What is Share Point?

SharePoint is an app that allows students to collaborate and share documents with one another, within Microsoft Office 365. SharePoint allows students to work together by sharing a simple link. With this link, users can grant people access to view or edit documents.  Microsoft SharePoint lets people view what users are working on and allows them to work collaboratively in real time.  Many people actually enjoy using SharePoint because it helps keep everyone on the same page since everyone has the same version of the documents, reducing confusion and improving productivity.  SharePoint also makes data sharing easy thus improving communication, making it very useful/handy for students, especially for presenting or working together as a class. While using SharePoint you can limit what people have access to. You can see everything, but they can only see what you allow them access to. Overall, SharePoint is a resourceful app that teachers and students should use to improve collaboration, communication, and creation of files.

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Our Educational Technology specialization allows for maximum flexibility for interested graduate students who may already be working in the educational or technology field and aren’t able to commute to a campus and attend face-to-face classes..

Educational Technology is a field of study that investigates the process of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the instructional environment and learning materials in order to improve teaching and learning… with this degree you can become a K-12 technology coordinator, online distance Ed instructor at the community college and university level, instructional designer, corporate trainer / technology specialist and so much more. https://www.sulross.edu/sites/default/files//sites/default/files/users/docs/education/sr_edtc_info-overview_packet_fall_2019_00.pdf

Leah Davis writes about Vocabulary Strategies for ELL students “Helping our students gain access to the entire English-speaking culture through mastery of vocabulary has the power to change their lives and their families.”

https://blogs.sulross.edu/lmd18xv/2019/09/22/vocabulary-strategies-for-ell-students/?unapproved=2&moderation-hash=b6fa27123e00bb485e5e5ea2ef1e4a60#comment-2…#Lobos, #SRSU, #SRSUlearns,#frontierstories

Life stories in Peace Corps April 5th, 1 pm at the Library Periodicals Area, 1st floor… By the panoramic picture window.

• Applying to Peace Corps
• Peace Corps Training
• The Peace Corps Life
• A Global Perspective
• Life After Peace Corps
Peace Corps-Kosovo
•	Applying to Peace Corps
•	Peace Corps Training
•	The Peace Corps Life
•	A Global Perspective
•	Life After Peace Corps
Peace Corps -Yemen

Theron Francis Life stories in Peace Corps April 5th, 1 pm at the Library Periodicals Area, 1st floor… By the panoramic picture window.

Rebecca Garcia is Promoting Global Citizenship Through STEM Literacy Skills

I was very fortunate to attend the Summer 2018 NASA MEI conference. During this time, I learned various STEM components and improved my knowledge of Aeronautical and Space Science. Prior to attending, I was having trouble trying to figure out how exactly I would incorporate this material in my future classroom. As an English major, these concepts rarely appear, and that is a huge issue.

STEM is in fact so versatile and should be incorporated cross curriculum. It makes learning more personal and fun. As an English teacher, my job does not end when the book is over. Therefore, incorporating STEM goes beyond the book. It places multiple subjects in the students minds and allows them to extend their knowledge rather than just stay at a base level.

Using STEM extends a student’s knowledge and pushes them to think in a way that they can incorporate their knowledge in the real world. Students can build and strengthen writing and literacy skills that will help them in math, science, technology and beyond. One of the most beneficial aspects of STEM is that it pulls knowledge from multiple subjects and allows students to apply it to prior and future knowledge. Through STEM, teachers can guide students to be effective and a contributor as global citizens.

Rebecca Garcia is currently a graduate research assistant in the College of Education and Professional Studies at Sul Ross State University.

One of the STEM literacy examples that Rebecca participated in is the Do You Know That Clouds Have Names activity sponsored by The Globe Program, a global Science and Education Program. To learn more about Globe activities and to become a trained Globe teacher, visit https://www.globe.gov/join/become-a-globe-teacher. 

Elizabeth Livingston is Ready to Lead Future-Ready Elementary Classrooms Through Hands-On STEM Activities

Last week I have learned many different things about NASA, space exploration, and all the different ways I can use these events in my classroom and as an educator. Not only have I learned more about the insides of the NASA organization, I know about NASA’s future goals of going to the moon, Mars,  and NASA’s past accomplishments, which could be used as a history lesson of NASA. Also, I have learned how I can use NASA to motivate my students in many ways. For example, I have learned that students that want to be astronauts can learn from current astronauts and see how they were kids just like them at one point in time. Also, I can encourage females in my classroom that they can be scientists as well and work for NASA and could fill many different roles scientists, astronauts, and could even work on the building of the spaceships. Not all people that work at NASA are scientists or doctors. In fact, NASA hires photographers, social media managers, digital designers, etc. I also learned many different experiments and lessons that I can take into my classrooms and help my students explore the different aspects of space and things that relate to space like spaceships,  travel to the moon, and future explorations. I can now help bring real science to life through hands on experiences to help them better their understanding of science and how real science works. This past week I have learned so much! I can’t wait to share that with my students and other people that didn’t have the opportunity to do the NASA MEI program.

Elizabeth is hoping to teach kindergarten in the fall of 2018. She incorporated the 5E Instructional Model for student activities during the NASA MEI program.

Reflections from our first MEI STEM Professional Development Day

Our preservice teachers have the opportunity to apply to be part of the NASA MEI STEM program sponsored by Texas State University and NASA Minority University Research and Education Project. The program is an intensive professional development program that introduces students to the 5E instructional model, STEM integration, and future-ready skill sets to incorporate in the classroom.  Each day our preservice teachers are reflection on what they learned at NASA. This is our first reflection from a series of reflections that we will share with you over the the next week.

NASA MEI participant video reflection can be found at https://youtu.be/pbDQcxYlHxo.

Teaching Opportunities Abroad

As the global population increases, so does the demand for passionate and energized international teachers. In order to meet the United Nation’s goal of irradiating literacy by 2030, the need for for 69 million new teachers is now a priority. As English is an international language, native speakers have a real advantage.  Teaching abroad offers many benefits to include cultural  experiences, financial incentives, a rich professional experience to add to a resume, a strong global professional learning network,and the chance to make a real impact in the lives of others globally. To help students begin to consider positions internationally, check out the following resources.

Resources to Differentiate Instruction for Diverse Students

Developing strategies to engage diverse students introduces experiences and perspectives that teachers can leverage as a powerful resource for everyone to learn more—in different ways, in new environments, and with different types of people. Each individual in this enormously diverse and ever-changing system has the power to serve as an invaluable resource for all others—students, teachers, and the community as a whole. The growing diversity in . classrooms necessitates and encourages the development and use of diverse teaching strategies designed to respond to each student as an individual. Here are a few resources to help teachers begin meeting the needs of diverse students.