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Teacher Spotlights

Social Studies – Colonies Commercial

Alan Alcala
Alan AlcalaNBMS - 8th Grade
Chesney Tompkins
Chesney TompkinsNBMS - 8th Grade
Kathy Hughes
Kathy HughesNBMS - 8th Grade

The 8th grade Social Studies team at New Braunfels Middle School had students persuading others to “join their colony” through creative commercials using iMovie or Keynote.  Students began by researching facts about their colony including geographic, political, and social information.  The class then created large graphic organizers to display their findings by attaching sticky notes to the corresponding research section. Notability was also used to gather information that would later be used in their commercial. This week-long research project was stored on their Google Drive to be able to stop or pick up at any moment. Once all the information was collected, groups were tasked with creating a script to convince others that their colony is “the place to be!” Commercials were required to be 2min or less, so a lot of practice was needed to ensure students did not go over the time allotted. After plenty of practice and perfection, students recorded each other to create their commercials.  They finalized their commercial using the iMovie or Keynote app on their iPads.  Students were really able to showcase their creativity through this PBL project and acquire a wealth of knowledge about the colonies and what made each of them great!

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Pre AP Science – iTunesU Organization

Margaret Smith
Margaret SmithORMS- 8th grade Science
Jacob Guerrero
Jacob GuerreroORMS- 8th grade Science

Margaret Smith and Jacob Gurrero, 8th grade Pre AP Science Teachers at Oak Run Middle School, use a course outline and weekly posts to keep their Pre AP Science iTunesU Course ultra organized.  The course structure is formed by creating a course outline based on the district’s Pre AP Science scope and sequence.  The course outline includes the overlying units that guide the content and also includes specific sub topics that detail what will be covered throughout each unit.  Course posts are then tied to the relevant topic from the course outline and the instructional week during which the content will be covered.  Students or parents can open a post from any particular week to view activities, assignments, announcements, and other resources that will be used during that entire week of instruction.  Margaret says setting up her iTunesU course in this layout helps her students when they are absent because the students know exactly where to find the work they missed.  Setting up your iTunesU course in a structured, easy to navigate format ensures your students can stay organized and on track throughout the entirety of your class.

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , |

PE – Sworkit Kids

Shannon Spence
Shannon SpenceCSE - PE Teacher

Shannon Spence, PE Teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary, uses iPads to help motivate students during their daily workouts. Coach Spence has students rotate through stations during PE and one of those stations utilize a set of iPads with an app called Sworkit Kids. Sworkit allows students to customize workouts to the individual child. Students are able to create their own workouts by choosing from multiple different strength exercises, agility exercises and flexibility and balance exercises to add to their workout. Coach Spence has found that her students are more motivated to do their workouts now that Sworkit Kids allows them to take ownership of what exercises they are doing.

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HOSA- 3D printing, Distance Learning and PBL

Aimee Sailors
Aimee SailorsHOSA- NBHS

This month’s Technology Spotlight is on Aimee Sailors, Health Careers teacher at NBHS.  Having worked in the dental industry for 16 years previous to her teaching career, Mrs. Sailors brings an important insight into the career side of her course that is truly engaging for her students.  

Distance Learning

Along with her Health Careers colleagues, Ms. Fuller, Ms. Mendiola and Mrs. Reidinger, Aimee sets up live video conferencing with industry experts through NEPRIS that allow her students direct access to professionals that is/are? inspiring and engaging.Here’s an example of a recent conference she set up for her students (requires free subscription): https://nbsteam.nepris.com/Sessions/session/detail/51262

3D Scanning and Printing

During her career as a Dental Hygienist, Mrs. Sailors often worked with the latest 3D scanning and printing equipment and has brought that technology into the classroom, allowing the students to see first hand how this technology works, using our MakerBot 3D printers.

Cross-curricular collaboration/ Project Based Learning!

Mrs. Sailors’ students design concepts that address a particular need (e.g. A diabetic sock aide)  and collaborate with the 3D Design and Animation students to create and print a physical prototype for real-world testing.


One of our “Untethered” Teachers that is out among the students when presenting, facilitating her classroom management and student engagement.

