Technology Tidbits

Technology News for Today's Classroom

Welcome Fall!!

What a whirl wind start to another school year! Fall is already upon us and I am excited to have had the opportunity to teach several of your classes, meet with grade levels to plan and support technology integration with your students in classrooms. Thank you to those of you who have attended the technology PD's on Tuesdays. Starting in November I will offer Mega Bite Monday's. 20 -60 minute quick technology workshops introducing emerging technologies for your instruction. The iGeneration book study has begun if you are interested in joining there is still time let me know!

October is Connected Educator Month!

Get connected with these great professional resources.

For the Twitter fans: Check out #vbff “Virginia Beach Follow Friday” recommendations begin Friday, Oct. 23rd and #vbedchat Oct. 27th

MegaBite Mondays

Starting in November MegaBite Mondays will begin! These informal 15-20 minute sessions will introduce emerging technologies for your instruction. The sessions will be divided to accommodate busy schedules. The first half will be direct instruction, the second half will be available for hands on deeper instruction. Everyone welcome to attend. If you have a great tool you are using present to the group! Our first session will be on Nearpod and Classflow.

Integration Innovators

If you are interesting in joining a team of teachers to lead and support technology integration in our building, learn more about how to weave personalized learning and multiple pathways into your classroom join us Monday, October 19th in the courtyard to sound off and share ideas about how to better utilize technology in our building with the resources we have. Over the course of the year we will address hot topics, trends and develop strategies to better support our peers and students.

Hot Apps for October


Nearpod seamlessly combines interactive presentation, collaboration, creativity and real-time assessment into one tool using iPads and other mobile devices.

Chatter Pix

Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk -- pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports.

Trading Card Generator
ReadWriteThink now has an online Trading Card Generatorthat will allow you and your students to create and print customized trading cards. This can be easily linked into any lesson as a way to remember and quiz information. You can create cards about people, places, events or objects by entering the appropriate information.

NEW NEW!!! Britannica School Inquiry Based Research

Find this great resource in Density!

Book WIzard

Have you ever wondered what reading level as book is rated for at the library or your local bookstore. Wonder no more! Scholastic has a website called Book Wizard and it has now released an Apple App which allows you to scan the ISBN of a book and get a synopsis of the book as well as the Lexile and DRA level of the book.


ZipGrade has a limited free version but as a teacher you can get a year subscription for $7. This app allows you to create a class list and print custom multiple choice answer forms. After the assessment is given, the teacher or student can scan their answer sheet with an iPad or iPhone and get instance feedback on how well the student scored.