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An exciting year of Google events, classroom integration of technology, TCEA awards and general EdTech goodness.

CHS American Studies - Chopped

The CHS American Studies humanities teachers, Yvonne Hensley and Patti Massey, decided to mix some TV with their course. We recreated the format of the culinary show Chopped to work with their final review for their students. Students were given boxes with mystery recipes and ingredients in them. They had to create a digital product that explained and expounded on the ELA and SS themes, topics, and essential questions in the box. They would then submit their products for teacher review. The next day, they would open their box to see if they made the next round or if they were "Chopped". Teams that made the next round went on to a harder assignment while chopped teams moved to another room to participate in a review session with one of their teachers. May 27, 2016

The REALM Parent Night

I got to stop by The REALM Parent Night presentations - which were set up like games...really cool! Parents and students were so excited to learn about their new campus. Some of those parents got really competitive playing the 1980s video game challenge prepared by Dean Cheryl Essex. Good times and a GREAT turnout! May 24, 2016

Neighborhood Fun Day 2016

LT Teresa Sumrall supported students from two elementary schools in BISD who wanted to raise money, goods, and awareness for local charities. They used Google Apps for Education to collaborate between their separate campuses, communicate with participants, and to inform the community. The turn out was amazing and many charities benefited from the funds and goods donated. LTs Teresa Sumrall and Kim Estes ran a free green-screen photo booth for the day to support the students efforts. April 23, 2016

CHS Lit Tank 2016

Spring 2016 brought with it the 2nd Annual CHS Lit Tank. This 11th-grade English assignment is a take on the popular TV show, Lit Tank. Students Students have five weeks to plan and create a product, service, or business that is literature or literacy based. Students create a digital pitch site, a social media marketing campaign, create mock-ups or prototypes, and present to a panel of "Sharks" composed of district teachers, administrators, and community members. April 11-15, 2016

STEAM Academy at Stribling Parent Night

The LT Department helped with the STEAM Academy at Stribling's Parent Night. We helped with Osmo, robots, and more. It was a great, hands-on night where parents and students could explore STEAM activities, hear a presentation about the new direction the campus is moving in, and ask questions. April 11, 2016

BrightyBytes Conference

LT Kim Estes was invited to sit on a panel at the BrightBytes conference at Region XI. She shared (and answered questions about) how BISD uses its BrightBytes data. April 1, 2016

SXSWEdu 2016

The LT Team got to go to SXSWEdu this year. We saw Temple Grandin, visit XQ, and discovered Gourdough's Doughnuts...yum! March 7-8, 2016

TCEA Award Winner Billboards

Burleson ISD created billboards for the two TCEA Award winners, Ryan Churchward and Teresa Sumrall. We couldn't wait to run over and get some good photos! February 19, 2016

TCEA 2016

What a great year at TCEA! We presented, learned a ton of stuff...and had 5 people make it to the TCEA Awards finals! We took home Teacher of the Year and IT of Year! Hooray! January 31-February 4, 2016

NTxGEG EdCamp Goo

The Learning Technologies Department hosted and helped to run the North Texas Google Educators Group’s first EdCamp – EdCamp Goo. It was fun to help set up, plan the day that morning with the attendees, present, and give away door prizes. It was great! Here are some photos and Tweets from the day! January 23, 2016

Door Decorating Champs 2015

This year, we all had to draw a Christmas Carol to use as our theme for the annual Admin Christmas Door Decorating contest. Our team got Santa Baby. We rocked it out and had a great time putting in all the elements from the song! We even won the Clark W. Griswald Award for going all out with our decor! December 17, 2015

Talking To The North Pole 2015

Every year we connect our elementary school students with Santa at the North Pole. They always have a great time reading, going over their letters, and asking questions. December 10, 2015

Hour of Code Training 2015

19 teachers joined us for a Saturday of coding and learning at the first BISD Hour of Code training hosted with Code.org. November 14. 2015

CHS American Studies WWI Museum

I had a great time working with the CHS American Studies class as they worked on their WWI museum. Students had to create museum displays for their specific topics. Their display had to incorporate some form of technology. We use presentations, QR codes, surveys, quizzes and more! One group even built a 1/4 submarine to hold their display. The kids did a great job! November 10, 2015

KMS Google Cardboard

The 6th grade Social Studies team at Kerr MS introduced Google Cardboard to their students as part of a lesson in World Geography. The kids got to use the virtual reality headgear and teacher devices to explore ancient ruins. The kids loved it! October 22, 2015

REALM Campus Idea Tour

I got to go with my friends from Kerr MS who are planning and developing The REALM, our upcoming gaming and coding Middle School, to look at non-traditional learning spaces to get ideas for The REALM. It was amazing to see the variety of learning spaces, the different furniture, and to get ideas on what a learning space can be. We visited several schools in the Coppell area. October 16, 2015

Techstock 2015

We took a large group of teachers and Top Techs to the TCEA Area 11 conference, Techstock 2015, at Region 11. LT Kim Estes presented. September 26, 2015

Copyright Trial

Teacher Wayne Thames of STEAM Middle School of Choice held a copyright trial run completely by students in his CTE class. The students were divided into prosecution and defense teams, researched, and prepared their arguments in court. A jury of their peers determined the winner, and Mr. Thames sat as judge. They used the Centennial High School working court room facilities for their trial. September 25, 2015

STEAM MS Chromebook Rollout

Right after convocation, the entire Technology Department ran to the other end of Centennial High School to begin unpacking and setting up the Chromebooks for the STEAM Middle School 1:1 Rollout. Lots of unpacking of boxes, imaging, and sorting by grade and name. Whew!! But we got it all done in time to pass them out the very next day! August 17, 2015

Convocation 2015

The theme for convocation this year was a Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show theme that included district administrators participating in a History of Rap dance party/lip sync! It ended with the Whip and Nae Nae performed by principals, board members, and mascots. The keynote this year was Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus. August 17, 2015

Top Tech Workshop

The first Top Tech workshop of the year was a chance for our awesome educators to help us build our district Digital Citizenship Curriculum. August 12, 2015

ESC 11 Prime 2015

LT Kim Estes and STEAM IT Louise Morgan presented (and attended) the ESC 11 Prime 15 conference. August 7, 2015

Google Texas Roadshow

BISD hosted the Google Texas Roadshow at Centennial High School. Our CTO and the LT Department presented and several BISD teachers served on a teacher panel about instructional technology in the classroom. July 22, 2015

TXASCD Ignite 2015

Google invited LT Kim Estes to present during the Keynote session of the TXASCD Ignite 2015 Conference in Irving. Kim was also a featured presenter along with Google's Eileen Huang. June 16, 2016

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