Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for November 17, 2015

Hour of Code Is Coming!

Hour of Code week is coming up December 7-13. This year the Hoover City Schools Foundation is sponsoring Hour of Code by providing iCode stickers to every student who completes Hour of Code. If you haven't already, please click the link below and sign up your classroom. Code.org added two fun coding activities centered around Minecraft and Star Wars. This will be exciting for your students! Contact me if you would like for me to teach an Hour of Code lesson to your students that week.


Video about the Hour of Code

More information on Minecraft

More information on Star Wars

Other great coding activities for Chromebook and IPads!

Thank you Hoover City Schools Foundation for your support!

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PollEverywhere and Google Slides Join Up

PollEverywhere and Google Slides Join Up

PollEverywhere is a tool many teachers have used in the past to quickly assess what their students understand. Now it can be added directly into a Google Slide (as an extension) so teachers can quickly poll students while presenting using Slides! Download and check it out! You will have to enable the lab for it to work: https://www.polleverywhere.com/labs

Polling in Google Slides Extension
Poll Everywhere Website
Information about Google Slides polling - create and embed live polls

Professional Development Opportunities

I will resume Professional Development the week of November 29th!

Please check out the upcoming professional development offerings at your school. I have made a few changes!

Professional Development Opportuniites

Need Help?

Karen Darroch's Schedule:

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

Link to Help Form: http://goo.gl/forms/FSrkrKVktU

Link to Frequently Asked Questions: http://bit.ly/1Lit5k3 (Content added daily!)

Sara Carpenter's Blog: http://www.techcoachtimes.blogspot.com/

Time to Share!

What are some of your favorite apps and how do you use them in the classroom? Please add your favorites to create a resource for all K-5 teachers. There is a tab for Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Creative. Select the link below and share! Thank you to those who have contributed. I would love for this to become a resource we can all use.



Great Website to find apps:


Contact Me!

I would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons I am teaching in the classrooms.

  • Create a digital post card using Google Slides
  • Create a Mystery Number, Person, Place, or Thing with Google Slides
  • Lesson on Tour Builder
  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Pick from a number of Google Projects
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Research lessons
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read a Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Centers with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Research Lessons

Please email me or fill out the help form to schedule a day and time.

I would love to learn from you! Please invite me into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.