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Tech Resources

I have collected several tech resources for your use. Many have come from previous trainings and professional development opportunities. 

If there is a tool, template, or resource you see here and would like more information or help with it, please book or email me. I look forward to assisting you!

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Dear Readers,

Within these pages, you will find months of hard work by some of the most amazing, dedicated, and creative educators that I know. They have volunteered to share their expertise with you through videos, text, and images. Please be respectful, and cite the individual authors when you reference their work.

We hope this guide will be a "go-to" resource for you as you integrate technology in your classroom, to empower your students to become thought leaders and change makers.

Kristina A Holzweiss

Create digital magazines with Joomag!
Flipgrid in the Classroom
Create Amazing Word Searches
Create unlimited word searches to use within Google Slides, Jamboard, or . . .
From PDF to Flipbook
Flipbook with Flipsnack!
Upload your PDFs into Flipsnack to create a digital flipbook, . . .
Teacher Made Conversions
Convert all of your paper files into digital activities delivered online by . . .
Free Templates Offered
Need ideas for interactive slides and more? Then look to the templates . . .
Chromebook Tips
If you need to take a screenshot on a Chromebook, you have two . . .
Discover the Student To Do List
Students and parents can easily deter- mine what work they have done and . . .
Create Unlimited Mind Maps with MindMup!
Create unlimited mind maps for free, and store them in the cloud. Your . . .
Flashcard Google Template
Use Flashcard Template for Repeated Learning
We all know that drill and kill is a thing of the past, but learning . . .
Gzaas - Full Screen Messages!
Gzaas! Lets You Create Full Screen Messages for Students
Have you ever needed a quick, attention-grabbing message for your students? . . .
Specialist Creates Videotaped Math Solutions for STAAR Test

Amanda Rodriguez, Math Curriculum Specialist for DISD, created four web sites to help . . .

Students Can Listen to Web Text with Speak It Extension

Speak It is an amazing Chrome extension that will read web text aloud. Users can have web sites, . . .

Google Scholar
Build Google Libraries and Alerts with Google Scholar

Google Scholar ( is a great research tool for students. It allows for building a library of useful . . .

Gage Student Comprehension with GoSoapBox

"GoSoapBox is a powerful, flexible, and intuitive student response system for educators to use in their classrooms.

Keyboard Shortcuts - Your New Best Friend!

There are many keyboard shortcuts I use daily, but this is one I can't live without! How many times have you . . .

Emoji Builder
How Might You Use Emojis in Your Classroom? 

Just Google "Emojis in Education," and you may be surprised by how many results appear with such titles as . . .

Picture in a Picture for YouTube Learning

What does this mean exactly – Picture in a Picture? With all the learning we do with YouTube videos, you can now . . .

Build Interviewing and Video Recording Skills

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people . . .

Google is Making It Faster - .new and G-Suite 

Google is always improving and updating their products and recently they have created another time saver. 

Google Cast for Education
Educational Videos from TV & Movies to Use in Your Lessons

ClassHook is a service that helps teachers find educational clips from popular TV shows and movies.

There's a Reason You See Infographics Everywhere

Infographics are eye-catching and are very visual, whether you are viewing it on a digital page or a . . .

Google Cast for Education - Let Your Students Project Work

Google Cast for Education is a Chrome extension that simplifies the presentation process, and it lets you . . .

Host Your End-of-Year Reviews with Blooket

Barber MS students in Laura Teatsworth’s classes have been effectively using gaming technology in their instruction as an end-of-year review activity. Many have been using Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet, and even Formative to do the same - but Blooket is a new take on trivia and review games.

A teacher/host picks a question set and a unique game mode. Then players join the game on their own devices with a code. Once the game starts, players will answer questions to help them win. That’s where the fun begins; a variety of games are offered to keep students engaged and excited.

NOTE: Currently all meetings are being held virtually.

If I can assist you with any of your instructional technology needs, please click on YouCanBook.Me to sign-up for an available and convenient time for you!

I look forward to meeting with you to collaborate and integrate technology efficiently and effectively into your instruction.

Unless I am out of district or there is a conflicting need, my regular campus visits are as follows:

Lobit Middle School      Mondays
Barber Middle School      Tuesdays
Kranz Junior High      Wednesdays
McAdams Junior High      Thursdays
Dunbar Middle School & Technology Department      Fridays

Also, if my schedule permits, I am willing to meet with you on non-campus days as well.