3D Printing

3D Printing

Project Based Learning

Apple TV

Categories: High School|Tags: , , |


Elizabeth Downey
Elizabeth DowneyFifth Grade Math Teacher
Cassie Thomas
Cassie Thomas5th Grade ELA Teacher

Fifth Grade Teachers at Walnut Springs Elementary use Quizlet Live and Quizizz to review for upcoming assessments.  Elizabeth Downey has her students review math concepts for an upcoming test using Quizlet Live.  Quizlet Live randomly assigns students to a team and they compete to try to answer twelve questions. The first team to answer all twelve questions correctly wins!  Cassie Thomas uses Quizziz to help her students practice reading strategies.  Quizizz is another gamified tool to help students stay motivated and be engaged in their learning.  

Quizlet Live

Quizlet Live



Categories: Elementary|Tags: , , |

Physics – Mission to Mars

Christine Ziese
Christine ZieseNBHS-Pre-AP Physics

Christine Ziese at NBHS uses Mars Globe and Midnight Planets apps to enhance the Problem Based Learning Project for Pre-AP Physics, “Mission to Mars.”  In the project, students are assigned to teams that are tasked with creating a self sustaining colony on Mars (Students are introduced to the Project by being directed to the Mars One initiative website).  Students are given the opportunity to select one of five jobs of their choice within their group.  The project gives students access to 21st century skills:  problem-solving resolution, “outside the box” thinking skills, collaboration opportunities, creative thinking, technology to create a product, research and citing sources, writing skills, cross curricular planning and collaboration.  Students choose from Engineering Officer, Statistician Officer, Medical Officer, Science Officer, Technology Specialist Officer.  The project is a semester long project, at the end; students present a model as well as a written and live presentation of their research and vision of their Mars Colony.  Students are then asked questions by their fellow classmates, and defend their project to the teacher who asks in depth questions about their colony.

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ELA/Social Studies – Martin Luther King Jr.

Haley Krock
Haley KrockME- 3rd grade ELA

Haley Krock, 3rd grade teacher at Memorial Elementary, uses several apps with her students to introduce Martin Luther King Jr.  First she shares a “Digital Notebook” (PDF) with her students via iTunes U.  The students then open their digital notebook in Notability where they will complete all of the activities within.  The students will watch Brain Pop video clips on Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln and then compare and contrast the two historical figures using a digital Venn Diagram.  Next students will use the Canva app to create persuasive posters encouraging people to attend the “March on Washington”.  Students will also use Notability to write bio poems and complete a timeline activity.  Finally, students will combine what they have learned into a final Adobe Spark Video presentation on the timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. When the students finished all of the activities, they submitted their work to Haley via eBackpack.

Spanish – Google Slides

Carolyn Barber
Carolyn BarberORMS-Computer

Carolyn Barber, Spanish teacher at Oak Run Middle School, used Google Slides to create a fun and engaging gamified lesson to help her students review Spanish vocabulary words, and review for state assessments.  Students chose the name of their teams from a list of basketball league team.  They were posed questioned and if answered correctly they were able to throw a ball into the trash can for two points! Each Picture was linked to a question or a foul slide, which would make the opposing team get the chance to score two points.

Library – Green Screen Commericals

Abby Saunders
Abby SaundersSE - Librarian

Green screens are no longer just for weathermen! They are becoming popular for students and teachers to use in the classroom for everything from morning announcements to placing students into a place in history for their videos. This fall Abby Saunders, librarian at Seele Elementary, helped her GT students create commercials for a school wide election. The student groups decided on a “Seele Hour of Fun” topic where the entire school would participate in a hour of a fun activity. The school voted on three choices Art Hour, Board Game Hour, or Electronic Hour. The students first created their script and then filmed it on their iPads in front of a green screen. With the help of Mrs. Saunders, the students created custom backgrounds for their videos and created their commercials in iMovie. They used Pic Collage to create the digital advertisements that are shown in their movies. Students around the school watched the commercials on the announcements and had the opportunity to vote on their favorite choice through a Google Form that Mrs. Saunders created.


