Thursday, November 30, 2017

Google My Map

A part of the Grade 4 Social Studies curriculum is the study of the United States. Students learn the states and capitals as well as the regions. Mrs. Gibbas introduced the idea of collecting data from her students and families about where they have lived and visited in the United States. They then used Google My Maps to add their own pins to represent the data.

Mrs. Gibbas is sharing her locations.

Take a look at Team Gibbas Map
Use the + and - to adjust the size.
Click on an icon to learn more.
Click on the map and slide it to a new spot.

Taking a closer look at the class map.
I was so inspired by their work I had to create my own map.
Tech Tip:
Try creating your own map.

My Maps 

Template of Data Document

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Disguise a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
It is always an exciting experience when students work together, share their creativity and produce a new project as a class.

First, students listened to the story Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano.
Click on the picture to hear the story.

Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten students worked collaboratively and helped disguise a turkey and then wrote a story about their new turkey friend.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Class also worked as a group to design a new turkey and write a shared story.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Dunn's First Grade had so many ideas while writing their shared story I am certain there will be another chapter soon.
Click below to see their story.
Tech Tip:
Use the shortcuts for copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v).

Try one on your own.

Disguise a Turkey Template

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A New Twist on Reading Logs

A big part of students' homework is to read at home. Teachers want to encourage all readers to discover the Love of Reading.
While talking with teachers, I discovered there are many varied homework assignments for reading homework. This got me thinking: How can we encourage reading while also fostering creativity? The answer is in something called a HyperDoc.  Students are still reading but they are now given choices on how to share their reading. The Reading Response HyperDoc is set up in grid form where students may select the ones that interest them. Click on the image below to view the November Reading Board.

The collaboration, refection, and sharing are all embedded in many of the student choices. The other documents are view only to classmates.
Here are a few examples:



Sunday, October 29, 2017

MassCue 2017

I was thrilled to attend MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) this year at Gillette Stadium. It was two jam packed days of learning along with other inspiring educators where we discussed ways to enhance learning with technology.

The choices for keynote speakers, workshops, breakouts, exhibitors, and vendors all had me thinking of new and creative ideas to bring back to my teachers and students.

One session that was a new experience for me was using Google Expeditions. Students wearing a set of googles go on a virtual field trip to explore the world while the teacher leads them on the journey.

The keynote speakers always leave the audience wanting for more. One key component of all the speeches was using Innovation in our daily work with students. We were challenged to open the students' minds to new and bigger possibilities and engage students to become leaders in their own learning, by giving choices and encouragement.

Steve Guditus, Director of Educational Technology for my district was awarded a Path Finder award.

I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch with Karen Miller from DoInk, green screen app. We had a thoughtful conversation about the future of this marvelous app.

And of course I found lots and lots of FREE items to bring home.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

FlipGrid Fever

Flipgrid fever is here!
Over the summer I won a year's subscription to FlipGrid and we have been having a lot of fun with it. On this video discussion board students are able to share their thoughts, reflections, and answer questions.

"Bring the back row to the front and engage all of your students. Together! Flipgrid helps all learners define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others. Empathy. That’s what it’s all about! Flipgrid has the most powerful, quick, and easy-to-use recorder in the industry"

Mrs. Ragan's class last week shared their own creative ideas for Halloween this year.
Visit their FlipGrid and even add to it. All posts are moderated.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Build A Jack O Lantern

Who doesn't love a Great Pumpkin design?
Boo! Guess Who?  Me! I love a great jack o lantern!
The month of October brings out our spooky and creative sides.
Using the template for Build a Jack-O-Lantern from Eric Curts that I found on Twitter, students have been creating their own personalized Jack-O-Lanterns.

Here is the collection from Mrs. Corliss' Third Grade Class.

Click in the slides below to view Mrs. Ragan's Second Grade Class

Here is the template:
Click on the slides below to view each original creation.

Teacher Tip:

To get your own copy click HERE. This link will force a copy to your own google drive.
Share your finished Jack O Latern in comments.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Welcome to FlipGrid!
Over the summer I won a subscription to FlipGrid and have introduced many class to this engaging format of reflecting and sharing.
This week on Twitter I came across a Global Reading Project. People around the world were challenged to read one page from the book, Oh, the Places You'll Go! 
Click on the first picture below and listen to the story read aloud. It will automatically play after you click on the first square. Under each picture you will see where it is being read from. Be sure to look out for page 19.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September is Over!

The life of a Technology Integration Specialist in September is like a Talented Juggler.

