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Technology Teachers of the Year

McAllen ISD and the Instructional Technology Department is proud to announce the Technology Teachers of the Year for the 2007-2008. The 2007-2008 Elementary Technology Teacher of the Year is Normalinda Montemayor. Catherine Pena is the 2007-2008 Secondary Technology Teacher of the Year.

The Technology Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of classroom teachers who use curriculum-centered, standards-based practices for integrating technology into the classroom, participate in ongoing technology-related, high-quality professional development opportunities, and are active contributors to a technology-related community of practice.

Congratulations Catherine and Normalinda!

Click here for more information.

Backing Up Your Data

It is important to backup your data on a regular basis.

  • Your hard drive or software may fail forcing you to reload your data on your computer. Usually, data cannot be recovered from your hard drive if it has crashed.
  • In addition, if you receive a new computer, this back up can be used to transfer all of your data to the new machine.

For instructions on how to back-up your valuable computer files, click here.

Educational Links

For Teachers

Curriculum materials to help educators discuss the election issues, such as energy, war and health care with students.

One of the most useful online tools is a database—use it to keep an inventory of your classroom or campus technology, have students enter their favorite books (songs, movies, etc.), use it for storing lesson plans and units...the list is endless. With the power of search in a database, having access to an online one that is easy-to-use and share is beneficial for teachers and schools.

A no-cost, synchronous online tool; hold group meetings, teach a class session, conduct a virtual study group, and much more.

An easy-to-use, online concept mapping tool; great to use when introducing a topic and using an interactive whiteboard or in a computer lab when students are starting a project. Plus, it’s free!

Available in English or Metric measure, this is a handy calculator to have when teaching about exercise, nutrition, and wellness.

NSDL is the Nation's online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more using your own word lists.

Mathwire.com is designed to provide activities and appropriate worksheets for teachers to use in their classrooms. All activities and worksheets support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM Standards.

Terrific site to help you integrate technology into your curriculum for all subjects. You'll find curriculum ideas, how to's, research tools, treasure hunts, web links, postcard geography. This site will help you integrate while you and your students have fun.

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but this modern version has a short video about each one.


For Kids

This site allows children to apply to be president for a day, step inside a voting booth to learn what a difference a single vote makes, and learn how government affects them. This site is best for grades 3 and up.

A directory of links to persons who have volunteered their time to answer questions in 12 subject areas.

Go on a behind the scenes tour of the White House. See various rooms including the Oval Office, learn about the history of the White House, get information about kids and pets who have lived in the White House, write to the President, etc.

Preschool children will enjoy this site where they can select coloring pages or play games from some of their favorite T.V. programs, including Franklin, Maisy, Blues Clues, and others.

POP! JR is a fun-filled, adventure magazine for kids, ages 4 to 7 (JK to Grade 2). Each issue is full of activities to stimulate young minds - from interactive puzzles and games to engaging illustrations and read-out-loud stories!

Confused, sad, mad, glad? Dealing with feelings can be hard, but you can learn about your emotions and how to deal with them. Situations that can get you stressed out include moving, a new baby in the family, dealing with bullies, and many others. Helpful advice is available here, including a kid's guide to divorce.


For Fun

Glassbooth connects you to the 2008 presidential candidate that represents your beliefs the best.

An easy-to-use online photo editing application that integrates with the major online photo-sharing sites; includes blemish removal and wrinkle-smoothing as well as a host of other tools.

With the holidays right around the corner, visit this site to make your own flake or find the perfect flake for your holiday projects.

Dumpr is not technically a Web 2.0 site, but one that allows without registration, the creation of some cool effects on a photo you upload including a cube, puzzle, and many more.

University of Houston’s collaborative project which includes e-lectures, lesson plans, classroom handouts, an interactive timeline, historic newspapers, and many other resources.

Region One CSCOPE Training

Region One Education Service Center is offering courses for CSCOPE - National Education Resources Curriculum Developer. Anyone interested in attending these comprehensive training sessions should enroll at the Region One website.

Click here for the complete list of scheduled sessions.

