Thursday, November 9, 2017

Do You Kahoot!?

What Is Kahoot?

Kahoot! Is a free game-based student response system. Students and teachers can use ANY web-enabled device, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and all smartphones, with this web-based service. Add videos, images, and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement.

Students DO NOT need an account to use Kahoot! No usernames or passwords to forget!

All results can be emailed or downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or saved to Google Drive.

Take it to the next level by having students create their own questions and/or Kahoot! games for review.  Social learning promotes discussion and pedagogical impact.

What will you do with Kahoot! in your classroom? #kisdpd

How Does Kahoot! Work?

1.     Teacher will login or create an account at and select a quiz to play.
2.   Students will go to on their web-enabled device.
3.   Teacher will give Game Pin to students by showing on a projected screen.
NOTE: Questions will play on projected screen NOT on the student device.
4.   Students will enter the Game Pin (given by the teacher or shown on screen) and their Name.
5.   Teacher will begin using Kahoot! with students
6.   You can create funny, appropriate nicknames in Kahoot!
7.   Watch the quick 90 second video below to see it in action! 

Using Kahoot!

 1.     Create your own quizzes or edit/save quizzes created by others.
2.   Search/view public quizzes shared by users.
3.   Create quizzes, discussions based on one question, or surveys.
4.   See how many times your quizzes have been played and shared.
5.   Download/save results to Google Drive or Microsoft Excel.
6.   Play a quiz a second time in Ghost Mode, students play against themselves.

Additional Resources

·         Kahoot! Knowledge Base by Kahoot!
·         How to Use Kahoot in the Classroom by We Are Teachers
·         How to Share and Save Kahoot With Others! by Peppy Zesty Teacherista

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google File Stream

What is Google Drive File Stream?

File Stream is a new Google feature that provides a shortcut to your MY DRIVE files on your computer. After installing, a MY DRIVE shortcut will appear on your desktop where all items from your Drive will be streamed. Google Drive File Stream saves storage on your computer and saves time while not having to wait on syncing. Even though streaming requires an internet connection, the option to download files and folders to your computer directly is still available.

How to Use It?

  1. LOG INTO Google
  2. Go to DRIVE
  3. Click the SETTINGS GEAR in the top right corner:
  5. Choose the appropriate DOWNLOAD button.
  6. Run the googledrivefilestream file (WIN) or the DriveFileStream.dmg (MAC) to download the application
  7. Once it downloads, login with the Google Drive account.
  8. The file stream will appear in the File Explorer (WIN) or Finder (MAC) window named Google Drive File Stream and all of your folders and files will appear there.
  9. When you open a file, Google file types will “stream” in a web browser or you can open in other apps such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
Watch this video to view how to install and use Google File Stream:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Classroom Screen offers several very useful tools for the classroom teacher.
First, select your language.
Next, select a background screen with the BACKGROUND button found in the bottom toolbar:
The site offers a RANDOM NAME PICKER tool:
To select a student at random, click the CHOOSE button.  When finished with the tool, click the X next to the RANDOM NAME button in the bottom toolbar:
Allowing students to access sites using a QR code can be helpful.  Classroom Screen offers a QR code generator as well:
To display multiple QR codes, click the +1 found on the QR CODE tool in the bottom toolbar:
NOTE:  To close any of the tools, click the RED X found on the corresponding tool.

The toolbar consists of many other classroom tools such as:
  • Draw Tools
  • Text Tools
  • Work Symbols (including silence, whisper, ask neighbor, work together)
  • Traffic Light
  • Timer
  • Clock

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Twitter 4 Teachers

T4T Topic #1:  Why Use Twitter as an Educator?

Many educators are flocking to Twitter to ask for help/ideas or sharing ideas and tips.  View this video to see a glimpse of how easy it can be.

T4T Topic #2: How Do I Start?

To begin, decide how you will use the social media tool. Consider creating a:
  • PERSONAL account to keep up with friends and family
  • PROFESSIONAL account to keep up with colleagues and others in your field
  • TEACHER account to communicate with your students, their parents, and colleagues
  • CLASS account to communicate with your class, their parents, authors, experts, and other classes
  • SCHOOL account to communicate with your stakeholders
To create an account, go to to sign up for a new account.  Be sure to upload a photo, avatar, or logo to make it easier for your followers to recognize you.

T4T Topic #3: My First Tweet

For your first tweet, click the  button.  A COMPOSE NEW TWEET window will appear:
Using 140 characters or less, enter your thought.  Hashtags may be included with the # symbol in front of the designated phrase.  Mentions may be included with the @ symbol in front of the designated user handle.  Click TWEET to PUBLISH the tweet.

T4T Topic #4:  Who Do I Follow?

Find several fellow educators to follow at first and as you follow them, you will branch out to follow others and extend your network by keeping an eye out for who they follow or considering Twitter's suggestions to you (suggested based on who you currently follow).  Several lists of "Educators to Follow" have been published to get you started:
Keller ISD Employees - Begin by following @KellerISD
Keller ISD Employees - Start here with the Campus & PTA Social Media Accounts List
We Are Teachers 35 Twitter Accounts Teachers Should Follow
Edudemic's 15 Top Educators to Follow on Twitter in 2017
eSchool News 15 Innovative Twitter Accounts you Should Follow
Getting Smart's 125+ Education Twitter Accounts to Follow

T4T Topic #5: Joining in On a Chat

What happens when a group of Twitter users meet at a predetermined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed? A Twitter Chat! A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour. A Twitter chat includes a designated hashtag so members can find the chat and follow along easily. Each tweet or response to a tweet within the chat, MUST include the chat’s hashtag to ensure the tweet is grouped around the conversation topic and is easy for other chat participants to find.


