Techie Tidbit Tuesday

February 9, 2016

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TCEA

I took away a ton of technology tools from TCEA! Click here to view the collaborative notes taken during the conference by many educators. There is a great wealth of information within the Google Sheet pages and I'm sure you can find something new to use in your classroom. Sharing is caring!


In fact, if you find something in the notes you could use in your classroom (or have been already), tweet about it and tag me @merrillredfern I will give you a FREE #edcampawesome t-shirt just in time for Royse City's EdCamp on Feb. 20th (while supplies last). GO!

Tool of the Week - Google Classroom

I'm in LOVE with Google Classroom! Google Classroom is a blended learning platform for schools that make creating, distributing and grading assignments easier than ever. Check out this short video for an introduction to Google Classroom.
What is Google classroom?

Benefits to using Google Classroom

  • Create assignments
  • Classroom Collaboration
  • Flipped Classroom possiblities
  • Create discussion
  • Feedback
  • Go paperless
  • Protect privacy
  • Reduce cheating
  • Classroom announcements
  • Share resources

Tip of the Week - Voice Typing

In a Google Document:


  1. Click on Tools
  2. Click on Voice Typing
  3. Click on microphone to start speaking
  4. Click on microphone to stop.

When you are Voice Typing there are phrases you need to say for punctuation.


  • Period
  • Comma
  • Exclamation Point
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph

How could you use this in your classroom? Please comment below.

Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Wylie

Mrs. Wylie is using Google Classroom in her 4th grade Reading classes. Mrs. Wylie equipped her online classroom with resource links and games in poetry, main idea, inferencing, grammar just to name a few AND a rubric. Her students are preparing to create Digital Biographies on famous Texans in History. This is awesome!


Students are able to comment/collaborate in Google Classroom.

Student quote. "I love what you have done Mrs. Wylie! You have a great mind and thought, thank you for that!" - Jasmine

About the Author

Library Media Specialist and iCoach at Miss May Vernon Elementary.