Tech Tips

August 2014: Volume 2 Number 1

Back to School Soon!

Check out the tech tips, websites, apps, and articles below.


Google "Classroom" is arriving early! Here's a short ppt demo: Google Classroom

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Teaching Kids to Code

Teaching Kids to Code

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Create Your Own GIF!

Snagit for Google Chrome GIF video

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Telling a Story with Data

Telling a Story with Data

"6th graders, under the facilitation of their Math teacher, Laurel Janewicz , have learned to take data, analyze the data and tell a story with it. They are demonstrating their understanding of Math concepts, data graphs, misleading graphs and communication skills."

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RADCAB

Your vehicle for information evaluation! RADCAB


A Website Evaluation Framework for Students

"RADCAB stands for relevancy, appropriateness, detail, currency, authority, and bias. The RADCAB website provides a short explanation of each of the aspects of evaluation and why they are significant.

Applications for Education
Teaching students about RADCAB could be a great way to help them remember what to look for when they are evaluating websites. The RADCAB website provides an information assessment rubric that you can download for free."

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27 Apps That Have Changed My Teaching and Learning Practice

27 Apps That Have Changed My Teaching and Learning Practice

"I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite quickly and so I thought I’d make another graphic to represent these Apps. I hope you find it useful too. I have updated it to include the names of the apps, and you can find out more about them here:http://bit.ly/appsfortandl"

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Organize Research with Google Slides

How to Use Google Slides to Organize Research

"Like many of you, when I was in middle school and high school we were taught to create index cards to organize our research. After creating the cards we sorted them into an order to support writing our research papers. That same concept can be applied to organizing research with Google Slides. In the video below I demonstrate how this is done."


Watch the short video or share with students.


SAMR in 120 Seconds

Why Students Value Blogging

6th Graders Have Their Say


"Last year, I introduced blogging to my sixth-graders because I believe it is the most authentic way to teach our students how to write. As I have shared in “10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog,” I believe, in short,

  • Blogging provides an authentic way for students to write about their passions;
  • it invites students to practice civil discourse by giving and receiving feedback;
  • it recognizes that writing is a process that also invites students to experiment with different forms of communication
  • it encourages transparency;
  • and it provides a launching pad for connecting with the world in meaningful ways for positive change."

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DILA ( Digital Innovation in Learning Awards)

Apply or nominate a teacher, administrator, or organization!

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Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding


"What strategy doubles student learning? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately."


Check out the 53 formative assessments listed!

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