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Technology For Teachers...

Information, technology and inspiration for making your time in the classroom easier.

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Tools Tools
Google Docs
Google Expeditions
Google Sheets
Google Tour Creator
Google Forms, using a formula in response sheet

MS PowerPoint
Google Slides

Planning and Diagrams

Create Flash Cards


Create Self Grading Quizzes
Google Forms (Self Grading Quizzes)

Collab and Sharing
Other file sharing options
Microsoft Teams

Lecturing and Learning Management Systems
MS Whiteboard
Manage Groups
Microsoft Teams
Google Groups

Educational Posters and Graphics

Adobe Spark Post

Drawing, Comics and Animations
Google Drawing
Autodesk Sketchbook (example tutorials here)
Pixton (storyboard and comics)
Comics Head
see also our animations and digital art pages.

Music, Sound and Voice
Anchor (creating podcasts)

Helping Students With...
 - coding
 - journaling
 - math
 - science
 - art

Teaching Math
Getting Help with Early Math





Google Slides

  Google Slides Tutorial 

coding with scratch workbooks

Google Docs

  Google Docs 

What is a Hyperdoc?

Google Drawing

  Google Drawing app

Google Drawings Tutorial - Vector Portraits Lesson

Sharing a Google drawing in another document as a hyperlink


Google Expeditions

This app uses VR head sets: a virtual reality tech tool that lets you and your class go on virtual field trips around the world from the comfort of your classroom.


Google Tour Creator


Google Forms (Self Grading Quizzes)

  Branching in Google Forms is a way to send a respondent to a different page or question based on how they answer. You have probably experienced this type of strategy if you have taken a survey that takes you to more specific questions based on how you answered basic questions. Read on....

This feature is known as "Skip Logic" in Google Forms.
coding with scratch books
  Using a formula with the Google Form response sheet.


  Crate your own self grading quiz   Enforcing answers from a predefined interface, such as a partial keyboard.


Google Sheets

  Want to build a web scraper in Google Sheets? Turns out, basic web scraping, automatically grabbing data from websites, is possible right in your Google Sheet, without needing to write any code.

Educational Posters



  Use Canva to create educational posters 
coding with scratch 3.0


  Padlet is a digital sharing wall. It has a free version.


  Wakelet is a digital sharing wall. It has a free version.
 coding with scratch workbooks


  Seesaw is a digital sharing wall. It has a free version.

Adobe Spark Post

  Adobe Spark Post is an online app that allows you to create images for social media.

The app also allows you to create quick websites using temples.

The account is free.


MS Whiteboard

  Microsoft Whiteboard is a free application that allows you to use a computer instead of a physical whiteboard, lecture and share the content with your students.
The following is an example of a chem lesson on this website

The app can be found on the Microsoft App Store.


  This is a free Learning Management System (LMS) that helps you keep everything in one place, including grades and quizzes.
- grade books
- self-grading quizzes
- question banks
  Schoology Gradebook Use and Shortcuts

Make a Quiz

Schoology Question Banks
coding with scratch books

Nearpod A step by step guide of how to use Nearpod to create slides and use them in your classroom.

Microsoft Teams

  versions Manage assignments and student submission in one app.

coding with scratch 3.0


  Notebooks, chats and more.

Google Groups

  app Manage a group discussion


Flipgrid is a video interaction app built for collaborating in classrooms. Teachers can pose questions in video format and students respond in video format as well. The tool was recently purchased by Microsoft (June 18, 2018) and is now offered free to educators.



Creating interactive books in game style formats. Install desktop version or use online. You can also use this tool to cover the planning stage of your story writing, or planning an interactive science lesson.



Make flash cards or use cards made by someone else to save time. This system has millions of study sets shared by other users. Before you start making your own card set, search first, likely someone has already created one before you, copy it and modify from there. Turn flashcard sets into a tests, games or use them as you would paper cards. This system also has spellcheck capabilities and built in sound to pronounce for vocabulary sets.



MS PowerPoint

How to Record Desktop Screen Using PowerPoint

  Using PowerPoint to create animations


coding with scratch projects

Music, Sound and Voice

Prepare audio files directly from text documents to help dyslexic students with exams and their learning.
Natural Reader Software
Write music and have the system play out several instruments in collective streams using MuseScore
example adaptation of Queen's "Somebody to Love" to a classical version:
example combining piano and violin:
  Create a Podcast with Anchor


File Sharing Options

      The following require an email account to be used:
  Google Drive
  Dropbox (no email account)

Helping Students Code

Coding with MIT Scratch

Learn coding by using visual elements on a scripting canvas. Introduce concepts: loops, variables, events, running a program and more. The service is available online or you can download an offline version. The offline app is great for those long car trips, have your child code while traveling.
Scratch coding course as book series
for use in the classroom
coding with scratch workbooks coding with scratch books coding with scratch 3.0 coding with scratch projects

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Khan Academy

Coding with JavaScript classes, for younger audiences:

Helping Students Create Websites and Interactive Journals


You must sign in with a Gmail account.
It is easy and user friendly.
Also try the welcome screen

Create Mobile apps from Google Sheets
Create a Web Page in Google Drive

Helping Students with Math

Khan Academy

Classes for all subjects and all ages, delivered in video format, and online interactive worksheets.
Example: Early Math, Table of Contents.
This website: Choose a grade from top menu and select the Math icon.

Helping Students with Science

This website: Choose a grade from top menu and select the Science icon where available.
Various YouTube channels sc/gr.html#YouTube

Helping Students with Art

Autodesk Tinkercad

1. Create 3D designs that you use either in digital form, or with 3D printing for a science project. Application is free but does require you create a free login to access the learning resources.

2. Create a simulation for your Circuits designs before you implements them.

Video Tutorials

3D Design with Sketchup Make
Construct 3D scenery.
If you are into architecture, 3D printing, design, technical drawing and prototyping, then this is the app for you.

(SketchUp for Schools Free with a G Suite or Microsoft education account)


Using the Tools in Interesting Ways

Collaborate with classmates to create an interactive story using Google Slides
If-Then Adventure Stories

Teaching Math

"In every country, the memorizers turned out to be the lowest achievers, and countries with high numbers of them—the U.S. was in the top third—also had the highest proportion of teens doing poorly on the PISA math assessment. Further analysis showed that memorizers were approximately half a year behind students who used relational and self-monitoring strategies."
Canned Lesson Plans
for Math 30

  Diploma Prep Math 30
Straight-A vs. Flunking Students:
Do Good Grades Matter?
"As a result of the standard approach to math instruction, students often can’t take the methods they’ve been taught and transfer them to problems even slightly different from those they’re used to. For example, a seven-year-old may be a whiz at adding numbers when they’re arranged vertically on the page, but then throw up her hands when the same problem is written horizontally."
Getting help with early math   Setting up students for success is most productive when starting young. Teachers are aware of the importance of reading, counting, and number literacy, but rarely invest in logic when it comes to preschoolers and kindergarteners. Students who were not exposed to logic in the early years will have difficulty using logical operators AND, OR, NOT (complements) even in high school.

There are many ways to support logical thinking, through practicing patters and encouraging students to create their own patterns. Help students understand concepts from inside out. It is important that the early experience is fun, using materials that are not overly repetitive and are presented in various styles of learning. Avoid creating the impression that math is only numbers, or that it must be delivered in strict manner. When math becomes predictable, ordinary and repetitive, children are no longer interested in learning and label it as boring.



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