“I think green screens are a great piece of technology for any teacher to utilize in their classroom.” – Abby Saunders

Health – Organ Donation

Winki Smith
Winki SmithNBMS - 8th Grade Health

I wanted to grow my abilities with technology and allow creativity in the classroom.

Coach Winki’s health project was inspired from the Chris Klug Foundation: Advocating for Organ and Tissue Donation. Winki gathered free resources from the foundation including: curriculum, handouts and videos. Students developed 30 second PSAs for organ donation awareness. Students used PicCollage to create meaningful backgrounds to incorporate into their animated videos using Tellagami or Adobe Spark Video. In this project she challenged students to spread further awareness and to show all the different ways you can donate your organs. The videos had to be one of the three: educational, informational or actuate. Students had to connect and show integrity by organizing their information.  She decided to integrate new apps she learned from the App Smashing session.

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , |

Math – Geometry

Casey Albarado
Casey AlbaradoLE - 4th Grade, Math & Science

Casey Albarado, 4th grade math and science teacher at Lamar Elementary, uses her “Digital Notebooks” to freshen up her classes! Ms. Albarado uses several apps to help teach her students geometry. She first creates the notebook in Pages and uploads it into iTunes U for her students to retrieve. The students then download the notebook into Notability so they can complete the assignments. One assignment has the students create a copy of a Google Slide. Students are able to show what they know by completing a digital sorting activity. After they complete the activity, they take a screenshot and add it to their notebook. When the students complete all the activities in their notebook they turn it into eBackpack for grading.

Band – Musical Meter

Dolores Jimenez
Dolores JimenezNBMS - Band

Musical Meter makes learning to read and play music rhythms fun. Its two-handed design helps students learn how to play and hold a note while viewing a visual representation of what they are playing. Visual representations and animated examples lets the students see and hear how to play each music symbol. 

Musical Meter helps students practice their timing and develops their sense of internal rhythm. Professional notations allow students to read sheet music with less ease. Once students master Musical Meter Novice, they can continue their skills in Musical Meter 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced). As students continue to grow their internal rhythm, Musical Meter Advanced adds more demanding site readings and timing exercises.

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , |

Spanish – Vocabulary Practice

Christy Mullen
Christy MullenSpanish II and III

Mrs. Mullen’s class practices Spanish Vocabulary by using Quizlet Live. This is a fun, engaging and team building activity that encourages students to race against time using their Spanish Vocabulary so they can win. The team that answers all the flashcards the fastest wins! The program automatically designates which groups the students will be in and the students scramble to the new group and compete again! Mrs. Mullen also uses Quizlet Live as an Exit ticket to review Spanish vocabulary.  

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , |

Math -Digtital Worksheets

Brittney Brittain
Brittney BrittainWSE- 2nd grade

Brittney Brittain, 2nd grade teacher at Walnut Springs Elementary, uses a combination of apps to make the use of digital materials an ease in her classroom.  Each student in her class uses a SeeSaw account to participate in class activities and share work. Seesaw is appropriate for younger learners in grades K-2 because the app uses familiar language and large graphics. Brittney is able to share digital math worksheets with her students quickly through Seesaw.  The students retrieve their digital work from SeeSaw and then edit their work in Notability.  Brittney prefers students to edit their work in Notability because it offers an easy to use pen tool and zoom features so students can write large.  When the students are finished editing their work in Notability they can easily submit their finished work back to SeeSaw so Brittney can see what they have completed from her iPad or computer.

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CTE- Criminal Justice

Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer ThompsonNBHS - CTE

Jennifer Thompson, Criminal Justice Teacher and NBHS, used Google Hangouts with her students to interview Travis County Crime Scene Investigator Shannon Schafer.  Ms. Shafer spoke to the class about her work in the field as well as her experiences doing contract work in Afghanistan.

