Tech Tidbits From Your ITS

Google Classrooms Are Here!!!

Virginia Beach is now a Google School System. Teachers and Students now have access to Google Classrooms as well as Google Apps For Education (GAFE). This is an exciting tool for classroom management as well as collaboration. Accounts are active but email is blocked to keep students from using it at this point.

To activate your login, use Chrome to go to and click sign in in the upper right corner. You will sign in with your network logon name and "". Your password is your network password. GAFE are very easy to use and starting this month, I can offer grade level or one-on-one training to get you up and running. For now, log in and take a look around. If you are interested in taking that first step to becoming a paper free classroom, this is a great way to start.

Join Our Google Classroom!

After you activate your login, please take a moment to join the Tech Topic classroom (either Malibu or Windsor Woods) so we can have a virtual collaborative space!

Click on the + in the upper right corner (next to your email) to join a class. Use the following classroom code (for the appropriate school) to join our Tech Topic Classroom!

Malibu Tech Topic - ew23ok

Windsor Woods Tech Topic - 5r8hya

Google Docs (Google Chrome)

Google Docs has many fantastic qualities which include FREE, mondo collaboration features and a voice to text tool. This allows students to speak text and have it convert to printed text. This definitely helps the lower grades as well as many of our special education students. It is not fool proof so some word don't come out exactly as they are spoken but it is a great tool none the less.

Google Forms (Google Chrome)

Do you need a quick way to gather information without having to type it all yourself? Or are you planning an election and don't want to total all the ballots by hand? Do you want to give a quick multiple choice formative assessment that is graded by the computer? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you definitely need to take a look at Google Forms!

Google Slides (Google Chrome)

Like Google Docs, the collaboration in Google Slides is out of this world! With Google Slides, everyone can work together in the same presentation at the same time! As a teacher, you can upload your previously made PowerPoints, turning them into Google Slides and embed or link them so students and parents can access current versions of your presentation. Anytime, anywhere.

Clearly (Google Chrome)

Are you tired of not being able to see what you want on a website because there is alot of extra clutter and ads? Clearly will clean the website right up. It installs as a Chrome extension so any website you are viewing, all you need to do is click the Clearly icon to clear it right up.

Jamie Frederick

Instructional Technology Specialist
Malibu ES & Windsor Woods ES