Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for September 22, 2015

Exciting App!

Blue Horn, art teacher at Greystone Elementary, discovered a cool iPad app last week. Quiver combines physical coloring with augmented reality technology to create a truly magical experience. To print coloring pages, go to http://quivervision.com/ then have fun coloring and playing with this amazing app!

Check this out!

2D to 3D - art, math, science, social studies, etc. Click here for sample using "The Dot" print out sheet.

Check This Out!

Selecting the perfect app for your classroom can be overwhelming. Below is a link to a website which suggests apps by grade level, subject, and common core standard.


Tech Tip

Google Sheets Add-on

When using a rubric for grading projects, I often wondered if there was an easier way. I would have a stack of printed rubrics, and shuffled those around with me until all projects were graded. Now that I am out of the classroom, I have discovered a Google Sheets Add-on that solves the problem and makes a teacher's life easier. Online Rubric is a Google Sheet add-on that enables you to create rubrics, enter scores, and email scores to parents all from one place.

To add Online Rubric simply,

1. Go to Google Sheets

2. Select Add-ons

3. Search and select Online Rubrics

4. Add

Online Rubric Tutorial

Need Help?

Check out the latest schedule of PD opportunities in October featuring Google Sites and Interactive Whiteboard.


Karen Darroch's Schedule: I will be out of town Monday, September 28th through Wednesday, September 30th attending the AETA Fall Conference.

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary (Out of town September 29th)

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary (Out of town September 30th)

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

Link to Help Form: http://goo.gl/forms/FSrkrKVktU

Link to Frequently Asked Questions: http://bit.ly/1Lit5k3 (Content added daily!)

Sara Carpenter's Blog: http://www.techcoachtimes.blogspot.com/

Time to Share!

What are some of your favorite apps and how do you use them in the classroom? Please add your favorites to create a resource for all K-5 teachers. There is a tab for Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Creative. Select the link below and share! Thank you to those who have contributed. I would love for this to become a resource we can all use.


Code Lessons

Contributed by:

Amanda Walker

Bluff Park Elementary

If you haven't signed up to do a coding lesson with Karen, I would highly recommend it! She worked with the students in programming their Automatic Realization Machines (the student's arm) to color squares on graph paper using simple directions. Her method was very hands on and engaging. My students were absolutely captivated the entire time they were working on their programs with pen and paper. They even groaned when asking to clean up so we could move on to the next activity. This is lesson is perfect for understanding the importance of following step by step directions in and outside the computer world. Sign up now!

Contact Me!

I would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons I am teaching in the classrooms.

  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read a Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Center with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons

Please email me or fill out the help form to schedule a day and time.

I would love to learn from you! Please invite me into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.