Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Low Cost Home Access from AT&T

The Access program from AT&T provides a low-cost option for home Internet access to low-income households in the 21 states where we offer wireline home Internet services. Just passing on this information. We are not directly involved. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Innovation and Design Thinking in the Science Classroom

Teacher Interview by Ashley Waring RRES 5th Grade
Innovation and Design Thinking in the Science Classroom

  • What gave you the idea to do this activity with your students?
    • This idea was developed from a Tower of Cups activity from pinterest. It involved important skills for beginning a science classroom according to the Design thinking and 5E model of teaching. This model was more of being a facilitator than teacher.
  • As your students went through the activity, what things did you learn from them?
    • I'll be the first person to roll my eyes when I hear someone at a PD say, "The students were having such meaningful scientific discussions," but this activity truly led to some incredible, student-led discussions on problem solving, being innovative, being a team player, designing and testing prototypes, creativity, working through a problem and being comfortable with failing the first time (first attempt in learning) and leadership-- and discussing what all of those things look like both in the classroom and outside of school
  • Why should all students complete this process?
    • This was a great starting point for beginning the year. I plan on teaching each subject using the Design Thinking and 5 E models. Students have just enough freedom to try and FAIL, modify and re-try, and I am there to facilitate the process. This activity helped my students develop an understanding of my expectations and the design thinking process, and I will refer back to it often throughout the year.
  • Anything else you would like to share?
    • I am here to help anyone else accomplish this activity and answer questions! I have a folder created in Google Drive with all the activities and steps, videos, presentations, etc.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Technology News from the Tech Coaches:

Technology News from the Tech Coaches:

Want to keep up with what is going on in the HCS Technology world?  If you do, then check out th

e ELI (Engaged Learning Initiative) Blog at This blog features many articles such as events happening in the local schools, new updates and information on tech tools.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Canvas Releases Parent Apps

Canvas Parent enhances the potential for any parent to quickly engage in their child’s education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive course announcements.

Access to Canvas Parent is managed by the student's institution.

Download Canvas Parent in the iTunes Store. Version 1.0 requires iOS 8.0 or later.

Download Canvas Parent in the Play Store. Version 1.0 requires Android 4.2 or later.