Working Backwards

This week we shared our favorite websites – these ranged from teacher tools to student favorites. Plus! We learned something fascinating about the copy machine… read on!

Backwards EdTech Tool Flow Chart from “Talk Tech with Me”

(I haven’t figured out how to embed the image – but I urge you to click the link!!)

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How do you use it? Most of our time was spent clicking through this EdTech flow chart and gawking at its wonder. Basically, you start with the question, “What do you want your students to do?” From there, you’re led through Yes/No questions to help identify a web 2.0 tool to use with your students. I highly recommend printing a copy for your desk AND saving the link to your favorites. All of the tools are hyper linked from the online PDF. Score!


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How do you use it? This is an online visual dictionary and thesaurus.  After we spent some time plugging in words, we found that this would be a great tool for our higher students and older students as well. Or! You may find it useful if you’re writing a paper.


How do you use it? Kahoot! is a game based classroom response system. You can use the program with laptops, tablets, or any device you have! Check out the graphic below to see how it is different than other response systems:

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How do you use it? A quick (free) login leads you to creating Jeopardy games to use in the classroom. We even thought it would be great for students to create Jeopardy games for their peers. There is also an archive of pre-made Jeopardy templates. We tested our knowledge on Pocahontas last night!

Copy Machine

Hits a little too close to home…

Yes – our fancy paper distributor does more than make duplicate copies of your teaching materials. In fact, Shaundra shared with us the scanning and hold print options. If you want to scan something, the copy machine can read your image in black and white and email it directly to you. Fantastic! If you wish to send the printer jobs and have them print when you arrive to the copy machine – this is an option too! Find Shaundra and she is our resident copy machine professional!

Our next non-meeting will be focused on… blogging in the classroom? Each week, we’ll have a focus for our session to guide our sharing. If you stumble upon great resources to share, but can’t make it to the meeting… send me a link! We’ll check it out for you!

Happy Spring!


Hashing Out Hashtags & Twitter

Our second session of Tech Tidbits revolved around Haiku Deck, Twitter hashtags, Twitter chats, and Weebly uses. Take a look at some tools we discussed…

Haiku Deck

How you use it: Haiku Deck is another option for creating presentations online. The program is web-based and user friendly. Their mission is to help people make simple, fun, and beautiful presentations. It’s been kid-tested in my room and they approve! Below is an example three of my students created.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app


How you use it: TweetDeck is a web-based application you can use to monitor your Twitter feed and Twitter chats easily (and kind of aggressively). If you wish to jump in on a Twitter chat like @ReallyGoodStuff’s (yes! The magazine!) weekly #TeachChat convo, TweekDeck is a great option to view the entire conversation happening in the Twitter world.



How you use them: Hashtags and Twitter go hand in hand. A hashtag collects and filters similar tweets. As The Complete Guide explains, “Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase.” While tweeting from the Upper Elementary account, I’ve used our Osage tagline #AllInAllOsage as a hashtag. If you were to click on these tag, it would attract all the tweets with that tag. If you want to add a hashtag to your post, type the pound sign # followed by your phrase.

The Complete Guide to Hashtags for Education

Weebly (a free website platform!)

How you use it: Merrie shared how she’s transformed her classroom webpage through Weebly.

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In addition to this….

Merrie and Mel shared how they have students write book reviews for their SOTO 4th Graders Read blog through Weebly. Check it out here!

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Feeling inspired! Hope you are too.

Until we meet again!

February 19, 2014

Here’s a snapshot of the resources we talked about this afternoon. Great things happen when ideas are shared!

(Click on the actual resource and you will be linked to the website to login or search further)

Khan Academy


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  • How do you use it? Heather, Melanie, and Todd shared about using Khan with their math curriculum. Provides an enormous amount of videos and tools for teachers.



  • How do you use it? Heather, Merrie, Ashley, and Melanie shared with us about using LearnZillion to supplement their math curriculum as well. While there are more CCSS Math resources available, you can access ELA videos and content as well.



  • How do you use it? Dropbox is a great place to store documents at home or at school. Instead of emailing yourself 10 times at night (as I often do), you can add items (documents, videos, PDF, etc.) into your dropbox and access it at school. You can also share these items with other Dropbox users. Have a file to large to send through email? (I see hands up in the air…) Share it through Dropbox!

Google Accounts: Google Drive (Google Docs), YouTube Channel

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Notice “Booger Soda”?

  • How do you use it? By creating a gmail account (e.g., you can access all of Google’s “Apps”. This includes Google Drive (Docs), YouTube, Google + (Hangouts), etc. In my classroom, we utilize the Google Drive (Docs) option for our word processing needs. Instead of having my students type their projects in Microsoft Word, they use Google Drive. Each student knows the login information and can simply log into our Google account from ANY computer (home or school) and easily access their documents or presentations.


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  • How do you use it? Ashley shared with us different resources and teaching activities/lessons she’s purchased or downloaded (for free!) from TpT. After creating a login, you can access tremendous amounts of resources in all content areas. Prior to purchasing, you have the opportunity to preview the document before taking the plunge and making a purchase. Erin pointed out that TpT sends weekly emails with 10 free resources for the week!


  • How do you use it? GoNoodle is an interactive website (requiring a login) for classrooms full of break breaks for students K-5. Breaks range from breathing/calming exercises to the javelin throw and competing in the 100-meter dash – all before lunch!


  • How do you use it? You may be using BrainPop’s educational videos in several areas of your classroom already and Melanie suggested a way to make it even better – click CC for closed captioning. Now, students can read the words while the listen to Tim and Moby.

Shameless Twitter Plug

  • How do you use it? Hard to pinpoint the one way Twitter can be used. For me, it’s a combination of personal, social, and professional collaboration 24/7. Really, it’s the best and cheapest (cough, free!, cough) route for professional development. There’s a spot for everyone on Twitter: teachers, admin, music, coaches, Donald Trump… everyone!
  • After the meeting I shared my feelings of inspiration via Twitter and received great feedback. See?

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Look! Even Dr. Depee’, Dr. Nelson, and Mrs. Sallee are tweeting away….

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Other tools mentioned and tabled for next time…

  • Prezi
  • Haiku Deck
  • Weebly
  • Zoho
  • Mystery Skype

Come to share! Come to learn!