Technology Tips, Tricks and Tools

For Administrators

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Norms for the Day

  • Stay on schedule, be on time.
  • Participate and listen actively.
  • Take care of your self and your neighbor.
  • Prepare your technology for learning and engagement.
  • It's OK to have fun!

Agenda for the Day

9:00-9:15 Introductions/Norms/Expectations

9:15-10:30 Social Media

10:30-10:40 BREAK

10:40-11:30 Communication Tools

11:30-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:15 Professional Development Tools

2:15-2:25 BREAK

2:25-3:00 Apps for Administrators

3:00-3:25 Eduphoria and Digital Citizenship

3:25-3:30 Wrap Up and Evaluations

Individualized Instruction Levels:

Level I: Create an account and browse potential content

Level II: Create an account and play with using the application

Level III: Create an account and begin creating classroom content

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A Vision of K-12 Students Today

What is your goal for your students when they leave your school district?

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Does your technology implementation support that goal?

Technology Policies

If technology is welcome at your district, do you or your teachers have policies to protect your students, teachers, and school district?

Questions you need to have answered before you move forward with an instructional technology plan:

1. Does your district's bandwidth have the capacity to support your students?

2. Do you have a guest network enabled?

3. Do you have filters and firewalls set up? How strong are they? How secure are they? Do your teachers know the process to have a website cleared through your technology department?

Social Media

Someone is talking about you!

Are you a part of the conversation?

1. Google your school- what is out there?

2. Google other schools- similarities/differences?

Kristin Huber

  • Public Relations Manager at Frenship ISD
  • Previously the Development Officer for Make-A-Wish North Texas in Lubbock for three years

Communication Tools

Facebook Pages for Districts and Teachers

This should be connected to school email and not a personal email!

Example of a District Facebook Page

Floydada ISD

Shallowater ISD

Seagraves ISD

Teacher Pages or Organizations

Mrs. Gaona- Irons MS

Mrs. DeMarco- Hutch MS

Coronado Softball

Coronoado Football


Keep parents, teachers, and students on the same page!

  • Personal contact information does not have to be shared!
  • No talking back!
  • No group texts (and responses)!

Let's try it!

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Google Apps

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  • Using your Chrome account
  • Extensions that Rock: Lastpass, Tabcloub,, Evernote, Snagit, Turn off the lights, and Adblock.
  • Creating Favorites
  • App Launcher

Make Your Classroom Googlerific

Become a Chrome Ninja


  • Features I love
  • Sharing Documents
  • Creating Folders

Ideas for application:

  • Committee Sign-Ups
  • Volunteer Sign-Ups
  • Scheduling Events
  • Employee Handbook Access
  • Substitute Leave Request
  • Standard Sub Lesson
  • Discipline forms
  • CIP - Collaboration


Google Questionnaire

Daily Activity Check-in (branching)

Data storage in Sheets

Ideas for application:

  • Meet the teacher night -personal information
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Title I Survey
  • GT Survey
  • Registration Information
  • Outside PD Request/ Summarization

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Professional Development Tools

Be the example you want to see in a classroom!


Use Nearpod to be in control of electronic devices. You can upload presentations and then embed formative assessment into the presentation- the complete package!

When you know your material is not the most engaging infomation in the world (test data), CONTROL the device!

Formative Assessment Presentation- Instructional Leaders Spring 2015

If you are a 1:1 campus- has that changed how your teachers teach?

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Reflection- how could you use Nearpod as a professional development tool for administrative purposes?

Back Channels

Today's Meet

Activity- read the article discussing the effect of technology on education. Share two observations/comments/thoughts in our Today's Meet room (link below). Then respond to someone else's comment.

Article: Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

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Reflection- how could you use a back channel as a professional development tool for administrative purposes?


To play:

To create:


VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments.

