10 Technology Tips
Every Teacher Should Know
Megan Patrick
1- DonorsChoose.org
• YouTube Clip
1. Set up a free account.
2. Get permission slips from parents to use student
photos.
3...
Tips for getting funded
• Lower-value projects get funded more frequently.
• “Essential needs” get funded more often than
...
2- Dropbox
• Free download allows
you to store files and
sync them easily
between all your
devices.
• No more lost jump
dr...
Why Dropbox?
• Syncs automatically- connects your phone, tablet,
desktop, laptop, and home PC seamlessly.
• Access files i...
3- Google Drive for
Students
• Google Drive functions similarly to Dropbox, but is
connected to your Gmail account.
• Have...
4- Google Calendar for
Students
• Set up multiple calendars, each with their own distinct
color, to organize your personal...
5- Evernote
• Free app- syncs notes in the cloud between all devices.
• Doesn’t require internet access once notes are syn...
6- Remind101
• Free app for Android or i-
Devices or access online
without an app.
• Safe and easy– send one-way
text mess...
7- Facebook Pages
-Set up a page, not a
profile– allows students to
“like” you instead of “friend”
you.
-Wythe County requires a
Social Medi...
Sample Guidelines
• Mission
• Like this page if you're a current student to get homework reminders, study
tips, and occasi...
8- Happy Class App
• Usable as an app or webpage.
• Seating chart generator- based on students’ desires in
combination wit...
9- QR Codes
• Can be scanned with
any smartphone or
tablet.
• Link to text, websites,
Dropbox, YouTube
videos, contact
inf...
QR Code Ideas
• Add a code to back-to-school parent forms; link it to your
contact information and planning time.
• Add a ...
10- SuperTeacherTools
• Set up a classroom website
• Classroom Jeopardy (even keeps score!)
• Speed Match Quiz Maker
• Who...
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  1. 1. 10 Technology Tips Every Teacher Should Know Megan Patrick
  2. 2. 1- DonorsChoose.org • YouTube Clip 1. Set up a free account. 2. Get permission slips from parents to use student photos. 3. Create your first project using the online store. 4. Wait for donors to give!  a) When you receive donations, send a quick “thank you!” 5. When your project is complete, write a thank-you letter. 6. Send photos of your students interacting with the new materials, along with student thank-you notes.
  3. 3. Tips for getting funded • Lower-value projects get funded more frequently. • “Essential needs” get funded more often than “enrichment needs.” • Core subjects have more success. • Be positive and upbeat when describing your kids. • Always send thank-you notes promptly. • Link your account with your Facebook profile. • http://tinyurl.com/kmtd4pn • Add a DonorsChoose link in your email signature. • http://tinyurl.com/kgv3jfw
  4. 4. 2- Dropbox • Free download allows you to store files and sync them easily between all your devices. • No more lost jump drives!
  5. 5. Why Dropbox? • Syncs automatically- connects your phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, and home PC seamlessly. • Access files in the app without internet capability. • Access files online without downloading the app. • Send links to others to share files. • Share entire folders with others for collaboration. • Files are stored in the cloud, safe from computer snafus. • Get more free space every time you refer friends, or upgrade to Dropbox Pro for $8.25/month.
  6. 6. 3- Google Drive for Students • Google Drive functions similarly to Dropbox, but is connected to your Gmail account. • Have your IT person set up student Gmail accounts for each of your kids, and you can share documents easily as a class. – Students can submit assignments paperlessly– you can provide feedback and send the document back immediately. – Share class notes. – Allow parents/students access to classroom handouts, etc.
  7. 7. 4- Google Calendar for Students • Set up multiple calendars, each with their own distinct color, to organize your personal, school, and extracurricular activities. • Share calendars with others. – Great for clubs and sports! (Share with students via student email accounts.) – Control how you share– allow students to edit, or just to view, your shared calendars. – Event reminders via email. – Publish calendars to share with parents.
  8. 8. 5- Evernote • Free app- syncs notes in the cloud between all devices. • Doesn’t require internet access once notes are synced. • Set up multiple “notebooks” for different topics. http://evernote.com/schools/for_teachers/
  9. 9. 6- Remind101 • Free app for Android or i- Devices or access online without an app. • Safe and easy– send one-way text messages or emails every day with homework reminders, upcoming events, schedule changes, or fun facts. • Remind101 provides custom PDF instructions for each class you set up– simply photocopy them and hand them out to parents and students.
  10. 10. 7- Facebook Pages
  11. 11. -Set up a page, not a profile– allows students to “like” you instead of “friend” you. -Wythe County requires a Social Media Consent Form to be signed by parents/students prior to student use. -Set (and stick to) clear expectations for appropriate use. Read my blog about Facebook pages at http://mprintblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/favorite-things-6-10-tips-for-using.html
  12. 12. Sample Guidelines • Mission • Like this page if you're a current student to get homework reminders, study tips, and occasional extra credit opportunities! • Description • To my students: I created this "teacher page" so that I can send you homework reminders and other educational information. This is NOT my personal profile, and I will NOT befriend you from my personal profile until you graduate. Feel free to use my RRHS e-mail or this page for homework questions, and I will help you as soon as I get the message. I will not private message with you. Please remember to treat this page as if it were our classroom. Any inappropriate behavior is unacceptable and will be blocked. I will remove anyone who is not a current student at RRHS or a close family member of one-- please understand that this is for the safety and security of my students.
  13. 13. 8- Happy Class App • Usable as an app or webpage. • Seating chart generator- based on students’ desires in combination with yours. • Create one class free, or pay $15/year to set up an unlimited number of classrooms. • Demonstration
  14. 14. 9- QR Codes • Can be scanned with any smartphone or tablet. • Link to text, websites, Dropbox, YouTube videos, contact information, email, etc.
  15. 15. QR Code Ideas • Add a code to back-to-school parent forms; link it to your contact information and planning time. • Add a code to class notes; link it to a fun game connected to the material. • Add a code to a homework assignment; link it to a helpful website. • Use codes around your classroom to engage students in a mobile research scavenger hunt! • Make codes free at http://www.qrstuff.com/.
  16. 16. 10- SuperTeacherTools • Set up a classroom website • Classroom Jeopardy (even keeps score!) • Speed Match Quiz Maker • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? • Flash Board Game • Flash Countdown/Timer Tool • Hangman • Flash Lottery • Create an account and make class lists to be used for: – Seating Chart Generator (random) – Random Name Generator – Group Maker (random) superteachertools.com

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