Wednesday, June 27, 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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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

Buck Institute PBL

GCISD Tech Tweets!/search/realtime/%23gcisdtech

GCISD Digital Classroom Tweets!/search/realtime/%23gcisddcp

Subscribing to Podcasts in iTunes Helpsheet-

Appy Hour

Do you have a favorite blog, Twitter feed or podcast? Add yours in the comments below!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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

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:

ABC- Magnetic Alphabet HD
Paint Sparkles
PBS Kids

Hungry Fish
Math Duel
Everyday Math (catch them when they're free)
ABC Clock- great clock manipulative
Tangram HD
Factor Samurai

Reading/Language Arts
Misc. Book apps- search StoryChimes, iReading HD and LAZ Reader
Misc. Phonics and Spelling apps- search Preschool University
Misc Grammar apps- search NRCC Games
Spelling City (coming soon!)
Poetry Creator
Visual Poet 

Science 360
Geared HD

Social Studies:
Google Earth
Today in History


Factor Samurai
Home Design HD

Reading/Language Arts:
Scribble Press

Science 360
Geared HD
3D Brain
How Stuff Works 

Social Studies:
Today in History
History Maps of the World
Presidents vs. Aliens Lite

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