Technology for the Teacher

This post is an idea-gathering space to expand on the thinglink infographic created for the third installment of Tips, Tricks, & Treats. Click here for access to all of the links from this workshop.

And here’s the handout Stephanie created for great websites.

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Technology to Streamline your Life

  • Evernote (app & online)

Below is what a “shared” note looks like.  This means you can share notes and notebooks with students and colleagues. easily.

evernote share a noteBelow is what your Evernote account will look like online and from the app:

updated online


  • Notability (app)

Use Notability to take handwritten notes on your IPad or other device.  You can change the color, you can highlight, add a lined page for easier writing, and can even transfer your notes to evernote or some other source for easy viewing and organization later.  It allows you type notes as well, if you prefer.


To get the most out of Notability, be sure to click the magnifying class at the bottom, which allows you to write larger, but for it to appear smaller on your notes page.


  • (app & online): Use turnitin to catch instances of plagiarism, to assign specific peer review and self review assignments, and to grade essays. You can even import your own rubric, and on the app, you can leave voice comments!!
    • Sign in to and access “Staff Resources” and then “Technology FAQ” for information on how to register for
      • Turnitin

Technology for the Classroom 

  • TED (app & online)
  • Thinglink (app & online): Create interactive images where you link text, videos and images from the Internet.
    • You could create one for students as a review, an introduction to a unit, or a unit-long resource.
    • You could begin one (or let students begin) and build on it together throughout a unit.  Students could be individually responsible for linking a current-event article, historical background, a song that relates, a video that demonstrates a related concept, etc . . . Together you build and learn all the connections that can be made.
    • Students build their own interactive image as a project, unit review, or even in lieu of standard notes.
  • YouTube (app & online): Use the link above to access an article on the best youtube channels for education.  Students can also use youtube to upload videos for projects that can then be easily viewed for presentations and later by you.
  • Discovery Education (online):  Stream educational videos in all subject areas from this great resource.  And never wonder . . . “Is this school appropriate?”
    • Sign in to and access “Staff Resources” and then “Technology FAQ” for information on how to register for discovery education (listed as “United Streaming” on the FAQ page)
  • Prezi (app & online): Create dynamic presentations or ask your students too.  Creators can co-edit in real-time, which means students (and teachers) can work on the same prezi.  No more . . . “Well my partner has our project and he’s not here today,” and much more productivity when working in-class on presentations.
    • Another great feature of Prezi is the “Explore” tab.  Search for anything you may be teaching to see if you can borrow & steal instead of reinventing the wheel.
    • If the Prezi has a recycle symbol, you can save a copy of it into your own Prezis to make any changes or additions you’d like.

explore tab

  • (app & online)
    • Add a text (literary, informational, musical) and have students annotate it.  They could do this individually or in pairs/small groups.  Each student might get a paragraph, a page, or a chapter of text that they are responsible for annotating.  You can add text to the site or they can.
    • Close read together, at home or in the computer lab.  Share the work; expand the understanding.

Poetry Genius

  • TedED: Find and create lessons centered around a video from TED or YouTube.  The already-created lessons could have questions (MC & open-ended) as well as resources for learning more.  You can create your own video-centered lesson so that students can learn at home (Flipped-classroom style) on their own or in class.
    • Can you just imagine the future when students have computer access when a substitute teacher is there and they can still follow your planned lesson??


TED Ed screenshot 2

  • Twitter: Use Twitter in the classroom by creating a hashtag (make sure it’s not already being used!) that your class can use when responding before, during, or after reading text, watching a video or film, listening to a song, etc . . . .  You can simply search the hashtag on Twitter to gather all of the responses.
    • Here’s an example from Jessica Evans’s and Kristy Johnston’s English 4A classes last year. Students had to tweet to #troy4A while watching Troy.


  • Piktochart: Create infographics or ask your students to as culmination of a research assignment, to re-organize notes or analysis, etc . . .
    • Combine Piktochart with Thinglink if students will be presenting!
    • Just looking to have your student analyze infographics?  Check out Daily Infographic.
  • (app & online): Use turnitin to catch to assign specific peer review and self review assignments and hit writing-technology literacy standards while you’re at it!
    • Sign in to and access “Staff Resources” and then “Technology FAQ” for information on how to register for

Technology for Professional Development

  • Zite (app): Create your own “newspaper” on topics that meet your professional development interest.  Once you select subjects, Zite will scour the Internet for articles related to those topics and compile them neatly and nicely for you.
    • Give articles a “thumbs up” if you want to see more like them and a “thumbs down” if you don’t to see them.  This will help Zite zero in on exactly what you’re interested in.
    • Share these articles with others by posting them on Twitter.

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  • Podcasts: Podcasts are online “radio shows,” for lack of a better description.  You can find them on just about any topic.  Check out the thinglink for an article about which are the best for 21st century educators.
  • Webinars: Take a seminar online – often for free!! Check out the links on the thinglink for some great free Webinar options.
  • Pinterest: Collect and organize resources! Use Pinterest’s educational boards or search for your own educational-interest and start building resources on specific topics.  I have boards on literacy, Writing Workshop, Genius Hour and Project-Based Learning, that I’m slowly filling to contain numerous resources on all of those topics.

writing workshop screen shot

  • Twitter: Twitter is fast becoming the go-to place for professional development.
    • To get the most out Twitter, you need to do two things:
      • 1. Follow the right people for your interests.  (Linked the Thinglink is a list of recommended folks for educators to follow.)
      • 2. Search the hashtags you’re most interested in.  (Linked to the Thinglink is a list of education-related hashtags).

following on twitter



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