Technology Coaches Corner


"Effective integration of technology is achieved when students are able to select technology tools to help them obtain information in a timely manner, analyze and synthesize the information, and present it professionally. The technology should become an integral part of how the classroom functions -- as accessible as all other classroom tools."

Catlin Tucker Keynote Speaker 2015 - Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology

Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her most recent book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for Educational Leadership. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked education blog at

Visit her website for more ideas, videos, and resources.

Screecastify- Record Your computer screen

ScreenCastify is an extension in Chrome and it works by recording your screen as well as using the microphone of your computer for audio. It works out-of-the-box, is ridiculously easy to use, integrates with Google Drive, and is free!

To get started, go to the Chrome web store and search for ScreenCastify (or click here).

Add to chrome. The icon will then appear in the toolbar of your web browser

Allow Screencastify to save in your Google Drive. Then, you can change the sharing settings of each video. I recommend setting these to “Can be accessed by Anyone in Saginaw Public Schools or “Can be accessed by Anyone with the link.”

That's it. You're ready to go. Whenever you want to capture the screen, just click the ScreenCastify icon in the Extension Bar. Hit the "Start Recording" button, and make a video! Please contact a coach if you would like a one to one demonstration. Please contact an IT coach for a demonstration.

For a tutorial, click on the following link:

Classroom Resources

Matific: Added as an app from the Chrome store, Matific allows teachers to select provided math content and automatically add videos and practice to the Google Classroom.

Chromebook Tips...Did you know?

The Omnibox

Set a Timer/Reminder in Omnibox

Your Omnibox can be used for more than just a Google search. Type “Set timer for # minutes”and then hit return. A countdown will commence and an alarm will ring when the time is up. This is great for keeping yourself or your classroom on task.
Set Timer using the Omnibox in Google Chrome Haiku

Do Math in the Omnibox

You can also do math in the Omnibox! This is a welcome feature in that you don’t have to open another application or grab a different device to do some simple math. Just type your math problem in the Omnibox and Google will return an answer. Unfortunately, you can’t solve for x.
Omnibox Calculator

Ms. Beth Pike, 5th Grade, Kempton Elementary School

Ms. Pike and her students are using Chromebooks daily. Ms. Pike creates an engaging classroom by using classroom, Socrative, Quizizz, having students record Dojo points in Google Sheets, and accessing online curriculum.

Google Forms for Summative or Formative Assessment- No more Scranton!

This pass finals week at AHHS, many teachers used Google Forms to collect answer for their summative assessment (Final Exam). These teachers gave the students a paper copy of the test, instructing them on to write on them, and also an answer sheet to put their answers on. When the student was finished with the test, they would turn in the questions and then receive a Chromebook. They would then go back to their seat and input their answers to Google Forms via Google Classroom or URL written on the board. The student would then turn in their answer sheet for the teacher to dispose of. When all the student were done, the teachers utilized Flubaroo to quickly grade the assessment. The teacher could then input the grades into Skyward.

When creating the Google Form the teacher would set it up in this fashion- Last Name, First Name; Form Letter (if they had one, but the test was no different); in the question put 1. and multiple choice answers would be A, B, C, D (however many choices you had); make it required; duplicate the questions for the amount of questions you had; lastly renumber and then your done.

Google Forms for Assessments

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DEN Ambassador Program

Teachers from schools across the district volunteered to become DEN Ambassadors. Meeting once a month, these teachers participate in conversation and collaboration that will build teaching strategies in order to engage students in 21st century learning experiences and digital literacy. This program is provided by Discovery Education. For more information, click on the link below.

Pre-K Technology

All pre-k teachers and students were given tablets in order for these beginning learners to be able to utilize technology in an efficient manner.

Fourth Grade, Kempton Elementary School

Fourth grade students at Kempton are utilizing Chromebooks in order to learn new math and technology skills.

Patricia Fairris, 7th Grade Social Studies, Thompson Middle School

Ms. Fairris uses Google Classroom in each of her courses to provide students with engaging and enhanced learning opportunities on a consistent basis.

Mr. Jason Milligan, Mathematics Teacher, Saginaw High School

Mr. Milligan is a three year educator but new to the district. He came to SPSD having extensively used Google Apps Education during his previous assignment in Indiana. He is currently using Google Forms for assessments, reviewing using Kahoot and having his students use a combination of applications such as Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, and Drawings in a classroom project. Welcome Mr. Milligan

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