It's Tech Tuesday!

May 17, 2016

Whooo's Reading?

Tired of AR? Want to motivate next year's students to read every night? Do you want to encourage your students to write for their audience of classmates, and assess their reading comprehension from a phone, tablet or computer? Check out Whooo's Reading Free.

Flying Soon?

Whether you're a frequent flyer or haven't flown in years, you may have wondered about certain sounds or phrases you hear while in the air. When hurtling through the air in a metallic cylinder at 600 mph, it's nice to know that the strange things you hear and see don't mean you're going to die. Here's what not to worry about according to Reader's Digest.

Motivating students as school comes to a close with Arcademics

Looking for ideas to keep students engaged as the school year comes to a close? Mr. Patschke encourgages you to try these out:


  • Multiplayer Edu-Games: Online gaming is a great way to motivate students - they can play and keep up on their math facts and language skills. Race with Grand Prix Multiplication or try any of our other games.
  • Class vs. Class Contest: Challenge a peer classroom to a game assignment using Arcademics Plus - the class earning the most points in a time period wins.
  • Beat the Teacher: Join multiplayer games with your students and compete against them. Put your game on a projector or whiteboard and give a prize to whoever can beat you.

For more ideas, check out ways teachers are using Arcademics.

How to insert word art into Google Docs

Word Art isn't just for Microsoft Word- you can add it to Google Docs, too. Adding Word Art is a great way to add some visual punch to your document, and it's super simple:


  1. In your Google Doc, go to Insert > Drawing.
  2. Go to Actions > Word Art.
  3. In the text box that pops up, enter in the text you’d like to work on.
  4. Format the text as you wish, whether it’s changing the fill color, outline color, etc.
  5. Hit “Save & Close” to insert the Word Art into your document.


Watch the short video clip to see how it's done:

How to Insert Word Art Into Google Docs

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Fun Tech Facts part I

Here are some interesting tech facts from websitemagazine.com:


  1. On eBay, there is an average of $680 worth of transactions every second.
  2. 91% of all adults ahve their mobile phone within arm's reach every hour of every day.
  3. There are 6.8 billion people on the planet and 4 billion of them use a mobile phone. Only 3.5 billion of them use a toothbrush!
  4. Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in a garage.
  5. 25% of Americans use only a mobile device to use the Internet.
  6. There are 271 million mobile subscribers in the United States alone, and the numbers are quickly growing.
  7. 220 million tons of old computers and other technology devices are trashed in the United States each year.
  8. 90% of text messages are read within three minutes of being delivered.
  9. 30 million individuals watch television programming from their mobile phones.
  10. The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, sent 250,000 emails, instant messages, and text messages, and has spent 10,000 hours on a mobile phone alone.

More in next week's Tech Tuesday, the last Tech Tuesday for the 2015-16 school year!

And Finally...

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