Categories: High School|Tags: |

ELA – Text Features

Andrea Cole
Andrea ColeLSE- 3rd grade ELA

Andrea Cole, 3rd grade teacher at Lone Star Elementary, uses several apps with her students to teach Non-Fiction Text Features.  First she shares a “Digital Notebook” (PDF) with her students via iTunes U.  The students then open their digital notebook in Notability where they will complete all of the activities within.  The students will search through ebooks using the Epic app to find examples of non-fiction text features.  They will screen shot the feature when they find one in an ebook.  After a screen shot of each non-fiction text feature has been found they will use the Animoto app to create a slideshow.  In Animoto, they can insert the screen shots and label each one with the non-fiction text feature they represent.  They can also add a theme and music to create a polished presentation.  When the students finished all of the activities, they submitted their work to Andrea via eBackpack.

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Science – Rock this PBL

Karen Dudley
Karen DudleyNBMS - 6th Grade Science

My goal every PBL is to make them use a completely different set of apps. I would be doing them a disservice in this technologically driven world if I only used keynote and a select few apps. – Karen Dudley

The objective of the Rock this Country PBL, was to create a virtual field trip using photos of rock formations around the United States. Students were required to include two examples of each type of rock (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) and explain the processes of formation. For each rock, students had to identify the name, type of rock, how it was formed, location of formation and one interesting fact. Students were encouraged to explore different apps such as: Thinglink, Animoto, Adobe Spark Video and PicCollage. Students picked one of the four apps to illustrate their findings.

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ELA – Word Work Station

Brinda Soto
Brinda SotoKRE - 1st Grade

Brinda Soto, 1st Grade teacher at Klein Road Elementary, blends traditional classroom instruction with technology using QR codes and Google Drive. Mrs. Soto uses the iPad to record herself giving instructions to her students for her Daily 5 word work station and uploads the video to Google Drive. She is then able to link that video to a QR code that the students scan when they get to their station. The students scan the QR code and watch the video to follow along with the activity that she is teaching. They are able to pause or rewatch parts of the video to help strengthen their understanding of the content she is teaching. Her students are able to take responsibility for their own learning by using this technology! See an excerpt below of how Mrs. Soto starts off her activities in her word work station.

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Art – Sketchbook Pro and Pen and Ink

Charleen Watson
Charleen WatsonORMS - Art

Working from a large still life arrangement in the middle of the room, students selected a favorite area from which to work. Using their iPad and either Sketch Book Express or Pen and Ink apps they used a thin line tool to sketch in their composition.

There were numerous compositional requirements for them to include:  at least 3 of the 4 sides of their screen (picture plane) had to have cropped images.  Overlapping was required. They had to include a minimum of three and maximum of 9 objects. They had to draw what they saw and record colors, patterns and textures, values light and shade where they could. Light and shadow were attained by many students with the use of the airbrush tool. This drawing took the most part of three weeks to complete.   Some students were able to print at home on photographic copy paper and other works were printed here on campus on regular copy paper.  All work was completely done by hand:  no importing of images, no ready-made images or patterns/textures.  The students completely expressed their ideas with the App tools.  However, there was a handful of students who chose to lay color over photographs of the still-life, but that was not the norm.  Many of these digital iPad drawings will be on display at the New Braunfels Art League during February for the Kids Have A Heart for Art show and contest.
Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , , |

Science and ELA – Digital Test Taking

Leah DeLong
Leah DeLongWSE- 3rd grade Math/Science
Heather Sowell
Heather SowellWSE - 3rd Grade ELA

Leah DeLong and Heather Sowell, 3rd grade teachers at Walnut Springs Elementary, use eBackpack Assessments for digital test taking in their classrooms.  They are able to use eBackpack to build custom tests.  They can write their own questions, insert images, and customize their question type- multiple choice, essay, true/false, yes/no, or fill in the blank.  Leah created a science assessment for her students with multiple choice questions and images.  Heather created a spelling test for her students using fill in the blank questions.  Heather and Leah prefer to use eBackpack Assessments with their students because the students receive immediate feedback at the end of their test- students can not only see what their score was but also which questions they missed and what the correct answer was.  Students also appreciated receiving immediate feedback so they did not have to wait to see their grade.

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Health Science – Nearpod and Popplet Deliver Results

Aimee Sailors
Aimee SailorsNBHS - Health Science

Students in Aimee Sailors’s Health Science class collaborated on an interactive lesson using Nearpod while studying body organization. Students switched back and forth between Nearpod and Popplet during the lesson, using Popplet to create a visual organizer of their notes.

