GradeCam Go Help Desk


GradeCam has a new helpdesk feature that will help us troubleshoot various issues teachers encounter while using GradeCam. In order to use this feature, teachers must turn it on within their account. 

We are asking that all teachers turn on the helpdesk feature so that we may more quickly resolve issues. Instructions are below. 

Please let me know if you have questions.

Turning on the HelpDesk


Select “Settings” from the drop down under your name in the top right hand corner.


Click Helpdesk and toggle it on.


Follow-Drive Winner

Sarah Ealey, who teaches science at Beaver Lake Middle School, is the winner of this year’s Follow-Drive, and she will receive an iPad for use in her classroom.

We’re happy to announce that our Follow-Drive was a success, and we’re grateful to all of you who signed-up to follow Bits & Pieces.


We are excited to announce that there will be another opportunity to win an iPad for your classroom coming up very soon.

Stay tuned and keep reading the blog to find out how to win.

edSurge is Coming to Issaquah


EdSurge is an educational technology company dedicated to connecting educators with innovative tools and practices to help create powerful, 21st century learning.

Their website is chalk full of great resources, including articles, podcasts, tech product reviews and the excellent EdSurge Product Index which allows users to filter product reviews according to your specific need (e.g.- assessment tools.)

However, it’s biggest contribution to shaping classrooms of the 21st Century is through it’s Tech for Schools Summits, at which they bring together educators, vendors and school leaders to talk and learn about integrating technology. EdSurge sponsors and hosts 5-6 Tech Summits across the US every year.

This year, Issaquah will be co-hosting an EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. The summit will take place at Gibson Ek Innovative High School on December 2 and December 3.

At the Summit, educators get to try out innovative products, ask questions of the entrepreneurs and developers who built them, and share their feedback on what they need in their classrooms.

No spin.

No fluff.

And free for k-12 educators!

Teachers who attend the summit will:

Have hands-on interactions with +30 tech tools for teachers from curriculum products to teacher tools (selected by local teams of judges)

Hear amazing educator Ignite Talks including ISD’s own Annie Tremonte.

Have the chance to earn PD credits through USC Rossier School of Education

Plus they will be raffling 15 mobile devices (Microsoft Surfaces, Chromebooks, iPad Minis) and ISD teachers who attend on Saturday, can be paid out of tech dollars for attending.This is a great opportunity for teachers and staff to come see what Ed Surge is all about.

Find out more and register here.

Elementary Launchpad

Many of our elementary teachers have asked for a simple way to find frequently used resources, so we created the Elementary Launchpad.

Start.PNGWhen you log into Connect you see this starting page:

However, what if you could customize the starting page with important resources?




Follow the steps on the Educational Technology Connect Group to change your starting page to include the Elementary Launchpad seen here:

You will have quick links with thumbnail images displayed alphabetically to help you find resources quickly.

If you need help going through the steps, check with your Ed Tech Lead.

If you think of a resource that should be added, reach out Dawn Harper, Instructional Technology Specialist.


Tech Tool: Remind

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Looking for an effective tool to help communicate with students while protecting their privacy? Give Remind a try.

Remind is web tool and app that allows teachers to send text message and email reminders to students and parents, all the while maintaining student privacy.

Teachers can use remind to message students about class time ending when they’re working in the halls, remind them about important deadlines, updates to their classroom website, and much more. Students are able to choose to receive messages via text or email.

remindStudents’ names are provided, but not their contact information – a safe and easy way to get them reminders that they actually get (instead of email – which they never seem to check!)

Parents can also sign up if they want to know what’s going on in the class – just post the information to your website or show it a Curriculum Night!

A special thanks to Kristin Bennett, a science teacher and Ed Tech Lead at Skyline High School for passing along this Tech Tool.

Cool Bits: A Little Perspective


The Death Star correctly scaled, looming over Florida.

Perspective is always a good thing.

YouTuber, Kevin Wisbith, has been creating videos that take large things (like skyscrapers, Space Shuttles, extinct animals, etc.) and placing them in scaled pictures of other things. The results are fascinating and fun.

He recently shared some of the images he created on Imgur. Check out a few of our favorites below.


If the HMS Titanic were dropped on top of a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, there would be 210 feet of deck to spare. 


The world’s largest oil tanker in the middle of Central Park.


The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) inside the Mir Mine in Russia.

The exercise also seems like it has great potential for a class project that utilizes tools such as Photoshop (or Pixlr, an web-based free Photoshop-like tool) or apps like Photoshop Mix that let you superimpose photos on top of other photos.