Claudia Valastro

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When I am on campus, I will email the staff to let you know as well as to share my 
Tech It Outs!

Please follow me on Twitter for quick tips, tricks, and resources on all things technology.

You can find me at @cvalastro.

If you don't have a twitter account, you should! You can follow amazing experts in your field of instruction as well as network with other professionals.

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Be sure to like and follow our Dickinson ISD Technology Facebook page. Here you will be able to find the latest technology happenings across our campuses and throughout our district. 

If you are using technology effectively and seamlessly in your instruction, please invite me to see and/or share with me so you can be highlighted and your colleagues can try the technology out in their classes too!

Be on the look out for your campuses, classes, and students.

Dickinson ISD Technology Facebook Page
Tech TidByte eNewsletter

Tech TidByte is a regularly produced eNewsletter from the Technology Department. I encourage you to read each issue for timely tips, pointers, and recommendations.

In addition, it may be beneficial for you to create a tech folder in your email so that you can save them, or you can review them here! Just click on the Tech TidByte image you want to read.
  • November 2021

    • ClassLink
    • Passwords
    • Google Drive
    • Campus Technology Liaisons
    • Quizizz
    • Google Sharing in Schoology
    • Google Assignments in Schoology
    November 2021 Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
    • August 2021
      • General Computer Setup
      • Email Signatures
      • Default Apps
      • Time Clock Plus
      • Stop Auto Open for Microsoft Teams
      • Network Choices
      • Phishing
      • Eduphoria Review
      • Document Camera Setup
      • Skyward Password Update
      • Schoology, Schoology, Schoology!
      • Schoology Cheat Sheet
      • Parents and Schoology
      August 2021 - Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
    • May 2021

      • Reimaging Computers
      • Google Takeout
      • Dropbox Going Away
      • Google Sync
      • Schoology Training and Preparation
      • Technology, Heat, and Humidity
      • About Passwords
      • Avoid Using Show Password when Projecting
      • Routinely Check Your Junk Mail
      • Outlook has a New Icon
      • Updates and Backups
      • GoFullPage Chrome Extension
      • App.Wizer.Me for Digital Worksheets
      • Chromebook Updates for 2021
      • Password Changes
      • Phish Alert Button
      • District Devices Going Home
      • Keyboard Shortcut:  Windows + L
      • Digital Worksheets with Conditional Formatting
      • 20 Virtual Field Trips and Activities
      • Auto-launching Apps in ClassLink
      • Helpdesk Recommendations
      • Tech Tidbyte Archives
      February 2021 TechTidByte eNewsletter
      • Block Email from Santa Fe ISD until notified otherwise
      • Adobe Creative Cloud Help
      • Password Reset Coming Up
      • Reading Activity
      • MLK Lesson Resources
      • Googling Skills Presentation
      • Suggestions for Timely Tech Assistance
      • Tech TidByte Archive
      January 2021 Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
      • Drag and Drop Activities
      • Download Your Google Classroom Gradebook
      • New Semester Courses in Google Classroom
      • Cleaning Up Email
      • Backing Up Data to Google
      • District Networks Recommended for Use
      December 2020 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
      • Tech We are Proud of You Video
      • Password Change
      • Eduphoria Student Testing with Aware
      • Updating ClassLink Password Lockers
      • Phishing Buttons in Email
      • District Standardized Email Signatures
      • Student and Family Tech Help
      • Update Your Eduphoria Planner
      • Google Shared Drives
      • Google Classrom Pro Tips
      • Flipgrid Text Comments New Feature
      • K-5 Social Studies Materials Site
      • How to Get Tech Help
      November 2020 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
      • Cybersecurity Training from KnowBe4
      • Google Classroom Best Practices
      • Guidelines for District Consistency
      • Installing District Printers
      • Cleaning Devices
      • Google Drive Trash Updates
      • ClassLink Free Webinars for Instructors
      • District Online Textbooks
      • District Smore License Available
      • Nearpod License Upgrade
      • Zoom Save to Google Drive File Stream
      • How to Complete a Helpdesk Request
      • EdTech Team Websites
      October 2020 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
      • Zoom and Google Meet Guidelines
      • Is Your Mailbox Full?
      • Google Classroom Cheat Sheet
      • Google Slides Templates
      • Teacher Website Editor Cheat Sheet
      • Technical Help for Students and Families
      • The Symbaloo Page at Home
      • District Resources to Utilize
      • Helpdesk
      • EdTech Team Website Resources
      • Facebook Groups to Follow
      April Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
      • 1Technology Challenge from Dr. Scott
      • How to Monitor Your Printer Clicks
      • Copyright-free Image Sites
      • Free Google and Powerpoint Slides Themes
      • Twitter 101
      • Introduction to Tech Team Member: Rogers Orebeaux
      • Password Reminders
      February 2020 Tech TidByte enewsletter
      • KnowBe4 Security Tips
      • District Password Recommendations
      • Fun Holiday Websites and Apps
      December 2019 eNewsletter
      • Time to Change Passwords and How To
      • Safe Email from
      • Care and Responsibility of District-Issued Devices
      • Technology Integration:  Nearpod, Audio in Google Slides, and Screencastify
      • Cell Phone Speed Tips
      Tech Tidbyte eNewletter - November 2019
      • Chromebook Troubleshooting
      • Login Reminders: Students, Online Textbooks, etc.
      • Educational Technology Web Sites
      • Beginning of Year Computer Setup 
      • Beginning of Year Eduphoria Housekeeping
      • General Login Information
      • Educational Technology Team's websites
      August 2019 Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
      • Summer technology projects
      • Computer backups
      • Email viruses
      • Summer workshops
      • Transfer Google files
      • EOY project
      • Novel Effect
      May 2019 Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
    • Protecting Children's Cyber Security, SailOn web site, Speak It Chrome extension, BookCreator, and high school students' passwords.
      March 2019 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
    • Sites for parents, guardians, and teachers addressing social media and cyber safety; favorite things from TCEA 2019 which include Blabberize, 60+ Best Math Websites, and Notable Women AR App. 
      February 2019 Tech TidByte enewsletter
    • Passwords, energy shutdown, and teacher features.