Mrs. Sailors said the versatility of the iPad allowed students to multitask during the presentation. She said students took to the combination easily and feedback from the students was positive. She said one student came back later in the day to report that he had suggested using Popplet in another class, and the teacher had loved it.

Mrs. Sailors earned the Nearpod badge for her work on this and the many other lessons she delivers with Nearpod.

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Spanish – Sock Puppets

Francesca Wong
Francesca WongNBMS - Spanish

Students in Spanish 1 learned how to describe themselves and others based on activities they like to do. Mrs. Wong’s students created a Sock Puppet show, using the app Sock Puppets, to role play a conversation in Spanish in which they describe personality traits of themselves. First, each student made a chart and listed two adjectives to say what they are like and are not like. Next, working in pairs, students talked with their partners about their own traits and wrote a script of the conversation. Last, they used the app to record their conversations. Students were able to choose from a variety of backgrounds, different colored sock puppets, and move the puppet to match their voices.

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , |

Digital Citizenship – Digi Superheroes

Brande Schriewer
Brande SchriewerLSE - ELA/SS

Brande Schriewer, 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Lone Star Elementary, uses Adobe Spark Post to teach her students about digital citizenship. After leading the students in a lesson over digital citizenship they formed groups to create a Digi Superhero over different digital citizenship topics. They first drew their superheroes on paper and then used Adobe Spark Post to digitize their posters. This project helped students learn the importance of digital citizenship and gave them a creative outlet to showcase what they learned.

Categories: Elementary|Tags: , |

Spanish – Adobe Spark Video

Cappy Adams
Cappy AdamsORMS - Spanish

Using Adobe Spark Video, students in Cappy Adams Spanish class created a video to share their likes, dislikes and even things they despise to a new club they joined.  After they completed the video, students uploaded their projects into shared folders in Google Drive so Mrs. Adams could easily share the project with all students. Mrs. Adams used gmail to create groups  for each class period in order to easily recreate shared folders for all of her projects for the rest of the year.

Computer-Creating Apps

Tammy Guenther
Tammy GuentherORMS-Computer

Five students in Ms. Guenther’s class worked together to create a game app that has now been approved by Apple and is currently available in their app store! They taught themselves the coding programs X Code and Objective C to program the App, used Photoshop for the graphics and Garageband to create the music.  They formed their own company where each person has his own job and are now making money off of the advertising (the app is free). Every time someone downloads the game and plays it, they see an advertisement. The boys earn money when a user clicks on the advertisement and watches it-you don’t have to buy anything.  To play their completed App go to the iTunes App store and download Deflected.

Categories: Middle School|Tags: |

ELA-Spectacular Biographical Visual

Autumn Redwine
Autumn RedwineORMS- ELA

Students in Mrs. Redwine’s class at Oak Run Middle School are creating Sensational Biographical Visuals using Keynote Presentations for the iPad.  Students have to figure out clues in order to discover who they will be researching.  The presentations must include the famous person’s background, a moral to live by, a picture and how that person impacted the world.  Once the Keynote Presentations are complete, they will present their projects to the class using Reflector 2 and airplay. After they have presented, students will turn them into eBackpack for the teacher to grade.   

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , , |

Portrait Of A Leader

Winki Smith
Winki SmithNBMS - Leadership and Health

NBMS students in Ms. Winki Smith’s Leadership classes used Keynote to create presentations that portray someone they felt showed strong leadership qualities. Following in-class discussions about “what makes a good leader,” the students used Safari to find, research, and choose a person they felt they could look to as a good leader. Once they had made their choice, they gathered and stored needed information in their Google Drive. Using Keynote on the iPad, students carefully crafted pictures and information to build a presentation that would eventually be shared with the class. With limitations as to how long the Keynote could be, students had to be mindful as they chose the perfect information.

Once the products were complete, the students used Reflector to display their work. They talked to the class about why they chose the person and what made them a real leader.

