Category: Cool

Celebrate Hour of Code

It’s Computer Science Education Week! This movement, especially the Hour of Code Event, is a way to introduce students to coding and computer science in a fun and engaging way. What is Hour of Code? Check out this introductory video for more information: Computational thinking integrates well with social-emotional learning and skills such as problem-solving, ...

The Ed Tech Library is Back!

After a brief hiatus, the Ed Tech Library is ready to lend out innovative tools to our teachers! The district’s Instructional Technology Specialists are available to support teachers in the classroom, from planning to implementation. Breakout EDU kits, Ozobots, Makey Makey, and BlueBots are available for teachers to check-out one week at a time and include ...

Teach Digital Citizenship Creatively

Looking for an engaging way to teach your elementary students about digital citizenship? Look no further! Our friends at Common Sense Education have created three digital books on Book Creator’s platform that brings their curriculum to life. These books can be viewed online by clicking here! No account required. Read on for information about how ...

Access to Books and Learning During Hybrid and Remote Learning: Highlighting our Teacher-Librarians

As School Library Month draws to a close, it’s an opportune time to highlight the behind-the-scenes work that our teacher-librarians have been doing to ensure that students have access to books and literacy experiences, despite distanced learning. Learn more about School Library Month here. Curbside checkout (or an “outside library”) is a term that our Issaquah teacher-librarians have coined for the process of ...

Virtual Field Trips with Flipgrid

Are you looking to liven up your virtual teaching with different experiences? Consider integrating virtual field trips into your instruction, with the possibility for students to respond, collaborate, and wonder. Flipgrid has you covered! Why Flipgrid for Virtual Field Trips? Many of the topics compile various links, information, and videos so that you don’t need ...

Seesaw Updates, Oh My!

Teachers have spoken, and Seesaw has listened – get excited for some great updates! These features require a Seesaw app update (if you are using the app) for both students and families. If you are using the browser version, these features will be automatically updated and you are likely able to see them already. So… ...

New Flair for 2021: Create Awesome Seesaw Announcements with Canva

Don’t you love when two of your favorite digital programs collaborate? First, we have Canva, which is a digital design program. You can use Canva to create stunning graphics, presentations, and logos. Canva has partnered with our beloved Seesaw in an #Appsmash to offer Seesaw Announcement Templates that you can customize at the click of ...

Shake Up Clever Announcements with a Flipgrid Short

Elementary teachers, are you looking to liven up your Clever Teacher Announcements? Consider using Flipgrid Shorts to create a video message for students with your announcement of the day. Not only will you be building community and keeping students engaged, but you can use the whiteboard feature to include animations or written directions to your ...

Ed Tech Summer Training Resources (Elementary)

Did you attend any of the ed tech summer training sessions, and want access to the resources from those courses? Look no further! Use this Padlet Link to find presentation slides, examples, and other resources galore. Suggestion: open the link in a browser window and begin scrolling up/down, and left/right to find what you need. ...

Flipgrid, Microsoft, and Global Learning Week!

Save the date – next week is Global Learning Week! This is a collaboration between Microsoft, Minecraft, and Flipgrid. It’s a series of free professional development sessions that will feature success stories and tips from technology-passionate teachers. It’s an excellent way to receive professional development as we close out this school year and look intentionally ...