ESC 18 - Taco Tech Tuesday

Minus the Tacos, Extra Tech!

April 14, 2020

Some of My Personal Favorites!


Since COVID-19, my son's, as well as everyone else's classroom learning environment has dramatically changed. Part of that adaptation has been the assignment of numerous worksheets, pdf's and projects through Google Classroom or a number of other LMS programs. The expectation for many assignments included the need to print assignments/instructions, write on it and then to take a picture or rescan the document.

Many households don't have a printer or if you are like me it seems to always run out of ink. So we have used Kami to streamline the process at home. Using Kami my son can write on a PDF, annotate, illustrate and then save and resubmit without having to ever print the document.

Teachers can aslo utilize Kami to add, edit or illustrate before sending the assignment to students. Thus making the pdf or file truly interactive,

Kami is a leading digital classroom app for Chrome. It allows you to take any existing document, including scanned PDFs, and write, draw, type, annotate, comment, augment, enhance, and otherwise bring it to life – all within your browser. Kami’s intuitive design and collaborative features are specifically designed to improve classroom engagement and interaction – all while making the task of providing and completing classroom assignments effortless. Learn more about Kami and create a free account here.

Remote for Slides

Tired of awkwardly walking back to your computer during a presentation to move to the next slide? Tired of volunteering a slide "sidekick" to move you through slides?

Well with Remote for Slides you can move seamlessly through your slides with just your cell phone in hand. Simply add a Chrome Extension and by using a secure 6 digit code your cell phone can move forward or backward through slides.

Watch the video below and learn how to add the Chrome Extension and utilize your phone as a slides remote.

Getting Started | Remote for Slides


Padlet is a canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. It works like a piece of paper. We give you an empty page - a padlet - and you can put whatever you like on it. Drag in a video, record an interview, snap a selfie, write your own text posts or upload some documents, and voilà! A padlet is born. Make it even more beautiful by choosing custom wallpapers and themes. Collaborate as an entire class, or in divided groups.

Here is a great list of examples from presentations, KWL, Biographies, or even research.

There are a number of possibilities for the classroom! Learn more about Padlet and get started here.

Presenter View- Q&A Slides

One of my favorite things is the presenter view in Google Slides. Often when presenting people simply push the present button. If you click on the drop-down button the option to do so much more is available. Watch the short video below to learn more!

Blended Learning Sessions

ESC 18 Virtual Professional Development Opportunities

ESC 18 is offering virtual professional development opportunities for K-12 educators who are working remotely.

These engaging sessions will provide an opportunity for collaboration and learning as teachers step into their new roles as online instructors in the virtual classroom.

Information and session registration is located in the link below.

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

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.

Chris Enriquez

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Analytics