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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


If you've not noticed, students love video and photo media!  So, instead of fighting their interest in apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, educators may consider leveraging this interest in utilizing video for eduational, more meaningful purposes.  Flipgrid has made this idea so easy.  Teachers can push out video, audio, or text prompts and collect student response videos in an instant!  To sign up for a flipgrid account, click here and follow the prompts.

Once the account is created, use the ADMIN LOGIN button when logging in:
There, you will find all of the grids created:
With the free account, teachers can utilize ONE grid, however an UNLIMITED number of students, topics, and responses.  (Read more here.)  A grid code is created for students to access the grid and teachers may add a password for security purposes as well.

Once the settings are defined, TOPICS are created including text or (optional) video (no more than 90 seconds).

The topic can be shared to students via a link or embedded into a learning management system such as Canvas or Google Classroom.  Students will simply click the ADD A RESPONSE button to respond to the topic prompts.

View the Flipgrid tutorial video for more information.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Keller U Registration is Open!

We are very excited to release the 2017 Keller University Catalog!

With more than 200 courses available, this year’s Keller U will be held July 18-20 at Central High School. All courses will be open and available in Eduphoria beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6.

Click here to access the Keller University Catalog Flipbook!
(especially great for viewing on mobile devices)


A few helpful tips for using the Keller University Catalog Flipbook:
1.      Use the FULL SCREEN   button for easier viewing
(Press ESC to return to the default screen)
2.      Use the SEARCH   button to find specific sessions (i.e. – presenter names, session name, etc.)

If you have any questions, please contact

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Seesaw - The Learning Journal is a digital portfolio solution that can be used with even the youngest of students.  Students utilize the camera feature on their device to take photos of their work. They simply tap I'm a Student, scan a QR code with the app's built-in QR code scanner and select the appropriate option.

Students can add a recorded audio file, an annotated drawing over the photo or textbox straight from the app.  In addition, saved images from the camera roll, notes with or without recorded audio, web links, and now files from Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive can be uploaded as well.
Students simply tap their name to add their item to their class journal.
Teachers can turn on a new items require approval option in their Manage Class settings window to approve all items uploaded by students.

Teachers and parents can view student work from the mobile app or the website. View this short video to see more.

Seesaw provides parents with a Seesaw Parent Access app (Available in the App Store and Google Play) to quickly view, comment, and like their student's work (if the teacher has allowed all of these features).
Parents can also turn on push notifications to instantly be notified of new uploaded work.

Pricing for additional parent features can be found here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Swivl's Recap

From the makers of the Swivl, Recap is a video response app that makes the process of collecting student feedback a breeze! View the introductory video to see it in action.

Sign up for a free account here.

Students can easily allow their webcam and microphone on their device and share video feedback to a teacher's unit or lesson.

Students simply connect to the teacher's class with a CLASS PIN:

From there, they click on their PROFILE ICON:

When/if their teacher has assigned a RECAP, a RESPOND NOW button appears:

The question and, if applicable, the video prompt will appear on the following screen.  The student clicks RESPOND to begin the recording process:

The student will need to enable their camera and microphone on their device:

Once the student clicks the RECORD button, RECAP provides a 3-second count down to begin the recording:

 After the student previews and approves the video, they click SUBMIT to send the final video submission to their teacher:

Teachers can view student responses on their ACTIVITY page:
Teachers can submit comments to their students after viewing their video responses:

Monday, April 10, 2017

KISD Security Notice

Keller Readers,

Data security is a process that evolves over time.  New threats emerge and new countermeasures are developed.  With that being said, the Keller ISD technology department would like to get ahead of the game.  In the near future, all staff will be required to change their network passwords.  This will be a multi-step process (instructions here). 

The first step in this process will require you to answer two security questions.  These questions must be answered by Friday, April 14th , 2017.  Please refer to the step-by-step instructions.  In addition, KISD employees will receive emails in the future advising how to update your password. 

We are serious about the security of our staff and student data and these measures will assist in keeping this information private. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process.  Feel free to submit a TechHelp ticket with any questions or concerns.

Keller ISD Technology

Monday, March 20, 2017

Google Shortener

When working with students and colleagues and Google docs, you have probably realized how loooooonnnngggg the links can be.  Well, shorten them!  Try one of the suggested ideas below.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign into your Google account
  3. Paste your Google link into the YOUR ORIGINAL URL HERE field:
  4. Click the SHORTEN URL button:
  5. Click the COPY button:
  6. Paste the shortened link to your preferred location (email, webpage, Canvas page, etc.) or write it on the board for students.

Installing the URL Shortener Chrome Extension

  1. Log into Chrome
    Directions here.
  2. Access the Chrome Web Store
  3. Enter google shortener into the SEARCH field:
  4. Click the ADD TO CHROME button:

Using the URL Shortener Chrome Extension

  1. While on the document, slide, sheet, etc. (or webpage) you would like to shorten, click the newly-added shortener extension found in the top, right of the Chrome window:
  2. Click COPY from the drop-down menu found under the shortener extension button (found in the top, right corner of Chrome):
  3. Paste the shortened link to your preferred location (email, webpage, Canvas page, etc.) or write it on the board for students.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 has several wonderful tools that can be used by teachers and students along with their G-Suite account.  If you can enter information into a Google sheet, you can utilize all of the resources at  Each tool includes FREE instructions along with a FREE demo and template doc.  Look for the following options found under each tool:
The template docs force the user to create a COPY:

Flippity Random Name Picker

The random name picker can be so valuable in quickly selecting students for classroom jobs, checking for understanding, and answering questions.  In addition, the tool can quickly create groups based on number of students per group or groups per class.

Click the template link found under Flippity Random Name Picker to begin.  Replace the fake names with the preferred names.
Continue to follow the instructions.

Flippity Quiz Show

The quiz show acts very similar to a Jeopardy game board.

The tool allows for images and helps in keeping score by adding or subtracting points based on the question location on the board.  Simply click the check for correct answers or the X for wrong answers and points will be awarded to the appropriate team:
Follow the instructions here to create your own quiz game using the template.  

Flippity Certificate Quiz

The certificate quiz can be used to create a student-paced quiz that earns a certificate for mastery.  Simply use the template provided to enter in questions and answer choices of your own.  In addition, images can be added to both questions and answers.  YouTube video links can also be added to questions.  See instructions here.

Flippity Progress Indicator

The progress indicator is a fantastic tool to track student progress.  The template offers a few ideas, such as pages read, miles ran, books completed, or questions answered.  The progress indicator could be used along with student goals throughout the year.  Like the other resources, excellent directions and a template to get you started can be found on the website.

Flippity Flashcards

The flashcards tool can create an effective study tool for students.  Simply copy the template found at, modify the spreadsheet cells to match your content area, and follow the instructions for publishing a link for your students.  In addition to flashcards, students can view a list of questions and answers, play a fill-in-the-blank game, matching game, bingo game, or hangman game.  They can also visit an auto-generated word cloud and print a quiz over the material.

Visit the FAQ page to find out more.