Why Do People Hate

Technology Applications Reflection

Create an account -

Lets Give it a Try- Click Here

Ideas for application:

  • Faculty Meeting Conversations
  • Mission Statement/ Goals
  • Climate and Culture Check in
  • When discussing any difficult topics it gives teachers an outlet
  • Quick Discussions

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Apps for Admin

Power of 3 Activity

  1. Choose an app from the list that you believe would be beneficial to you for the next school year.
  2. For what purpose would this app serve you or your campus?
  3. What is your implementation plan and timeline?

When you are done- share on the Padlet! This will create a network of ideas for everyone!


Chirp lets you send information over the air to anyone running the app near you. Use Chirp to send or receive pictures or video clips from your phone. Chirp is the super-simple, totally free way to share that everyone's talking about.


Browse fast on your iPhone and iPad with the Google Chrome browser you love on desktop. Pick up where you left off on your other devices, search by voice, and save up to 50% of data usage while browsing.


The SchoolObjects:pdas walkthrough tool for the iPad and iPhone is the ideal companion app for the Texas-specific SchoolObjects:pdas appraisal management system. The application integrates with SchoolObjects:pdas, SchoolObjects:aware, SchoolObjects:workshop and SchoolObjects:forethought to enable principals to leave the office with lesson plan, staff development, student assessment and teacher appraisal resources in their hands.


Evernote for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch is the modern workspace that syncs between all of your devices. Work everywhere and stay productive:
• Write notes, checklists, and research
• Organize web articles, docs, and photos
• Discuss your work with others, right within the app
• Present ideas without creating a slide deck

Goose Chase

At GooseChase Adventures, we've combined the tried and true scavenger hunt with smartphone technology to create one of the most exciting activities out there. More than just a standalone app, the GooseChase platform lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt in minutes. Here's how it works:
1. Login to the administrator interface at and create a game.
2. Choose the mission list from our suggested missions or by adding your own custom missions.
3. Gather the participants together and have at least one person per team download the GooseChase app.
4. Get out there and go for the win!

Note: To create a scavenger hunt that will show up in the app, you must use the web interface at

1Password- Password Manager

1Password is a beautiful app that keeps all your vital information in one secure vault.

◆ Store your logins, credit cards, identities, and secure notes
◆ Log in to websites without having to remember any of your passwords
◆ Fill credit cards and identities without typing
◆ Quickly access your most used items using favorites
◆ Powerful search to find what you need fast


Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at

Cozi Calendar

Manage everyday life and keep the whole faculty in the loop with Cozi, Appy Award Winner for Best App, BMA Gold Winner for Best Mobile Calendar and named a "must-have app for a better life" by The TODAY Show.

There's nothing stationary about your life, so why depend on a calendar that hangs on a fridge or wall? Cozi is the leading choice for communication and includes a color-coded calendar, to do lists, journal and more. Cozi also offers a premium ad-free version with additional features called Cozi Gold (available as an in-app purchase).

Cozi Organizer is shared, so you only need one account for the whole faculty. Cozi's free features include:

• Easy to use color-coded calendar, view an individual's schedule or the whole group at once
• Add or edit appointments that everyone can see
• Set reminders so no one misses practice or an important event

• Create a shared to do list, a project list or checklists
• Have your tasks right there in your pocket to remind yourself or send them to a group member to remind them
• Create as many lists as you want - emergency supplies lists, packing checklists, supplies list and more
• Send an automated agenda for the upcoming week to any group member


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Eduphoria Implementation

  1. Are you assessing your students using Eduphoria, if not why?
  2. Are you 1:1? If so, are you testing online using Eduphoria?
  3. Are you creating data views for your teachers?
  4. Who pulls reports at your campus? Have teachers been trained?
  5. Are you using Forethought and other applications?

Eduphoria Bootcamp for Administrators/Teachers

July 22, 2015 - To Register Click Here

Einstruction - Insight 360 Classroom Reimagined Contest video

Exit Ticket

On your evaluation sheet:

Tell me 3, 2, 1.
3: Things you learned
2: Things you will follow up on.
1: Person you plan to share this information with.

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