Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Pre-Make Labels in Seesaw for Students!

Did you know you can add labels to a post in Seesaw, have your students copy & edit the post, then they can access the labels and move them around on their own copy?! Super cool for word scrambles, word sorts, and labeling images. After they copy & edit the post, they just need to select the label tool in order to open it and be able to move the labels around. See the example below! And if you like this pumpkin example, you can access the image here for use in your own classroom. (Choose File > Download As > .jpg to create an image that you can upload to your Seesaw class.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sight Word Scramble in Seesaw

Make word scrambles for your students! They click copy & edit and then unscramble the sight words.

This same technique can also be used to pre-make labels, place them on top of an image in Seesaw, and have students arrange the labels where they belong.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Interactive Alphabet Cards Using Seesaw

These interactive sight word QR codes I made last year were a hit, so here's another set, this time featuring ABCs. The QR codes were created in Seesaw by adding a screenshot of each letter and graphic, then using the microphone tool to record my voice reading the letter name, sound and word. Once posted, Seesaw automatically generates a QR code that even has the image in the middle! Genius! These QR codes can then be printed and attached to the back of alphabet cards to create an interactive learning experience for young learners.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Visuals for Adobe Spark Video Projects

I created these visuals to help students as they complete projects using the free tool Adobe Spark video. This is available as an iPad app, or can be accessed from Chromebooks or computers via PLEASE NOTE: A sign in with Adobe ID is required before students begin working. I usually sign young learners in under my Adobe ID so all of their projects are synced to my account and I can view their progress. This also makes sign in much easier. You'll only need to sign in once, then it should remember the account information. Click the images to download PDF versions of these visuals.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Apps Recommended for 2nd Grade by BPS Teachers

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is a wonderful, engaging program that motivates children to learn the basics of reading. It features a variety of levels for pre-K and kindergarten students, and would be helpful for beginning of year 1st graders and struggling readers as a "boost". Continue reading to see how to use this tool in your classroom.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Apple Clips + Pic Kids App Smash!

I discovered two awesome tools this summer that I am super excited about: 1) the Apple Clips app and 2) the doodle tool that’s now featured in the app Pic Kids. The ability to doodle, write or draw directly onto a collage opens up so many opportunities for our kids to learn and create using Pic Kids. The short Clips video below shares some ideas for integrating the doodle tool into teaching and learning.

Beginning of the Year Apps for K-2

Here is a collection of some tried and true learning apps to get you started for the year! Remember to be intentional when using technology in your classroom. Always consider your purpose, and how it relates to student learning. Email me or book me into your classroom for help getting started!

Weekly Tech-y News

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

FREE Technology Courses on the OPI Learning Hub!

The OPI Learning Hub is a great place to find good FREE courses to further your professional development. Take a course determined to learn, & we promise you’ll learn some cool new things. Check out these technology courses Ann & I created. (And ignore the “HS” designation on Ann’s course, it’s definitely applicable to all grade levels.) Can be used for Step Up, but not MEA Trade. If you take a course, please give us feedback so we can continue to make these courses even better!

TILT Applications are Open!

We are excited to announce that applications for the 2017-18 TILT program are open to Billings Public Schools K-8 teachers. TILT (Teachers Integrating & Learning Technology) is an innovative three-year professional development program to help teachers purposefully integrate technology into their classrooms to improve student learning. To find out more or apply online, visit!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top 10 Most Used Apps in Billings Public Schools!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Seesaw Courses for Beginners

Seesaw knows it's a busy time of year for all teachers so they wanted to offer even more ways to get started using Seesaw. They created a mini-course called Seesaw 101 for teachers brand new to Seesaw. It's available to any Seesaw user for FREE. Completing the course will take about 30 minutes. Teachers simply create a Seesaw account then go to to sign in and get started! Share with anyone that can benefit.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back to School Seesaw Go!

Using Seesaw Go QR code games are a fun, interactive and engaging way to get your students actively involved in the learning in your classroom. I created this game as a way to have your students practice using the FREE learning journal Seesaw, while reflecting on the beginning of a new school year. This would be a fun activity after you have introduced Seesaw to your classroom and your students have become familiar with the basics of using this tool. Click the image below to download the game! Happy Seesawing!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tech-ify Your Classroom Course on the OPI Learning Hub!

I created an online technology integration course for K-5 teachers that is now available on the OPI Learning Hub. If you've never visited this site, I encourage you to check it out. The Learning Hub provides high quality, free professional learning for all K-12 teachers across Montana. You can find my course, Tech-ify Your Classroom! The Basics of K-5 Technology Integration under Self Paced Courses > Universal Instructional Strategies. It's available for 4 OPI renewal units.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Let's Go Camping! Breakout Edu

This camping-themed Breakout Edu was created using 1st grade standards, but could be adapted for any grade level. You'll need a Breakout box and the locks listed in the directions. To find the set up instructions, printable materials and instructions CLICK HERE.

Last Weekly Tech-y Newsletter of the Year!

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Don't forget this fun end of the year Seesaw Go game! Print, hang around the room and let your kids reflect on the year using Seesaw tools.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

End of Year Ideas with PicCollage Kids!

PicCollage Kids is such a versatile, creative and fun app for students, that it’s a perfect tool to celebrate the end of the year! This post will share three of my favorite ways to use it with K-2nd grade students.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Creator Resources for the Classroom

One of my absolute favorite apps for the classroom is Book Creator. This is such a versatile app that can be used across a variety of grade, subject and topic areas, making it definitely worth the $4.99 price (available at half price if using Volume Purchasing Program). 

MCCE Tech Summit!

