Tech Scoop, February 20, 2017

Did you know as a Bexar County teacher you have access to Go Noodle Pro? It’s easy to get the Pro version. Once you sign up and put in your campus, the Pro version will automatically be added to your account.

Right now only 40% of our teachers are using Go Noodle, so we are in jeopardy of losing our renewal.

Go Noodle is for so much more than indoor recess. They have many curricular components as well. I just practiced telling time to the minute in Freeze It, and teachers can customize the question sets to match their curriculum.

  1. Customize It – Use the My Questions tool to play Freeze It with any questions you want. Here’s how.
  2. Choose from 13 categories – Built-in questions cover a wide-variety of topics, from geography to improper fractions. Pick a topic your students need for a quick review session.
  3. Test Prep – Reviewing core-aligned concepts with a dance party makes content memorable. Add your own questions for a totally personalized dance-and-drill experience.

For more ideas, check out this blog post all about ways to use Freeze It.

Other curriculum-based activities include:

My Questions

Think On Your Feet

Ultimate Champ Training Guide

Bodyspell Guide

Mega Math Marathon Guide

Word Jam Guide

Montana James and the Palace of Peril Guide

Field Trip Guide

Extra Content

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

If you haven’t explored and used Go Noodle for more than recess, you are missing out!

For more information click here and check out their blog here.

Another tool that you and your students have access to because NEISD pays a subscription fee is Atomic Learning. Founded in 2000 by a group of technology educators, Atomic Learning was created by educators, for educators.

Their mission is helping schools and districts support educators in making meaningful use of technology to ensure it impacts student achievement. They recently added 114 lessons to the hoonuit Learning Model with a “Learn it, Do it, Share it, Prove it” model including everything from “Tech for Students with Dysgraphia” to “How Do I Become a Good Note-Taker” to “Integrate the 4Cs in Your Classroom.”

Of course, they still house those awesome video tutorials for many software titles, Web 2.0 tools and iOS apps. It is well worth taking another look if you haven’t visited recently.

Quizizz now has a mobile app that reads content to students. My primary teachers, this now makes formative assessment for your students a real possibility.

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Tech Scoop, January 23, 2017

Did you know that video and audio call capabilities are now available for teachers in NEISD?

Click here for directions to set up your audio and video.

Upcoming Classes in NEISD

Saturday, February 11 you can participate in 1-3 web-based professional development sessions from the comfort of your home.   These sessions are available in Eduphoria for sign-up now:


8:45-9:30 (.75 credit)

Why Twitter?

Description: Twitter can be a tool for finding professional development, making contacts in the field, and showcasing your classroom.  This class will walk you through twitter use for these purposes and help you pare down twitter to access topics beneficial to education professionals


9:45-10:30 (up to 1.5 hrs credit)

Google Drawings for Graphic Organizers – student product required for full credit

Description: In this class participants will be introduced to student product creation ideas using Google Drawings.


10:45-11:30 (.75 credit) 101 (or so) things to do in a Google Classroom

Description: This class will explore new releases in Google Classroom as well as a variety of ways to make content available to students as well as interact with students in a digital classroom.

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Tech Scoop, January 17, 2017

google classroom logo

For all of you Google Classroom lovers out there, they have added some features we have been asking for!

  1. You can now make assignments to specific students! I love this feature.



By default, an assignment is posted to all students in the class. However, you can now choose to post an assignment only to individual  or small groups of students. You can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.

  1. Next to All students, click Down Down Arrow.
  2. Click All students to deselect it.
  3. To select students, check each student’s name.Note: When you post an assignment to individual students, you’ll see the number of students assigned the work in the class stream. To view the students’ names, click[number] students on the assignment.

We have been asking for this and it has been delivered.


You can get Classroom email and mobile push notifications whenever:

  • A student resubmits work, i.e., submits work after it has been returned from the teacher.
  • A student sends you a private note.
  • A student submits late work, i.e., submits work after the due date.
  • A teacher invites you to teach a course as an additional teacher.
  • Someone comments on your post.
  • Someone mentions you in a post or comment.

