December 2016

Supporting Best Practices

Formative Assessment

Sticky BarsStudents are presented with a question and choose their response from a selection of answers. They record their answers on sticky notes then attach them to a board or wall to create a bar graph that shows the opinion of the class in an easily read way. A discussion follows.


Present students with a question. A selection of answers are listed on a board or wall (or an unlabeled space can be designated for each answer during step four). Students can generate these answers or the teacher can supply answers to select from.

Each student writes one answer on the front of a sticky note with their reasoning written on the back.

Students place sticky notes in their answer’s designated space on a board or wall, creating a real-time bar graph of answers. For the best sticky bar visual, ensure that students place these answers side by side, creating lines of sticky notes that each have the same answer.

Students participate in a whole-class discussion using the information shown by the bar graph created by the sticky notes. Student reasoning listed on the back of the sticky notes can be used to gather information about students’ thinking and can be used to uncover and address misconceptions.



Instructional Strategies

Inside OutInside Out

Students arrange information in a graphic organizer as they explore a topic. The Inside Out graphic organizer consists of three circles inside one another, similar to the image on the front of this card. By the end of the activity, each circle will contain a different kind of knowledge as newer information visually builds out from the student’s own prior knowledge.


  1. Have students draw three circles on a piece of fabric, one on top of the other-similar to the image on the front of this card, or print the image, depending on the type of screen printing project you have choosing the right frame is really important, and make sure each student has a print.
  2. Present students with a question.
  3. Give students some time to jot down any prior knowledge they already have about the concept in question and write it into the innermost circle.
  4. After that, have students partner up and share prior knowledge with their partners. The new information they learn during this discussion should then be added to the middle circle.
  5. Distribute a text on the subject (this text could be anything,from an article to a video) and have students explore this text, writing any new knowledge from the text into the outermost circle. 


Digital DooDads

Hour of CodeHour of Code is Coming!

Hour of Code is around the corner.  Click here to learn more and see how you can support HOC with your students in a lesson. Check out this flyer for more information.

Don't Forget!Unplug Your Lightspeed Mic!

The Lightspeed classroom mics are not designed to be charged for an extended period of time without use. Before you leave for holiday break, unplug your mic and make sure it is not left charging.

byodUsing NEISD Wifi for the BYOD Network

As BYOD is rolled out across NEISD high schools this fall, users will access the NEISD Wifi network, NOT the Guest network.  The Guest Network will remain in place, but will be reserved for visitors to North East (non-NEISD students and staff).



Professional Resources

Kathy SchrockKathy Schrock is an amazing resource in the technology integration world. Kathy teaches online, blogs, leads professional development and presents nationally and internationally. 

horlineleafSocial Media – Who to Follow

Steven W. AndersonSteven W. Anderson known as a Learning Evangelist and travels the world sharing his wealth of Ed-Tech knowledge. 

Tom Whitby is a co-founder of #edchat. Follow him @tomwhitby.

NEISD Twitter Chat

*Interested in getting started on Twitter?  Contact your ITS!


  • Digital Anchor Charts (online)-
  • Doing More with Vocabulary (Part 1) (online)-
  • Microsoft Sway Online Course (online) – December 5, 2016
    Reimagine your ideas with Microsoft’s newest Office app: Sway! Easily create, publish, and share interactive online presentations, reports, and newsletters. Upload content from your computer, or drag and drop from the web. Sway’s built-in design engine takes care of formatting for you; and since it’s cloud-based, it’s easy to share and looks great on any screen.
  • Think Pair Share Online Course – December 12, 2016 In this online learning course, you’ll learn the Think-Pair-Share cooperative learning strategy and consider some of the benefits of using technology for Think-Pair-Share learning activities. Final due date is January 13. Course links and instructions will be emailed by 4:00 pm December 12.
  • Twitter for Educators December 12, 2016 – Online Course This online, self-paced course uses Atomic Learning videos to discover how to use Twitter as an educator. The course is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Note: this course is done through Google Classroom and is self-paced. Course links and instructions will be emailed by 4:00 PM December 12. (Actual “Start Date & Time” is just a placeholder in Eduphoria: you do not have to be online at that exact time.) FINAL DUE DATE IS January 13.
  • Google Forms Online Course – December 19, 2016 Learn how the new Google Forms allows you to create, share, collaborate, and analyze forms and surveys for free. This self-paced course will be through Google Classroom and participants will be emailed course links and instructions on or before December 19th. FINAL DUE DATE IS JANUARY 20.
  • Work SMARTer with your SMARTboard – December 13, 2016 4:30pm – 6:00pm Lee High School  In this class, attendees will learn how to import documents, presentations, PDF’s, and other media into the SMART 16.1 Notebook software and be able to annotate and manipulate over these files.

TIP:  you can always search for professional development opportunities offered by Instructional Technology by browsing the “Online/Web,” “Technology Services,” or “Webinar” categories in Eduphoria.