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First Nine Weeks

Vocabulary Edition

Technology News

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GPISD Tech Updates

GPISD’s Individual Technology Goals have changed just a little for the 2017-2018 school year. Some of the highlights are: teachers will choose one technology tool to use with students 6 or more times to become proficient with that tool; one goal choice is to become a Certified Google Level 1 Educator; CICs and Librarians are now required to set an ITG goal. All of the details can be found at the district ITG goals page or you can talk to your campus TIS.

Special Tips for Special Pops

Educator’s Technology has published a list of iPad apps for students with special needs. The list includes apps for dyslexic learners, autistic learners, visually impaired learners, and learners with writing difficulties. 

Got ELPS?

ESL Games World offers several games for students who are learning the english language.Take a look and check out the games here!

GT Tips

Have students practice their problem solving skills by playing some fun, interactive games from PBS Kids! You will find a large assortment of games, from sorting to sequencing, patterns to skip counting, and much more!

Instructional Technology Highlight

Teacher Spotlight:           

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Hip Hip Hooray!!! Daisey Duarte has returned to Woodland Acres Elementary and will continue providing top notch instruction and incorporating technology into her classroom. Ms. Duarte currently teaches 1st grade and has also taught 3rd grade. She has been teaching for the last 8 years. Her favorite instructional resources are Quizziz, Popplet, and Pic Collage. iPads are regularly used in her classroom and her students make frequent trips to the computer lab. She “wow’s them” when she teaches them Kidpix and its many fun features! Keep up the amazing work Ms. Duarte!     


Dr. Shirley J. Williamson Elementary is excited to welcome back 1st grade teacher, Bernadette Booker. Ms. Booker’s students use the Eno board and iPads during centers to practice and reinforce their reading skills. Students learn responsibility and teamwork as they use the technology independently. As a classroom job, her tech manager makes sure all devices and peripherals are charging and back in their correct places at the end of the day so students can continue to use the best tools for learning all year.

Created by GPISD Technology Instructional Specialists for Teachers http://galenaparkisd.com/curriculum/technology/

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Web 2.0 Tools

ClassMarkers’s secure, professional web-based testing service is an easy to use, customizable online test maker for business,training & educational assessment with test & quizzes graded instantly saving you hours of paperwork.

Appy Hour

Ormiboard is a web-based whiteboard for school that lets teachers create content and collaborate with students on any device with any OS making teaching and learning seamless, hassle free and more inclusive.

Tech for Teachers

ESLvideo.com provides educational resources for English as a Second Language Students to improve their listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills. The quiz activities and lessons are created by teachers, and are free to use in class, lab, or at home. Teachers are welcome to build a library of favorites, assign quizzes, view student scores, and create new quizzes.

What’s New

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Language Arts  

Welcome to a new year of teaching phonics. Enjoy KizPhonics interactive activities with your students when teaching phonics. In week 3 students will be learning about rhyming words, Reading Rockets shares video lessons and book suggestions on teaching rhyming words. Teacher can use interactive activity as a whole group or during centers to have students practice rhyming.

Math

At the beginning of the year, students start learning counting, greater or less than, and  comparing number. Enjoy these interactive online activities as a whole group (interactive board) or during computer rotation centers.

Science

During the weeks 5-6 the students will be learning about Properties of Matter. The following activity is an educational for kids to learn about of different properties of matter. The lesson will introduce solids, liquids, and gases.

Social Studies

In October the students will be busy learning about Constitution Day. Students will be watching the following videos: Benjamin Franklin , John Hancock , Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. After watching those videos they should vote for their favorite person using a google form called Constitution Day. For bilingual students click on the following videos:  Benjamin Franklin , John Hancock , Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.


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Web 2.0 Tools

Make your life easier with ClassroomScreen. It puts helpful widgets such as a timer, work symbols, a “noise level” indicator, and a qr-code generator on your desktop. Watch this introduction video and check out the possibilities!

Appy Hour

Kahoot can be used as ice-breakers on the first day of school or at Open House. Check out some of their back-to-school  ideas. Kahoot has both a website and an app.

Tech for Teachers

Google has done it again! They made collaboration easier than ever with the introduction of Team Drives. Team Drives is located just below My Drive.

What’s New

Did you know Youtube allows you to create your own playlists, organize videos for your classroom into folders so that they’re readily available to you? Learn about playlists here.

Language Arts

Ready, set, READ Aloud! This Youtube playlist contains a variety of read aloud videos. The playlist will be updated throughout the year so check it out. Get your students in the game while reviewing Sight Words using this Quizlet activity. Letter tracing is part of most primary classrooms but now your students can practice letter tracing and mouse skills at the same time with this fun and interactive ABCYa activity.

Math

Symbaloo is a great resource for organizing links that are easily accessible for students. Copy and paste this Symbaloo link on  your website and watch it grow as the year progresses. When it comes time to comparing numbers use this fun Frozen parody to help students understand this concept.

Science

In weeks 4&5 when students are classifying objects, give them some fun practice by playing a sorting by color game and a sorting materials game. They can watch this sorting and classifying video whole-group or in centers.

Social Studies

When studying Freedom Week and Constitution Day, take advantage of Brain POP Jr’s free video on U.S. symbols. Then have your students take a quiz followed by some of the games and activities.


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Web 2.0 Tools

Have you tried the apps and extensions for Google yet? Google apps and extensions are great ways to get instant access to your favorite sites and programs all at the click of a button!  Each time you download one, you can find them next to the omnibar.  Looking for a new app or extension to use?  Go to the Chrome Web Store to search and explore different apps and extensions.  

Appy Hour

The Google Apps for Education are great apps for use within the classroom to help enhance classroom instruction as well as student learning.  Although they may appear to be much like Microsoft Office Suite, they definitely have more to offer!  Aside from the auto save feature and universal access from any computer anywhere, these apps are great tools to use for student collaboration and immediate student and teacher feedback.  In addition, because all of the apps are through Google, incorporating a drawing made in Drawing into a Google Slideshow or a Google doc is a snap!

Tech for Teachers

Looking for an easy and productive way to keep up with daily classroom management?  Classroomscreen.com may have what you’re looking for.  You can customize the screen to include a clock, timer, noise tracker and other features.  You can even change the language!

What’s New

Attention Google Classroom users!  There have been some major updates!  Google Classroom has added some great new features including viewing all of a student’s work at a glance,integrating activities with more programs (Quizziz is one!) and batch grading assignments.  Want to know more?  Check out this article about all the cool features that have been added.  Not a Classroom teacher yet?  Click here to get started.

Language Arts

When working on main idea students can play this interactive game where they will read each cloud and decide which tree has the main idea in it. While in lab or in centers students can play the “Cinderella” game in the lab or in centers when learning about sequencing. Students can also watch this video on Order of Events.  

Math

For the 1st nine weeks, students will be learning about place value and the different forms numbers can take.  This activity will help students learn how to identify the different numbers that numbers can take in numeric and word form. Students can also use this site to practice their addition and subtraction facts. They can even practice these on a mobile device!  Check out www.sheppardsoftware.com to check out more math activities to help students improve their math skills.

Science

In weeks 4-6, students will be covering Weather and Seasons.  Students can learn more through these video shorts about weather.  These activities with Sid the Science Kid can help students test their knowledge about weather.  There’s even a Spanish version for bilingual students!

Social Studies

During the 1st nine weeks, students will be learning about good citizens.  Paul Revere is one of the examples of a historical figure that exemplified a good citizen.  Students can learn more about Paul Revere in this video about his life and accomplishments. Celebrate Freedom Week is coming up. Use these activities at Ben’s Guide to help students learn more about the Constitution and our government.