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First 10 Days

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–5:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Shelbi Blackmon  
Tisha Mesa  
Trashona Walker  

Dive into how high schools in a Houston district have implemented important content into the first 10 days of school for students to gain skills such as organizing and time management, reading tips and library help, finding a trusted resource in Google search, laptop setup, digital citizenship, and digital portfolios.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the First 10 Days is to prepare students for technology used within the classroom. Houston ISD is a large district with one-to-one laptop use at all high schools and this is a PD provided to most teachers in order to get students acclimated with technology.
Participants will be able to:
1. Identify how to implement procedures for accessing research information
2. Apply the principles of good design when creating effective course materials
3. Provide students with tools to develop technical skills to prepare for the school year


Welcome Activity
General Overview: Video: “First 5 Days”
Activity: Padlet 5-10
Different topics covered per day/class (Breakdown for each day and discuss examples / allow participants to create own)
Available resources

Supporting research

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Shelbi Blackmon, Houston ISD / Deady MS
Tisha Mesa, Houston ISD

An Instructional Technologist with over 20 years of experience in radio and television news and sports, business management, training and development, and educational technology. In the last 9 years, Tisha found her passion for education and specializes in working with educators and students to transform learning. She is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 and holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology and a Masters in Business Administration.

Trashona Walker, Edmentum

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