If those notifications drive you crazy, you can turn them off. See this link for directions.

SeeSaw has added the ability to put labels on images. If you need ideas for using their new labels tool, they’ve got 15+ Lesson Ideas Using the New Labels Tool. Check out our ELA, math, science, STEM, makerspace and art ideas, each with step-by-step instructions and an example!

Click here for link.




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Tech Scoop, December 20, 2016

Do you want to build a snowman? (Courtesy of Eric Curtis)


Modify what you have the students write and this is a good fit for any grade level. Students can certainly write a narrative about their snowman or a how-to with sequenced images. They could also write about weather conditions that would enable this snowy precipitation to form in the first place and include references to the water cycle for grade levels working on that unit. Kinder and PreK students could build their snowman, write a sentence or two and then pull the image into SeeSaw to narrate their entire story in greater detail.

Template copy

Eric Curtis of Control Alt Achieve has full directions here.

My NEISD colleagues, I would love to come in and work with you and your students on this fun writing activity. E-mail me and let’s schedule a lesson.

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Hour of Code is Here!

It is here: Hour of Code Week. How are you covering coding this week?

Do you think you don’t have time? Look at all the benefits.


Check out the website:

Thank you, Heather Miller for the Thinglink.

Early Childhood teachers, you can do an introduction to coding at the SMARTboard with this SMART Notebook lesson:

Coding Course 1, Lesson A and has lots of unplugged activities and complete lesson plans that don’t require any technology here:



Santa Tracker

Let me know how I can assist you with your coding lessons this week.




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Tech Scoop, Nov 7


Class Link: You may have noticed this addition to the NEISD homepage. Classlink currently works with all Google accounts. This is an easier way for students to login to the various accounts that they have. The rest of the NEISD Online resources will be connected once the bugs are worked out.The link is located at the top of the NEISD home page (next to search bar)


For all of my NEISD teachers who have students using Windows 10 computers (desktops or Lenovo Thinkpads),  when students are using these shared machines, it is important that they sign out of the laptops before shutting them down. Signing out is not linked to shutting down in Windows 10. Students will need to go to the start menu and then up to their username and sign out. Once signed out, they can power down the laptop. Otherwise, on start up, the students will have to switch users before they can log in.



If you are still getting those Casper messages on your iPads, you need to hit cancel for each window that pops up, then go in and make room on your iPads for the apps that were pushed out by deleting unused apps, pictures, and videos.

If you have not already updated your iPads to iOS 10, you are now free to do so. Once you do the update, you will also need to go to the application catalog (Windows 7) or Software Center (Windows 10) and install the new version of Reflector 2.5.3 which works with iOS 10 so you can mirror your iPad image on your laptop.

Click here for directions for installing Reflector 2.5.3 and setting up naming and security.




With the upcoming election, you may be on the lookout for some election resources for your class. Laura Moore has put together a “rocking” resource page on her Rock the Lab page at:



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Tech Scoop, October 31st

Happy Halloween, friends.



With November at our doorsteps, it is time to start planning and preparing for Hour Of Code, December 5-11, 2016.  What is Hour of Code? Click here for information. NEISD’s goal is for ALL elementary students to participate. We have face2face trainings being offered in every cluster, as well as online classes and webinars. Click here for information about the trainings.


Connected Classrooms are a part of NEISD’s Transformation Process. If you haven’t yet connected with someone outside of your 4 walls, take a look at these options

44 Ways to a Connected Classroom


Another resource is the Global Audience Project.

The Global Audience Project is designed to take the difficulty out of finding meaningful learning opportunities for your students by helping you find students to share or be an audience for your projects.



Using the Google Apps version of Lucidpress?

Lucidpress is a drag and drop publishing app for creating brochures, newsletters, posters and more. My NEISD colleagues, the upgrade to the Education version is available to you and your students.

Users who sign up for Lucidpress for Education through this link will automatically be added to NEISD’s education account for free..

Lucidpress: Perfect for print. Dynamic for digital. | Lucidchart: Diagrams done right.



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Tech Scoop, October 24, 2016

Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities.

