ITRT News and Updates

March 2014

It's your lucky day! This month's newsletter features lessons, activities, and resources that have been recently added to Tech Ponds for Teachers (TPfT) as well as ways technology has been used across the county. Read! Enjoy! Get inspired! Contact your ITRT to get started on any of these ideas in your own classroom.


  • ABC Match - Students circle the picture that goes with the beginning consonant. This lesson is available in the Notebook software, but can also be completed on Nearpod using iPads. Email tletter@hcps for the Nearpod activity.
  • Creating an ABC Book - An app-smashing activity using Pic Collage and VoiceThread on the iPads.
  • Sight Words QR Code Scavenger Hunt - List 1, List 2, List 3 and List 4
  • Tally Marks- Students scan QR codes with an iPad to reveal numbers. They use the Doodle Buddy to draw tally marks that match the number.
  • Numbers 10-20 - Students scan QR codes with an iPad to reveal a number. They use Doodle Buddy to add the same number of stamps and practice writing the number.

2nd Grade

3-5 Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Technology Integration Examples


Padlet - An online digital graffiti wall

Pic Collage

Pic Collage (iPads) - An easy way to create collages or posters

QR Codes

Students Creating QR Codes:


Thinglink - A way to make images interactive

Graphite App Flows

Are you in a rut? Can't seem to figure out how to incorporate technology easily. App flows on Graphite are lesson ideas that show how technology has been integrated in some or all parts of a complete lesson: hook, direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and wrap up. Click the link and get inspired!

Are you a 21st Century Teacher?

The 21st century teacher is in a critical spot of constantly having to keep up with evolving technology and digital learning tools. Do you have any examples of effective technology integration you have done in your classroom? Email your ITRT with a brief lesson description and student artifact so your idea can be shared in an upcoming newsletter.

  • SMARTBoard: Level 2 - March 11 - 4-5 PM (CMS)
  • Edmodo: Level 1 - March 13 - 4-5 PM (OKMS)
  • iPads: Appy Hour - Level 3 - March 18 - 4-5 PM (OKMS)
  • Microsoft Office Basics: PPT & Publisher - March 18 - 4-5 PM (HHS)
  • Edmodo: Level 2 - March 20 - 4-5 PM (OKMS)
  • Blackboard: Level 3 - March 25 - 4-5 PM (HHS)

Register here for any of the above sessions! View the full calendar here.

Testing Humor

16 things you can do while actively monitoring during standardized testing

(Disclaimer: For humor only!)

Good luck 5th Grade Teachers on the upcoming Writing SOL!