Tots and Technology - Day 2 Favorites

Day two did not disappoint! I was inspired, intrigued, and sometimes a little overwhelmed.  :)  No doubt my wheels will be spinning all summer about everything I want to try next year!  Here were some of my favorites...

The day started with a BANG with Brie Smith from Garland ISD.  Brie is a Title I Technology Facilitator and serves 47 campuses!  Garland ISD has implemented a technology coaching program on each of their elementary campuses to help get more technology into the classrooms.  They have a four step program:
  • Have the vision and BELIEVE in it!
  • Provide quality instruction (training).
  • Provide ongoing support and encouragement.
  • Hold teachers ACCOUNTABLE!
Because 44 of Garland ISD's 47 elementary schools are Title I schools, Brie was able to use Title I funding to offer a stipend to teachers who agree to be a campus technology coach and also offer 2 days of intensive training.  In return, these "P-TIC's" (Primary Technology Integration Coaches) are required to share information with the teachers on their campus and provide limited support.  (Watch out!  You know I'm going to be researching this!)  I really think this is a program that Brenham ISD could benefit from, especially with our CTS positions going away.  :)

Several sites were mentioned in this session that really peaked my interest...

The next session I attended was on geocaching - a topic I have recently become really excited about and even blogged about.  I ordered a geomate jr. last year and experimented with it a little on the BES playground.  (FUN!)  These ladies from Katy ISD discussed some different geocaching terms, equipment, resource websites, and implementation ideas.  Again, don't be surprised when I ask YOU to be my geocaching guinea pig!!!

I was THRILLED when I went to my next session, These TEKS are a' Changing, to find that one of my FAVORITE presenters was a co-presenter of the session!  I first saw Amy Mayer at a Region VI session on Web 2.0 tools last summer and then later visited her at Conroe ISD to see how they are using technology in their classrooms.  Amy and Jennifer Bergland from TCEA shared how the Technology TEKS have changed from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  As classroom teachers, you must remember that technology TEKS are your responsibility - just like your content area TEKS!  A few things to check out to get up to date...

If you are at BES, you will be excited to know that our Cartridges for Kids money purchased a set of 6 digital cameras that will be available for check out next year!  Not sure where to get started?!  Here are some resources to get your creative juices flowing and get the ideas growing...

Be watching your mailbox (yes - old fashioned snail mail!) BES and BMS never know what your crazy Instructional Technologist may be sending your way over the summer to get YOUR wheels spinning!!!