Tech Tidbits with Traci

April 22, 2015

A Technology Newsletter from Porter Elementary School in Porter , Texas USA

This is one of the easiest, coolest things I've seen done with Google Drawings. Remember the old magnets that had words on them that you could use to make poetry on your refrigerator? Here's the digital version! Have your students follow the link to make a copy of the document. They can then drag the "magnetic" tiles to make poems! They can create new tiles with using the shape button and text feature!

If you do this with your students, please share some with me! If you'd like me to come get your class started on this awesome project, please email me to set up a time!


Please make sure that your students understand that their passwords are secure pieces of information that should not be shared. NCISD elementary campuses have seen increased issues with students using technology in the classroom. One of the biggest issues is students accessing other students' login information and sending emails or accessing inappropriate sites from another student's account.

If you have any questions or need help changing passwords, please let me know.

Splat Symphony

Awesome fun for our youngest Eagles! All the fun and none of the cleanup! Not only can you create a "splat painting" by flinging various color and size balls of paint at a blank canvas, but you can HEAR your art, too, since every splat color and placement has a different sound. You can then click the music button to "play" your painting.

MORE Augmented Reality

is an app which brings children's coloring to 3D life with augmented reality and lets them use their creations in on-screen games. Download the coloring pages and watch them come to life with your tablets using the Chromeville App from the Google Play Store.

Creating Animation on the Chromebooks

ABCya Animate is a web-based tool from ABCya that allows students to create animated GIFs containing up to 100 frames. On ABCya Animate students build their animation creations by drawing, typing, and inserting images. Students can change the background of each frame, include new pictures in each frame, and change the text in each frame of their animations. The feature that I like best about ABCya Animate is that students can see the previous frames of their animations while working on a current frame. This helps students know where to position items in each frame in order to make their animations as smooth as possible. Students do not need to register on ABCya Animate in order to use the tool or to save their animations. When students click "save" on ABCya Animate their creations are downloaded as GIFs. Super fun with lots of potential for curriculum integration!

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