Showing posts from June, 2012

#GCISDTech Tweets of the Week

Are you on Twitter?  Do you follow the #GCISDTech hashtag?  If not, you might be missing out on lots of great tips, tricks and websites!  

Check out some of our Tweets from the past week on Storify.  If you can't see the embedded "Story" below, go to

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Finding Great Tech Ideas and Resources

There are a variety of internet resources that can help you find great technology ideas and resources. Blogs, Twitter and podcasts are just a few. Below are some of my favorites.

Note: To make following a variety of blogs super easy, set up a Google Reader account.
Google Reader Help Sheet-
More info about blogs and Google Reader-

Free Tech 4 Teachers

Langwitches Blog- Elementary iPad integration ideas

iPaddiction- Middle school iPad integration ideas


Technology Tidbits

Note: Try TweetDeck to make Twitter more manageable!

John Evans - Posts a daily Scoopit online newspaper called iPads in Education.

John Samuelson

Using Google Forms

Google Forms are an excellent way to collect information from students.  Students can fill out the form without having to login to Google so there's no worry about the age of your students and Google's terms of use.

How to Create a Google Form Helpsheet
(if you don't already have a Google account, you'll need to create a free one before beginning.)   

80 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

More Resources
Coppell ISD Site-

Google Forms in the Classroom

Self-Grading Quizzes

How to Publish a Quiz Using Google Docs

Using Word Clouds in the Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning Using Word Clouds in the Classroom
This a three-part series devoted to the use of Word Clouds in the classroom. You will find some new information… whether you are a seasoned user of word clouds, or brand new.
Part 1: This post covers Wordle tips and Word Clouds in Education.
Part 2: This part covers 108 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom.
Part 3: This part covers 9 Word Cloud generators for use in the classroom.

GCISD Digital Classrooms- Apps to Get You Started!

Apps to Get You Started!
Screen Capture:  Show Me, Screen Chomp, Educreations Mind Mapping (Thinking Maps):  Idea Sketch, Popplet, Simple Mind Photo Projects:  Skitch, Juxio, Fotobabble Digital Story Telling:  Toontastic, Puppet Pals, Scribble Press, StoryKit Audio:  Smart Record, VoiceThread Student Response System: Socrative Teacher and Socrative Student Drawing: Doodle Buddy, ColorBox HD
Productivity: BrainPop Bump Qrafter QRBeamer Scan Flashcardlet Wonderopolis PDF Notes iBrainstorm and iBrainstorm Companion 
Resources for Finding Apps
iPads as...
Finding Apps by Blooms, NETS 
Websites that Work on the iPads:
Suggested Apps:

Elementary: ABC- Magnetic Alphabet HD Paint Sparkles PBS Kids iBooks
Math: Hungry Fish Math Duel Everyday Math (catch them when they're free) ABC Clock- great clock manip…