Tech Nuggets

May 2015

Summer Techology Learning Opportunites

This summer we are offering Intel Courses, Online Tech Challenges and face-to-face Technology Workshops. All courses, challenges and workshops are FREE with opportunities to earn PD points or graduate credit hours from Baker University. Each Graduate credit is $65. Click the link below to view all the course descriptions and to access the registration forms.

Get Summer Technology Training Reminders

Ms. Lehman has set-up a Remind class for USD 495 Tech Integration. She will use this to send out reminders of technology trainings this summer.

When you sign up, you can opt to receive these reminders as text messages and/or email messages. Your information is kept private, even I won't be able to see your contact information.

To join the class, go to this website - USD 495 Tech. You will be asked to enter your contact information (phone number or email) and then click enter. If you sign up by phone, a message will be sent to you with a code you need to enter and submit. If you sign up by email, you will receive a message (you may need to check your Spam for this) with a verification link. Click it to confirm your subscription.

Once you've joined the class, you're all set. As new reminders are sent out, you will receive them on your phone or email. If you decide at some point that you want to unsubscribe from usd495tech, refer to the instructions on this document - USD 495 Tech Integration.


In April, Ms. Lehman demonstrated the online assessment tool Kahoot. Several of you have used some of the pre-created Kahoot games in your classroom already. Under the direction of Mrs. Lucas, the 4th graders are creating a Kahoot game for the students at Phinney. If you are interested in creating your own Kahoot game, check out this great set of instructions - Getting Started with...Kahoot! They also include some good tips and pointers for using Kahoot in the classroom and having students created games.

Thanks Mrs. Lucas for sharing this awesome tool with me!
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If you have any website recommendations you would like to share, please email them to Ms. Lehman.

Remember, you can access sites from past Website Wednesdays by going to Ms. Lehman's Diigo Library.

Not all sites are geared for students, but all sites are reviewed for ease of use, content and usefulness. Ms. Lehman makes every effort to check the accessibility of the sites for staff and students, but sometimes she misses one. If a site is ever recommended that you and/or your students cannot access, please email her and she will get it unblocked.


Providing teachers with an interactive and easy-to-deliver vocabulary development application (put out by the makers of BoomWriter).


Educators are using Tackk in a wide variety of ways in the classroom. From daily announcements to creating digital portfolios, the possibilities are endless. The ability to comment publically and privately allows for collaboration between teachers, students, or even with other classes.

Google Earth Tour of the Lincoln Assassination

The tour focuses on the last days of President Lincoln and his killer, the famed actor John Wilkes Booth.

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

This post on Edutopia provides practical classroom strategies to reinforce student autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.


ePals is an ideal way to collaborate with other classrooms around the world. You can set-up communication through Skype or emails between students. Teachers can search for a class to connect with by age range, language and regions.

Fantasy Geopolitics

Think "fantasy football for social studies, literacy standards, and world news. Great way to get students engaged in learning!

PenPal Schools

Geared toward middle and high school age students. Great way for students and teachers to learn about the world they live in.


Canva is a tool that makes design simple for everyone. Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

Canva EDU Lesson Plans on Pinterest

Collection of lesson plans for using the tool Canva with students.

Science Experiments For Kids | The Quirkles

Quirkles is the Science/reading book series that comes with 2 experiments to do at the end. They can be taught in any order so teachers could read the book or books that go along with the letters while they introduce them. Thanks to Renae Hukill for sharing this resource.

Virtual Tour with a Yellowstone National Park Rangers

"Classrooms can Skype with a Yellowstone National Park ranger to learn more about geology (geysers, hot springs, volcanoes), ecology (fire; wildlife--bears, bison, elk, wolves, and more), or cultural history (Native American, world's 1st national park, tourism). Students can interview a park ranger or try to guess which park the ranger works in."

Daily Five Technology: Word Work

This blog post focuses on completing Word Work on the iPad with elementary students. Thanks to Kayla Long for sharing this link!

MiddleWeb: All About the Middle Grades

This site is loaded with articles, resources and book recommendations geared toward the 4-8 grade educator. Topics are wide and varying.

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

Provides some basic observations about reflection along with 10 reflective prompt questions you can use with your students or for yourself. Great questions for wrapping up the day, a project or a lesson.

What educators should know about the human brain..

Nice collection of articles and infographics on the human brain and the impact in learning.

5 Free Tools for Creating Whiteboard Videos

These whiteboard video creation tools are great for those exploring or working with the Flipped Classroom. They are also a great way to create concept videos to share with parents and students as homework helpers. Tool recommendations from FreeTech4Teachers.

5 Ways to Make Professional Looking Google Documents | Teacher Tech

This post by Alice Keeler focuses on tips to make you Google documents look more professional. Those tips include invisible tables, fonts, headers, painter, and graphics.

Google Tools for Science & Math

Includes Chrome Extensions, Google Doc Add-ons, Graphing & Calculators, and Google Drive Apps connected to Science and Math

New Mobile Apps

The following mobile apps were purchased for the district during the month of April. See one you want to try out with your students? Submit a USD 495 App Request form.

Check out other apps available for student devices on the USD 495 Apps website.