I am in the process of trying to revitalize my webinar action and am starting off with an ‘Intro to #LiveBinders’ webinar May 4th at 7pm EDT/6pm CDT. The link to join the webinar is http://bit.ly/kcaisewebinar.
I do hope you can join me and learn some of the great features of LiveBinders and view a few of the changes that have been made. More features are going to be released in the next few months so join me so you can find out some of the newly released LiveBinders features. My focus has been publishing my books and, while I am in the midst of writing my third book, I want to get back to the heart of my career which is delivering webinars. Join me on May 4th and thank you in advance for your support of my endeavors!
Link to join the webinar: http://bit.ly/kcaisewebinar.
I am proud to announce that a hometown school district, San Antonio ISD, is opening a hi-tech high school. The official announcement was made on the district’s website. The curriculum will be ‘new tech’ based. What is new tech you ask? Well, according to SAISD, new tech is, “teams of students working in a 1:1 student to computer environment, researching, communicating and solving real problems in our community”. This concept may be new to the high school but is not a new concept in curriculum around the globe. 1 to 1, or 1:1, is not a new concept but in my opinion a definite welcome concept for the new hi-tech high school.
I am really excited what this type of learning environment holds for the new high school’s students. Students will learn coding, video editing, and a host of new skills from problem based learning activities.
According to SAISD.net,
New Tech High Schools are an educational experience unlike anything else available at the high school level. Since the first New Tech High School was created in Napa, California, in 1996, over 60 New Tech schools have sprung up across the United States. And now one is coming to South Texas and San Antonio ISD.
New Tech is a high school where subjects are integrated, students work in teams and learning is project based – all in a technology-rich environment. New Tech High Schools meet or exceed state standards and have an intense focus on developing students’ 21st century skills including oral and written communication, critical thinking, work ethic, collaboration, problem solving, creativity and presentation skills.
Why New Tech?
- Teams of students work in a 1:1 student to computer environment, researching, communicating and solving real problems in our community.
- Project based learning brings relevance to learning
- Collaborative approach prepares students to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow.
This is so exciting to hear and I am thrilled for the 250 students that will get to attend the high school in the fall. The courses will be project based learning. What is project based learning. SAISD is defining project based learning in a very innovative learning and teaching style.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-based learning (PBL) uses the latest technology and inquiry to engage students with issues and questions that are relevant to their lives. In New Tech classrooms, teachers design rigorous projects tied to state and district standards and customize them to real world applications and the interests of the learners. Students then work in teams to acquire and apply knowledge and skills to solve problems. For example, English and Social Studies classes can be integrated so that both groups are learning the same content in a team teaching environment.
With access to Web-enabled computers and the latest in collaborative learning technology, every student becomes a self-directed learner who no longer needs to rely primarily on teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction. We use an online learning management system to create a vibrant network which helps students, teachers, and parents connect to each other, and to student projects, in San Antonio and across the country.
The school will be at the existing Sam Houston High School. Hopefully, this hi-tech high school will revolutionize and revitalize the existing teaching and enrich the current student body when they see the exciting things happening at the hi-tech high school.
The new school will accept applications from all school districts and schools in San Antonio. If you know of students that should apply, they can complete the application here: http://nova.saisd.net/storage/uploads/Houston006/New%20Tech%20Membership%20Information%20Sheet.
Good luck to all who apply and congrats to those who are selected to attend this prestigious magnet school at Sam Houston HS!
I am in the process of trying to revitalize my webinar action and am starting off with an ‘Intro to #LiveBinders’ webinar April 27th at 7pm EDT/6pm CDT. I do hope you can join me and learn the great features of LiveBinders and view some of the changes that have been made. More features are going to be released in the next few months so I will have another webinar once the features are made public. In the sidebar of this website, you can find some of the LiveBinders I created and still use to accompany webinars, training sessions, conference presentations and campus workshops that I deliver. My focus has been publishing my books and while I am in the midst of writing my third book, I want to get back to the heart of my career which is delivering webinars. Join me on April 27th or watch the recording when I post it. I thank you in advance for your support of my endeavors!
