Friday, May 23, 2014

Huntsville ISD at TxGoo for Blue Bell Ice Cream...and some Google Stuff, too!

Last Saturday in Brenham, the nonprofit Techs4Tex hosted the second annual Texas Google Summit, (affectionately known as TxGoo), and folks from our district represented Huntsville- big time!

HISD School Social Worker and Volunteer Extraordinaire Sally Dowis 
There were dozens of workshops (and several ice cream flavors) from which to choose, so our participants got to tailor their experience to what they wanted to learn.  TxGoo also created the opportunity for our folks to mingle among other Google learners from across the state and the country.

Huntsville Intermediate's Brooke Lowery and Heather Levine
Not only did we have lots of teachers and administrators from all grade levels learning and sharing (and eating free Blue Bell ice cream) among a sold out crowd of 500, several of our folks teamed up to present!
Mance Park's Chris Price is getting into it.
Bridget Costello, Brooke Lowery and Heather Levine of Huntsville Intermediate School collaborated on two sessions, Sharing Student Folders and "Flipping" Class Lessons.
"Busted!  My Dog Ate My Homework"
Google Session with Brooke, Bridget and Heather. 

Bridget Costello: She's so excited, and she just can't hide it!

Huntsville High School's Barbara Lesikar and Julie Savage
Albert Archuleta, Dr. Rosa Martinez (who recently earned her doctorate, we’ll have you know :-) ) and Pam Payne from Gibbs teamed up with Matthew Lahey to present on how they created a type of tv station with Google Hangouts on Air.

Albert Archuleta, Rosa Martinez and Pam Payne presenting.
They shared their success, and the path that got them there, utilizing a webcam, a few Google Apps and a willing AP to help their teachers help their children with learning and practicing Conscious Discipline techniques.
Together we're Better!  AP Albert and iTech Matthew

Mike Wallace on Secure Socket Layers and Networks.
Mike Wallace represented our technology department with workshops on navigating the "admin side" of Google Apps for Education.

Samuel W. Houston's Elementary Gabrielle Beatty & Lauren Thomas are all ears!

Huntsville High's Catherine Scriven overtaken in the moment!
Huntsville High's David Brockhausen is ready to map out his day.

Mance Park's Shelley Petkovsek is all smiles.
Huntsville High's Rachel Calabretta takes well deserved break.
(This is the only time she sat down all day!)

Essential help from iTechs (L-R) Karen Paschal, Melissa Thornton, Ruth Hutchison and Lisa Gregg.
Our Instructional Technology department stepped in with critical support on and offsite help!   TxGoo happened because of the help of volunteer extraordinaires Rachel Calabretta of Huntsville High School and our District's social worker, Sally Dowis.

As you may know, Techs4Tex has strong ties to the district, as Amy Mayer and Jessica Powell are on the board of directors and Matthew Lahey is a member.
Amy Mayer presenting in one of the four (count 'em, four!) sessions she hosted.

Want to see more pictures from TxGoo 2014?? Just click here.

Matthew Lahey  Huntsville ISD Huntsville Independent School District

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