Tech and the Library

Technology Integration Defined

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If You Give a Kid a Laptop
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Understanding TPACK

TPACK is collection of knowledge and research started by Shulman (1986). The idea was furthered to include 21st century components by Mishra & Koehler (2006). What it all boils down to is "good teaching requires an understanding of how technology relates to the pedagogy and content."

#1 Connecting Students (and Parents) to Websites

All teachers must develop efficient methods for students to access resources online. They need to be ONE click away whenever possible.



  • FREE
  • Group text without being IN a group text.
  • Private--no one knows your phone numbers
  • Schedule Texts (birthdays, parent reminders, holiday greetings)
  • Add attachments
  • Add voice memos
  • Insert Links
  • Text as few as 3 people. Great for reminders (pun intended) for smaller groups.
  • FREE

Instructions for Spanish letter and App.

Here is more information on a webinar about Remind in the Library.

Apps for your phone:

Click here for the Remind App for iPhone.

Click here for the Remind App for Android.

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  • FREE(minum)
  • Online bulletin board
  • Can be moderated
  • Post links, images, videos, or upload files.
  • Anyone can post to them.

There is a Chrome Extension as well. Click here to add it to Chrome.

For more ideas for the classroom, click here.

QR Codes:

Create a QR code for any URL. If a person has a device with a QR read app installed, they can scan the QR and get to the information.

QR Reader/Scanner:

i-nigma is my preferred QR reader. Click here for the Apple version.Click here for the Android version.

QR Creators:

You have to have a plan for efficiently creating QR codes. There are two quick ways:

Click here for information on how to create QRs.

Click here for information on helping parents understand QRs.

Symbaloo (EDU)

SymbalooEDU is a free educational tool that allows teachers and students to save their online resources in the cloud with access from any device. Teachers can easily save their favorite web 2.0 sites to a webmix with just a few clicks then share it with colleagues or students. With an account a users resources are available on any iPhone, PC, Mac and iPad.

Click here for a Smore on Symbaloo Basics.

#2 Collect and Curate Content

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How do you get better at what you do? How do you connect? How do you discover content relevant to your current assignment? Once you find content, what do you do with it? How do you "save" it? How do you find it once it is saved?

It is now a choice for an educator to remain in isolation and ignore the opportunity to connect, learn and become better teachers for their students.~ANDREW T. GARCIA

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A way to manage the information is Diigo.


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#3 Calibrate (How to Know What They Know)


This alternative is a good option for 1 iPad classrooms.

Plickers is a rapid-response classroom polling tool that uses paper cards rather than mobile devices for student responses.

To conduct a poll, a teacher creates a question and projects it on-screen. Students hold up their custom response cards (each card is different), turning the cards in different orientations to indicate their answers (one side up for A, another side up for B, and so on). The teacher holds up a device (like an iPad or Android) and Plickers does two thing: 1. recognizes the students by name and 2. scans students’ responses, which are recorded. Responses can be automatically projected on a screen in the classroom, and teachers can track each student's responses over time.

Click here for more information from Plickers.

Plickers can be used by the teacher from an Android or iPhone/iPad. Apps are available from the website.


ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.

Click here for ClassDojo video resources.


  • ClassDojo has completed some upgrades recently. It allows multiple users on the same class group. (Team teachers can see each class)
  • You can customize the criteria=This could be used for something other than "conduct." You could use it for Guided Reading standards, competencies, etc.

Android App

iPhone/iPad App


Kahoot is a website that allows you to create and deliver quizzes to any type of device. As a teacher, you can insert images into the questions as well as videos. You also control the pace of the quiz and set time limits per questions. Students earn points based on accuracy and the speed at which they respond. Results can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. Kahoot is usually a "crowd pleaser." Click here for a short video.


  • Once students get the gist of Kahoot, put the responsibility of creating the questions and answer choices on them. For secondary students, they could email you the information that would allow you to copy and paste to create the quiz.
  • Look in the "public" section of Kahoot to find 1.3+MILLION of quizzes already made. Just search for your topic of review. You can duplicate the quiz and then edit to customize the content.

Teacher site:

Student site:

#4 Creating Content


ThingLink is a web-based tool for embedding multimedia content in an image or collection of images. The image-embedding process, for both teachers and students, simply involves uploading an image and linking it to other resources on the web. Links can lead users to informational webpages, audio recordings, and videos. Prompts guide users most of the way, and there's a Search Content option, which helps support the embedding process with links to commonly used web resources.

Click here for the Andriod App.

Click here for the iPad/iPhone App


Thematic is a tool to create simple (limited text) and visual projects. Projects can contain up to 20 photos with limited text boxes. Super easy to create visual stories or supports.


Stupeflix is a web application to make awesome videos in a few clicks.
Select a video style, pick photos, videos, music, add text, and you're done.

You can import photos, videos from your computer or from the web. You can use photos from your Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa or Flickr accounts. You can even use your webcam to record.
Add a soundtrack by uploading a song or choosing one from our library. You can also add a voice-over file or use our computer voices that will read your text.
Then tell your story with text slides and captions on top of photos and videos.

Stupeflix as an iPhone/iPad sister named Replay.

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