The T4T chats are starting October 10, 2017 in just a few weeks. Follow #kisdpd or #kisdpdchat in your Twitter feed for more information:

T4T Topic #6: Other Twitterific Tools


A list is a collected group of Twitter accounts. Users can create private or public lists or subscribe to public lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will display a stream of Tweets from only the members of the list.  To create a list:

  1. Select the profile icon in the top, right corner of the Twitter screen
  2. Select LISTS
  3. Select the CREATE A NEW LIST
  5. Select PUBLIC or PRIVATE
  6. Select SAVE LIST


TweetDeck allows users to view multiple timelines in one, organized window displaying multiple columns. Various advanced features are available, such as scheduling tweets, viewing and tweeting from multiple Twitter accounts, and creating collections.  Read more here.


Hootsuite (iOS | Android) is a great mobile app that allows users to view multiple social media accounts, view multiple Twitter lists, schedule tweets, and more.

Find more Twitter tips and tricks on the Twitter support page

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Canva is a great tool to create photo collages to use in conjunction with webpages, learning management systems, lessons, social media, thinglinks, etc.  Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Sign up for an account here.
  2. Click the button.
  3. Select a design:

  4.  Use the tabs along the left side of the screen. The ELEMENTS tab is shown below to create a collage:
  5. Select an element. The GRID is shown below to create a collage:
  6. If applicable, select the UPLOADS tab from the left side:
  7. Drag and drop images into the placeholders as shown:
  8. When finished with the design, find the SHARE, DOWNLOAD, ORDER PRINTS, and MAKE PUBLIC options in the top, right corner of the screen:

Canva can be used for so much more than just collages.  Social media, presentations, blog graphics, Facebook covers, documents, cards, and more can all be created in Canva and helpful templates are supplied for the user needing a creative push.  Sign up for Canva here and find help articles here

Friday, August 18, 2017

Customizing Your Waffle!

Did you know that you can customize your Apps Launcher found in G Suite (also known as the "waffle")?

Watch this short video to find out how:

Monday, July 31, 2017

Strive is Here!

Eduphoria's new module, STRIVE, was launched on Tuesday, June 27th!  When Eduphoria users login, they will see a new icon:

Clicking the  button proves to be a best practice when using the Eduphoria suite, especially at the beginning of each school year.  Click the  button and complete the form provided.  Consider uploading a profile picture to assist administrators in appraising their large faculties.
Although the rollout will happen in phases, learn more about the full functionality of Strive by viewing this video:
Eduphoria's Appraise and Workshop buttons will not disappear until all modules are integrated into STRIVE.

Teachers will see a screen that displays their GOALS, EVALUATIONS, and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  By utilizing the tabs across the top, users can easily navigate between these three sections


To add a goal, simply click the PLUS SIGN and add the information related to the goal (T-TESS dimensions, action steps, completion dates, etc.).
To add evidence to the goal, click the goal and click the ADD EVIDENCE button:
Evidence can consist of:
  • A text entry
  • A file upload
  • A link
  • An Eduphoria workshop portfolio entry:


Click the EVALUATIONS tab at the top to see evaluations:
Click the preferred evaluation to view messages and evaluation details.  An evaluation can also be printed from this screen.

Professional Development

The PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT tab will display the registered courses, courses available (or course catalog), and portfolio.  Although all features are not currently visible, Eduphoria developers are quickly rolling out these in the coming months.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chrome Tips

Read on to learn two quick and easy Google Chrome tips that will help you take control of your online experience...

Setting Your HomePage

  1. While in Chrome, click the button found in the top, right corner and select  SETTINGS
  2. In the APPEARANCE section, turn on SHOW HOME BUTTON
  3. Select the second option, then enter the preferred website.

Change the Download Location

  1. While in Chrome, click the  button found in the top, right corner and select SETTINGS
  2. Click ADVANCED towards the bottom
  3. Under the DOWNLOADS section, select one of the following:

Monday, July 10, 2017

International Patio PD is July 11!

International #patiopd Day July 11!

Below ⇓ How to organize & create a great #personalizedPD experience ON YOUR PATIO! And your “patio” can be anywhere.

This is not your usual Professional Development, but it should be. It’s on our patios. :-)
Principles of PatioPD:1. We like learning together
2. We like our families
3. Breaking bread and camaraderie enhance creativity4. Informal, personalized, low-stress professional development is useful, powerful, and energizing.
5. Sharing and learning exactly what we need honors professionals and learners
6. Learning collectively builds community right near us, while connecting us world-wide
Let’s get together on everyone’s patios to make this happen! 


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Virtual Field Trips

The Texas Technology TEKS state that students will explore virtual environments, simulations, models, and programming languages to enhance learning.  What possible virtual environments can our students explore?  Although these are only a few to get you started, the links and resources listed below can enhance student engagement and learning.

Google Cultural Institute allows users to go inside the Eiffel Tower, view multiple world museums, explore Machu Picchu, explore National Parks, and so much more!  Read more here.

Visit Mount Everest here or view embedded here:

Courtesy of
AirPano features many other wonders such as the Taj Mahal, sites from Norway, Russia, and more.

360Cities also offers various places to visit virtually including the Church of Holy Spirit, the Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland, Tobolsk Kremlin, and much more. Explore the Balloon Fiesta 2009 below:

Balloon Fiesta 2009

Note that some resources listed can be used with Virtual Reality headsets.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides a virtual tour of the building.

Tour the Alamo from a classroom near you!

Enjoy live webcams at (iOS app | Android App)

There are so many web resources to enhance the curriculum and take your students on an adventure from their classroom seats! Continue to explore and share others in the comments.

Please note that some resources listed may not be suitable for all audiences.  As always, preview the links and resources prior to using with students.