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , |

Music – Rockin’ with Recorders

Lauren Bain
Lauren BainCSE - Music

In Lauren Bain’s specials rotation, students don’t just learn about music, they create it. Ms. Bain used her Recorder Unit to allow students to compose and create their own music piece. While the creation of the piece was enough of a project in itself, Ms. Bain took it one step further by integrating technology into the publication of student work. Students created an original recorder piece on paper. After diligent practice of their creation, students used GarageBand to record and perfect it. Once their work was finalized students shared it with Ms. Bain via Google Drive. From there, Ms. Bain was able to create QR codes leading to their pieces and displayed the codes in the Great Hall at CSE for all to enjoy. Someday, if any of her students pursues a career in music, we can all look back and say it may have started because of a project in Lauren Bain’s Music Class.

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ELA- Idioms with Animoto

Sarah Strom
Sarah StromKRE - 5th Grade ELA

Sarah Strom, 5th grade ELA teacher at Klein Road Elementary, has students share their understanding of idioms using Animoto.  After learning about idioms, students were asked to choose a specific example of an idiom that they would present to their class using Animoto.  Each student’s presentation was to include the idiom’s literal meaning , a picture describing the literal meaning, and the idiom’s actual meaning.  At the project’s end, student’s presented their Idiom Animoto videos to their class.  

Categories: Elementary|Tags: , |

Civil War Research

Kacy Zaleski
Kacy ZaleskiNBMS - Media Specialist

NBMS 8th grade students have been working on Civil War Research. Kacy Zaleski, NBMS Media Specialist, plays a large part in teaching students how to tackle this type of project. She gives the students a refresh of the process by using the Gale Research in Context Database that all of the students can access. Once the students log in with their Google credentials, they can choose the subject area of their research, in this case, U.S. History. At that point, the most popular research topics are listed,and the student can zero in on the area they are needing. In the images below, we’ve chosen Abraham Lincoln. After that choice… wonderful things start to happen… it shows all of the information available in the different forms, such as, reference, magazines, biographies, images, videos, primary sources, etc. (see attachment for sample). This makes it very easy for the student to get the required number of each source needed for the project. When a selection has been made, the database offers great options like… listing the reading level, the choice of the article being read aloud, translation to different languages, etc. The student can highlight text in the articles as they go, and if they want to download the information… it automatically downloads to Google Drive… into a Research Folder… that it creates. Another huge part of research, required citations, are created instantly. 

After the student has collected everything they need, they can take if from Google Drive into Notability for further highlighting and fine tuning. This process truly brings research to a new level for students. 

Categories: Middle School|Tags: , , , |

Digital Media – Digital Portfolios using Google Sites

Georgia Shaffer
Georgia ShafferNBHS- CTE

Ninth Grade Center Digital Media teacher Georgia Shaffer has her students create their own Google Sites.  The students use their sites to make an online portfolio to showcase their work and share it with others.  Students have posted projects that they have completed throughout the year.  They have used programs such as Adobe Flash, Photoshop, and Illustrator, as well as Garageband, Microsoft Office, and a Unit on Photography.  Along with the posted project, students write about how they created it and any reflections they have about their finished piece.

Categories: High School|Tags: , |

ELA- Students Teaching Students

Kimberly Stroud
Kimberly StroudORMS-English Language Arts

Mrs. Stroud’s English Language Arts students had a variety of tasks to complete. First, students had to choose a grammar concept in order to  become a “Master Grammar Guru”. Next, they had to create their own video using one of the following apps:  iMovie, Explain Everything, Show Me or Adobe Spark Video to teach their classmates the concept. Then, they had to create their own practice worksheet by generating 10 practice questions for classmates to complete together as a team. They had to create these handouts by using Google Docs, Microsoft Word or Pages. For the final Assessment, they had to create a Socrative Quiz in order to see how well the classmates grasped the grammar concept.   Research shows that students have mastery of a concept when they have to explain what they have learned. These apps provide a wonderful way for teachers to assess if the students know the material.