      Favorite Things Highlighted:  ePortfolios, GoSoapBox, and recording videos.

      Introduced the new EdTech Team Websites.
      Tech Tidbyte eNewsletter
    • How to upload EduHero certificates, email etiquette and viruses, online textbooks, and featured teacher websites.

      Favorite Things Highlighted:  Slides Carnival, Lunapic, choice boards, and keyboard shortcuts.

      October 4, 2018 edition
    • Add a printer, update Eduphoria teams, textbook logins, favorite things:  ClassroomScreen, random name pickers, Google Classroom, AvatarMaker, and how to handle reimaging your computer.
      August 14, 2018 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • Passwords, computer backup, teacher highlights, summer tech workshops.
      May 11, 2018 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
    • Technology challenge and summer tech workshops.
      April 9, 2018 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
    • Teacher shout outs, virus tips, and information about Bit Defender.

      Favorite things Highlighted:  ClassroomScreen, AWW App, and PDF Candy.
      February 22, 2018 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • How to avoid viruses and bugs, Chromebook activities, hyperdocs, Flipgrid, and video activities.
      January 10, 2018 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • Learn about Applied Digital Skills, setting Google Chrome as your default web browser, Chromebook Unconference, setting a secure password, and BitDefender update.
      November 27, 2017 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • DISD website and Chromebook workshops, how to create email folders with rules, FastForword, Kahn Academy, and a few notes on teacher websites.
      October 19, 2017 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • Eduphoria lesson plan adjustments:  shifting, moving, and copying lesson plans, how to add members to Eduphoria team planners, online textbook information, Ren Place Star testing window, Discovery Education, Britannica Online, Gale databases, GoNoodle brain breaks, new Kahoot! features, and Chromebook management and care.
      September 2017 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • You're Here for a Reason, technology team website, beginning of year tech startup list, Windows 10 migration, how to add a printer, how to add email to your phone, DISD standardized email signature, Eduphoria updates, keyboard shortcuts, online timers, untethered teacher ideas, how to get your roster out of Skyward, random name pickers, and Class DoJo classroom management.
      August 2017 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
    • Windows Migration Required eCourse, and Windows 10 and Office 2016 Required eCourse, face-to-face professional development opportunities.
      May 2017 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
    • Passwords, Summer Professional Development:  Google for Beginners, Google Classroom Ninja, Tech Toolboxes, and Make Your Lessons Click.
      March 2017 Tech TidByte eNewsletter
    • DISD standardized email signaturehow to access W2s in employee access center, celebrate Digital Learning Day, iStation workshop, Google templates to use with your students, and tech tools for ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Research.
      February 1, 2017 Tech Tidbyte e-newsletter
The Merge Cube hit the scene for most educators in April of 2018. Wal-Mart stores had purchased a large inventory of the product, but no one seemed to know what they were so they did not sell. Wal-Mart then decided to put the merge cubes on sale for $1.00. Then the always creative, on-a-budget educators saw value in them and snatched them up at the low price and boom - the merge cube frenzy began in education!

