Kristin's Technology Tips

Feb. 9, 2015

Why Teach Technology?

Through the study of technology applications, students make informed decisions by understanding current and emerging technologies, including technology systems, appropriate digital tools, and personal learning networks. As competent researchers and responsible digital citizens, students use creative and computational thinking to solve problems while developing career and college readiness skills.

TEK of the Week

In this section of my weekly news letter I will be going through the Technology Application TEKS (TATEKS) one by one. It is very important to learn these and know how to use them in your classroom because it is required that all teachers integrate the TATEKS into their curriculum. Please try at least one new thing a week. The more you use it the more naturally it will flow in your lesson.

Each week I will be going over one TATEK from each grade level, describing what that TATEK means and give ideas of how you can incorporate it into your lessons.

I hope this will help us all to get to know the TATEKS and improve learning at Vogel.

TCEA Conference 2015

Creating a Dropbox in Google Drive

Gone are the days when students complete a paper worksheet and then put it in the wire box on the teacher’s desk. In today’s world, students are creating digital projects using a variety of tools on computers and mobile devices.

It can become difficult for the teacher to find and keep track of all of the students’ digital products/projects. One solution is to have students use tools that will provide a URL for their finished product, and then to collect those URLs using a Google form.

Assignment Dropbox Instructions:


The Teacher Will:

  1. Go to: http://docs.google.com and log into his/her account, or Conroe Google Portal.

  2. Create a form with the following (or similar) fields:
    – Class (optional)
    – First Name
    – Last Name
    – Project Name
    – Notes/Description (optional)
    – URL

  3. Click the blue send form button at the bottom of the page to view the URL for this form.

  4. Shorten the URL of the published form (use http://tinyurl.com or another shortener) and share it with the students, or embed the form into a blog, wiki, or webpage.

Note – Once the dropbox form is created, it can be used over and over again.