Showing posts from August, 2014

Edmodo or Google Classroom?

With only 5 workdays before the first day of school, GCISD teachers and administrators are struggling with a big decision - Edmodo or Google Classroom?! I can’t make the decision for you but I can share some information that might help as you make this important decision. GCISD Instructional Technology will support Edmodo or Google Classroom. The choice is yours! 
The most important factor to keep in mind as you make this decision is your students. You do not want any one student to have to manage 2 different learning management systems (LMS). For this reason, I would encourage you to make the decision as a campus or grade level team. While some of your students may have previous experience with Edmodo, Schoology, or another LMS, that should not be a factor in the decision you make for this year. Any experience you or your students have with managing or utilizing one LMS will transfer to Google Classroom or Edmodo.

Edmodo If you are comfortable with Edmodo and it i…

Top 10 Apps for Elementary Digital Classrooms

I'm often asked for a list of my top 10 apps for a digital classroom.  I created this presentation for a breakout session during last week's Digital Classroom Cadre 5 training.  These are the apps that I think give you the biggest "bang for your buck".  They can all be used for students to create projects in any content area.  (If viewing this blog post via email, go to to view the slideshow.)

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Math Tools for Elementary

I created the following presentation for a breakout session during our Digital Cadre 5 training this week.  

Several of these tools are great for creating images to be used in other apps like Shadow Puppet, Tellagami or Popplet Lite.  For example, students can create and screenshot representations of numbers using the Number Pieces Basic app.  Then capture the student's thinking by inserting the images into Shadow Puppet and recording audio explanations.  

Do you have another math tool app or resource you love?  Share it in the comments below!

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Mission MapQuest

Create your own Google Maps Treasure Hunt!
This is brought to you by Nicki Anderson and Kim Grant, both 4th grade teachers at CES.
With Google Maps Treasure Hunt: Create your own MapQuest.Share with other users using a QR code, URL link, or download a web shortcut.Use for a formative assessment.

Make Your Own Stylus

Today's guest post come to us from Jan Cline, 7th grade math teacher at Heritage Middle School.  
The search for the perfect stylus...
I am a digital classroom teacher and we make a lot of instructional videos.  My students are always asking me to use a stylus.  It seems that no matter how careful they are, the stylus falls apart in a week or so. 
Yesterday,  I went on a search for the best stylus. The styluses at the top of the list are all around $20 each. That is way too expensive to buy a classroom set.  I personally have a fine tip stylus (adonit Jot Pro) for writing on my math tutorial videos.  It is really good, but again too pricey for a classroom.  It was on the list as one of the best for making videos. my search I saw several ways to create your own stylus.  I made one and it seems to work. 
You need: Foil type candy wrapper - I used twixPencil with a good eraserTapeScissors
1.  Cut the Twix wrapper like this..
2.  Put one of the flaps over the eraser end of the pencil …