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News Flash

The Tech Tidbyte is a regularly produced e-newsletter from the Technology Department. I encourage you to read each issue for timely tips, pointers, and recommendations. The latest edition will be at the top of this page. Click on the image to see the entire newsletter. 

  • March 2019

    • Protecting our children's cyber security
    • SailOn
    • Speak It 
    • Book Creator
    March 2019
  • February 2019

    • Student Social Media Sites to Watch
    • A Few of our Favorite Things from TCEA
    • Blabberize
    • 60+ Best Math Websites
    • Notable Women AR App 
  • December 2018

    • Changing your password
    • Energy Shutdown
    • Favorite Things
    • Teacher Feature
    • Ed Tech Websites
    Dec Tech Tidbyte
  • October 2018

    • How to upload Eduphero certificates
    • Email etiquette and viruses
    • Online textbooks 
    • Teacher feature - Classroom Websites
    October 2018
  • August 2018

    • Adding Printers 
    • Updating Forethought teams
    • Textbook and other logins
    • Few of our Favorite Things
    • Restoring a reimaged computer
    August 2018
  • May 2018

    • Summer prep
    • Teacher feature
    • Summer learning opportunities
    May 2018
  • April 2018

    • Summer workshops
    • Teacher feature
    • Sharing videos with students
    April 2018
  • February 2018

    • Favorite things from TCEA
    • Teacher feature
    • Virus reminders
    • Bit Defender
    February 2018
  • January 2018

    • Stay technically healthy in 2018
    • What can you do with your Chromebook?
    January 2018
  • November 2017

    • Applied digital skills
    • Default web browser settings
    • Chromebooks
    • Password security
    • Bit Defender
    • Teacher feature
    November 2017
  • October 2017

    • Creating email folders and rules
    • FastForWord
    • Khan Academy
    • Teacher feature: Google classroom, Plickers, and Sketch Up
    • Teacher Websites
    October 2017
  • September 2017

    • Forethought help
    • Online Textbooks
    • Digital Resources
    • Tips & Tricks: Go Noodle, Kahoot, Chromebook management and care
    September 2017
  • August 2017

    • Resources for Windows 10
    • Beginning of the year tips and tricks
    August 2017
Each week that I am at your campus I send out an email with a few of my favorite things that I have come across. Sometimes they are blog posts, engaging websites, or super cool tools we found. I will add each of those little snippets here so you can easily reference them when you need them.  Check back often for updates! 

Sight word assessment + Google Forms = Winning 

Do you have having tons of papers after assessing your students' knowledge of their sight words? Now you can digitally assess your students using Google Forms. You can now assess your students each 9 weeks or as often as needed and all the dad will be on one Google Sheet for easy evaluation of the data. I created a form for all the kinder sight words and a form for the color and numbers as well. The sight words are broken down into 9 weeks so you can test only what you need when you need it. Check out the links below and feel free to use them if you would like:  

Sight Word Form

Sample quiz:

This link is to my quiz so you can see it as it would look when you give it, it is only for you to play with not to give to students, because you will not have access to the data collected.

Sample Form

Editable quiz:

This link will force a copy of your to do what you want with it and for you to use in your classroom. It will create a Google Sheet that will collect your data.

Copy of Editable Form

Color and Number Form

Sample quiz:

This link is to my quiz so you can see it as it would look when you give it, it is only for you to play with not to give to students, because you will not have access to the data collected.

Sample Form

Editable quiz:

This link will force a copy of your to do what you want with it and for you to use in your classroom. It will create a Google Sheet that will collect your data.

Copy of Editable Form

Earth Day

What is Earth Day?

April 22, 2019 is Earth Day. To learn more about Earth Day and what you can do to help this movement click on the following link: 

Earth Day Resources for Your Classroom

Do you want to celebrate Earth Day in your classroom? Check out the blog below to find picture books, videos, lesson plans, activities, and projects to teach us the importance of Earth Day. 

Earth Day Blog
Novel Effect

Foster a Love For Reading

With this app you will engage the entire class with a multi-sensory reading experience that connects with a variety of learning styles. You will bring your books to life! Novel Effect turns you into a master storyteller. Invisible technology follows along, as you bring the story to life and set your student or child’s imagination free. Custom composed music and sounds treat each story with care, to honor the spirit and tone of every cherished book. Smart voice recognition stays in sync with your reading style. There are hundreds of compatible books for kids of all ages with more added each week!


Book Creator

Unleash Student Creativity

Book creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have you students take the reins. 

Combine text, images, audio, and video to create:

  • Interactive stories
  • Digital portfolios
  • Research journals
  • Poetry books
  • Science reports
  • Instruction manuals 
  • About me books
  • Comic adventures

What is WriteReader?

WriteReader is a unique digital learning platform where children can learn to read by writing and publishing small digital books. With WriteReader your students takes pictures of family, friends, things or situation and write about them in their actual level of written language. A teacher then "translates" the child's text to conventional writing. Students can also tell their story by adding audio to the books. 

Who doesn't love a good emoji? We use them to express ourselves in text and social media, now you can create your very own emoji to use in your presentations or to decorate your bulletin boards. 