The Merge Cube is a holographic cube that allows users to physically hold and interact with 3D objects using augmented reality (AR) technology. Currently the cube costs $15.00 - $19.99, and it is compatible with iOS and Android devices. It features dozens of games and experiences built for it, and users can build their own creations to project onto it using a variety of tools including Tinkercad, SketchUp and CoSpaces.

For more information about the Merge Cube, visit their website.
I created the Merge Cube turkey below with CoSpaces and then used my iPhone to project it onto the merge cube with the CoSpaces app. The tutorial was shared on the Merge Cube for Educators Facebook group. If you are interested in learning more, please let me know.

It would be a fantastic lesson to get students started with AR tools that focus on spatial reasoning. It doesn't even have to be Thanksgiving time to use this lesson as an introduction.
Podcasting with Claudia Valastro

The podcast above is an example of what you and your students could do. It is not an actual episode, nor complete - simply an example!

If you are interested in learning more about podcasting yourself or with your students, please contact me.

Your Login Id should be your first initial, lastname or the same as your computer login and front part of email.

Your Password should be as indicated in internal correspondence. (I do not want to post passwords online. Email me if you're not certain.)

If you attempt a password incorrectly too many times, your account will be suspended. I will need to reactivate it for you.

How to Log into Your ezTask Titanium Editor

One way to add files to your page is through the Document Manager. (See example to the right.)

Under the Modules tab (below when in editing mode), choose Document Manager and position it on your page in order to upload files.

Click on Upload Document>Browse to locate document/file>Apply. It will be added.

Click on the video icon in the top-right corner of the Document Manager module to watch an excellent video on how to use this module.

You can open the Document Manager by clicking on the three lines by the settings gear of the module in the top, left corner. Right click on file uploaded and choose from options to add folders and/or upload additional files.

Another way to add links to websites and/or files is to simply type the text, highlight it, and use the hyperlink manager icon in the top, right end of the toolbar to add the URL of the website or file and link it.
See example to the right. First is a link to a Google file, and the second is a link to a website.

Using your Google Drive as a repository for your files will allow you to easily get a shareable link to the file.

When linking to a website, it is recommended to have the link open in a new window so be sure to set the target to new window.
How do I get a blank line between lines? Hold down the SHIFT key while hitting the Enter Key twice.
How do I add an image? Use either the Image Widget or the Image Manager icon from the toolbar. (Refer to pages 83-88 and 111 in the user's manual.)
Why do I not see what I just typed and published? You MUST click "Save Changes" when using the text editor before publishing.
How do I get two columns? Choose the 2-Col Layout. Then put in a Text Editor widget for text or an Image widget for an image. (Refer to page 16 in the user's manual.)
Can I get different font faces than what is supplied? No. But the work around would be to create an image with the text and font face you want and then upload the image.
How do I get my link to open in a new window and not exit my website? When you are creating your links be sure to set TARGET as NEW WINDOW in the link settings. (Refer to image on page 112 in the user's manual.)
Why do I get a "server/application" error message after I publish my page and try to view it outside my editor? Be sure when you created and named your page that you did NOT inadvertently add a blank space at the end of the page name. Check in the page properties for the page in your project manager. Correct as needed and republish as needed.
Can I reorder my Quicklinks? Yes! Click on the 3 lines (edit this menu) to the left of the settings gear for the Quicklinks. Click and drag the menu item to the location you want for it. Be sure you drop it in the correct location depending upon whether or not it is a main item or a sub item.

POTTY PD - EdTech professional development that respects your busy schedules: yet, provides helpful tools, tips, and tricks for a "captive audience."

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