Google Drive Student Help Items

Click  HERE (or on image below) for view access to the Google Drive materials (these are from ENSC emails I (& you) used to walk through with kids) – I’ll keep adding new Google things to this folder as I clean up my Drive 🙂 .  If you want to ‘edit’ the files, make a copy and modify for your classroom – I don’t mind.

Mr. Linson (1)

App Dice – Give Options for Creation

This is from Ryan Read – an instructional technology teacher with a great idea to give choices to students when using technology – especially for our 1-1 environment.  Check out #appdice on Twitter or Pinterest.

Here is the link to his write up on how to create, use and implement App Dice with the SAMR model.

Check them out, they look like a great classroom idea.


Try this one below for Word Work.

app dice 1


Try this one after Read to Self time with Daily dice 2

DIY Document Camera

If you don’t have a document camera and want to work through a few of those istep prep questions with your class, fear no more!

Grab a stack of books or in this case a Character Counts box – open your camera and connect to your whiteboard for a simple projection tool.

Just don’t take a picture of the test.


Code a Tree with Google!

The Best Holiday Brain Break Yet!

Go to Google now! Under the search bar you will see a tree.


Click the link and you are taken to madewithcode (part of this year’s Hour of Code activities)


The kids are familiar with this page from all of their and coding app practice. Works on iOS and Laptop.


Create a tree by adding and changing blocks on the left.  See your code on the right. When finished hit DONE in the top right corner. Pick your state when this screen pops up!


Write down the time and check back to see your tree on Google!


ScienceFlix with the KPL!

The Kendallville Public Library is filled with resources you can use in the classroom today. Just like TumbleBooks, the library allows our students to use ScienceFlix – a Scholastic resource with lots of STEM material.

This online database, available inside or outside the library, combines curriculum-driven leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource
for students in grades 4 through 9.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and designed for unparalleled
student engagement, ScienceFlix provides an in depth examination on more than
30 different scientific topics including Earth Science, Space Science, Life Science, Health and Human Body, Physical Science, and Technology and Engineering.

Each of the 30 areas of study feature:

• Videos to introduce the subject and build background knowledge
• Lead Articles to build content-area knowledge
• Dive Deeper Articles to encourage a deeper level of understanding
• Inquiry Questions to develop students’ ability to cite specific text evidence and support scientific analysis
• Project Ideas to integrate quantitative or technical information
• Experiments to develop a student’s ability to follow multi-step procedures
• Quizzes to assess students’ understanding of each of the 30 units
• Featured Careers to inspire budding scientists and provide typical career maps for each job opportunity.

Get in contact with one of the library ladies to show your classroom! Or find me and I’ll put you in touch with them.


Everyday Math Online Quick Tips

Two tips to keep your Everyday Math lessons running smoothly for the beginning of a new year.

1. Use Google Chrome as your browser and login to with your EN information.

ev math

2. Download/Update ActivInspire (The Promethean Planet software that makes the interactive tools and lessons run on your machine)  – If you don’t have an account, you can create one HERE.


*If you launch the lessons and see a spinning signal that doesn’t go away – one or both of these will fix the problem.

Build Online Legos using Google Chrome

Everything is Awesome! Everything is Cool when you work as a team!

Build with Chrome – Web created Legos you build using Google Chrome

I’ll admit I lost this bookmark and found it today when looking for a misplaced KTT link.  Anyway, if you use chrome like most of your students  and are looking for a unique way to integrate a familiar childhood staple, try BuildWithChrome.

(laptop only, site will show up as blocked in ENSC iOS Chrome browsers but you could use a lab with younger students)

It’s a site designed by Google in collaboration with Legos.  Walk through the brief tutorial or just dive in and start building.

How does this fit into your classroom?  Here are a few links with ideas. One  –  Two  –  Three Four 

  • Try showing fractions with Legos.

lego fraction

lego scholastic

Check it out!


Google Forms with Students and Staff

Google Forms are great for collecting types of data and Forms work on any device – laptop / iOS / student and staff phones.

This is new from Google – Now you can insert video into Google Forms – this is great for introducing flipped lessons where you can add additional information for feedback before or after the video.  When students complete a form, you get the data in a spreadsheet to review.  Forms are free and included in your Google account – If you’re an #ENSCrocks teacher you can use your EN Google account and follow the steps in the two links below.  (Sign into google with EN username at )

Teachers can insert their own videos (camtasia, jing, iPad) or use a YouTube link.

From the Google Drive Blog.

FreeTech4Teachers Google Form Guide HERE.

wp gf

*I’m going to check the status of YouTube videos on iOS devices that have AirWatch installed.  This could get rid of quota time but I can’t promise anything.

Digital Citizenship – ‘Survival Kit’ Idea


I came across this idea of teaching digital citizenship as a survival kit on Pinterest, (Yes, I know Lance would be so proud) to explain Digital Citizenship themes and topics with students.  I think this is great for ALL grades to get a hands on demonstration to further our mission that their devices are Tools not Toys.  Plus these tools are fun to demonstrate.  I’ll sum up the items here if you didn’t click the link…

Padlock – Keep your password/device locked and safe.

Toothbrush – You don’t share a toothbrush, don’t share a password.

Permanent Marker – The eraser, and delete button, do not work on permanent markers – the internet is permanent.

Toothpaste – Once the information is out of the virtual tube, you can’t get it back in.

*Soap – Keep It Clean.

*bonus from comments.

UPDATE : There is a super version if you want to get really into the Survival Kit.



The Indiana Department of Education is providing a free reading resource for all Hoosiers for the summer of 2013. MyOn will provide students with the opportunity to read to self as well as listen to read since many of the books include audio. Directions on how to log in are posted below. If you are an East Noble Teacher, feel free to promote this opportunity as you wish.