Tech 4 U

September 20, 2016

Let's Write: Book Creator App

Need the perfect app for your students for storytelling creation? Well, we have just the app for you. The easy to use format makes this app a great choice for all ages. Select from three formats for publishing; portrait, landscape, or square pages. Students may also use the audio feature to record their voices. When complete, your book may be saved and retrieved in iBook, or choose to save as a pdf to share with parents. Be one of the first 90 teachers to fill out this form to receive a redeemable code.

Your First Book

How to Create a Comic Book

ISTE Standards:

1. Empowered Learner

2. Digital Citizen

3. Knowledge Construtor

4. Innovative Designer

6. Creative Communicator

ELA Standards

K - ELA 26, 28

1 - ELA 26, 31, 34, 20, 21, 20, 37,28

2 - ELA 24, 25, 1, 5, 10, 12, 13, 16, 29, 30, 35, 36, 37

3 - ELA 29, 24, 30, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36

4 - ELA 25, 26, 27, 28, 1, 3, 9, 32, 38, 39, 40

5 - W 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Pixel Art on Sheets

This week in Ms. Harris' 5th grade classroom, students explored conditional formatting using Google Sheets. The tech coach introduced the lesson by connecting pointillism with Minecraft pixel art. After discussing the basics of Sheets, the students resized the cells and applied conditional formatting. The students assigned different colors to different numbers. When they typed the number in the cell, the color would appear.

Please contact your tech coach to schedule this lesson.


ISTE Standards:

3. Knowledge Construtor

4. Innovative Designer

5. Computational Thinker


4-OA5, G3

5 - OA3, G2

Chromebook Troubles? Try This!

Check to see if your students have the most up to date version of Chrome. Have your students select settings, then about, This will begin an update.

Around the District Highlights

1. Students all across the district are experiencing the Tutorial World on MinecraftEDU. Click on the link for details to get started.

2. Seesaw is opening the classroom and allowing parents to participate in classroom activities. Ms. Dickie's second grade class are studying rocks. Groups picked a way to sort, shared it on Seesaw, and asked parents to guess the rule they used to classify the rocks. See photo for conversation.

Contact Us!

We would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons we are teaching in the classrooms.

  • Pixel Art
  • MinecraftEDU
  • BreakoutEDU A Bad Case of Stripes (Context Clues) 3-5
  • BreakoutEDU Digital Citizenship sessions for grades 2-5
  • General BreakoutEDU
  • Create a digital post card using Google Slides
  • Create a Mystery Number, Person, Place, or Thing with Google Slides
  • Lesson on Tour Builder
  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Pick from a number of Google Projects
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Research lessons
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read an Augmented Reality Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Centers with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Research Lessons

We would love to learn from you! Please invite us into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.

Need Help?

Sara Carpenter's Schedule:

Tuesday- Riverchase

Wednesday- South Shades Crest

Thursday- Shades Mountain

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Karen Darroch's Schedule:

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

Contact Karen to schedule

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Melanie Haynes's Schedule:

Contact Melanie to schedule

Jamie Nutter's Schedule:

Tuesday - Gwin

Wednesday - Green Valley

Thursday - Rocky Ridge

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Technology Cheat Sheet/Handbook

Got an App for That! Word Work Apps

  • Little Speller
  • Louie's Letter Challenge
  • Build a Word Express
  • Poplet

All of these are free!