a part of it too!

Here are some important dates to remember as you plan to be a part of INTERACT 2013:

SAVE THE DATE: INTERACT 2013 will be held June 10 – 14; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


  • Application window is open from Jan. 7 – February 28
  • Your Team’s “Intent to Apply” form MUST be submitted by Jan. 31  (see below)
  • Your Team’s Application will be video based – more details to come!


  • Teams must contain 2-4 members
  • Teams must represent at least two grade levels for Elementary or two subject areas for Secondary
  • Optional:  Teams may contain one specialist (Facilitator, Special Ed, etc.) per team

Oh yeah…and after attending, you get to outfit your team with the technology tools that best suit you and your students!

So start planning now! Get those teams together, start brainstorming some possible ideas on what you might like to say in your video application, and check back with the iCafe blog soon for more details!

Ready to Apply?!

One participant per team must follow both of the links below by the dates noted.  (Team Video Application Information Coming Soon.)

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LCISD’s New Staff Development Portal: ASCEND

It is with great anticipation that we finally get to unveil our new Staff Development portal – ASCEND! Over the past few months the Staff Development office has been diligently working on moving our system to a new, completely online system that allows for all users to easily search, sign-up, and get additional resources for staff developments offered both in our district and approved outside locations!

The system is designed to be amazingly simple for both the normal user that simply needs to sign up for a course, but also for our numerous staff members who desire to create staff development opportunities for anyone in the district to take. To see a quick promo of the new system, check out the video below:

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To login to the system all you need to do is login to D2SC and click on the new button titled ASCEND from the main menu screen.
ASCEND Button in D2SC

For non-D2SC users, you can click on the Staff Development link inside LamarNet.

We hope you find the transition to this new system amazingly smooth. To aide you in this new system, we’ve created a simple video that walks you through the process of searching for a staff development course and then how register for that course. You can watch it below or check it out on the main page of ASCEND.

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This new system is going to allow us a whole new level of effectiveness in our staff developments and we look forward to all the great things it will bring. If you have any questions or comments on the new system, please feel free to email us at Thanks and happy ascending!