Tech Tips

March 10, 2015

Hi Everyone!

I'm excited to be working in your building and I hope I can be helpful to you!

I'll be available Tuesdays and Thursdays until 10 AM, and of course you can email me anytime. I love searching for resources and working with kids, so please let me know what I can do to make your life easier.

Google Drive

Are you frustrated with Google Drive? If you are opening documents on your computer without syncing them to the cloud, you may experience multiple copies and un-synced data. Make sure you are opening documents online or that you have synced your Drive folder. One caveat: syncing your Drive folder to your MacBook may cause memory issues. Please see me if you need any help!

Article Sources

Are you looking for reading material to share with your students? There are several apps and websites out there that can help. Here are a few of my favorites:

Tween Tribune: this free site lets you create a class list and assign articles to read. Most articles include quizzes, and you can have your students comment on the articles as well. Students can adjust the exile level of the article to fit their needs.

Wonderopolis: this free site contains a "Wonder of the Day" with an article, video and pictures on a specific topic. There are questions and vocabulary as well as additional teacher resources and a place for students to submit their own 'wonderings'.

Curriculet: Although many of the books are fee-based, there are lots of classic books and non-fiction articles that you can get for free. They recently added current news articles at three reading levels (low/middle/high). Currciulet links to Edmodo through the Edmodo app store. There are pre-made quizzes and notes, or you can add your own. Students can highlight words to get a definition.

Video Creation

If you are interested in filming yourself or your students, I have a great gadget for you. It's called a Swivl, and it is a "robotic" tripod for your iPad. You wear a remote control microphone that helps the Swivl track your movement and simply record your presentation using the iPad's camera. I'd be happy to set it up for you if you would like to try it out.


I met with Jamisen last week and he is working out procedures for getting paid apps and online subscriptions. His plan is to have something in place later this spring so we can start off right in the fall.

If you need help accessing the online Help Desk, please let me know.

Thank you!

Please let me know how I can be helpful to you!