Meraki app list for iPad

Meraki for iPad
For the 2017-2018 school year, we have switched to using Meraki for students to access apps to download on their iPads instead of the regular Apple App Store. This list grows every day as more and more teachers request apps. Each student can only see apps that are assigned to their grade level in their Meraki app. Teachers may see different apps than the students see.

In order for teachers to know ALL the apps that are in there, Technology Services and Instructional Technology have created a Google Sheet with all of the apps, regardless of grade level. You can find that list here:

It's quite an overwhelming document, so we have added some things in that might help you sort. First, apps are sorted initially by title. If you're wondering if an app is already on there, scroll down to its name. You can see grade level, whether it's lawfully appropriate for under 13, the subject, and some other notes about the apps.


Classroom Screen

Classroom Screen is a simple and easy-to-use online tool that allows teachers to add multiple widgets such as ClockTimerQR CodeRandom Name Generator Select one of their Backgrounds or Upload your ownRemove widgets by clicking the red x beside the individual widget, located at the bottom of the screen. You can also add 2 of the same widget by clicking on the +1.

Click the 3 lines in the upper left corner and select How it works for a quick overview of Classroom Screen.  

Or select Tips & Tricks for ideas on using some of the widgets. Please Note:  You are unable to save in the conventional way, but you can take a screenshot of your work.  Also classroom screen is designed for you to have all your information added in a short period of time.

Classroom Screen also has a built in Exit Poll, but each student has to vote on the same device.  (I think it would be fun to have this projecting onto the Interactive WhiteBoard and allow students to use the pen to select their vote as they leave …

Discovery Education

Have you ever looked for educational videos online?  Did you feel like you exhausted your search without finding just the right materials?  Now is a great time for GCISD teachers to explore the educational videos and digital media of Discovery Education!
Getting Started Discovery Education has a collection of learning tools that teachers can use to bring concepts to life.  Visit the Discovery Education website or access the site through ClassLink to get started.  If you need help with your username and password, your GCISD campus librarian can assist you.  
Ways to Search for Digital Media One way to search for digital media is by entering a topic/person into the search bar, such as George Washington, then filtering the results to find content either by grade levels (K-2, 3-5, etc.) or type of digital media.  Searching by grade level groups allows you to view content that is generally more appropriate and appealing for your age of students. Searching based on the type of digital media all…

Prodigy Online Math 1st - 8th

Prodigy is web-based mathematics software for grades 1st through 8th.  The layout resembles video/digital games.
Teachers click the + sign to create a class. Enter the name (Ex: 3rd Period) and select a grade level.  (Prodigy does show the option of adding rosters through Google Classroom.)

The class will now show in Your Active Classes. It will show the number of students in the class (0 since we have yet to add any) and the class code.  click View Class to see Dashboard, Students, Planner and Report.

While in View Class mode, select Students.  It will indicate you do not have any. If you follow through the windows, and select for students to create their own login, you will see the window to the left. It (a) shows class code,  (b) gives the address for students to visit and (c) instructs them to select New Student.  (The teacher is able to change students grade level, move them to a different class or delete the student account.)
When students click New Student …


DyKnow is a web based program used by GCISD teachers in grades 5-12 to monitor and manage student devices in a 1:1 Chromebook or laptop classroom. I had the chance to pilot DyKnow last year in my 9th grade English class and LOVED having the ability to manage student technology in ways I never was previously able to do. Here are a few of my favorite features:
Monitoring Student Screens
With DyKnow I could see what each of my students was doing at any moment during the class. By simply clicking on a student name, I could see the student’s computer screen on my teacher screen. Most of the time my students were on task, but this feature came in handy when needing to redirect those students who somehow found themselves on off task websites.
Sending Messages & Locking Screens Have you ever needed your class’ full attention, but they just can’t seem to find the willpower to stop typing and listen to your instructions? With DyKnow, you can control all screens with the click of your mouse, im…

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship will be highlighted in GCISD during the weeks of January 9-12 and 16-19. Teachers and staff can access multiple resources on the link below to continue the discussion with students and families.
The Digital Citizenship in GCISD website (only accessible to GCISD staff) has relevant information for all grade levels. The Digital Citizenship in the Curriculum article byDaniel Krutka and Jeffrey Carpenter challenges our thinking related to the type of technological education and access that is shared with students.
The top right corner of the Digital Citizenship in GCISD website has links to both Elementary and Secondary content. Elementary topics include lessons, announcements, parent communication, videos for students, and TEKS. Secondary topics include a model digital citizenship comprehensive plan, activity ideas, announcements, and TEKS and ISTE standards.
The resources are designed to be flexible based on your students' current needs and previous learning.  We ap…

Beyond an Hour of Code

Recently GCISD K-8 students were able to participate in Hour of Code, a week-long global event to encourage students to engage in computer science activities! We thought some teachers might be looking for ways to go beyond an Hour of Code as we head into the spring semester.

One option is that offers all new courses in Computer Science Fundamentals for students ages 4-13. Students can log in through Classlink by clicking the button after sign on and logging in with their GCISD Google account! They can code from there on one of the courses below or you can set up a class beforehand for them to join (similar to Google Classroom). A benefit to setting up a class for your students is that you can view their progress as they work through the courses. There is also an express course to use with older students, such as middle school, that covers the materials in Courses C-F. Find the lesson plans for all Courses A-F here.

Watch the video below to learn how to set up your c…