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T3 – 2013 Teaching Through Technology Conference

T3 - Teaching Through Technology

T3 2013 – Mark Your Calendar!

We are so excited to announce the date for this year’s T3 – Teaching Through Technology – Conference. T3 is a one day conference put on by the LCISD Technology Staff Development team where teachers, technologists, trainers, and more come together to share ideas and learn from each other on how they use technology in their classrooms! The goal is to learn the best instructional practices for integrating technology in the classroom. So, here are a few of the details for you:

Date: Tuesday, August 6th

Time: 8:30 – 4:30

Where: Reading Junior High

Register to Attend!

Maybe you aren’t interested in presenting, but you definitely want to attend. Well, be sure to register now before we run out of space! This conference day is open to any educators inside or outside of LCISD, so invite your friends! Visit the registration page to reserve your spot now!

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It’s Coming…INTERACT 2013

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

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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 PROCESS:

  • 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!

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • 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 2012 Student Mock Elections

Mock ElectionHi everyone!

We are really excited about the Lamar CISD 2012 Student Mock Election! Our kids are going to have such a great experience voting online. I wanted to give you some information so that you know how your students can be involved in this year’s mock election.

Online Voting:

Begins on Monday, October 29th
Ends on Thursday, November 1st at 5:00PM
-To access the link for online voting, CLICK HERE!

 When a student votes online, he/she will need their student ID number. Teachers will need to have a class list with ID numbers in case the student does not know it.

Mock Election Rescources:

Also, we have a Mock Election website with classroom resources that include lesson plans, activities, and strategies along with resources for the election. It is important that instruction take place prior to voting that covers our country’s voting process, our responsibility to be an informed voter, and why it is so important that we don’t take this freedom for granted. CLICK HERE to access the Mock Election resources page.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please watch the video below for a demonstration on how a student is going to vote online and receive additional information on this district event.

If at any time you need help or have questions please call me at ext 0142 or by email.

Looking forward to see how our kids vote in the election.

-Kevin McCune

 

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Skype with an Author for World Read Aloud Day

Next Wednesday, March 7th is World Read Aloud Day.  In honor of the day, many authors have offered to connect with classrooms around the world – read aloud for a few minutes and answer student questions.  If you would like to participate, here is what you need:

  1.  Access to a working webcam (ask your CITS if you need help…most district laptops or netbooks have webcams)
  2. Skype installed on the computer connected to the webcam.  CLICK HERE to download Skype
  3. A free Skype Account (once you download the program, skype will walk you through logging in, or creating an account)
  4. An author …or even another classroom to connect to!

Not sure how to connect with a published author? No problem!  Author, Kate Messner, has provided a great list of authors who are willing to connect.  Just CLICK HERE to check out her list.  Want to know more about World Read Aloud Day, or find lists of additional authors?  Check out Kate’s post on The Digital Shift

Keep in mind, your campus CITS is here to support you – and will happily help you get this project rolling!

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