In this issue of “The Server”, we visit with Mae Guerra and Louis Shoe of De Leon Middle School. Mae is a 6th grade teacher who incorporates technology into her classroom by the use of a Promethean Activboard*. Louis uses mathematical Internet resources, graphing calculators, presentation software, and computer animation for geometry.

Ms. Mae GuerraMs. Guerra shared some of her educational philosophy, methodology, and career goals.

“Technology is vital in today's changing world. Kids today embrace technology at home and at school and in their everyday lives. That is why teachers need to integrate new technology into their curriculum as much as possible. It is important for teachers to use technology in the classroom to introduce new concepts and explore new ways of thinking. In this way, teachers do not just engage students in their learning but also learn a new way of teaching.

Click here for the complete article.

Student Multimedia Contest

McAllen ISD is sponsoring a student multimedia contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage the use of instructional technology tools to communicate ideas and information. A student can compete as an individual or in a team. A professional employee must sponsor each project.

Students of all grade levels are eligible to enter a project in any of these categories:

Trophies and ribbons will be awarded to all winners! All 1st, 2nd. and 3rd place winners will be entered into the "Texas Computer Education Association" state competition. The sponsors of winning students will receive a digital camera. Click for the contest flyer.

TCEA contest guidelines will be followed. All copyright laws must be followed!

All projects must be turned into the DeLeon Design Center by February 6, 2009. Winners will be announced February. 23, 2009! Click here for contest rules.

For more information contact:
Danny Galeana (dgaleana@mcallenisd.net)
Gonzalo Sandoval (gsandoval@mcallenisd.net)

Skyward Educator Access+

Changing Grades in Previous Six Weeks Periods

Follow these steps when you must change grades in a previous six weeks period:

  1. Teacher makes the grade change in the previous six weeks period in the gradebook.
  2. Teacher informs the office data clerk of the grade change (a grade change form may need to be filled out). The teacher will include the new six weeks average and the new semester average (if necessary).
  3. The office data clerk enters the grade changes into the Skyward office system.
  4. Teacher can print a grade proof sheet to verify that the changes were made in the office system (i.e. they will come out on the next report card).

Educator Access Plus Tips

See our video tutorials for helpful tips using Skyward Educator Access+.

  • Click here for a training video of the Start-up Procedures.
  • Click here for tutorials about using Educator Access+.

Technology in the Classroom

Multimedia Simulations

Emerging technologies that call for the use of computer software, websites, and other multimedia resources not only inspire participation but can also help students meet technology application standards and help teachers develop an effective learning environment. Multimedia simulations can offer many benefits to the learning process and successfully prepare students for the real world by improving motivation, facilitating transfer of learning, enhancing learning efficiency, and providing a safe and controllable simulated real-life experience. In other words, simulations provide teachers with the opportunity to offer students the best education possible.

Click here for the complete article.

From the Director's Desk

Greetings Administrators, Teachers, and Librarians,

This has been an exciting fall semester in the Instructional Technology Department!

We began the year with great news - Lamar Academy was awarded the Vision 2020 Technology Immersion Grant by the Texas Education Agency. The grant, which totals approximately $500,000, will provide one laptop per student and teacher and a variety of online educational technology resources. Implementation of Project ACCESS (A Computer per Child Empowers Students to Succeed) has started and we expect the project to be a success.

During the month of August, the Instructional Technology department visited each campus to assist teachers with classroom web pages, grade book, CSCOPE, Gaggle email, and district email accounts. We enjoyed visiting with administrators, teachers, and librarians and meeting new staff.

Click here for the complete article.

Technology Training Sessions

The Instructional Technology Department has scheduled training sessions for the Fall semester. Limited seating is available. Enroll now on ERO.
Description Date Time Location
Database 1 Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Cathey DC
Word Processing 2 Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
Internet 2 Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Cathey DC
Creating an Audio Lesson Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Cathey DC
Spreadsheet 2 Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
Web 2.0 Tools Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Cathey DC
Presentation 2 Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
Electronic Scrapbooking Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
Desktop Publishing Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Cathey DC
iMovie Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. DeLeon DC
Electronic Scrapbooking Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
Intro to OSX Leopard Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
iTunes/Garage Band Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. DeLeon DC
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