Last year we had 15 Tritt students participate in the Cobb Regional Technology Competition (CRCT). Between STEM exploration, PLTW lessons, Computer Lab lesson, ILC lessons, Technology integration lessons, tech-rich F.A.S.T. classes, and other experiences outside of the school day, our students continue to gain exposure to so many different resources and strategies to strengthen their skills as producers of technology. We are eagerly encouraging more of our students to enter CRCT this year. If your child likes to tinker with tech tools, expresses ideas creatively through the use of technology, loves video games, likes to pull things apart to see how they work, etc., suggest they participate in this years' CRCT. Your student may enter the competition with something he/she has been working on at home, or it could be something he/she has been doing in their classroom or in a club. Check out the details below, and talk to Mrs. Bates (Tritt Media Specialist), Mrs. Pascaul (Tritt Computer Lab Instructor), or Mrs. Dean (Tritt Innovation Specialist) if you have any questions.
We are excited to have visitors in our building again this year, to see STEM in action! Between your child talking about STEM at home and reading about it on your teacher's blog, I'm sure you get some great info, but actually watching our students interact collaboratively, communicate effectively, and use critical thinking skills to be creative problem solvers is just mind-blowing! We encourage you to come check out what is happening- not only in your own child's classroom- but in other classrooms across the grade level, or even in another grade level. The Showcase days provide opportunities for our students to explain what they are doing and how they work through the Engineering Design Process, as well as provide the opportunity to have parents, teachers, and administrators from other schools see what STEM really looks like at Tritt. Take pictures, take notes, talk to our students and our teachers, and enjoy and up-close-and-personal look at STEM!
Use the links below to sign up so we can prepare for the amount of visitors we'll be having:
Kindergarten and 1st Grade STEM Showcase Day
Friday, March 30: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4da9a72ba31-stem6
2nd and 3rd Grade STEM Showcase Day
Friday, January 26: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4da9a72ba31-stem5
4th and 5th Grade STEM Showcase Day
Friday, Oct. 27 : http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4da9a72ba31-stem4
After a year off, Mrs. Pascual and Mrs. Dean are super excited to offer a morning tech club for students in grades 3-5. We'll work on tech skills aligned with the categories from the Cobb Regional Technology Competition: 3D modeling, animation, audio production, device modification, digital game design, digital video production, graphic design, Internet applications, mobile applications, multimedia applications, robotics, productivity applications, project programming, and tech literacy challenge.
Joining our Tiger Tech Team doesn't require you to participate in the CRTC competition, but students in our club will be encouraged to enter the competition. Other out-of-school opportunities may arise as well!
Students must be able to attend weekly club meetings, held on Monday mornings at 7:00 am starting September 18th.
Please complete the online form by 9/18. http://bit.ly/2xb1FuV
The school day has started and it is spooky how quiet and empty it is here! With so many students absent and/or being checked out early today, I thought it would be fun to gather some info on your solar eclipse viewing locations. Use the link below to add your data point to our crowdsourced ARCGIS map. Don't worry if you don't know what I just said... Just click the link, hover over my data point as an example and click on participate to add your own location. Choose any picture you'd like (I used a headshot) and tell us where you were when you viewed the solar eclipse. Mention that you are a Tritt student in the description field too! Come back later and click around to see where the rest of our students viewed the solar eclipse.
Our first Walk/Bike to school day will be on September 22nd. Starting the day by exercising your way to school is the best way to wake up, get your brain ready for learning, and lock in that great mood to last your whole day.
I'll be riding my bike to school, and would love for you to join me! Bikes will meet in the YMCA parking lot at 6:45, and we'll take off at 6:50. You must wear a helmet to join our group. Riders of all abilities are welcome!
Looking for more opportunities to get on your bike? Check out the Little Bellas mountain biking program! The 5-week Fall session starts September 10th and meets every Sunday at Blanket Creek Park in Woodstock. This program encourages girls between the ages of 7 and 13 to get outside, get dirty, and have fun on bikes. We'll play games on and off our bikes, make friends, work on biking skills, and enjoy the outdoors! Register here: littlebellas.regfox.com/woodstock-ga-sunday-program-session-2-spring-2017
It's the beginning of a new school year, and the halls are filled with excited students once again (and excited teachers too)! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for our Tritt Tigers.
Our administration gave me the opportunity to become the first Innovation Specialist in the county 3 years ago. I have the ridiculously cool responsibility of increasing 21st century skills, exposing students to innovative practices, and really enhancing classroom curriculum by integrating technology. After focusing on student success for the first two years, I now get to work with our teachers to help them better embed technology in their everyday instruction. I can't think of a better model to carry out our vision of One Team, One Goal, Student Success!
Throughout the year, I'll be in and out of classrooms from Kindergarten through 5th grade, working on product creation and coding and programming skills. Lessons focused on product creation will allow students to practice using apps, programs, and websites to create digital works that demonstrate their understanding of content standards. You may see Kindergarten students using Tellagami to share their phonetic understanding through their Animal Parade project. You may see our third graders using Spark Video to narrate their illustrations which show how they can use multiple strategies to solve a math problem. You'll be able to catch our 5th graders working in digital collaborative environments like Padlet to work together work towards a common goal. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!
Sphero programmable robots, Makey Makey kits, Osmo Kits, GoPros, 3D printers, drones, and more are all in our innovative arsenal, enhancing learning for our students. This year, we'll continue looking ahead in search of experiences we can provide for our students, which will push them ahead, as they prepare themselves for a future filled with endless opportunities.
If you are in the tech industry, you have a passion for gizmos and gadgets, you use coding and programming skills in your career, or you have a connection to hook us up with, please feel free to contact me any time!
Drop by the Annex, room 605, and say Hey!
We hope to see a lot of our Tritt parents at our next STEM Showcase! You know what STEM stands for, but do you know what STEM instruction, inquiry, and exploration looks like for your child? Do you know how our students tackle a challenge by working through the stages of the engineering design process? Do you understand how our teachers create their own lesson to meet the needs of their particular students, while providing relevant and purposeful challenges? Come see STEM at Tritt for yourself and you'll be amazed by our students and staff!
During my 10+ years here at Tritt I've watched an amazing transformation, and when you are passionate about the excellence you get to see from fellow staff and students you just HAVE to share it! I am grateful to have the opportunity to brag about how amazing our school is. It takes passion from administration, teachers, students, and our community.
Thanking my lucky stars that I get to be part of the Tritt Family. Click here to read about our awesome STEM journey over the last 6 years.
If you have any Apple lightning cables that have been roughed up but still work, feel free to send them in! Anytime you buy a new Apple phone or tablet, it comes with a new charging cable. If you have extras that aren't being used or the rubber coating is peeling away we'll happily accept them for our classroom iPads. Pic below shows lightning cable.
I have had a Raspberry Pi for a few years now, and the fact that it has only come out of it's box once is really bothering me. I want to utilize this resource, and I have even gathered some cool ways to use it, but I need a more comprehensive beginners tutorial. I'm hoping to reach out to our community and find a parent or high school student who would be willing to meet with me for a "here are the basics" session. Our Tritt students have the ability to do some pretty cool things, and we have the resources. We just need a little help to get going!
Please e-mail me at Alexa.Dean@cobbk12.org if you are willing to help us out!