Participant link to join the webinar: http://bit.ly/kcaisewebinar
I am so excited to announce that my second book, “Transform Teaching Through Technology”, has been released in a paperback edition. The introductory price is only $8.99 at Amazon.com.
You can still get my first book, “Kid Detectives”, for $15 which includes an autographed copy and shipping charges. Just fill out the contact form on this website and I will send it out to you. I don’t have that many copies left so you can get one only while supplies last.
We are working on a bundle to purchase both printed books and I will post the details when everything has been worked out behind the scenes. Celebrate with me and get your copy of my second book today!
Jason Learning is sponsoring a live question and answer event with meterologist, Shirley Murillo on Thursday, April 20th at 1pm EST. This session is part of the Live STEM Role Model Events. According to the Jason Learning Live Event page, Shirley Murillo is a research meteorologist for NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD), located at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida. She leads the Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) science team. You can find out more specifics on what Shirley Murillo does as a meteorologist on the Live Event page at http://www.jason.org/shirley-murillo-meteorologist.
Shirley is a great role model demonstrating a fascinating and important STEM career that is applicable to all students – male and female alike. Be sure to register and join this exciting live event and submit your class’ or students’ questions prior to the start of the live event.
Shirley is a meteorologist at NOAA. She is awesome! She has been a long-time JASON mentor whose work is used extensively in the JASON curriculum. And, she studies hurricanes! Join Shirley next Thursday to learn about her work, career path, and how scientists are working hard to reduce the risks to people’s homes and communities from hurricanes.
Earth Day 2017 is fast approaching and there are a variety of events happening in classrooms around the globe.
Microsoft in Education has a variety of resources available including inviting guest speakers into the classroom via their Skype in the Classroom Guest Speaker program. You can also schedule a virtual field trip or participate in a mystery Skype session taking your students to places they might not get to see on their own.
PBS LearningMedia has curated some great resources to use in the classroom about Earth Day. PBS LearningMedia’s resources are of great quality and students find them very interesting and appealing to supplement any learning activities you have planned to celebrate Earth Day 2017.
Check out the resources and see what fits into your curriculum and lesson plans recognizing Earth Day 2017. Don’t forget to share them with me too!
Discovery Education works with a variety of partner programs. The ones shared below are just a few of the gems that supplement the curriculum you implement in your classroom. You can find their featured programs about the environment at
this link just in time for Earth Day 2017!
Explore concepts that highlight the importance of soil, soil nutrients and soil science to sustainable global plant and crop growth. Brought to you in partnership with
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
April 21 | 1:00 PM (ET)
#CelebrateWithDE and explore the history of Earth Day, an annual holiday observed on April 22nd to celebrate the beauty and fragility of Planet Earth. With this virtual viewing party your students will explore the importance of Earth Day and the best way they can promote environmentalism in their local communities.
Image and Content Source: Discovery Education
PBS LearningMedia has over 120,000 resources and an active community where teachers use and share digital media, lesson plans and videos to use in the classroom. Part of being a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator is to share the resources created by the PBS LearningMedia community.
If you are unfamiliar with the LearningMedia digital community, this description of the resources and community describes it best:
PBS LearningMedia is America’s largest classroom, providing over 120,000 digital resources to help teachers bring classroom lessons to life for students in pre-K through 12th grade.
This April PBS LearningMedia is offering a variety of digital resources to supplement upcoming lesson plans and amplify timely discussions in the classroom.
National Library Week (April 9-15): Encourage students to enjoy the library with this Arthur activity, introducing them to the many resources awaiting them at the library.
· Earth Day (April 22): Teach students to cherish our planet and recognize how to protect it this Earth Day.
· Shakespeare’s Birthday (April 23): Shakespeare Uncovered tells the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello.
· Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 24): Share this lesson with students to commemorate and help them understand the impact of the Holocaust.
