All posts by Aly Rumberger

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist who is passionate about digital citizenship, multimodal literacies, and exploring school library media centers as instructional spaces. I'm thrilled to be part of such an innovative district that is working to support students in becoming global and equity-minded young citizens. You can reach me at: rumbergera@issaquah.wednet.edu and (425) 837-7138.

Be in the Know: Consent Forms and Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a tool that is taking off in our district, and rightly so. Students can engage with one another by reflecting on content or lessons, and they can respond and hear classmate responses. The possibilities for sharing learning in creative ways are endless! Click here to read past posts on Flipgrid and how to ...

New to Flipgrid? Check out the Disco Library!

  There are almost 10,000 “Topics” in Flipgrid’s Disco Library – plenty to explore and consider. Within Flipgrid, a “Grid” is your class or content area, and the “Topic” is the project or assignment. The Disco Library has two main sections: Weekly Hits: these are quick templates that you can add to any of your ...

Technology to Foster Classroom Relationships

As a new school year begins, teachers are building relationships with students and fostering positive classroom communities, which inherently means learning student names. As Issaquah’s school community becomes more diverse, learning student names accurately is arguably becoming more important than ever. As all teachers know, names matter, and are central to a student’s identity. This ...

Classkick: Learning Tool for Teachers and Students

As the current school year draws to a close, you might be organizing and looking ahead to next year. Gathering user-friendly tech tools to facilitate work with students and colleagues can help build excitement for the coming year! If you plan to be leading a session with colleagues or facilitating a meeting, Classkick is a ...

Toolkits to Navigate Social Media

  Issaquah School District is currently thinking about social media use across our schools, and what we can do as teachers to support student safety, well-being, and citizenship in their online robust social communities. Common Sense Education, one of our district-supported platforms, offers toolkits for educators that include teacher information and accompanying lessons. One toolkit ...

Seesaw and Classkick: What Are the Differences?

Classkick is one of our core tools that is taking off! Because it is an easy-to-use digital tool that allows teachers to view and give feedback easily, you might be wondering how it is different than Seesaw. While the two tools overlap in many ways and both would bring immense value to your teaching, there ...

Common Sense Census: Taking Stock

Common Sense Education is a highly respected organization that delivers research-based information and resources to educators. As such, the organization periodically takes stock of what is happening in classrooms across the country to inform their decisions moving forward, and to support all stakeholders in making smart decisions related to educational technology. A recently published report, ...

Classkick: Simple, Effective Strategies

With so many interesting technology tools to choose from, I often find real-life examples helpful. For that reason, I look for specific teaching strategies when attempting to tackle a new idea. Speaking of which, this is why the Bits & Pieces is working to highlight more of our own ISD teachers using tech in engaging ...

Common Sense Education: Exciting Updates Coming this Fall!

Last month, our ed tech team attended the NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education) Conference, where several sessions were offered around digital citizenship topics. As our digital world continues to evolve, Common Sense Education has done due diligence in ensuring that their curriculum and resources keep up with these important shifts. At NCCE, I attended ...

Are You Teaching Google Expeditions?

This spring means more social studies-aligned expeditions! Did you know that your ed tech TOSA is available to support the teaching of google expeditions in your classroom? Contact your TOSA today!