September brought everyone back to school well rested and eager to learn.
New technology arrived, student and teacher accounts were created, spreadsheets shared, devices labeled, teachers trained, calendars updated, passwords created, students logged in to google, folders organized, digital safety discussed and so much more!

Take a peek into September 2017:

New Chromebooks for both schools.
Creating new accounts.
What is my password?

Organize Google Drive Folders
Create a Grade Level Folder and Share with teacher.

New J Touch TV by InFocus in Grade 5
I know that I can share my computer screen for our new science program.

Google Classroom is set up and ready for student assignments.

Learning Google Doc skills
Where is the Backspace?

Joining Science Class

There is a font named after me! Georgia!

Green Screen is waiting to create magic!
 And this video says it all:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

A new school year has begun.
Excitement is in the halls and classrooms as students return to school.

The buses arrived.

Lunch was prepared.
The fire department visited.

Our challenge this year is to Dream Big.

Click on the padlet below and add your own Big Dreams.

Made with Padlet

Tech Tip:
Double click on the padlet wall.
Add your first name for the Title.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. The jam packed conference this year was held is San Antonio, Texas.

As a member of the private google+ community (1,969 members) I discovered the group NOT AT ISTE17.  I soon was involved in all things ISTE but from home.
I loved the challenges posted daily.

First challenge was to create an introduction badge with ribbons.
I plan on using this idea with students in the fall using google drawings.

Live streaming made me feel like I was right there as I learned new things in the tech field.  How inspiring!

I was even a winner of a door prize while at home!

Another challenge was to connect with someone who was attending ISTE.  I sent MASS CUE president elect, Rayna Freedman a twitter request and she so quickly and kindly obliged.

Getting ready for my workshop

Thank you to everyone in the google community and everyone in the tweeter #notatiste17 feed.
I has been a blast learning along with you.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nonfiction Text Features

What do you know about nonfiction text features?

Click on the chart below to see a nonfiction slide show from Teaching Made Practical.

Mrs. Corliss' class jumped right into many nonfiction books and would like to share what they have learned.
Click on the short videos below:

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

All About Us in a Word

Using the site, students in Mrs. Surprise's class made word clouds all about themselves. Working in a google doc the students were tasked with compiling a list of at least 10 words about themselves. Even the chosen shapes gives you a peek into their personalities.

Tech Tip:
These word clouds make a great cover for student's portfolios.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

It's a Mystery!

It's a Mystery!
Mrs. Boucher's fifth grade class has been studying and enjoying the genre of mysteries. The elements of a mystery are character, setting, plot, clues, distractions, and structure.
Working in small groups, students wrote their own mysteries in a shared google doc to include all the elements of mysteries. After editing, the stories were transferred to a shared google slides where pictures were added for the final version.

The Crime Scenes were all set up around Proctor School!

Click on the stories below. 
Can you solve the mystery before you get to the end?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


What do you get when you mix research, poetry, green screen, and chatterpix?

Mrs. Surprise's Third Grade Class have been reading biographies and learning more about a famous person. This research led to writing a BioPoem.

The next step was to draw a Bobble Head style picture of the person.
Using the iPad camera, pictures were taken on a green paper background ready for the DoInk GreenScreen app.

The Chattepix app gave voice to these famous people.

Click on the videos below to learn more from our research.

Tech Tip:

Free Template for BioPoem from Teachers Pay Teachers

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


HelpDesk students have been exploring the google extension Screencastify

"Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. Screencastify is the easiest way to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen captures. Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button. And your whole experience is synced with your G-Suite."

Ava reviews her recording.

In the video below Ava uses screencastify to teach others how to organize their google drive.

Try using screencastify and share your video with others.

Tech Tip:
First add the extension screencastify to your google chrome account.
You will be prompted to allow the microphone and webcam.
Allow your videos to be synced to google for easy access.
When you are on the TAB view, you will have access to the other tools for recording.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nonfiction Books by Mrs. Ford's Class

Students in Mrs. Ford's Second Grade Class have become published authors! They read, researched and wrote their very own nonfiction books. Included in each book along with the great writing, readers will find a Table of Contents, Index, and Glossary.

After the books were completed, students then used the iPad camera and recorded a Book Talk to give the reader a little information about the creation of the book.

Click on the videos below to hear their Book Talks.
Visit Mrs. Ford's Class and ask to read one of these award winning nonfiction books.


As an added feature we created QR codes for each book talk and added that to the back of the nonfiction books. Now readers can not only read the book but hear the author give some background information.

Tech Tip:
All Book Talks were saved to google drive.
The google QR Code Extension was used to create the QR codes.

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