Winter Technology Newsletter

Bye Bye Powerpoints

With the increase of technology in our classrooms we should embrace the opportunity to create and produce so much more. Whether it be from the teacher creating and sharing new information to their students or from the student showing a true understanding of the material we can do better than just a digital flip chart of text boxes and googled images.

Alternatives to Powerpoint

PowToon | Google sign in, free, can create animated slides (I know it's close to Powerpoint but it's animate) or animated videos. What a great way to give directions, model math example problems, or introduce a new concept. Can embed in a website easily or upload to YouTube which then is a great way to add to Google Classroom.

Thinglink | Google Login, free, I love Thinglink to share information. You choose a background image, it could be a map of an area or a picture of historic figure your studying, you then add "tags" on top of the image. The tags can be built in videos, images, or text. A Thinglink would be a wonderful way for a student to give a presentation to the class, all the information is already there they just maneuver around the "tags."

Padlet | Google Login, free, Padlet to me is like an online cork message board. Padlet is not only great for sharing information like you would on a Powerpoint but you can include images, texts, and videos. You can also use it to collect from students, they can post text or links to their projects. Many teachers have used this to gather assignments from students that normally wouldn't be easy to collect. You can even password protect Padlets and students do not need a login to post to a preexisting Padlet.

As always I recommend Adobe Spark Page/Video/Post for both student and teacher creation. This newsletter is an example of an Adobe Page, it's easy to create, modify, and add elements to make an interactive webpage of information. Below is an example of an Adobe Video. They are super easy to make, this one only took about 5 minutes to make.

This is a sample of an Adobe Post. Teachers could use it to create website graphics or classroom posters. Students could use it to create assignments or to enhance assignments. They are all really easy to share and use and how great would it look to have a collage of student Adobe Posts about the material you are covering.
"i hate powerpoint’" —> 1,040,000 Google hits
Kindergarteners coding with Ozobots at FES

February is Literacy Month: Book a Skype Visit with an Author!

Celebrate reading and writing with your classroom by inviting an author to talk to your students over Skype or participate in one of our fun literacy activities. Running from 3rd January through to World Read Aloud day on 16th Feb, & World Book Day on 2nd March!

Please fill out the form linked below if you wish to participate in the STEAM Showcase! Did your students create awesome digital storybooks? Video PSA's? Use Ozobots to explore coding? Use Google Maps to explore the world? The STEAM Showcase is a great opportunity to show parents, community members, and fellow teachers the great projects and lessons that you do in your class that pertain to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Having students help present these showcases gives great pubic speaking experience and shows true understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
Don't forget to join District Google Classrooms!
These are the join codes for the district Google Classrooms. Below is short video showing how to join a class.


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