Delicious Tech

A Sprinkling of Delights From GaETC

This Year's Conference

Over twenty Burke County PS folks attended this year's Georgia Educational Technology Conference. We spreading out to cover as many of the 350+ sessions as we could in hopes of bringing back goodies for our schools. In the coming weeks, look for faculty presentations when your colleagues will redeliver some exciting tech tips. Below are a collection of new technology tools that I thought you may enjoy. I plan to share these and others as I make my rounds in the coming months.

Crafty Text

Here's a Chrome extension every teacher can use. Have you ever needed to display a web address, password, or some type of class code in large letters, so every student could read? This is the sole purpose of this simple Chrome add-on.

Team Shake

This teacher app is for picking teams or groups with the "appearance" of being random. It has hidden features that allows the teacher to set restrictions on how the teams are made up. For example, student A cannot work with student B, or student A must always end up in student B's group. The students will think you're choosing teams randomly, but you maintain ultimate control.


Move over Remind101, here comes Bloomz! Bloomz allows teachers to safely share photos, classroom updates and reach parents instantly through real-time messaging. What different about this service, is that it has more of a "Facebook" like interface and adds additional features like parent-teacher conference scheduling, parent volunteer sign-up and classroom item requests.

Ghost Mode

When you finish a game of Kahoot, you will see a new ghost play icon. Ghost mode is a great way to encourage learners to keep practicing on their own. They compete against themselves and the ghosts of their classmates. It gives them a chance to beat their previous score and provides immediate feedback. You can also set these ghost games for homework.


Class Dojo, meet World of Warcraft. Classcraft is a free educational role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom. By using HP and XP point systems traditionally found in games today, students can level up, work in teams, and earn powers that have real-world consequences. Acting as a gamification layer around any curriculum or grade level, Classcraft transforms student behavior and motivates learners.


EDpuzzle is a great way to engage your students with videos. Select a video, add your voice, annotations, or quizzes and watch the magic unfold.


Here's another Chrome extension that teachers may appreciate when sharing multiple links. OneTab allows you to open several website tabs at once and then collect them all to one shareable link. A teacher can easily gather all of their resources for an activity and share just one link for their students to access all of the websites.


Classkick is a magic whiteboard app that students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers! As students work on a teacher-made Classkick assignment on their iPads, teachers see every students' work progressing all at once. Students can privately raise hands, teachers give individualized, real-time student feedback, or students may ask peers for assistance.


Similar to Kahoot, Quizizz is a fun multiplayer classroom activity, that allows all your students to practice together. The difference is that students work at their own pace. If you try Quizizz, you'll a slightly more peaceful classroom while your students complete to answer question sets.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Smartphones are so powerful now, that they are steadily replacing the need for family home computers. On a recent class project, my son chose to forego the traditional PC and use his phone to edit a project video. The next time your students want to edit some video, tell them about Adobe's free video editing app, Adobe Premiere Clip. Adobe has been breaking up bits and pieces of their advanced software, such as Premiere and Photoshop, and giving it away for free in mobile apps form with limited features. Their hope is to lure users to their Creative Cloud service.

Adobe Photoshop Fix

Like I said above, Adobe is giving away free bits and pieces of it's advanced software in mobile app form in hopes of luring you to their Creative Could suite. The Adobe's Photoshop Fix app gives you some of Photoshop's best features. Checkout this demo video.


The Seesaw app is a digital portfolio that allows students of all ages to document and share what they are learning. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they've learned or explain how they got their answer. It gives students an audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments.


Newsela provides unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day. Each article in the collection is available in 5 different Lexile levels. Newsela allows you to track your students and manage their reading by distributing a class code.

Nearpod (lately)

When was the last time you looked at Nearpod? They have been leading the trend toward providing engaging and interactive lessons in the hands of students. Now they have added a virtual field trip component that blow your mind. Your students will love it!


Formative is an online student response system with a variety of assessment tools. The teacher creates an assignment, assigns it to students, receives live results, and gives immediate feedback.

Have a question? Want a demonstration?

Would you like to schedule some time to meet and dig into one of these resources? Maybe you and some colleagues would like to gather for a hands-on demonstration. Click on the button below to contact me.

Tyler Torek

Director of Testing & Instructional Technology

Burke County Public Schools

Waynesboro, GA