Technology Integration

for Teacher & Student Success!

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media

  • You can sign up for an account.
  • Go to Educators, then Scope & Sequence.
  • Modules listed by grade level, complete lesson plans with teaching prompts, videos, and worksheets
  • Materials are available for download as a PDF or can be accessed directly from the webpage.
  • Teachers can supplement and add their own materials.
  • Professional Development- Teachers Can Get Certified Online

A curation of my favorite technology integration ideas...

It's a work in progress so keep checking back for new ideas.
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Do you know ALEX?

  • ALEX is the # 1 Education Web Portal in the Nation!
  • ALEX- Alabama Learning Exchange
  • ALEX provides a one-stop shop for education resources for Alabama (or any state) teachers.
  • It directly links with Thinkfinity resources!
  • Get to know ALEX. It could be your new BFF!

Creating Your Personal Workspace

Establishing an ALEX account allows you to create personal workspace for storing and submitting lesson plans and teacher web pages.

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Technology Help

GCF Learn Free

Whether you are new to the computer, returning for review or just want to gain more 21st century skills, their free computer tutorials can help. From Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to Apple, they have a wide range of free technology tutorials to choose from.


Using Video in the Classroom

  • Do you often find yourself getting frustrated because that great video resource that you chose for your lesson either: won't load, site is blocked, internet is slow or not working at all?
  • One way to combat this problem is to download the video to your computer before you teach the lesson.
  • Try using

1. Find your video on You Tube.

2. Copy the link.

3. Open Keepvid in a new browser tab.

4. Paste the link and click download.

5. You may have to choose Run or Allow the first time.

6. Keepvid offers several options for downloading your video.

Other Ways to Download Video

  • You could also install Real Player on your computer. It now has a "download video" link.
  • Install the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer. Install one of the MANY free video downloader add-ons.

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning: Explained.

People Worth Checking Out!

All Things Social Media

Have You Tried Hoot Suite?

HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard.

So basically, you can view your twitter, facebook, and instagram accounts on the Internet, all at the same time!

50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter

Recently Favorited Tweets

edutopia ‏@edutopia 3 ways to create a space where #students are empowered to learn:

We Are Teachers ‏@WeAreTeachers 21 Pins outlining close reading strategies #engchat #tlchat #libchat #elemchat

NEA ‏@NEAToday 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools by @IngviOmarsson. What would you add? #edchat

edutopia ‏@edutopia How (& why) to put #assessments in context for students: . #testing #students


What learning intelligence do you use most?

A great tool for getting to know how your students learn best.


They give you a blank wall.
You put anything you want on it, anywhere.
Simple, yet powerful.

Answer Garden

Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll.

Read Write Think Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing. The tool provides a quick way for students to trace out options and rearrange connections. Students can use the Webbing Tool to analyze readings as well as a prewriting activity and flowcharting tool.

Technology Classroom Management Tip

3 Before Me Rule

Using technology in the classroom, can be overwhelming for a teacher. Do you often find yourself spending instructional time solving tech problems or answering tech questions? Try this rule with your students ...

The "3 Before Me" rule simply means that your students must ask 3 classmates for help before they come to you.

This teaches them both problem-solving and collaboration skills but it also helps to keep you from getting too overwhelmed.

App Spotlight


"When I was trying to set up my classroom iPads I wanted to create an account without having the give credit card information. Here is how to do it." -Whitney Angus

Before you create an account.

Go to the iTunes store w/out signing in.


Download the app (Click "Free").

Click Create New Account in the dialog box that pops up.

Go through the forms until you get to Payment options.

The "none" option should be there.

Done. You need to start with an app that is MADE BY APPLE.


Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices

Splashtop App for Education

  • The Splashtop App allows you to view and control all of your applications and lessons on your computer, including Keynote and PowerPoint.
  • It turns your iPad into a slate (Mobi).
  • You can also turn your device into an interactive whiteboard and annotate over content.
  • Students can view the teachers computer directly on their mobile device without leaving their seat.
  • Watch the video to see the app in action!
Splashtop Classroom Introduction

Quick How-To

Google Drive

Create a collaborative concept web or map.

New Drawing in Google Drive.

Create a template.

Have students do the rest.

The Teaching Channel

  • Want to see other teachers in action?
  • All videos are aligned with Common Core.
  • There are some great videos of GREAT teachers doing what they do best.
  • An EXCELLENT resource for perfecting your craft.


I love it because as a teacher, we don’t have a lot of extra time. Twitter offers a way to give and receive short bursts of information; which is exactly what I need so that I don’t get overwhelmed with text. It also gives me a way to share information with parents, students, and the community. I also get to brag on you all! ;)

"Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages to groups of friends. But where's the user manual for Twitter? Where do new Twitter users go to learn about Tweeting, retweets, hashtags and customizing your Twitter profile? Where do you go if you want to know all about building a community on Twitter, or using Twitter for business? How can you find advanced tools for using Twitter on your phone or your desktop? To answer all these questions and more, we've assembled The Twitter Guide Book, a complete collection of resources for mastering Twitter. Happy Tweeting!"

- Pete Cashmore, @Mashable

People to Follow in Our Area:

@thehodgenator- AP Language Arts Teacher at Sparkman High (uses Twitter with her students for class)















@HGHSLunchlady - They post the daily lunch menu! J



Many, many, many, many more…

100 Ways To Use Twitter In Education, By Degree Of Difficulty

Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown.

These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure.

How might we use Twitter in the Classroom?

1. Project brainstorming

2. Sharing online resources (internet sites)

3. Connecting to others around the world

4. Publishing or sharing links to published work.

5. Publicity for important events, blog posts, websites, podcasts, videos, live meetings/discussions, etc.

6. Twitter can serve as a resource to get help.

7. Twitter can serve as your support group when struggling with a difficult task.

8. Twitter provides a way to virtually attend confererences, workshops, conventions, etc. (via #hashtags).

9. Back channel during lecture (using event specfic hashtags ie. #newtonfirstlaw) -- students can go back to Twitter to review, reflect, study key points shared

10. Back channel during videos/slideshows

11. Back channel during student presentations

30 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom (Google Presentation)

The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Teachers (Updated)

100 Ways to Teach with Twitter

Audio Files of Twitter Use in High School (3 45-sec mp3 files) --- Great stuff!

Some Ways Teachers Might Use Twitter in the Secondary Classroom

Lee Kolbert's Twitter in Education: What does it really look like? (blog post of ideas and challenges of starting to use Twitter in schools)

Twitter in the Classroom: Secondary School Ideas (wiki)

A Refreshingly Simple Guide To Twitter For Teachers