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January 2017: Topping The T-Tess

Happy New Year!

We have conquered a whole semester, and now we are recharged and ready to tackle the second half of this school year! This January Tech Tips Smore is dedicated to helping you Top The T-Tess with some effective ways to work technology into your lessons and activities making them even more engaging. I can't wait to see and hear about your technology success! See you around the district!


Digital Formative Assessment Tools


-A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.


-Quizizz allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages.

Plickers (No student devices needed)

- Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.

FlipQuiz (No student devices needed)

- FlipQuiz is a site that allow educators and other create gameshow-style quiz boards for test reviews or game nights. Sign up for FREE and you can create new boards (that look a bit like a Jeopardy board) and then present those in front a group of students (or anyone) to review for a test.



With Nearpod, teachers can easily create whole lessons in minutes. You can import files (pdf, ppt, jpg) or Google slides and add interactive activities, websites, and videos to keep your students engaged in their learning.

Engage Your One-to-One Classroom by synchronizing your lessons across all student devices in the classroom.Get real-time feedback and post-session reports on student comprehension.

Nearpod - Education Tools for the Most Important Job in the World


Tools for Creating

Explain Everything (app) [pricing]

-Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool with real-time collaboration that lets you animate, record, annotate, collaborate, and explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. Explain Everything provides teachers and students an opportunity to share thinking, reflect upon knowledge building, and assess both products and processes of learning.

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PicCollage (app) [free with paid potions]

- PicCollage has everything you need to create amazing collages with your photos. With our new layout and clean design, it’s even easier to unleash your creativity.

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Popplet (app & web-based) [$4.99 or Special Pricing through school VPP]

- In the classroom and at home, students use Popplet for learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

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StoryBird (web-based) [Free!]

- Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories. Check it out:!

Storybird for Educators


QR Codes

QR Codes in the Classroom

Quick response (QR) codes are easy to create and have many uses in the classroom. With the posting of a QR code, you can lead students to information by just using their computer's or mobile device's camera.

  • Library Book Add-On: Put QR codes on classroom library books, linking out to information about the author and or book. “You can also have students create ‘book trailers’ and turn them into QR codes using iMovie!”

  • Scavenger Hunts: “Create scavenger hunts and/or webquests for your students that get them moving around the room. Scanning a QR code makes is easier for the younger students so they don’t have to type the long urls.”

  • Inform Parents: “Place QR codes around the school informing parents … about different places around the school.”

  • Access Help: Add QR codes to homework sheets that link out to sources of help. “For example, if the student forgets how to solve a math problem or gets stuck, they can scan the QR code for help. The QR codes can be linked to a ‘how to video’ such as aKhan Academy video or a ShowMe video you created yourself. "

  • QR Stations for self-directed learning: “… have the students become self-directed learners by creating QR stations. The students scan the QR code to reveal the task and the students must work together to get the task complete. This builds on the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration and critical thinking.”

  • Cite Sources: Have students use QR to link out to sources they use for research for paper writing, etc.

Use Inigma or QRStuff to easily create QR Codes !


Don't Forget About...


- Epic! is the leading all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books.


- Padlet is a digital "sticky note" board that makes collaborating and sharing ideas easy!


- Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.

Virtual Math Manipulatives

-These virtual manipulatives are available in as a web app for all modern browsers as well as a downloadable app.