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Tech Tools in the K-12 Classroom

This newsletter tries to provide you with resources, articles, tools, and information that may be new to you and hopefully will be useful for you and/or your students in the classroom. The resources are constantly changing, adapting, and improving so each newsletter will include various tools and information discovered through conferences, webinars, magazines, emails, blogs, and whatever else I can get my hands on!


**If you have trouble getting the links to work in the email version try clicking on "view it in your browser" at the top of the email.**

Here's What May be New to You!

Digital Learning Day is February 17th!

Register for live webcasts, twitter chats, and online conversations revolving around how great teaching combined with effective technology is positively impacting schools; particularly those that serve diverse communities beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Sphero Lesson Planning Ideas

"By now many of you and your students may have seen the newest Star Wars movie and BB8, the rolling robot who is one of the characters. Sphero is a ball robot that is affordable and can be used in a variety of instructional settings. We wrote a grant to provide a Sphero for each of the media centers in our district. Here is the intro Google Doc that the tech team put together to introduce Sphero."


Get access to the full Google doc here.


Courtesy of:

Char Shryock

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Bay Village City Schools

Twitter: @edtechgirl

Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels for Learning

Here are the top channels worth following based on views, subscriptions, and quality of content.

They are nicely broken out into categories:


  • general
  • physical science
  • engineering & technology
  • math
  • politics, history & current events
  • the arts
  • learning a foreign language
  • university channels
5 Level Taxonomy of AI in Learning

In the world of learning, AI is not about dystopian fantasies or aping teachers. AI is already being used by almost every learner, through that algorithmic tool Google. It is already being used in predictive analytics and in adaptive learning.

Theme Poems

"Get kids writing poetry with fun shapes and themes. Students can click on the category they are most interested in (nature, school, sports, celebrations, or shapes), and then choose a theme. They can then type eight words or phrases to describe the theme. These words become prewriting to help students create and type a poem on the theme they have chosen. Once the title has been added, students can finish their work. The completed picture poem is displayed in black and white for students to print, save, or share. Kids will love to write and publish their own poems on these fun and inspirational themes!" (Tech & Learning ~ Courtesy of Knovation ~ 01/12/2016)


View the entire article here.

4 Infographics to Transform Your Teaching in 2016

"I often create infographics to help inspire teachers to try new ways to integrate technology or share ideas. Below are 4 infographics I created to help you integrate mobile learning, engage your learners with lesson starters, help you become a teacherpreneur, and use web tools and devices effectively. Click on the icon to discover a page full of tips and free resources." (Tech & Learning ~ Courtesy of Shelly Terrell ~ 01/13/2016)


~Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at teacherrebootcamp.com.~


View the entire article here.

Patenting Pedagogy?

"Experts attempt to make sense of Khan Academy's patent application for A/B testing in education -- and whether it can even be patented."

Doc to Form Add-on for Google

The doc-to-form add-on for Google allows you to take Google Doc text and create it into a Google Form. The steps are easy and the whole process takes no time at all. The only catch....is that you only get 10 'free' questions then you are asked to make a donation, (minimum of $3.00), to have the ability to add up to 50 questions.


Click here to visit the site.

Exporting Grades from Google Classroom and Importing into Gradebook

I have had quite a few questions lately about the ability to import grades out of Google Classroom into Progressbook's Gradebook so I decided to share these guides for those who are wanting to do this. **If someone has figured out an easier and more effective way to do this please share with me so I can share with others.** :)


If you have standards based assignments please click here for step-by-step instructions.


If you have regular assignments please click here for step-by-step instructions.


Use this guide to pull student ID's out of Gradebook (you need these for the import).

Inside the Creepy VR World of 'Sisters'

VR for the big leagues will require people with compelling narratives, advanced computing skills, high-level design talent and an imaginative flair for bringing other worlds to life.

Join My Web 2.0 Tools Group

Join my Diigo group to gain access to all the 2.0 tools I have found, and bookmarked, over the last few years! A great way to keep up with what's new and what may be of interest to you.

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