Click on the link below:

Emoji Builder 

You can now add your Bitmoji to your presentations, email, or any other digital application you may use. Check out this Bitmoji Extension in the google store. 

If you haven’t checked out Google Classroom, now is the time to do it! It is such a great tool to use in your classroom and with more and more chromebooks added each year it is something we can all  start using.  I even have some Kinder teachers using Google Classroom this year at another campus.

shake up learning

Check out the latest blog post from Casey Bell about the latest updates with Google Classroom:



This summer I read a great book called Google Apps for Littles. It has so many great lessons and ideas to use with Pre K- 1st grade students. We often think that the little ones aren’t capable of using technology like 3rd and 4th graders, but they can! We just have to believe they can. Check out Cristine Pinto’s blog:


 It’s full of ideas and lessons to use right now in your classroom, and the best part is she has created all the templates for you and they are FREE!! J

My favorite template I found on her site was for login cards. Check it out:

Pure GENIUS! I have modified the template to fit our district logins in you would like to use it:


Have you heard the latest news about Discovery education?? We have made logging in for students and teachers much easier with a single sign on solution! Now when you go to the Symbaloo page and click on Discover Education it will open up and ask you to login with you Google Apps account. No more having to remember yet another password! Many of you have used Discovery Education for years and know all about streaming the award-winning digital content, but did you also know there other features as well like powerful profession development, digital textbooks, virtual fieldtrips,  web-math,  and so much more! Don’t miss out on all the amazing tools and resources that Discovery Education has to offer. 

    1. Webmath - Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks "solve." In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.
    1. Virtual Field Trips - Take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world's most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences — no permission slips required. Tour the National Archives, see how an egg farm works, explore NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, or hear from the President of the United States. Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips are fun, educational, and free! Check out some of our featured and upcoming Virtual Field Trips below or browse the full archive by category. For a complete list of Virtual Field Trips coming up, check out the Discovery Education Events Calendar.
    1. Discovery Now - Discovery Now is your destination for educational content and classroom resources from the Discovery family of channels that inspire curiosity and engage students in learning. Bring animal cams into the class from Animal Planet, reinforce the importance of biodiversity from Discovery Channel, or ignite a passion for science in partnership with Science Channel. Discovery Now offers a range of programs and resources to complement your classroom instruction.
    1. Puzzle Maker - Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.
    1. Assessment Builder - Learn more about Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) Create a Technology-Enhanced Assessment (TEA) from an item library that offers a variety of interactive item types.
    1. Board Builder - Create a fun, engaging, digital project with any content using board builder.
    1. Assignment Builder - Build and store assignments for your students that use Discovery Education curriculum content.
    1. Writing Prompt Builder - Give students writing practice with these images that include composition prompts.
    1. Professional Development - Find ways to bring digital resources into your classroom!
ePortfolios and Google Sites: 

One of my very favorite blogs (Shake Up Learning) recently did a post about using Google Sites to create an ePorfolio. An ePortfolio or Learning Portfolio can be a powerful tool for students to demonstrate mastery, show growth overtime, and create dynamic learning experience for students that go beyond one and done, and each beyond the walls of the classroom to continue reading Casey Bell's blog post click on the link below: 

How to Create Powerful ePortfolios with Google Sites

Check out this pod cast on ePortfolios:

Engaging Learners with Video: 

I came across this blog a few weeks ago and found one of my new favorite tools... ClassHook

Using video in the classroom isn't a new idea. When we were kids we remember the when that big TV was rolled into our classroom, or when the film strip projector was powered on and the lights went out. Today many teachers use Youtube in their classroom, but finding relevant and safe content can take some time. With classhook you can search video clips from your favorite tv shows and movies that tie to standards and show an examples or what you are teaching. For instance you may be discussing similes in your ELA class and search Classhook for simile clips and come across this perfect example from the movie Shrek: 


For more information on using video in your classroom to engage learners check out the following blog post: 

Engaging Learners with Video


Engaging Learners with Vid

Tech It Out! – Tap Lights! (This one is low tech, but effective!) -Claudia Valastro

Tap lights are a simple, but wonderful tool for homes.  So why not use them in your classroom?

Here are just a few of the creative ways teachers are utilizing tap lights with their classes.

  • Creating the various stages of appropriate noise level with tap lights is a great way to visually remind your students of what is expected at that moment in your class.  Different activities may require different levels and the use of lights with your class lets them know where they should be.
  • Whether or not your class uses a hall pass when students need to go to the restroom, this use of tap lights not only lets the rest of the class know someone is out, it will help remind you, the teacher, as well.  
  • Students have a light they can tap when they have a question during non-talking activity.

    Have a set of tap lights to use for review games when you don't want to review digitally.  Each team gets a light and pushes it when they have the answer.

  • Use a tap light that reminds students that you are working with a small group and not to interrupt until the light is off.

    There are likely many more uses in the classroom.

    Some methods require words taped or painted on the lights, others have the instructions next to them, and some only need to click on or off.  It just depends on how you want to use them.  Sometimes simple is really effective.

Thanks to @miss6thmath and @fridyereading for sharing.
In education we love to beg, borrow, and steal. Below are some of my favorite educators to follow on social media and their blogs. They all have fantastic ideas you can use in your classroom today!  
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