Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for February 23, 2016

ISTE Student Standard 2: Communication and Collaboration - Global Connections

Classrooms all across Hoover City Schools are connecting globally like never before. These global connections are becoming easier to find as teachers post on Twitter, Google, and share. Recently, many elementary classrooms participated in a Virtual Valentine Project with classrooms all across the world from Kenya to Canada. Students created a virtual valentine and researched their partnering locations. Valentines and projects were exchanged and some even had the opportunity to Skype with their partnering classroom.

This week fifth graders at Bluff Park Elementary joined fifty other elementary schools from across the United States in a video conference with author Stephan Pastis. Be sure to check out Skype an Author Network for a list of authors available to Skype with your class.

Mrs. Evans at Bluff Park Elementary whisks her students away on virtual field trips frequently through Microsoft in Education. You will be amazed at the endless possibilities.

Mystery Skpe: Where in the world are they? Is another great opportunity to connect. Students ask questions to discover the location of their partnering classroom. What a great way to discover the United States and beyond.

Global Math Task Twitter Challenge and Mystery Number Skype are two other great opportunities to connect in the math world. Use Twitter or Microsoft Education to make those connections and start problem solving!

Be sure to check out two great upcoming opportunities:

Same Day in March - Share temperature data with a classroom across the country.

Squiggles of Awesome - Share artwork with a partnering classroom!

The Must Have Extension

Ever wish you had two monitors, but only have a laptop? Your solution is here! All you have to do is go to the Chrome Web Store and search for the Tab Resize Extension. This is a must have! This will make you and your students much happier when researching... ISTE Student Standard 4.

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Karen Darroch's Schedule:

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

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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.



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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.