ESC 18 - Taco Tech Tuesday

Minus the Tacos, Extra Tech!

August 3, 2021

Welcome Back to School

Tech You Have To Try


Kahoot and Quizizz are great but are you looking for something different this year that not every teacher at your school is using to review? Try Blooket! The way it works is that a teacher/host picks a question set and a unique game mode. Then, we generate a code that players can use to join the game on their own devices. After the game starts, players will answer questions to help them win. That’s where the fun starts, because we offer a variety of games to keep students engaged and excited! Learn more by clicking here

Gimkit Live

Here's another great way to engage your students that not everyone is using.... Gimkit Live. What separates this game/engagement tool is the unique style of play that can keep the game feeling fresh from one game to the next. With constant updates, new modes, and powerups, the game your students play today may not be what your students play tomorrow. By answering questions correctly students earn in-game cash they can use to purchase upgrades or power-ups to use during gameplay. Gimkit is a great way to build learning but also incorporates strategic gameplay used by many online video games or apps. To learn more click here.


Are you looking for a new way for your students to display projects or information? Tiki-Toki is a great way for students to display the life span or events of a person or time period, a personal diary or life events, history of your family, or what they did over the summer. Tiki-Toki creates beautiful timelines that can be represented in 3-D, integrate videos from YouTube, and pictures as well. Here are a couple of examples example1 and example2. If you want to learn more click here.


The beginning of school is always full of lots of information to read. Here's one for all those long emails, long texts, news stories, or articles. SMMRY takes any text and summarizes the context into a set number of sentences. Paste an article, text or essay into the text box to get a summarized version. But that's not all you can also upload a pdf, or txt file or paste the url or a web article online to get a summary as well. You can determine how many sentences you'd like SMMRY to shorten the text into, the default is 7. To learn more or start using SMMRY click here.

Professional Development Opportunities

2022 TCEA Convention & Expo

The 2022 TCEA Convention & Exposition puts you up-close with the best practices in teaching and learning, as well as strategies for technology integration, implementation, and management that align with your learning goals. You’ll also uncover inventive ways to nurture student voice, develop social-emotional learning, and create good digital citizens.

February 7-10, 2022

Dallas, Texas

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Registration opens September 23, 2021

Training Opportunities

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a hot topic, and most districts claim to be utilizing it since COVID, but did you know actual Blended Learning processes rarely get utilized in the COVID virtual or in-person classrooms!?! Learn what Blended Learning actually looks like in the classroom and how to utilize it in your school/district. Blended Learning Made Easy sessions are given throughout the year, please see our PD calendar for info or see our more intensive Blended Learning Package below. Please contact me if you are interested or want to learn more!
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Google Training

Google Educator Certification Training or Google Suite training is available. Google Certification ensures teachers are well based and take full advantage of the wide-spread capabilities that the Google Suite offers to make teaching and learning more tech-friendly, accessible, and efficient.

We also offer training in Google Suite applications like Gmail, Drive, Slides, Calendar, and others to increase your staff/campus productivity. Feel free to contact me to learn more.


Technology Help Desk

Remember to submit a Technology Help Desk ticket for any technology needs or services. Email Technology at or call the Help Desk at (432)-561-4321.

Chris Enriquez

Director of Instructional Technology and Analytics

Google Educator Level 1 and 2 Certification

Click on the image below to learn more about becoming certified as a Google Educator Certification Level 1 and Level 2.