About your Director of Technology:

    As all you know my name is Kim Curry. I just wanted to share a little more about myself so you can get to know me.
    My husband, 2 children and I are currently living in Creston. My daughter is 4 and her name is Lillie and my youngest is 1 and his name is Ben. Daniel, my husband, is currently working as the Guthrie County Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency.
    I taught 5th grade for 3 years and was the assistant high school girls swim coach for Marshaltown Community School District.  
    I recently graduated with my Master's in Curriculum and Instructional technology. This is where my expertise is and I am excited to be working with a school district that is so rich with technology.

    As your Technology Director and an educator I want to provide you with the resources to help you be successful with the integration of the technology that is provided for you to use. I have created this website to have a central location for anything technology in the MACS.

    In the future I would like to add a page for you to share how you are integrating technology in your classroom. The purpose of this is to give your colleagues ideas or a different way of doing something. If you have things you would like me to include please email them to me at kim.curry@mtayrschools.org. 

Check out Mrs. Curry's Blog: http://kimcurry.posterous.com/

On this website you will be able to find these items:

Front Page!

  • How Interacitve eBooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning eBooks are becoming more and more popular in the schools due to cost and that they will not have the wear and tear factor. Check out this article on how ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2012, 8:25 AM by Kim Curry
  • Connecting the Elementary Classroom Teaching students on how to connect with others not just in the schools but outside is essential in this day and age. We need to be teaching students how to ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2012, 7:20 AM by Kim Curry
  • How To Lecture in a PBL Classroom Project Based Learning is a huge component of what will make the 21st Century Learners successful. Lecturing is needed for somethings but letting the students figure things out first is ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2012, 5:29 AM by Kim Curry
  • How Powerful is Technology or is it just a Distraction? This article in Education Week is a very interesting read.http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/03/23/26oehlkers.h31.html?tkn=NRCFXEJPN58su8FWDP6LMo4vXHeuWZDRhN%2B9&cmp=clp-sb-edtech
    Posted Mar 26, 2012, 12:47 PM by Kim Curry
  • Building 21st Century Writers This article talks about how different schools took approaches to build 21st century writers. This is very interesting. http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/03/07/building-21st-century-writers.aspx
    Posted Mar 8, 2012, 12:40 PM by Kim Curry
  • Using SketchUp with Disability Students This is a great article that shows how Google SketchUp is being used with students outside of the general setting. It is helping those students especially with disabilities.http://www ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2012, 12:40 PM by Kim Curry
  • Social Media in the Classroom Facebook in the classroom has been a controversial topic. Facebook can be used in education ways but it takes the focus of the instructor to guide the students to that ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2011, 7:23 AM by Kim Curry
  • Blogger Help Videos For those of you using Blogger in your classroom here is a great site that will let you know where to find blogger help videos. This is a great resource ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2011, 7:27 AM by Kim Curry
  • Math in the News Using Media for Maths feature called Math in the News it helps integrate current events into the math classroom or math into a Social Studies classroom. You can do this ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2011, 6:04 AM by Kim Curry
  • Flipped Classroom This article discusses the benefits of having your lecture tapped for students to watch at home and then do the classwork or assignments during class time with the teacher there ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2011, 3:50 PM by Kim Curry
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Technology Tip of the Week

  • Be Proud It is that time of the year when I know most of you have done great things with technology. It is time to be proud and start sharing the wisdom. My theory when I taught was work smarter not harder. If we all share our ideas, then they can be incorporated into the different content areas just by making simple adjustments. Keep in mind that we want to make sure that the students are being considered when activities are being planned. Keep making your activities student-centered and give them a purpose for learning the content. Remember you can email me your ideas and I will put them on this website! Keep up the hard work.
    Posted Jan 24, 2012, 5:34 AM by Kim Curry
  • Edmodo It is time to get the rest of the Middle and High school teachers on Edmodo. The students have expressed in our technology site visits that they would love a classroom organization tool and online interaction center for class implemented in all classes. Please let me know. I would like to have everyone on board at the secondary building by the end of February.
    Posted Jan 16, 2012, 9:03 AM by Kim Curry
  • Learning New Things When I went to my google conference in Wisconsin I found some insight from a presenter that goes a to a lot of conferences. She said that at conferences or when you are learning something new you need to have your "Big 3." Number 1: Something you want to take back and do something right away with.Number 2: Something you would like to start accomplishing in 6 months.Number 3: Something you would like to start accomplishing next year. This will help ease the stress and allow you to concentrate on one thing at a time. Just remember this every time you learn something new with technology integration. It can be overwhelming and stressful but you need to prioritize ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2011, 7:24 AM by Kim Curry
  • Primary Sources When teaching trying to use Primary sources to create a more concrete understanding for the students will be more beneficial in the long run. I have already seen students on some great resources as I am walking around and hearing them talk. Below is a link to check out some sources for historical images, documents, videos and audio. A great idea is for the students to be creating their own blog and let them know that is would be a great resource if someone is trying to find out information about them. Remember to link and create meaningful contexts for the students. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/10/9-sources-for-historical-images.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2011, 5:46 AM by Kim Curry
  • Technology Repairs I noticed that the way technology repairs are reported has not been the most convient. For the remainder of the semester I will have you continue emailing me repairs and then in the future I will hopefully find a help desk ticket system to implement in the future. Please stay tuned!
    Posted Oct 13, 2011, 6:05 PM by Kim Curry
  • Free Technology for Teachers Visit http://www.freetech4teachers.com and sign up for a free daily newsletter that will give you technology tips to try in your classroom. Richard Byrne goes and finds technology integration techniques and tools designed just for teachers to use in their daily lessons and in their classrooms. 
    Posted Sep 27, 2011, 3:47 PM by Kim Curry
  • Computers and Projectors In order preserve the life of these technologies we need to keep in mind that turning them off when they are not being used is the best. Also remember, before the end of the day all computers in the laptop carts and in the classrooms need to be shut down completely.Thanks!
    Posted Sep 12, 2011, 7:54 AM by Kim Curry
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