Tech Snacks

Byte-Sized Treats to Transform Learning 1.8.19

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Deserted Island Tech - Must Haves

Every month, the FCPS Technology Resource Teachers from all of our schools gather to brainstorm, learn, and grow as technology leaders. During a recent meeting, in order to beat the winter blues, the group was given the following prompt to complete: Stranded on an island with 30 of your students, you decide to hold class until the rescue ship arrives next week. Luckily, your students have Chromebooks and incredible WiFi service to use! What is your go-to, must-have app for the students to use for an entire week? Read on to see their must-have tech tools!

Adobe Spark (Kim Overstreet)

  • Adobe Spark will allow your students (and teachers) to create a professional-looking video, website, or graphic quickly and easily.

  • They can upload their own photos or use stock photos.

  • It is an online app that will work on any platform and any browser.

  • FCPS can use the Enterprise version (for free) for all teachers and students. Please use these directions to login.

  • See student examples and lesson plan ideas here.

  • Visit spark.adobe.com

Book Creator (Jennifer Prall)


  • Students design their own books within a teacher’s collection and create up to 40 books for free.
  • Students can design their own written works, include drawings or images.
  • Comic book templates are also available.
  • Use for: Storytelling, Journaling, Doodling, Reflections, etc.
  • FCPS students can log in with their school accounts and is allowed under the data sharing agreement.
  • Visit www.bookcreator.com

Google Keep (Jennifer Singleton)

  • Free note taking service which offers a variety of tools for taking notes: text, checklists, images and audio. Imagine a virtual post-it note board!

  • Integrates into your Google work flow and accessible on all devices.

  • Login using your Google (FCPS) credentials.

  • keep.google.com

Quizlet Live (Sammy Hall)

  • A division of Quizlet that focuses on an online gaming format.

  • There are a variety of settings and game modes.

  • Students are grouped randomly (student movement possible)

  • Each member of a group is given an answer to a common question. However, only one of the group members has the correct answer.

  • Can be used on any device. Free and no login required.

  • Highly engaging and interactive. FUN!!!!

  • Teacher Resources & Tutorials

  • Visit quizlet.com

Flip Grid (Meredith Reed)

  • Flipgrid is a video response platform. The teacher creates a grid and provides students a code to access. It can be used for formative assessment, student feedback, discussions, and more. Here are some specific ideas.

  • Accessible on all devices.

PIXLR Editor (Garnett Coy)


  • PIXLR Editor is a Chrome-based Photoshop clone.
  • Create collages and more.
  • There are over 2 million compatible free effects, overlays and filters.
  • It is free from Chrome Web Store or can be accessed online.
  • Visit here to download.

Upcoming Technology PD

Technology - Google for Education Level 2 Series: Advanced Docs, Slides, Drawings and Keep 2/7/19

Hands-on activities, lesson integration and more with advanced Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, and Keep. This is an advanced session and only those with prior experience using the tools should register. This session is also part of a series for those seeking Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Google for Education Level 1 Series: Google Slides & Classroom 2/11/19

Learn how to use Slides to engage your students and to allow online collaboration. Use images and media to better convey your content. Utilize Google Classroom to deploy your digital assignments and to link students' classwork. Google Classroom is a blended learning system that allows for teachers to deploy assignments while communicating and collaborating with students inside a paperless environment. We will learn how to create classes, to manage instruction, and to assess your students in the online Google platform. This session is open to anyone, but is also part of a series for those seeking Level 1 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Explore Canvas: Assignments, Speedgrader, and Quizzes 2/21/19

Introductory training barely scratches the surface of the many incredible things Canvas can offer for blended learning. With this session, learn how to turn an assignment into a virtual copy machine with either Google Docs/Slides or Word/PowerPoint, use Speedgrader's markup tools to provide student feedback, and set up Quizzes with various options, such as adding images to answers. Bring your content or have it already uploaded to the Cloud so that you can use your own material while you practice.


Technology - Google for Education Level 2 Series: Advanced Forms, Sheets and Add-On's 2/25/19

Ready to dig a little deeper into Forms and Sheets? In this session you will learn how to create more complicated forms and how to use basic functions and pivot tables in Sheets along with conditional formatting to make the data work for you. We'll also look at the power of Add-Ons for both tools. This is an advanced session and only those with prior experience using the tools should register. This session is also part of a series for those seeking Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


To register and browse for more PD sessions, please visit www.mylearningplan.com.