We are beyond thrilled to welcome our newest Bluejay, Principal Tiffany Phelps! Ms. Phelps, who will replace interim principal Bill Bechtol, will take the helm for the 2017-18 school year. The announcement followed a thorough process that included collecting stakeholder surveys and conducting candidate interviews with students, staff and parents. In total, more than 40 people were involved in the interviews and selection process.
Ms. Phelps currently serves as associate principal of Vandegrift High School in Leander ISD, a school which she helped open. She has seven years of administrative leadership and vast experience with professional learning communities, special education, and innovative teaching and learning styles. She previously was an assistant principal at Vandegrift, and served as a special education teacher and head cheer coach at Lake Travis High School.
Ms. Phelps earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas-San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds certifications in Principal (EC-12), School Counselor (EC-12), Special Education (EC-12), and Generalist (EC-4).
Last week our 4th and 5th graders had the privilege to hear the engaging Carl Hooker talk about Digital Citizenship! He talked to them about the importance of staying safe while using devices, especially when on social media. If you didn't get a chance to hear him, you're in luck, it was all recorded! Check it out below.
I love how Ms. Shapiro's class took their lesson about insects and merged it with the STEAM Carts! They drew their insect, labeled the parts and then used the LEGOs to design their insect! So cool! Kids were able to take their basic 2D image and make it come to life with their LEGOS.
Ms. Shapiro - thanks you for adding these fabulous images to your STEAM Showbie Class!
hAPPy Friday! Adobe Spark Video, formerly Adobe Voice, is a simplified video editing tool that can include pictures, up to 30 seconds of video, narration and a soundtrack. You can trim clips easily and add several themes. Videos are posted online and can be save to the the camera roll. Teachers could use this app to create a video newsletter, directions for small group instruction including videos for stations, centers and/or workshops. Happy video-creating!
One of my all time favorite apps is the simple presentation app: Shadow Puppet EDU. For more information on how to use Shadow Puppet Edu, check out the App Integration Sheet and see a ton of lesson ideas below. We also had a couple of BCE students use Shadow Puppet to describe their artwork, see Caty's explanation above!
English & Language Arts
WOW!!! Our staff is absolutely incredible! Every turn I took today I saw some part of our STEAM carts being used. I am so happy to see you already embedding these awesome materials into your everyday lessons. Check out all the awesome pictures from today (and from our staff meeting)!
Dash has been popping up in rooms all over BCE. Most recently Dash was spotted in Mrs. Rimkus & Mrs. Peichoto's classroom! The kids QUICKLY discovered a lot of the features that Dash has. Both classrooms started with the apps: Wonder, Go & Path. With very little to no instruction these kinder and 1st graders were moving Dash around with color, sound and speed! Both classes programmed Dash to move in certain directions, make specific sounds and learn new tricks! Plus, there was an added SEL component with the kids working in teams!
If you haven't seen Dash yet - you should!
Check out this awesome video from Mrs. Peichoto's class. It was their idea to use dash to give each other their word sort words to spell. They recorded their own voices saying the words too.
Welcome to the Bluejay Blog, a celebration of iTeaching and iLearning at Barton Creek Elementary School in Austin, Texas. Here we showcase how our school infuses curriculum with technology through our Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization (L.E.A.P) 1:1 iPad initiative.