Science – Make Learning POP

Sue Hardaway
Sue HardawayCSE - 4th Grade Math & Science

BrainPOP videos have often been used to introduce or review concepts. Students in Sue Hardaway’s science class are using the resource to extend their learning even further. After students watch a video on a concept, they create Mind Maps using the Make-a-Map feature through BrainPop. Mind Maps help students organize thoughts by importing images from the gallery and connecting ideas to show relationships. Students are also able to play games that further deepen their understanding of the concept being taught or reviewed. If you’d like more information on getting your classroom setup with the extra features BrainPOP offers, contact Sue or Robin Wright for more information.

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Library- Book Trailers

Martha Lewis
Martha LewisCLE - Librarian

Martha Lewis, Librarian at County Line Elementary, uses Aurasma and iMovie with her students to create “Book Trailers”.  Students first choose a book and use iMovie Trailers on the iPad to create a short trailer reviewing the book.  The students then use Aurasma to take a picture of their book cover and link it to the iMovie trailer they created.  Now other students can quickly scan the book covers using Aurasma to watch the book trailers.  This project helps develop interest and excitement for reading books available in the school library.

Categories: Elementary|Tags: , , |

Algebra – Transforming Quadratic Equations

Lynda McLean
Lynda McLeanNBMS - Algebra I

NBMS Algebra I students in Lynda McLean’s class learned about Transforming Quadratic Equations. The lesson started with each student joining the NearPod lesson on their own iPad. Ms. McLean, using the Reflector app, her iPad, and her classroom computer, was able to “control” the flow of the lesson as the students followed and participated on their own device. The students were not only able to see exactly what was at the front of the room, but could also participate in small practice/discovery activities that were included in the Nearpod lesson. An introduction Fireworks video grabbed their attention and set the stage for the lesson. Using Nearpod and a graphing calculator app, students were able to explore characteristics of a quadratic function. Students graphed quadratic equations on the graphing calculator app, inserted a screen shot into Nearpod and shared it with the class. By analyzing and discussing these contributions, students were able to discover how changing the values of a quadratic equation effects the graph… all while Ms. McLean watched their resulting graphs show up on her iPad. She was immediately able to see if they “got it” or not. What an engaging way to learn!

Students continued their learning from activities found in their iTunes U Algebra course. They opened them into Notability, where they could continue the hands-on process.

For students who might have missed the class or needed “one more look” at the lesson, the entire Nearpod lesson link was posted in their iTunes U course. No excuse for not learning in this class!

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Spanish-Autobiography iMovies

Cappy Adams
Cappy AdamsORMS-Spanish

Señora Adams at Oak Run Middle School has embraced the power of technology to create a meaningful lesson for her students.  Students were able to take ownership of their lives by writing their autobiography in Spanish then presenting their life story using iMovie.  Through this one lesson, students had to become translators, directors, actors and artists to share their personal stories. The students were able to turn in their iMovies in a shared Google Drive Folder in order for Señora Adams to grade them.

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Psychology – iBooks Author

George Kilford
George KilfordNBHS- Psychology

NBHS Psychology and Sociology Teacher George Kilford created interactive textbooks for each of his courses using iBooks author and Adobe Photoshop. Students access the books via his iTunes U course on their iPads, and open them in iBooks. Content includes original text and images and embedded videos, songs and other multimedia. One favorite is the song clips he includes throughout to reiterate points and serve as mnemonic aids.

Categories: High School|Tags: , , , |

ELA- Reading Response

Holly Stripling
Holly StriplingWSE - 5th Grade ELA

Holly Stripling, 5th grade ELA teacher at Walnut Springs Elementary, uses iMovie and Keynote for student reading responses.  After reading a class novel, students were given the choice to either reenact a pivotal scene from the story using iMovie or explain how an event from the story is important to the plot or theme using Keynote.  This type of reading response gives student choice that appeals to both the artist and the writer and also provides a product that the teacher can easily evaluate.

Categories: Elementary|Tags: , , |

Reading – Techy Text Features

Erica Presley
Erica PresleyLE - 5th Grade Reading

Because students tend to gloss over the important text features included with a reading passage, Erica Presley figured out a way to make those features engaging for her students. Together, the class read The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighead George. The well-researched book is based on true events regarding the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park from the 1920s – 1990s. Mrs. Presley wanted her students to learn more about the elusive animal. Erica searched the internet for information based on their study of wolves. She found graphs, pictures, flowcharts, and illustrations based on events surrounding the Gray Wolf at Yellowstone and stored them in Google Drive. The graphics were relevant to and supported the text that was read.

