ACS Elementary Tech TidBits

Instructional Technology Resources & Celebrations

March 2, 2015

Where is Alyson this week?

This week will be unique (like most weeks of 2015 so far :)). I will bounce around a bit for Read Across America events and make-up sessions with teachers from the SNOW days. I will be out for training on Thursday. (Cowart teachers, If you would like to book a slot, please feel free to contact me to schedule an alternate day.)

So far this week (will keep you posted on any changes):

  • Monday- Central Office
  • Tuesday- Brookhill (8-9:30) / AES (rest of the day)
  • Wednesday- Cowart (8-9:30) / BES (rest of the day)
  • Thursday- JNES (Read Across America) / Coach's Training (rest of the day)
  • Friday- JNES

Celebrating Seuss!

A few treats in celebration of Dr. Seuss:
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Please Share!

Please snap and email pics and clips of the cool things your students do with technology to celebrate Read Across America week! I already know of some cool happenings, and it would be great to share those with everyone!

Did You Notice?

YouTube Kids App Now on ACS iPads!

As students worked with iPads on Friday, they noticed a new app they didn't recognize. YouTube Kids! So, what exactly is this app? It is a brand new app that became available last week. Read the excerpt below from to learn more:

YouTube Kids is a family-friendly version of the video streaming site that offers kids appealing content and parents peace of mind. Large images, bold icons, and search functions give the littl’uns access to a ton of family-focused content, including from famous producers such as DreamWorksTV, Jim Henson TV, and National Geographic Kids. Original content made especially for YouTube Kids is also on the way, the company said on Monday.

Read more:

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Tech Management Tip

Task Cards for iPad Workflow...

Are you using a management system for iPad workflow in the classroom? What is working for using iPads in various ways (stations, individual practice, group projects, etc.) I'd love to hear about how things are working in your classroom in order to help others across the district!

Check out the iPad task cards idea shared below and let me know what you think! This teacher is using task cards as a way to manage independent learning stations and individual student work using iPads.

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Cool Tech Tool of the Week


Popplet lite is an app that is installed on all ACS iPads! It is a great way for students to capture and organize ideas. Popplet will help students think and learn visually through the creation of mind maps. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

Below is a sample Popplet:

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Popplet Features:

Popplet Examples:

❤️ Getting Started with Popplet ❤️

The video below will walk you through the "how to" of creating a Popplet on the iPad. Let me know if you'd like support as you try this out with your students!
Popplet iPad App
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Social Media- Learning & Sharing in Athens City!

Contact Information

Alyson Carpenter

Instructional Technology Specialist

Athens City Schools

Athens, AL