ESC 18 - Taco Tech Tuesday

Minus the Tacos, Extra Tech!

December 8, 2020

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Nat King Cole

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Christmas Inspired Tech

Christmas Breakout

The Merry Merry Breakout was created by Peggy Reimers of TCEA and can give students a brain trial trying to figure out the puzzles and codes to escape and complete the google form. The breakout contains information on Christmas traditions and holiday trivia. You can find all the answers on the breakout site. A couple of the answers will only be revealed if you locate the hidden links on the page. These links will lead to puzzles that will need to be solved. You can always email me for hints or answers

Christmas with Google Slides

Get your students in the holiday spirit while having them write and create Christmas themed trees or snowmen. Copy these google slide presentations so that your students can make their own Christmas themed creations. Courtesy of ControlAltAchieve

Christmas tree template: Click Here

Snowman template: Click Here

Collaborative Class Christmas Tree

Looking for a great class collaboration piece to use for the Christmas holiday?

Have your students create their own ornament by having them add images, text, and color to this Google Drawing template.

Then have them add their personal ornament to this class tree that you can print out, or display digitally.

I've also included a brief instruction template.

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Tech You Have To Try


Feedback is great with google documents and applications by just adding comments. But what about math problems, science equations, or other homework or problems that aren't specifically just writing, but more problem solving, or equations?

Floop was created by teachers who struggled with feedback that just didn't lend itself well to Google all the time. For example, a math problem worked by a student, how do we easily help a student while they work or get stuck on a specific part of the equation or problem-solving process?

With Floop students can take a picture of the problem or steps in their process add specific pop-up questions over the picture at specific places and then the teacher can respond or give feedback at specific locations as well. See an example of how Floop would work here.

Learn more or sign up by clicking here.

How To Create a Scavenger Hunt with GooseChase


Organize and then facilitate your own scavenger hunt all online. Teams of students can compete to find items and take pictures of items in the real world and post them to this website. The app keeps track of progress, posts, and tracks points to see who wins. Plugin your own content, images, and instructions to craft your own scavenger hunt. Great as an ice breaker, field trip, or item hunting on a campus. Learn more or sign up for Goosechase here.

TextingStory Chat Story Maker

A great way to tell a story in an innovative way. You can create a story by mimicking text messages between individuals. Write text conversations, video them, and present them to make a memorable and fun presentation. A great way to bring a writing assignment to life and spice it up in a fun way students will love. Download the app here.

Webinar Opportunities

TCEA 2021 is now Virtual! February 1-6, 2021

The registration to the virtual 2021 TCEA Convention & Exposition provides campus and district-level administrators, teachers, librarians, and more with best practices and strategies for technology integration, implementation, and management. Take advantage of the six content-filled days, and with an on-demand component meant to enhance the event and make it even more accessible. To register or learn more click here.

Training Opportunities

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a hot topic, and most districts claim to be utilizing it since COVID, but did you know actual Blended Learning processes rarely get utilized in the COVID virtual or in-person classrooms!?! Learn what Blended Learning actually looks like in the classroom and how to utilize it in your school/district. Blended Learning Made Easy sessions are given throughout the year, please see our PD calendar for info or see our more intensive Blended Learning Package below. Please contact me if you are interested or want to learn more!
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Google Training

Google Educator Certification Training or Google Suite training is available. Google Certification ensures teachers are well based and take full advantage of the wide-spread capabilities that the Google Suite offers to make teaching and learning more tech-friendly, accessible, and efficient.

We also offer training in Google Suite applications like Gmail, Drive, Slides, Calendar, and others to increase your staff/campus productivity. Feel free to contact me to learn more.


Technology Help Desk

Remember to submit a Technology Help Desk ticket for any technology needs or services. Email Technology at or call the Help Desk at (432)-561-4321.

Chris Enriquez

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Analytics

Google Educator Level 1 and 2 Certification

Click on the image below to learn more about becoming certified as a Google Educator Certification Level 1 and Level 2.