MCCE is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Summer Tech Summit! We hope that you will be able to join us...we're sure its going to be a BLAST!
If you've joined us in the past, you know that our annual Summit features hands-on technology training opportunities. We want you to leave the Summit energized and ready for a new school year!

This year we will be changing it up, just a little bit so the Tech Summit will be a two-day, 12 OPI hour, adventure! Each day you will be able to attend 3 two-hour sessions (for a total of six hours a day).

Who: ANY educator looking for high-quality, BYOD training opportunities
When: Monday, July 31st & Tuesday, August 1st
Where: Eileen Johnson Middle School, Lockwood

Please visit to register for the 2017 MCCE Summer Tech Summit. (Be sure to fill out the appropriate forms if you are a BPS teacher using the Summit for MEA trade and/or you are using the hours for step-up in your district!)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Acrostic Poems in PicCollage Kids

A huge shout out to Ms. Avery at Highland, and the awesome acrostic poems her 1st/2nd grade combo kids made using the free app PicCollage Kids. Check out the amazingly creative examples below.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's Day PicCollage

We converted this fun Mother's Day idea into a digital project using the FREE app PicCollage Kids. The first graders loved making these fun keepsakes for mom, then sharing onto their Seesaw journals. Keep reading to find out how we did it!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Knuffle Bunny is Loose in Billings, Montana!

Inspired by Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny stories and illustrations, I worked with Mrs. Westrope's first graders to app smash DoInk Animation & Drawing app ($4.99) + Book Creator  ($4.99) and make our own Knuffle Bunny books! Keep reading to see how we did it!

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Osmo Genius!

So, Mrs. Vergara at Bitterroot is an Osmo Genius! In order to store her Osmo letters, she added magnets to the back. She labeled a cookie sheet, and the kids are able to easily keep track of the letters and find them when they need them. Wahoo! Thanks for the tip. Click the image below to download her template, which she adapted from this site.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Summer Training Opportunities

We post all training opportunities to our website, so check out BPS TIS periodically!

Another great FREE resource for PD is the OPI Learning Hub. Facilitated and self paced courses are available.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Birthday! Breakout Edu

You will have a blast celebrating your birthday (or the birthday of someone special in your school) with your students using this Breakout Edu game. I created it with 1st grade standards, but it could be adapted for other grade levels. Students will work together to solve problems and "crack the codes", to reveal a box full of party supplies (noisemakers, party hats, the choice is yours)! Grab the materials and read the instructions at To play this game, you will need a "Breakout box" and these four locks: keyed lock, 4 letter lock, 5 letter lock and 3 digit lock.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easy Tip to Let Your Students "Draw" Digitally

Here is a fun tip I learned from Kami Butterfield! Set an image as a background in Doodle Buddy, trace it, then get rid of the image! Such a simple and easy way to support your students' as they draw characters, animals, etc. digitally. The steps are listed below. Happy drawing!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Math Apps K-2

Here is a great collection of math apps for K-2nd grade, compiled by myself and primary elementary TILT teachers from Billings Public Schools! If you have one to include, please email me!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Tech-y Newsletter

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

BPS Breakout Edu Site

Jennifer Paterson, wonderful Breakout guru from Ponderosa, and Ann Brucker, wonderful TIS Breakout guru, had a FANTASTIC idea to create our very own sandbox for all of those Breakout games BPS teachers have been creating! This is a place where BPS teachers will be able to share and find games created by each other! Find one, play one, create one, submit one... this site is yours to use for all of it. Click the image above to visit the BPS Breakout Edu site, or visit to find out more about this engaging learning activity!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kids Deserve It! Book Study

Join me for a book study centered around Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. This 5 week book study will begin April 3rd, and will feature weekly reading passages, reflections & posts via Seesaw: The Learning Journal. This will be a fun online Professional Learning Community centered around what is best for kids, and pushing the boundaries of conventional teaching in our classrooms. I'll be reading right along with you, and I'm excited to dive into this book!

Register for the book study at - be sure to complete a credit approval form in order to receive step up for this course. PLEASE NOTE: You are also responsible for purchasing your own copy of the book, which is available on Amazon for $24.95. Email me with any questions!

Earn OPI Renewal Units for Attending Seesaw PD in Your PJs

Starting March 28th, Billings Public Schools teachers can earn OPI renewal units for participating in Seesaw's awesome PD in Your PJs sessions! You'll need to sign up and participate in at least TWO of the PD in Your PJs trainings (they need to be at least 45 minutes long, the "sprint" sessions won't work for this). Then, sign up for the BPS PD in Your PJs course at After you've completed your Seesaw webinars, you'll complete a reflection form, apply something you learned in your classroom, and provide certificates of attendance from the PD in your PJs trainings. Once all items are received, you'll get 2 OPI renewal units for your work. This is a great opportunity to receive top notch Seesaw training, plus OPI renewal units for your hard work! Email with any questions and check out the upcoming PD in your PJs schedules at

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Favorite Word Work Apps K-2!

Here is a collection of some of my favorite word work apps for K-2 students. Some are free, some are paid. Click each app to find out more and see the price. Remember to watch for app discounts or apps gone free during Teacher Appreciation Week in May!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News!

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Lucky Numbers

PicCollage Kids is one of my favorite "go to" apps for creating in the classroom. It's so versatile, and kids love to customize their collages with fun colors, fonts and images. This activity involves using PicCollage Kids to allow students to create two digit number collages using images you send to your students via Seesaw.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Feelin' Lucky Breakout Edu!

This Breakout Edu game was created to give 2nd graders an engaging, challenging and fun way to practice math content standards. This Breakout could be adapted for other grade levels. If you'd like to read the instructions and print the materials, check out Choose "File" and "Make a Copy" to make your own editable copy.  Check out the video below to see more!
You can find other pre-made Breakout Edu games on their website!