Tech. TidByte

December 8, 2015

Project Speak Up Survey

Please complete the Project Speak Up Survey. Dickinson ISD is encouraging ALL schools to participate in the annual Speak Up National Research Project, which provides participating school, districts and authentic feedback from stakeholders on important education issues. Input from students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members will help the district create a vision for 21st Century Learning for our students. Survey results will be made available to educational leaders at the state and national level as well as your school district. This data also helps us justify purchases and the need for greater technology.

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Sites

  • Google's Santa Tracker: Countdown to Take Off, Learn Traditions Around the World, Lessons on Giving, Coding Lab
  • Chrome Web Store: Search a plethora of Educational Apps. Be sure to filter by Education.
  • Newsela: Adjust the Lexile of texts on current events, Science, Literature, and Social Studies. Spanish text sets also available.
  • Flippity: Customize your own online flashcards, Jeopardy Games, and Random Name Pickers
  • Screencastomatic and Jing: Make your own screencast video lectures and audio books. This is the site you can use to record what you are doing on your computer. This would be great for you to record a lesson for your students if you are absent or if they are absent and need to see what they missed.
  • Class Dojo: Motivational behavior management tool that tracks progress
  • MyHistro: Combine Google maps and timelines with interactive conent. See a tutorial here.
  • Plickers: This is a great site because it only calls for you as the teacher to have the device. The students use special cards to answer the question and then you use your phone to take a picture. There are some tutorials on how to use it on their website. Instructions are located here.
  • Kahoot!: This site allows you to create quizzes and students use their own devices like cell phones to answer the questions. It is also set up like a game where they can score points and win races and what not.
  • Padlet: This is like a virtual corkboard you can ask a question and students use their devices to answer the question and it will post to the Padlet wall.
  • Nearpod: This is another great site that lets your students use their devices to follow along with a presentation and answer or ask questions.
  • Interactive Sites for Education: K - 5 Online, Interactive, Educational Games and Simulations for Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Art, Musi, Typing, Spanish, along with Brainteasers, Holiday Activities, and Teacher Tools.
  • ESL Games +: Interactive Online Games for learning and teaching English as a Second Language.
  • eLearning For Kids: Learning Portal for Elementary level that includes Life Skills, Writing Strategies, and core content. Also check out the Choosing the Right Career activity.
  • Splashtop App: This is an app you download to a device like your tablet or iPad that will mirror your computer screen. It allows mobility around your classroom so you can spend more time teaching in the power zone.
  • Tubechop: This site allows you to chop a part of a video you want to show to your class. You may only want to show a certain segment to your students, and this site is also open to students, You can generate a link for your students, and they can see sections of You Tube videos from their very own login, even on DISDBYOD.
  • You Tube Video Editor: YouTube Video Editor embeds all the hacks you need to create stunning video lessons. You can use it to trim videos, add hyperlinks, add illustrative text, add audio tracks and several other multimedia materials. To be able to use YouTube Video Editor, you need to be logged in to your channel via your current Google account. Check out this guide to learn more about what you can do with YouTube Video Editor.
  • Educanon: This is another wonderful tool to use to create video lessons. It allows you to add a wide variety of question types to your videos. Each of these questions will be time-linked to a specific moment in the video so students will stay engaged as the video progresses. You can ‘add tables, images, audio clips, links, and even embed coded.’
  • TEDEd: TED Ed is a website that allows teachers to create lessons around YouTube videos. Teachers can select YouTube videos and use their URLs to add questions in different formats. The added value of this tool is that it has a section where teachers can track stats of how many have responded to answers or have seen the lesson. Check out this visual guide to learn more about how to create video lessons using TED Ed.


  • Blubbr: Blubbr is a cool web tool that allows users to create quizzes around YouTube videos. These are basically interactive video quizzes ( called Trivs ) that you can create for your students and which they can answer while they watch the selected video clip. The quizzes are also feedback supported meaning students will get feedback as they answer each question.


  • EDpuzzle: ‘If you use videos in the classroom, EDpuzzle is a must have. Take any video from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, etc. make it perfect for your classroom and more engaging for your students. Make any video a true lesson by making it to the point, personal and effective, plus get all the data about your students so you know if they truly understand the lesson.’
  • Canva: Create your own visually appealing posters and infographics.
  • And these are just for fun:
  • Sugar, Sugar the Christmas Special
  • Snowball Fight
  • Lite Bright
  • Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
  • Santa Run
  • Christmas Card
  • The Grinch Grow Your Heart Game
  • Santa Puzzle
  • Design a Snowman
  • Build a Snowman
  • Grinch Coloring Book

Energy Shutdown Tips from Technology

UNPLUG
  • Power Cords plugged directly into a power source in the wall

DO NOT UNPLUG (click on the links for pictures, if you are not sure)

Don't forget to plug these back in when you get back from your break!