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Our Mission

In our pursuit of educational excellence, Instructional Technology strives to prepare instructional staff to integrate technology into the curriculum in meaningful and appropriate ways to promote student success. While providing training and instructional support, we utilize technology to both improve instruction as well as increase efficiency in school operations.

Online Classroom Newsletters

Are you looking for any easy tool to share information with students and parents? You should try out Smore. That is the tool I'm using to share this newsletter. There is also a great tool called Tackk. It has similar features. These are also wonderful sites to have your students publish their work.
Smore Newsletters

Writing Tools for Students

It is often a challenge to get kids to write in the classroom so you have to pull out all the tricks. Here are some of the best online tools I have found that may be helpful.



  1. Smore- Quickly create flyers and newsletters for various occasions including text, a gallery of pictures, a map, audio, video, and links.
  2. Tackk- Piece together an individual or group writing project using this online tool. Add text, photos, video, audio, maps, and forms.
  3. Gaggle Blogging (4th-12th)- Instead of the traditional journal entry why not have students blog in Gaggle.
  4. Read Write Think Student Interactives- These online tools help students with literacy while using interactive tools. They can learn to organize their thoughts to learning about language.
  5. Writing Fix- This site provides many writing prompts to help take your students to the next level.

Black History Heroes Come to Life

Are you looking for fun and creative ways to share the lives of great Black History Heroes? How about using one of the fantastic augmented reality apps in your classroom. Here is the idea.


  1. Provide a list of 30 to 40 Black History Heroes from which students can choose.
  2. Have each student pick a different person and conduct research to learn more about them. You decide the method and criteria by which they complete the research.
  3. Have them find a partner and take turns recording a video with an iPad sharing about their person. Try to keep each video under a minute.
  4. After each video is complete, upload it with the Aurasma app to your classroom channel.


You can learn more about Augmented Reality from the great @KleinErin.


Here is a post she did on the topic back in May 2013. Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma

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