Sunday, October 28, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 10/29

Upcoming Dates:
* October 29th - Bright Bytes Survey open through the end of the week! District Improvement Council Meeting @ CO (4:15 p.m.)
* October 30th - Literacy Coaching @ Davis (Knighton)
* October 31st - Superintendent’s Advisory Council @ 4:00 @ CO
* November 1st - Bilingual Meeting @ 8:30, Literacy Coaching @ Fort (Knighton)
* November 2nd - Bilingual Coaching @ Vernon (Emelia Ahmed)
* November 5th - Literacy Coaching @ Davis (Jarzombek). STEM Innovators Coaching Day (HS), E2L Meeting @ 4:00 @ CO with Sean Walker
* November 6th - Literacy Coaching @ Fort (Jarzombek). STEM Innovators Coaching Day (MS)

SLO - Student Learning Objectives
* Teachers should be ready to fill out the Student Growth Tracker. Here are the directions for what teacher need to do!* Documentation will be done on a Google Sheet- Here is the link to the Google form for the Student Growth Tracker. It will force you to make a copy. The link will be placed in Strive. See the above directions on where to place the link to your Growth Tracker Document in Strive.
* The dates for each of the progress checks is listed on the form - Nov 12th, January 14th, and February 18th.
* Remember that the point of the checks is for teachers to adjust instruction for the students who are not growing - not just document where kids are.

Bulb - Learn At Your Own Pace!
bulb is the digital portfolio for education where students, educators and professionals curate, share and showcase. We’re seeing lot of staff and students jumping on board! If you’d love to learn more so you can implement it with your students, why not work AT YOUR OWN PACE with these online courses? Bulb 101 contains 9 lessons; Bulb 201 has 6 lessons.

Photo/Clipart Sites to Share with Your Students:
It’s always hard to find good photo and clipart sites that are appropriate to use in the classroom, free of copyright restrictions. Here are a few to try out and share with your students.
**Note the graphic and suggested ages for each site.
Pixabay  -

Photos for Class

Sunday, October 21, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 10/22

Upcoming Dates:
* October 22nd - ELAR Cohort (K-2), Bilingual Coaching @ Davis (Emelia Ahmed), Discovery Ed Admin Coaching (Cherry -AM, Herndon - PM)
* October 23rd - Bilingual Coaching @ Fort (Emelia Ahmed), Discovery Ed. Admin Coaching (MS and HS)
* October 24th - STEMFormation Training Day @ CO (8:30 a.m.), Bilingual Coaching @ Vernon (Emelia Ahmed), New Teacher Meeting @ 4:00 p.m. @ CO
* October 30th - Literacy Coaching @ Davis (Knighton)


Preparing for the new ELAR TEKS? TCTELA is here to help with PD2Teach. Teachers are leaders from across the state met in PLC’s to discuss the standards and implications for classroom instruction. In a series of videos for each strand, you an hear the discussion and access resources to support the curriculum development at your campus. Previously password protected with a login to the bulb digital portfolio, videos and resource materials for the introductions and strands 1-4 are now available FREE at Videos and resources for strands 5-7 are expected to be available by January.

Research-based Strategies that Accelerate Student Learning
This is a great article about John Hattie’s work and what strategies accelerate student growth.

CommonLit is a free reading resource for teachers

Sunday, October 14, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 10/15

Upcoming Dates:
* October 15th - PD Day Plans
* October 16th - Parent Conference Day
* October 17th - Writing Coaching at Ruth Cherry (Knighton)
* October 18th - Writing Coaching at Herndon (Knighton)
* October 22 - ELAR Cohort Meeting Day 2 (K-2), Bilingual Coaching @ Davis (Emelia Ahmed)

NEW Science TEKS in Eduphoria
Below are a few updates to Eduphoria and the new Science TEKS.
* Aware - Per communication from Eduphoria - A script ran which removed old science TEKS and added new streamlined science for all courses.
What this means:
* A user building a new test in Aware will only see the streamlined standards as options for items or for * searching the item bank.
* A test previously aligned to old SEs will still be aligned to those SEs.

* Forethought - Old TEKS for K-8 and Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Physics and Chemistry were removed and 2017 streamlined TEKS were added.

Tech Tip of the Week:
Four Google Slides Tips For Amazing Presentations - The four important tips below will enable you to tap into the potential of Google Slides while also allowing you to create engaging presentations that will amaze your audience. -

CK-12 Online Resources
If you teacher Middle School or High School, you will want to take a look at the resources that CK-12 has to offer. At this link, you can look at Flex Books that can help your students to fill gaps in their knowledge and skills. These books, once downloaded, allow students to access the content, adaptive activities, and simulations even when they are offline. This FREE resource offers lots for students and teachers!

Monday, October 8, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 10/8

Bulb has a new starter course, which is a great way for teachers to introduce Bulb to students. You can find it at 

October 15th Professional Learning
Here’s a link to the overview of our day of learning -
If you have questions regarding your assignment, please ask your campus leadership for assistance. It’s going to be a great day!

Upcoming Dates
October 10th - Test Editor Training (3:45 @ Admin)
October 16th - Parent Conference Day- here’s a link to the Parent Conference training held last week - 

Tech Tip of the Week 
ytCropper lets you share just a portion of a YouTube video by specifying the start time and end time of the video that you want others to see. To do this simply go to the ytCropper site then paste in the URL of the YouTube video that you want to share. Once you have done that you can specify the start and end time of the portion of the video that you want people to watch. ytCropper will generate a link to the cropped version of the video. Share that link to have people watch your specified portion of the video.

Need Writing Prompts? 
This blog post from Free Tech for Teachers, provides links to "Seven Good Places to Find Writing Prompts" - check it out!


Monday, October 1, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 10/1

Trainings this Week:
WOW Wednesday - 3:45 @ Admin
* Guided Reading Encore (K-6)
* Parent Conference (any interested)  

Education Galaxy
We had a great training last week at Central Office. Below are lots of additional resources
for Education Galaxy.
* Best Practices-
* Alien Card Set -
* Getting Started -
* Education Galaxy Liftoff -
* Alien Arena -
* Mini Lessons -

BrainPOP 101
Learn how to use BrainPOP with your students in this introductory course for teachers.
You’ll get to know BrainPOP by trying movies, assessments and creative tools
for yourself-

Have you considered how you will assess student learning on their digital portfolios in Bulb? Here is a rubric created by Joan Vandevelde, but don’t use it exactly as written! Instead, use it as a way to get the conversation rolling about what aspects of a digital portfolio are important for your specific group of students. ANOTHER BULB TRAINING WILL BE SCHEDULED SOON!