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Weekly Tips and Tricks!

What is this?

Each week I will be sharing some tips, tricks, ideas, and celebrations from the week! If I have lots of questions about something or see any really cool ideas we will I sharing them here! Y'all are all ROCKSTARS and are doing great things!


Student Call Out

Student Call Out is an app that allows teachers to pull from a virtual can of students. You can pick to have them out of the can until everyone has had a turn or put them back in the can. Great for encouraging the no opt out rule in your classroom!


Skitch is a tool that enable you to take a picture, screen shot, map, etc. and annotate it. The possibilities truly are endless and applicable across contents! How could you use skitch in your classroom? Tweet your ideas and tag @jkprater13 and #URLearning

Ways to use Skitch!

Wylie ISD Google Apps

Did you know that every staff member and student in Wylie ISD has a Google Apps account? They do! Google Drive is an excellent way to easily share, edit, and work collaboratively without being in the same room!

Many of you will automatically connect with a personal account. Make sure that you log off your personal account in order to use your Wylie account. This will allow you to see documents shared without asking for permission. Several of the learning specialists have started using Google Drive to share and receive information from you.

Remember this…

  • The use of Google Apps for Education allows staff and students to automatically save documents, presentations and spreadsheets in the cloud. These items can be accessed and edited on almost any mobile device or tablet.
  • Google Apps provides free production tools for those who do not have access to the Microsoft Office suite of tools on their personal devices.
  • Users of Google Apps tools can collaborate on documents in real time, as well as easily share items without having to email items back and forth.
  • Kindergarten through Seniors have a school google Apps account!
  • If you have difficulty with login, please email Kelly Soliz at