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A new school year is beginning and here are some tools your students can use to get off to a great start.

  1. Students can create a graphic or video in Adobe Spark to introduce themselves.
  2. Students can share their voice with Flipgrid. They can even integrate their Adobe Spark graphic or video into Flipgrid.
  3. Students can review previously learned standards using Gimkit in a game like format.
  4. Students can share about their summer reading through a #Booksnap. They can make one of their favorite passage or the most interesting one.
  5. Students can interact with our new program,, to meet their Digital Literacy Computer Science standards. (K - 8)

Digital Learning Day Friday July 20

Please join us on Friday, July 20th for 3 interesting classes on tools you or your students may use this year.

First, up at 9:00 am is Create a Spark for Learning - a quick introduction to using Adobe Spark. You and your students can make posters, pages, or videos that look professional with a few simple choices.

Next, at 10:00 am is 3, 2, 1, Action (Tools for Recording your Lessons) - tools for a new way to deliver content to your students or an easy way for students to share their learning.

Finally, at 11:00 am is Chrome Apps & Extensions - find out which apps and extensions may make your life easier and engage your students.

Note: Once you join, if you are a Shelby County teacher, you need to make sure you sign up in PDExpress to get PD credit for the classes. We will leave the classes open in PDExpress until the end of the day on Friday so you may sign up.

Also, Shelby County teachers need to check that they have turned on Right Recommendations so the chat window will show during the presentation. Click the blue extension (see red circle below) and make sure the Right Recommendations slider is on ( see arrow below).

Hide Recommendations drop down.


Image of Google Expeditions Bring your lessons to life.

Where would you like to take your students this year? Google Expeditions will expand your choices. You may check this spreadsheet to find available trips. You don't have to have a virtual reality viewer to use them, but if you are a teacher in Shelby County the kit will be coming to your school.

A big thank you to Karly Moura, for heradditional resources on her site: Google Expeditions



Kahoot! is a must-have tool for classrooms that are BYOD or 1:1. Sign up for your FREE account, then create your quiz, discussion, or survey using any device - laptop, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, or Android. Participants join your Kahoot! without needing an account, so all students can participate with a device and connection. Kahoot! provides a fun and simple way to give formative assessments in real time and get feedback on student learning.


wayback-machineAs more and more of our lives and those of our students are placed online, we need to be reminded that once something is placed on the Internet - it NEVER goes away. This site is a great tool for illustrating this. Enter the URL of a site and view a multitude of archived copies. For example, enter the Shelby County URL and see what the site looked like in October 1999. You can even see what job postings were available back then!

participateLParticipate Learning

Search thousands of Twitter chats, educational apps, videos, and websites that have been curated by teachers and given a Report Card. You can search using keywords or by grade level. Quickly make your own collection from all these to use in your classroom. 


plicker1Use Plickers for formative assessment. It is a free tool. You download and print the answer cards that look like puzzle pieces. They are numbered 1 - 63. You give each student a card. They turn the card to answer multiple choice questions. You scan the room with your iPad, iPhone, Android device or Android phone. It lets you collect the student responses in real time, quickly showing you the students responses and whether they are right or wrong.