Marbury Technology Innovation Awards

March 22nd, 2013

We are now accepting nominations for the Chiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Award. This award, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education, in honor of Chiquita Marbury’s invaluable years of service as a technology innovator in Alabama honors educators who are exemplary models of innovation in technology.

Ms. Marbury was a passionate visionary in technology integration and led the charge to help educators in the state toward improved teaching, leading, and learning through technology. One of Ms. Marbury’s many contributions was as the director and original organizer of the successful state-wide training initiative, Technology in Motion. We are looking for nominees who reflect this same passion in the following categories:

Elementary Teacher
Middle School Teacher
High School Teacher
School Administrator
District Technology Coordinator
Superintendent/Central Office Staff
Nominees are judged based upon the following five (5) criteria:

1. Innovation and Creativity (25 points)
2. Impact on Teaching and Learning (25 points)
3. Leadership (25 points)
4. Teamwork (15 points)
5. Scholarship (10 points)

If you know one or more educators who meet these criteria, please take a few minutes to nominate the potential innovator(s) (no more than one educator per category). Complete the online nomination form by Friday, April 19, 5:00 PM. There will be one award for each category. Each award winner will be presented a trophy of recognition at the 2013 Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) in Birmingham, AL.

Learn More!

The 2013 iChallenge is here!

March 19th, 2013

The theme for the 2013 iChallenge Podcast Showcase is “We Shall Overcome: Courage in Action.” This theme was selected in part to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, but also provides ample opportunities for students and teachers to highlight examples of “Courage in Action” in a variety or settings. From the Civil Right Movement to stories of Holocaust survivors to children making a stand against bullying, “Courage in Action” can be displayed in many ways. This theme encourages participants to identify examples of ordinary people displaying extraordinary courage, whether from the past or in todays’ world.

Consider these possible examples, and use them to stretch your ideas of “Courage in Action”:

    Taking a stand to stop bullying
    Children in the Civil Rights Movement
    Survivors of the Holocaust
    Succeeding in the face of a disability
    Taking action to make a difference

Learn More!

Global Climate Change Resources

November 28th, 2012

Our partners over at Russell Cave/Little River Canyon shared a great link to the EPA’s Student Guide to Global Climate Change. Check it out today!

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html

2012-2013 iChallenge Podcast Showcase Theme Announced!

November 7th, 2012

The theme for the 2013 iChallenge Podcast Showcase is “We Shall Overcome: Courage in Action.” This theme was selected in part to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, but also provides ample opportunities for students and teachers to highlight examples of “Courage in Action” in a variety or settings. From the Civil Right Movement to stories of Holocaust survivors to children making a stand against bullying, “Courage in Action” can be displayed in many ways. This theme encourages participants to identify examples of ordinary people displaying extraordinary courage, whether from the past or in todays’ world.

Consider these possible examples, and use them to stretch your ideas of “Courage in Action”:

  1. Taking a stand to stop bullying
  2. Children in the Civil Rights Movement
  3. Survivors of the Holocaust
  4. Succeeding in the face of a disability
  5. Taking action to make a difference

Learn more at the iChallenge Podcast Showcase Page.

Veteran’s Day Lesson Plan

November 5th, 2012

Check out this great lesson for Veteran’s Day!
http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=32603

NASA Astronaut visits Handley GEMS-U Team!

September 12th, 2012

Joe F. Edwards, a world-renown Astronaut, aviator and test pilot spoke to a group of GEMS-U at Handley Middle School Thursday morning. The girls were very honored to be able to meet Mr. Edwards. He told them that they were the next generation of NASA, and that one of them might one day walk on the Moon or Mars. With the drive and determination of these girls there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Edwards is right!

Astronaut Joe Edwards speaks with Handley Middle School GEMS.

Mr. Edwards was awarded the United States Navy’s only peacetime Distinguished Flying Cross for landing an open-cockpit F-14 Tomcat on his aircraft carrier with a broken arm and blinded right eye in a feat described as “the most daring feat of flying seen in peace or war.” After recovering from his injuries, he was selected as an Astronaut from over 10,000 applicants and piloted the last American crewmember to the Russian Mir space station. He has flown the closest flying maneuvers ever attempted around an orbiting space station in the history of manned space flight and managed the operations and development of the International Space Station from Star City, Russia.

Mr. Edwards is a combat proven Naval aviator serving as an operational fighter pilot during combat operations in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, including Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, Topgun. In the late 1980’s he was the lead test pilot for the Navy’s F-14B and F-14D development, conducting flying qualities, performance, high angle of attack and systems flight tests on the aircraft. In six years of operational flying he was chosen as his squadron’s pilot of the year five times and his airwing’s pilot of the year three times. He was awarded 27 military decorations during his military career and has logged over 4500 flight hours, 650 aircraft landings and dozens of combat missions.

Previously he has served as the Chairman and CEO of the National Science Center, an organization established by Act of Congress to improve the quality of science and mathematics education of American students.

The Handley Middle School GEMS-U Team is sponsored by De Lambert.

GEMS-U Expo Alum Competes for Award

May 24th, 2012

Heather PoseyIsabella High School Junior, and 3-time GEMS-U Expo participant, Heather Posey was recently presented with a plaque and cash award from the American Chemistry Society after scoring among the best in the state! Heather completed an intensive battery of tests at UAB hoping to proceed to the national competition in Colorado and a chance to represent the US at the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Washington, D.C. July 19-30.

Heather’s teacher sponsor is Jay LeCroy, who has sponsored GEMS-U Teams in every one of the GEMS-U Expos!

Good Luck Heather!

Congratulations to the 2012 Alabama Teachers of the Year!

May 10th, 2012

The ALEX Team would like to congratulate Suzanne Culbreth, past ALEX presenter, on being named 2012 Alabama Teacher of the Year! The Elementary Teacher of the Year, Meghan Everette, just completed the ALEX A.C.E. Trainer program. Congratulations to you both! The ALEX Team is proud that both of these outstanding teachers have ALEX “connections”!

There is still time!

May 8th, 2012

Teachers, there is still time to get your video podcasts completed and submitted for the 2012 iChallenge Awards. Learn more about the “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” theme and get your podcasts submitted now! http://bit.ly/IaDsVO

New Podcast Partner!

April 11th, 2012

Welcome to our newest podcast partner Auntie Litter!