Ed Camp will be held at Bradley Middle School on Saturday, October 29th from 7:30-12:00.

Have you ever attended a conference where the schedule is designed by the participants in attendance? At #Edcampsa , those in attendance will drive the PD for the day. They would love to have you spend a morning with caring and forward thinking professionals from around the San Antonio area. Bring an open mind, your laptop and the desire to collaborate with professionals from South Texas. Start following the #edcampsa hashtag for more information.





Area XX’s Technado (Taking Technology by Storm) is being held on Saturday, Nov 5 from 9:00-3:30  at
Woodridge Elementary School (Alamo Heights)
100 Woodridge Drive
San Antonio, TX 78209

Attendees will earn 6.0 hours of CPE Credit.

Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about the integration of technology in education.

There is NO FEE for this event! It is FREE!

If you can’t make the whole day, please feel free to attend what you can.

Lunch will be on your own and there are plenty of great restaurants in the area.

Event Website:


Hour of Code is Coming!


Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only one in four schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

This year, let’s make it even bigger. Join in for the Hour of Code 2016. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11.

Get the word out. Host an event, our NEISD district goal is to have every elementary student participate. Or try the Hour of Code yourself—everyone can benefit from learning the basics.

Get started at

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Tech Scoop, October 17, 2016


Let’s talk SMART this week

For my NEISD colleagues, you have access to all the components of the SMART Learning Suite: SMART Notebook, SMART lab, SMART amp and SMART response 2.


SMART Notebook is the standard for lesson creation and delivery that you have been using for years with new content as a part of 16.1.

SMART lab is a collection of 9 activity templates available for you and your students to create engaging activities in minutes. Since Notebook 16.1 is available in the labs, your students have the opportunity to create engaging activities in lab, boosting the rigor and their learning by having them create the content rather than just interact with activities that you create.  You can now add images in Match ‘Em Up, Rank Order and Flip Out. And all of the lab activities can be interacted with at the board, as they always have been, but they can also be sent out to student devices (with the exception of Speedup) via opening up your students’ access to these formative assessment tools.

SMART amp is a collaborative workspace where you can share and work on a variety of lesson content and provide a venue for your students to work collaboratively within your class, across the school, district or globally with other students.

SMART response 2 is a quick formative assessment tool. A powerful way to gather data about your students’ learning and drive your instruction.

If you have not used some of these components, but are interested, please let me know and I will be happy to come in and support you by helping you plan some lessons and be there to support you when you introduce your students to these new tools for their use.

SMART has free support and training resources at:

and a YouTube Channel full of how-to’s at:

and I am always available to help you face2face during planning times, and at campus/district PD.

Download my Notebook 16.1 Class here. (Thank you Cindy Glenn for sharing some of your content.)

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Tech Scoop, October 10, 2016

Apply to be a SEE



Click below for further information and to apply.

What is the SMART Exemplary Educator Program?

The SMART Exemplary Educator Program (SEE) is an exclusive group of passionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers, professors,librarians, school administrators, and principals who change the world we live in, one student at a time. Around 1600 SEEs in 40 different countries have already joined the program.

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My NEISD teachers, are you a member of the various Curriculum & Instruction Google Classrooms for your grade level? If not, you are missing out on lots of great stuff!. This is where we are housing district resources for your use in class. If you have not had the opportunity to join and want access to the classrooms for your grade level, email me and I will be happy to send you the codes to join.

October is Digital Citizenship month. Our fall lessons with the kids are coming up mid-October. Your lessons are housed in the district LIB Guides. If you haven’t taken a look yet, please do. You will be pleasantly surprised by the new content that is grade level specific. There are also awesome resources in both Spanish and English you can share with your parents. A great alignment with T-TESS  Dimension 4.4.




Upcoming STEAM Carnival, November 11th from 6:30-9:00 at Roosevelt High School.

How might a group of your students put something “STEAM-y” together that could be highlighted during the STEAM Carnival Event? It doesn’t have to be fancy, just related to science, technology, engineering, art or math.

To register a spot for a team click here. Direct any questions to Christina Mank-Allen, DATA Director at Roosevelt High School.

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