Kristin's Technology Tips

April 20, 2015

Why Teach Technology?

“To understand their world we must be willing to immerse ourselves in that world. We must embrace the new digital reality. If we can’t relate, if we don’t get it, we won’t be able to make schools relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation.”

Ian Jukes

5th Grade TEK of the Week

5) Digital citizenship. The student practices safe, responsible, legal, and ethical

behavior while using digital tools and resources. The student is expected to:

(A) adhere to acceptable use policies reflecting positive social behavior in the

digital environment.

This TEK place a responsibility on the teacher to teach students ethics in our changing world. CISD has in place an acceptable use policy that all students and staff must follow. This is very important for the safety of all children living in a digital world. Students must know how to communicate online, what to say and not to say and who they can talk to. There are many online resources to help cover these topics like: NetSmart, Stay Safe Online, and iSAFE.

6th Grade TEK of the Week

(5) Digital citizenship. The student practices safe, responsible, legal, and ethical behavior while using technology tools and resources. The student is expected to:

(A) understand copyright principles, including current laws, fair use guidelines, creative commons, open source, and public domain.

Understanding copyright laws and fair use guidelines can be difficult to understand for a 6th grader or even an adult. It is our duty to brush up on the laws that we should follow when it comes to the internet so that we can instruct our students as legitimately as possible. Here are several websites that can help you understand the laws. Understanding the Basics of Copyright laws, The Internet and Copyright, U. S. Copyright Office - Fair Use, and Copyright Infringement and File Sharing

Technology Tip of the Week - Online Flashcard Creator


    1. Go to (Use Google Chrom)

    2. Follow the on-screen instructions and prompts to:

    3. Make a copy of the provided Google Spreadsheet. (Login to your Google Drive)
    4. Enter your questions in column 1 and answers in column 2.

    5. Click on File then go down to Publish the spreadsheet and copy the URL

    6 Return to

    7. Paste the URL you copied

    8. Click the “Go” button.

    9. Use the icon in the lower right corner to flip and advance the flash cards

    10. Click the “Share” button to get the URL and/or a QR code for your published flippity cards.

Classroom ideas:

  • Could be used for any content areas

  • If the “questions” are links to online images, the images will show on the flash cards!

  • Students could submit questions and answers via a Google form and they could be compiled into a classroom set of flashcards.