ACS Elementary Tech TidBits

Instructional Technology Resources & Celebrations

April 20, 2015

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Where is Alyson this week?

My schedule for this week is below.

  • Monday- Central Office
  • Tuesday- Open for Appointments
  • Wednesday- BES
  • Thursday- CES
  • Friday- JNES
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Cool Tech Tool: Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets can be used across contents and grade levels. This app is fun and easy to use for storytelling and creating! Below are a few ideas for how Sock Puppets might be used in your classroom.

Students/teachers can create puppet shows to:

  1. Explain a science concept.
  2. Retell a story.
  3. Tell about an event from history.
  4. Share information about a famous person.
  5. Model appropriate social behavior.
  6. Tell jokes. (Knock-knock jokes work well!)

Find More ideas here:

Sock Puppets Example:

Top Five Facts About Cheetahs
Sock Puppets Tutorial:
How To Use Sock Puppets App
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Free & Fun Learning Opportunity: EdCamp Birmingham

Join Us!?!

We are getting a group together to attend EdCamp Birmingham on May 2nd at Trace Crossings Elementary School in Hoover. We'd love to have you join us! If you've never attended an EdCamp, you should prepare to be hooked on the "unconference" experience.

Attendance is free and breakfast and lunch are provided--along with some pretty cool door prizes and a day all about what YOU WANT TO LEARN! To learn more about exactly what an "unconference" is, check out the links below.

Get your free ticket and learn more here:

What is an EdCamp:

Hear from EdCampers:

Want to carpool? Send me an email:

What is an EdCamp?

Find out more here:
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Athens City Schools Elementary Tech Integration


Great things are happening in Athens City Elementary Schools! This week was full of learning across our district. Check out some of the happenings below:

First Grade Film Makers!

Mrs. Ward's first graders at BES are creating iMovies to share what they are learning in their Sound Unit. Check out one student's debut iMovie below. This project required a very small amount of teacher direction and a very large amount of student excitement!

Photos for SOUND Unit:

These copyright free photos will work with our 1st grade sound unit and are also a match to most sound effects available in iMovie! From:

Direct Link to Files:

Trying Out Cool New Tech Tools for Learning!

Trying ChatterPix Kids at JNES!

ChatterPix Kids at JNES 1
ChatterPix Kids at JNES 2

ACS District Data Meeting & Classroom Visits

Lots of high quality teaching and learning were seen this week for the district data meeting and classroom visits at Cowart Elementary and Julian Newman Elementary. It was exciting to see that technology integration was plentiful! Examples of technology in action included: plentiful use of QR Codes, Project Based Learning, KeyNote presentations, research using Alabama Virtual Library (AVL), teacher and student use of Google Docs, and interactive student use of the Promethean Boards.
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Social Media- Learning & Sharing in Athens City!

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