The Chic & Trendy Classroom

Ideas to Spruce Up Your Teaching

Trendy Thoughts:

* Make your communication interesting.

* Make your classroom lively.

* Draw in the interest of students (and parents).

* Do more than is required.

* Keep stakeholders informed.

* Have fun.

Resources & Examples

Using SoundCloud

SoundCloud is a free website that allows you to search for and use audio clips. These clips range from music to news to book excerpts. Throughout this newsletter, you will see SoundCloud items, but these could also be used in announcements, feedback, etc.


Georgia On My Mind | Ray Charles by concordmusicgroup

General Web Searches

General web searches can be used to find images for announcements, newsletters, etc. Searches can also be used to find resources and videos that could be incorporated into feedback, discussions, synchronous sessions, and more.

Animation Factory

On this site, instructors can find clipart, animated clipart, PowerPoint backgrounds, PowerPoint templates, and more. This is a PowerPoint template, used to create an announcement, then saved as a picture.


PowerPoint can be used in a number of ways. Of course, it is a great tool to use for presentations. However, it can also be used to create images on slides, which can be used for pictures. Take a look at the examples below.


Smore can be used to create newsletters for students, parents, or colleagues. These can incorporate images, sound, video, calendar events, embedded links, and more. The Smore to the right was used as a student newsletter.

Example Smores:


This website compiles PDF or Word documents into a flipbook to read. This is a great way to present multiple documents to stakeholders. Below is an example of a flipbook:


This website can be used to create a variety of images. Below are some samples:


This website can be used to create cartoons that can be used in courses.

Word Clouds



Image Chef:

These sites allow you to take a compilation of words and create an image. Here are some samples:


This is said to be an alternative to PowerPoint. It can create cartoon videos to convey information in a creative way. Take a look at the demo video below.

How to create animated presentations. PowToon - The PowerPoint Alternative


Glogster is an interactive poster program. It can be used to display images, files, sound clips, video, etc. This is a great tool to present a large amount of information in a creative way. Click the link below to see a sample:


Animoto is a video creator program. Use images and text to create a video set to music. Ideas for using this program could include almost anything. Videos 30 seconds or less are free, but a subscription will allow more time and template choices. Below are some samples:

Welcome Reminders:

The Giver - A Novel Overview:

Teacher Bio Video:

National Public Radio

Nikki Giovanni's Tweet Poem - NPR Tell Me More by National Public Radio


Imagechef is a free program that allows text to be inserted into template pictures. Take a look at the ideas below.


This website is a free tool used to record audio. The audio can be used in feedback, announcements, and more.

This site can be used to create informative infographics! Take a look at these examples:

Polluted Soil:

A Kitchen Remodel

Blood Pressure Basics:‎

This can be used to create charts, graphs, and other graphic organizers. It is free and easy to use! This might be used to show information to students, or to have students present material.

Toys in My House (One I Created)

Homerun Leaders by Season Since 1901

Popular Female Cat Names


Use Voki to create talking avatars. These can be used in presentations, announcements, etc. Vokis can be linked or embedded, and can incorporate typed text or voice messages.

Zapping Wizard

Sample for Students

Chic & Trendy Demo


Jing is a free program, which can be used to take screen captures and annotate images, or to record videos under 5 minutes in length. These videos can be used to give tutorials, respond to questions, explain assignments, or show process on a desktop. Watch the demo video below for more ideas.

How to Use Jing to Screen Capture / Record

Phaisal Hanbuntrong

American Pie - Don McLean by Phaisal Hanbuntrong

Embedding YouTube

Within D2L, items can be embedded into announcements and feedback. This is a great way to provide some hip and trendy feedback. The video below is from YouTube, but is from the Flocabulary group. This particular video is discussing the Solar System.

Flocabulary - Solar System

Ways to Use the Items Above

~ Announcements

~ Feedback

~ Email

~ Tutorials

~ Newsletters

Stuff for You

Feel free to use any of these images for announcements, newsletters, etc. You will find the image and the HTML code below it. If you copy and paste the HTML code, it will automatically insert the picture for you.

Need Help Getting Started

<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: 10pt; color: #800080;">Need help getting started?</span></strong></p>

<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: 10pt; color: #800080;"><img src="/content/enforced/402428-201303_13956_13424/Where-do-I-start.jpeg" alt="" title="" /></span></strong></p>

<p style="text-align: center;"></p>

<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva; font-size: 10pt; color: #800080;"><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800080;">Click here to view "getting started" video.</span></a></span></strong></p>

Contact Us for More Help

Mrs. Kelly Gardner

I have been working with GaVS since 2007. I am an English/Language Arts Instructor, but I have also been a part of several other areas including: developing courses, mentoring teachers, reviewing courses, grading credit recovery, and blogging. I received the GaVS Master Teacher certification and was a 2012 Teacher of the Year finalist. I have enjoyed growing with Georgia Virtual School and look forward to what lies ahead.

Mrs. Victoria Barbour

I have 6 years of teaching mathematics in education. I have worked in online education since 2011 as a Math Teacher, Department Chairperson and venturing into the world of a Content Developer. I am currently Department Chair for the Math Department. I also have mentored new teachers, reviewed courses, and collaborated with other instructors for 2012 - 2013 professional development series opportunities.

Mrs. Stephanie Arrington

I attended the State University at Potsdam for two years before transferring to the State University College at Buffalo where I earned my Bachelors in Math. I later attended the University of Phoenix earning a Masters in Education. After graduation, I taught eighth grade math for 4 years. Then I transferred to a nearby high school and taught math for 4 years and computer science for 3 years. I have been working for Georgia Virtual for 3 years and have been the math department chair for 1 year.