Technology Bytes

November/December Edition

Backing Up/OS upgrade

You should be backing up anything, on your laptop, that would make you sad if you lost it...bookmarks, documents, music, movies, downloads, pictures, etc. Remember syncing is not the same thing as backing up. Some items do not sync. Links to directions are on my website. I recommend backing things up to multiple devices. Hard drives and jump drives can fail after a while.

Also, we are looking for people to upgrade their teacher laptop to a newer operating system. You will need to do a backup of your laptop before we do the upgrade. Once we upgrade to the new operating system, the homesync will be phased out and you will be responsible for keeping your backups up to date.

Teachers have told us they need a place to access safe images that are available to be used in the classroom and for educational purposes. Plus, they want accurate image citations. We’ve heard you and created “Photos For Class” to meet your needs for images!

  • Age Appropriate Images - All images are appropriate for the school setting, thanks to Flicker SafeSearch and our proprietary filters - Read More
  • Automatic Citation - Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms - Read More
  • Creative Commons - All photos shown are, to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge, licensed by Creative Commons for public use
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Flubaroo Now Lets You Share Graded Assignments Through Google Drive

Now you can also share grades, your students' answers, and the answer key with them through Google Drive. This is a great option for schools that use Google Apps for Education, but don't have email enabled for students.

For more information click here.

Google Chrome Tip

If you hold the command key down while clicking on a hyperlink, it will open the target of the link in a new tab. This is handy when you don't want to lose the original website or click the back arrow a lot of times to get back to the original website.


I have asked the people in the Early Adopters program to share some of the things they have been doing with their students. Below are some of the things they have shared with me.

1st Grade Class Using Chromebooks with Touch Screens

Using the app Lucas's Whiteboard to practice spelling words (this activity is enhanced by the touch screens)
Spelling City to practice spelling words
Kids A-Z daily during Daily 5
Xtra Math
Think Math
Creating Google Docs to publish Writing Workshop pieces, sharing them with me to print and then illustrating
Bookflix to learn about "The Sky", and writing five facts or new words that they learned

4th Grade Class Using iPads

My students worked on a vertebrate project using the apps: Chatter Pix and Pic Collage. I am attaching​​ the directions and examples. They made 7 different projects for the 7 vertebrate groups. Here is the link to the project requirements. Below are two samples.
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5th Grade Class Using Chromebooks

We were learning about biotic and abiotic factors. Students had to take a picture of our school environment (some took pictures of the FOLE, others took pictures looking towards the bus barn, etc.) and inserted it into a Google Drawing. Then, they had to label the biotic and abiotic factors that were in that specific ecosystem.
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4th Grade Class Using iPads

We did a nonfiction book report where we did some serious app smashing. We used Pic Collage, Skitch and Puppet Edu. They had to make a title page in Pic Collage and import that into Puppet Edu. Then they had to make four pages in Puppet Edu with facts and pictures. Next, they had to import a picture into Skitch and label it somehow that it applied to their report. They then imported that into Puppet Edu. Then they had to make a fun page page with a picture in Puppet Edu. Lastly, they created a persuasive slogan page in Pic Collage and imported into Puppet Edu. They verbally gave their entire report. The directions/requirements were given through a Google Slide. Click here to see them.

3rd Grade Class Using Chromebooks with Touchscreens

I just created a science lesson for students to do on google classroom. It includes 2 word docs and 3 videos. I also put a reading comprehension quiz on Google classroom using Google forms.

4th Grade Class Using iPads

Students did a squid dissection for a lab. They did the lab write up at home by watching a YouTube video and labeling a squid diagram and answering questions about the YouTube video. Students were given a labeled diagram of a squid before and after dissection along with a checklist of things to look for during the lab. Students then used the Skitch app on the iPad to take a picture of the squid before dissection and then label the parts. They did the same thing after they dissected the squid. Below are samples of this lab activity.