After linking those graphics to QR codes, she placed them around the room for students to scan. Once revealed, students filled out a worksheet that stated the type of graphic revealed and information that was learned from the item. This forced students to think critically about the image, not just glancing over it quickly.

To further students’ understanding, they were tasked with using Adobe Spark Video to create a movie on the topic of wolves. Students were to incorporate three of the graphics from the QR codes as well as create two drawings on their own. Students used the five images to summarize what they learned from their study of wolves.

“This was an easy way to teach many types of text features related to one piece of text.” -Erica Presley

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Science – Lessons with Nearpod

Kathryn Chapman
Kathryn ChapmanLE - 4th Grade Teacher

Kathryn Chapman, 4th Grade Teacher, uses Nearpod during both whole group instruction as well as independent instruction. For whole group, she presents slideshows to go over concepts with the class. She always includes slides that prompt the students to submit answers or pictures to illustrate their knowledge of the content. Independently, she uses it for science lessons. She downloads video clips from Discovery Streaming and embeds them in the Nearpod presentation. Students watch the video clip, then answer questions. She usually includes up to 5 clips for them to watch, with about 3 questions per clip.  By using Nearpod, students are able to work at their own pace and show their knowledge all in one place.

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Library – GT Newsletters

Amanda Hunt
Amanda HuntWSE - Librarian

Amanda Hunt, Librarian and GT Teacher, uses Smore for weekly GT newsletters to parents. She shares important information and dates, embeds links and photos, as well as shares what students will do each Friday in GT. She emails the newsletters directly to the parents from the Smore website.  Amanda uses the analytics on the website as well, to see how many parents are viewing the newsletters and clicking on the links. (Please note that this feature is available only on upgraded accounts.)

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Spanish/Graphic Design – Interactive Design

Edwin Braun
Edwin BraunNBHS- Spanish
Linda Miller
Linda MillerNBHS- CTE

Señor Braun’s AP Spanish Language and Culture class created an augmented reality Misterio Búsqueda (Mystery Search) for other NBHS Spanish students to enjoy. Target images triggered movies–in Spanish–his students made. Linda Miller used the same idea with her Graphic Design Students on an art project. They used Aurasma to make their artwork interactive. Target images triggered movies of the students talking about their work.

Aurasma is an app that animates static images found in real life when they are viewed through the app. The process is called Augmented Reality. Unlike Virtual Reality, which creates a completely digital environment, AR adds a digital layer to the real environment. Students create these digital layers (usually short videos) in a video editing app like iMovie, then import them as an Aura and attach them to a target image in Aurasma. When the target images are viewed through the Aurasma app, the Aura comes to life on the screen.

Science – Kahoot to Learn and Review

Karen Dudley
Karen DudleyNBMS - Science

In Science at all grade levels we utilize Kahoot as a learning and review tool for students. Kahoot is a great way to get students engaged, by playing and keeping score, so that their cognitive awareness is heightened. Most of the time you can search the thousands of already made Kahoots for your topic. You can even type in the specific TEK; for example TEK 6.5A Know that an element is a pure substance represented by chemical symbols, and there you will find information pertinent to your grade level TEK. As the Kahoot moto says Make Learning Awesome! Kahoot does just that. 

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Algebra II – Digital Assessments

Jennifer Skrahak
Jennifer SkrahakNBHS - Algebra II

Algebra II teacher Jennifer Skrhak creates assignments for her students to complete on the iPad. This allows them to get immediate feedback on assignments and the her to gather more detailed data about the students’ understanding of the curriculum.

eBackpack Assessments allows teachers to give quizzes and tests on the iPad. Security is strong, because students cannot access the tests without an authenticated login. Even after they gain access, additional security measures like shuffled questions and answers and adjustable access times create a secure environment for quizzing. Once all of the students are done with the test, the teacher has the option of releasing the results in the eBackpack app.

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