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Volume 20, Issue 21
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Technology Showcase 2020 Highlights

Thank you to all who participated in this year's Technology Showcase, a Technology Department project where participating schools are provided with technology packages, tech support and integration training throughout the year leading up to the showcase date. On January 23rd, representatives from throughout the district visited classrooms at Bell City High, S.J. Welsh Middle, and Dolby Elementary where teachers and students integrate technology that supports teaching and learning. Lunch was provided by Lake Charles Toyota and hosted at S.J. Welsh Middle School. For more information, visit the CPSB Tech Showcase website.

Congratulations to Eunice Campbell, J.D.Clifton Elementary, for being this year's Technology Showcase iPad winner! Her name was randomly selected from participant evaluations.

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Tech Showcase 2020
Teacher Spotlight

This year, thirty teachers showcased the ways they integrate technology in the classroom to support teaching and learning during the Technology Department's Tech Showcase held on January 23rd, 2020. This week, we spotlight Michelle Connor, 1st Grade at Bell City High; Elizabeth Fruge, 7th & 8th Grade Gifted Math at S.J. Welsh Middle; and Lauren Anderson, 5th Grade Math at Dolby Elementary.

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The NEA Foundation Grants
Awarded 3x Per Year

Do you have a great idea to enhance teaching and learning?  The NEA Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 exclusively to NEA members to do just that three times a year. Application deadlines are: February 1, June 1, and October 15. Student Achievement Grants support initiatives that improve academic achievement. Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development. Active NEA members who are practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities may apply online. Preference is currently being given to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning, as well as projects with leads/partners that are education support professionals. For information about how to apply, visit The NEA Foundation's website.

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Engage with ActivInspire Activities

Customizable interactive activities are now available in ActivInspire to engage students in new ways. Choose from ten premade templates, including Matching, Flash Cards, Crossword, Memory, and more. Teachers can quickly tailor each activity based on subject matter and invite multiple students to the front of the class to interact with full screen, multi-touch capability. From the ActivInspire Dashboard, activities can be delivered instantly or added to a flipchart for later use.
To create an activity, follow these steps:
1. Open the ActivInspire Dashboard then click on the Activities icon.
2. Select the type of activity.
3. Add the content for the activity.
4. Customize the design by choosing a background image and color scheme.
5. Click Save or select Save As from the menu in the top right corner. The file name will become the title of the activity and will now appear in the top left corner.
6. Click Add to Page to add the activity to a current page of a flipchart or Play to start the activity.

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Teachers, Do You Need
a Blackboard Site?

All teachers in CPSB can have a Blackboard site; however, teachers must successfully complete an online training course. To get started, you will need to register for the BB101 Tech Class. Through this introductory, self-paced, online-only course, teachers learn how to use Blackboard while building their own site. To register, go to Tech Classes, register for the BB101 course listed on May 22nd for spring semester participants. The instructor will be notified you have registered and will send instructions for beginning the course upon registration.

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