Click on the above links that I copied and pasted from a PBS LearningMedia email that I received and wanted to share with everyone. While you are checking out the resources for April, check out the full offerings from the PBS LearningMedia community as I am certain you will find resources for future lessons that will complement what you are teaching perfectly.
While you are reviewing PBS LearningMedia’s resources, check out their monthly sweepstakes for coffee for your colleagues. Have fun and be sure to share with me the lessons and resources that you found valuable and used in your classroom!
Peter sent an email to our FableVision Ambassadors Google group and I asked him if I could share the quote here and his response was, “It’s from my heart for the world to hear”, Below is the quote:
I think my excitement for HAPPY DREAMER is as bigger than all of my books combined. I want this book to reach every dreamer -but also the kids that need the nudge to dream. And adults as well. You know my theory about adults vs. grown up kids. Well, grown up kids still know how to dream.
You can purchase the book tomorrow from several online and brick and mortar bookstores including The Blue Bunny at http://www.bluebunnybooks.com/shop/pre-order-now-happy-dreamer-by-peter-h-reynolds. If you are in Boston, join the celebration of the official book launch at The Blue Bunny on April 1st. I know things will be abuzz with excitement and happy dreams coming true!
The following shares what the book is about,
In Happy Dreamer, Peter Reynolds brings us a universally poignant celebration of the colorful spectrum of what it means to dream and the many ways to find happy! While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus. In Peter’s signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big. With worldwide sales of his previous titles surpassing 2 million copies, Peter Reynolds’ latest inspirational book is a perfect gift for graduations, new babies, milestone moments, and any happy occasion throughout the year.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you the youtube video book trailer of Happy Dreamer embedded below. Enjoy the trailer and happy dreaming to all!
That’s right! Robots are attending school for children who are homebound or ill in the hospital according to a CNN article. Technology is making it easier for students to stay connected with their teachers, classmates, family and friends and hospital/medical staff. Part of this technology is donated to children to help them keep connected on behalf of a child named Graham, who was ill and passed away at the age of 8.
“He would lend other sick children his toys or act silly to make them laugh,” Morissette said. “Graham’s special spirit is what kept me going. He helped me have the energy and the strength to fight with him.”
In 1997, when he was 8 years old, Graham passed away.
Inspired by how Graham lived his life caring about others, Morissette founded the nonprofit Grahamtastic Connection in his honor. The organization provides free technology — including computers, iPads, and now robots — to children battling cancer and other serious illnesses.
Since 1998, the group has helped nearly 1,500 children throughout the country stay connected to the outside world and continue their education.
We’ve been providing robots since 2012, and the robot technology is really cool.
The robots transport the child right into the classroom in real time. They can operate the robot right from their hospital bed or home. So, if a child is unable to attend school, they can simply log on to their tablet or laptop and call in to the robot.
They can walk up and down the halls. They can go to lunch with their friends. The real magic happens between classes, when they’re walking down the hallway with their friends, by robot, talking about their weekend and their favorite foods and just all the kid stuff. It connects them to their friends, their classmates, and their teachers.
It’s neat technology that really gives children the feeling of control, where their world is maybe out of control.
When Morrisette was asked why she donates technology equipment, she hopes to make the lives of the sick children better. With the latest technology available now and apps like FaceTime and Skype, kids that are ill can still be connected to their classroom and ‘attend school’ by controlling the robots right from the child’s home or hospital bed. Morrisette shared how rewarding it is to see the students interacting with the robots at lunch, recess and in the hallways during passing periods. Children no longer feel isolated or have to miss out on hanging out with their friends.
Every time I can help a child in need, I feel as though Graham is smiling down, I like to say, his angel wings fluttering. It’s really important for me to keep my son’s memory alive. Graham was such a special boy; he was just beyond his years. He always liked to help other people and do kind and thoughtful things.
He was full of love. He had a very special light inside of him; you could almost see it glowing from his heart. I believe that Graham’s love lives on in the work that I do. And I’m proud and privileged to be able to do it in his honor.