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GCISD Conference with George Couros

Save the date and join us on June 14 at Colleyville Heritage High School for a day of learning with keynote speaker George Couros. George is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school--from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator. He is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity." Register in Eduphoria, submit a presentation, or visit his website below for more information.

Throwback Thursday: IPEVO Whiteboard

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IPEVO Whiteboard popped into my head the other day at an elementary PLC. I remember Vicki Tucker telling me about it in my first few months in GCISD. Sure enough, she wrote a blog post about it back in 2013! IPEVO Whiteboard is similar to other whiteboard apps like Show Me, ScreenChomp, Explain Everything or our usual favorite, Doceri
The app allows you to draw and add text onto a photo from your library, a white screen or a photo you take in the moment. You can record your voice as you're drawing and annotating, or take a photo after you're done.

The main thing I love about IPEVO over other whiteboard apps, is the simple user interface. Buttons are clear and clutter free. It's easy to see what buttons I might need to push to get it to work. At the bottom middle you can see that you can add new pages or slides with ease. Also, when you're done recording, it automatically saves it to the Camera Roll for easy uploading to Google Drive. 
Having students add t…

Throwback Thursday - Math Learning Center Apps

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Free Math Tools Apps from The Math Learning Center
https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/clarity-innovations/id496057952
The Math Learning Center has 9 free apps for elementary students to use to create models and develop their understanding of number sense, geometry and money.  We first blogged about Number Pieces in April 2013, Number Frames in February 2015 and Geoboard in November 2013.

They just recently released a new app called Money Pieces.  This app combines coin values with base ten blocks to "help students visualize and understand money values and relationships."  Read more about all the features in Money Pieces on their website: http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/money-pieces

Download all of their math tool apps here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/clarity-innovations/id496057952

While you're in the App Store, don't forget about the other great math tool app for elementary students... Schoolkit Math!  More on our blog here: http://gcisdleadwitht…

Throwback Thursday - Infographics

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Angie first blogged about Infographics in October of 2013! Infographics are a visual way to represent data and research. They are a great option for another way to create a product and engage in deeper learning. They also make great backgrounds for things like ThinkLink or Tellagami. 

A successful infographic should be simple, unique, include research & data, draw the eye, and have a clear purpose. Canva, Easel.ly, Piktochart, and Infogr.am are four of the more popular infographic sites for use in education. See below for the Terms of Use for each site.

Terms of Use: 

Piktochart: Use of Piktochart for under 13, with parent permission
Canva: Any use or access to the Service by anyone under 13 is strictly prohibited
Easel.ly: Students under 13 can use if you use Group feature.
Infogr.am: Students under 13 can use if you create a class.

Quizizz

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Today's guest post comes from Erin Gerdes, 3rd grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary.  You can follow Erin on Twitter @ErinGerdesSLE or on her blog http://gabbingwithgerdes.blogspot.com/


Quizizz http://quizizz.com
Finding new, exciting ways to check students for understanding is an ongoing need for all educators. We want to keep students engaged while respecting each individual learner's needs and pace. A while back I learned of Quizizz and tested it with my PLN. We enjoyed how easy it is to use and how the feedback is organized for the teacher. Most often, before I try something with my students, I test it with my peers. Some times I have my students test apps and sites and such and report back to me if they find a purpose in the new activity. However, sometimes I need to try it out so I can execute it efficiently. My PLN approved of Quizizz. I was so excited to try it with my students!
Getting started was easy. I went to www.quizizz.com and created a new account. Once I logged…