Sunday, September 29, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 9/30

 

 Dates and Resources

Week of September 30th
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  • September 30th - 
  • October 1st -
  • October 2nd -
  • October 3rd - Jayne Knighton @ Davis (K-2), LEAD Learner Lesson Development Team @ Central Office
  • October 4th -
"Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement.” Robert John Meehan
 
9 Ways to Improve Student Writing with Google Docs - SULS030
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Supercharge Classroom Participation with Chromebooks - EdTechTeam
 
Fact-Checking Tools for Teens and Tweens
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Spice Up Your Slides with 600+ Free Design Templates
 
7 Good Lesson Plans Sources for Teachers and Educators
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Loop for Teachers
 
High-Impact Instructional Strategies To Use Right Now
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3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive | Cult of Pedagogy
 
 
 
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Friday, August 16, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 8/18

 

Dates and Resources

Week of August 12th

  • August 5th - Prepare for staff return
  • August 6th - Campus PD Day - Roadshows today: 9:45 - Scott, 2:15 - Fort, 3:30 - Baley MS
  • August 7th - Campus PD Day Roadshows today8:30 - Cherry, 2:15 - Vernon. 3:30 - Herndon
  • August 8th - District PD Day
  • August 9th - District PD Day
  • August 12th - Special Programs Day/MAP Training for Key Staff
  • August 13th - Convocation
  • August 14th - Roadshows today: 8:30 - Davis, 11:00 - RCHS
 
Digital Citizenship | Common Sense Education
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Dispelling Myths Around Learning Disabilities
 
What Does ‘Fair Use’ Mean When Talking About Copyrighted Material? | Emerging Education...
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16 Great Learning Podcasts for the Classroom | Common Sense Education
 
5 Highlights of Getting Organized With Google Classroom, Calendar, and Keep
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VERY Useful Resources For The First Week Of School
 
Best Tools for Back-to-School 2019 | Common Sense Education
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Monday, May 6, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 5/6

iACT Announcements - Week of 5/6


Upcoming Dates
*May 6 - EOC and AP Testing begins
*May 7th - Yvonne Recio’s Retirement Party @ Ruth Cherry Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 8th - Debra George’s Retirement Party @ Davis Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 9th - Strategic Planning Committee Year 2 Update @ CO, District wide improvement Council Meeting @ Central Office (4:15 p.m.)
*May 10th -
*May 13th - STAAR Math 3-8, Board Meeting (Teacher of the Year Recognitions)
*May 14th - STAAR Reading 3-8
*May 15th - STAAR Science 5/8, Terry Young/Anita Sims Retirement Party @ HS Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 16th - STAAR Social Studies 5/8 , Top Dog Spectacular @ 6:30 pm
*May 17th - All STAAR Make-Ups complete, Senior Walk
*May 20th - Summer School Meeting 6th/7th @ CO (3:45), 5th/8th @ CO (4:15)
*May 21st - Principal Meeting @ Central Office (9:00), Summer School Meeting 3rd/4th (3:30)
*May 22nd - New Teacher Meeting @ CO (3:45), Michelle Agriesti Retirement Party @ Browning Innovation Room (1:00 p.m.)
*May 23rd - Staff Appreciation @ PAC (1:30)

5 Ways to Quickly Create Audio Slideshows for End-of-Year Events
Do you need to know how to quickly create audio slideshow videos for end-of-year events? Here are five options for making audio slideshow videos - http://bit.ly/2H7oVxo


Summer Professional Learning
Here is a list of PD offerings this summer.  New items are being added daily.



TEKS Resource System - Spring Newsletter
News and updates on the TEKS Resource System for Spring 2019 - see the newsletter HERE!  https://conta.cc/2UYOMMD.

TCEA Offering FREE Membership for Teacher Appreciation Week
TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) is a global, nonprofit, member-based organization. We support the use of technology in education.

During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6–10, 2019), TCEA will offer all current and retired educators, administrators, and librarians free, one-year TCEA memberships, regularly priced at $49. The resources available through TCEA are amazing!

See more information about a FREE MEMBERSHIP here! - https://tcea.org/teacher-appreciation/

Monday, April 29, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/29


Upcoming Dates
*April 29 - ELAR Adoption meeting @ RCMS (4:00 p.m.)
*April 30 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00 a.m.)
*May 1st -
*May 2nd
*May 3rd
*May 6 - EOC and AP Testing begins
*May 7th - Yvonne Recio’s Retirement Party @ Ruth Cherry Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 8th - Debra George’s Retirement Party @ Davis Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 9th - Strategic Planning Committee Year 2 Update @ CO, District wide improvement Council Meeting @ Central Office (4:15 p.m.)
*May 10th -
*May 13th - STAAR Math 3-8
*May 14th - STAAR Reading 3-8
*May 15th - STAAR Science ⅝, Terry Young Retirement Party @ HS Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 16th - STAAR Social Studies ⅝, Top Dog Spectacular @ 6:30 pm
*May 17th - All STAAR Make-Ups complete, Senior Walk

New Updates to Google Classroom
Google Classroom has just added two new features many teachers have been requesting! See this link for more information! http://bit.ly/2UHoKNH


Brain Breaks
It’s that time of year...our students’ brains are TIRED and so are ours! There is research to support the use of brain breaks. Physical brain breaks during class time resulted in better behavior and students’ time on task. Brain breaks support children’s reading comprehension and creative thinking.

For ideas on brain breaks, see this article from WeAreTeachers - https://www.weareteachers.com/brain-breaks/

Which Digital Citizenship Skills Do Most Students Need?
Digital citizenship has emerged as a top priority in U.S. schools and classrooms. In fact, six out of 10 educators are teaching some kind of digital citizenship skill every month. Which skills do students need most? See this article for the information and tips on promotion in your classroom - http://bit.ly/2LadNF5

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/23


Upcoming Dates
*April 22 - BAD weather Makeup - Holiday
*April 23 - Asst. Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00), Kindergarten Round-up (5:30 - 7:00)
*April 24 - 2nd Grade Rubric Meeting @ CO (3:30)
*April 25 - Angela Pille Retirement @ Fort (3:15 p.m.)
*April 29 - ELAR Adoption meeting @ RCMS (4:00 p.m.)
*April 30 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00 a.m.)
*May 1st -
*May 2nd -
*May 3rd -

Kurzweil Extension for Chrome
Reminder... if your students are needing to utilize Kurzweil for oral admin, one of the options for use is to read the web via Chrome Extension. Here's the link to where to find the extension in the Chrome Web Store - http://bit.ly/2W3yrrh. Resources for using the extension and other Kurzweil info can be found here - http://bit.ly/2TjmikZ.

25 of Our Favorite Educational Netflix 
Shows
WeAreTeachers has curated a list of readers’ favorite educational Netflix Shows. To see the list, access their website here - https://www.weareteachers.com/educational-netflix-shows/

18 Creative Ways to Get Kids to Read More

Are those student reading logs starting to look a little sparse? Time to switch things up and encourage students to pick up a book! The ideas share one commonality, positive reinforcement, and will help your students finish their reading year strong - http://bit.ly/2VkT3OM

Websites to Check Out!
*Why Device-Free Dinners Are a Healthy Choice - from Common Sense Media - http://bit.ly/2VhdrQX
*Making Motivational Posters with Google Drawings - https://t.co/Rw0mnMZ9zO
* 11 Essential Chrome Extensions - http://bit.ly/2Vp6ixO

Monday, April 15, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/15


Upcoming Dates
*April 15 -
*April 16 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00)
*April 17 - New Teacher Meeting @ CO (3:45),
*April 18 - DIY PD Day
*April 19 - Good Friday Holiday!
*April 22 - Bad Weather Makeup Holiday
*April 23 - Asst. Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00), Kindergarten Round-up (5:30 - 7:00)
*April 24 - 2nd Grade Rubric Meeting @ CO (3:30)
*April 25 - Angela Pille Retirement @ Fort (3:15 p.m.)


HELP! I Can’t Log Into Eduphoria!
When this happens, put in a tech request. Your campus technician will be able to troubleshoot and ‘unlock’ your account, if needed.

Why Do We Celebrate School Library Month?
April brings School Library Month, National School Librarian Day, Library Workers Day, and National Library Week. We want to acknowledge our awesome campus Library Media Specialists! They are librarians who are passionate teachers, who love books, who are ‘Future Ready,’ who embrace change and LOVE STUDENTS. Thank you to our wonderful RCISD Librarians!

Davis: Debra George
Cherry: Dawn Jordan
Middle School: Andrea Lara
Herndon: Nichole Hahn
Vernon: Christi Mones
Scott: Julie Geer
Fort: Shannon Crowell
High School: Christie Watts

Read this great article on 10 Reasons Why Librarians Are As More Important Than Ever - http://bit.ly/2USbgmL



Follow the RCISD Library Media Service Department on FB - http://bit.ly/2DZsnIz


Websites to Check Out!
* Fast Lane - a free platform that helps teachers and education stakeholders bring high school financial literacy to the classroom - https://fastlane-education.org/
* 10 Tools for Effective Peer Feedback - http://bit.ly/2UXTrTc
* Article - Helping Students Beat Test Anxiety - https://edut.to/2UXgSMt