Snapchat Template for Students

Click Here for the Template

Here is a Snapchat template made in Google Slides that you can use with your students.

Some ways you can use this template:

  • Have students create a snap of a famous American.
  • Snap a photo of a book character.
  • Students can create historical selfies by inserting their picture into historical photos.
  • For the video feel you can put an animated GIF in the template.

What are some ways that you can use it in your class?

Techapalooza + You = Awesome!

Want to rock out your classroom with incredible technology instruction? Want to experience cool collaborative vibes with other amazing educators? Well tune up your axe, grab your glow sticks, and head to Techapalooza! Techapalooza will be THE place to get some funky fresh technology ideas to jam out to with your students. This is the perfect opportunity to start your year cranked up to the max. Be at Deep Run High School Thursday, August 11th from 8:30-3:00.

Register at http://ero.henrico.k12.va.us using your HCPS issued username and password. To access the registration system you will need be connected via Ethernet or HCPS staff wireless within any Henrico County building. Use the following information to help you locate the session when registering, SRN 20163092401

Don’t forget to consider presenting your knowledge of 21st century skills. Complete this lesson proposal by June 3rd.

RIP Picasa

So you may have heard the news Picasa is no more.

*Pause for a moment in silence.*

For many of us Picasa was the way we embedded pictures onto our websites and blogs without taking up space. If you are like me, you already did some research into other websites that have the same function. However you found many of the sites are blocked by the county. This is probably the point where you felt overwhelming sadness and a lone tear streaked down your face.

Stop crying and pick yourself up off the floor because we can still embed pictures using Google Drive.

*A wave of relief washes over you.*

There are two ways you can embed pictures onto your blog. Option 1 will embed the picture on your blog but users can zoom in on the picture and click on it to view. Option 2 embeds the picture on your blog and it appears as it would on any other site, users can’t zoom in or click on it to view. Check out directions for both ways below.


Option 1

Step 1
Create a new folder in your drive, make it public and add your pictures to the folder. To make it public select your folder and click the share button. (The man with the + sign.) Click advanced. Where you see private, click change and select “Anyone with the Link.” Make sure it is set to view only. You will only have to do this one time. When you want to add more pictures just add them to the folder.

Step 2
Double click on the picture and select the pop out button in the top right hand corner. Once you have done that, click on the 3 dots above the picture and select embed item. You will see the embed code. Copy all of the code.

Step 3
Now we just have to take this code and put it in the blog post. When you start a new post it is important that you click the text tab. Paste your code and you’re all set!


Option 2

Step 1
Create a new folder in your drive, make it public and add your pictures to the folder. To make it public select your folder and click the share button. (The man with the + sign.) Click advanced. Where you see private, click change and select “Anyone with the Link.” Make sure it is set to view only. You will only have to do this one time. When you want to add more pictures just add them to the folder.

Step 2
Click on the picture you want to embed and click the share button (The man with the + sign.) Copy the share link at the top of the window.

Step 3
Now go to the Google Drive Direct Link Generator. This website will convert your share link into a usable link for the blog. Simply paste your link and click “Create Direct Link.” Copy that direct link, because it’s time to put it in the blog.

Step 4
Let’s put this picture on the blog. In your post creation screen click on “Add Media.” On the pop up screen select insert from URL and paste your link in. Wait for a preview of your picture to show up and click insert. Now you have a picture on your blog and you’re not taking up any of your blog space!

#TechTakeout Arrives at Dumbarton!

Today the #TechTakeout crew headed to Dumbarton Elementary to hang out with their AMAZING 5th graders. We started out by introducing the students and their teachers to Nearpod. Mrs. Hues led the students through a Measurement Nearpod. She was able to control their computers and send them lots of practice items straight to their screens. Students were able to practice measuring length by using a virtual ruler. They also used an interactive website where they selected the appropriate unit to measure with and estimated to measure the object on their screens.

Mr. Favale and Mr. Clough’s group used the website Storyboardthat.com to create comics using math vocabulary terms. When the students launched the site they were prompted to create a settings for the comic. They were encouraged to make their comic all about circles. Students created scenes that incorporated specific circles such as a baseball field, pizza parlor, classroom and park. Students added speech bubbles and had their comic characters talk about key terms like diameter, chord, circumference and radius. Students then took screenshots of their comics and uploaded them to a CoMemories site.


Mrs. Hues, Mrs. Green and Mrs. Robinson’s group used the website Build with Chrome to create their own closed structures using legos. They used various colored legos to create virtual masterpieces. Then they used the snipping tool to take a screenshot of their creation, used the pen tool to add their perimeter and area and finally they added their images to a Padlet wall to share with each other.


Mr. Caratachea, Mr. Covais and Mrs. Browne’s group used the Dell Web Cam to take pictures of various classroom objects they had measured. They saved their images and then launched ABCYa Talkify. Students uploaded their images, added a mouth and then recorded themselves sharing their measurements in both centimeters and millimeters.

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Mrs. Smith and Ms. Wright’s group opened a blank Pixie document, opened the the Activity Folder→ Math Activity Folder→ Small Grid. They used the paint can tool to create a closed figure. They saved the figure as a jpeg and then used the paintbrush tool to help them solve for the area and perimeter of their figure in square units. Next they used CheckThis to create interactive websites that their peers could view and vote to select correct answers. They uploaded their Pixie image to the website and created two polling questions.

#TechTakeout Goes to Donahoe

Today at Donahoe we focused on different math skills and had A BLAST! Stephanie Wright, the ITRT at Donahoe, met with the Title I math teacher to see which areas were in most need for 4th grade math. The Tech Takeout crew headed over to Donahoe to work on comparing numbers, rounding, graphing, fractions, and other great math concepts.

Stephanie kicked off the lesson with a Kahoot to get everyone’s math mind going! Kahoot is a great tool that teachers can easily integrate into their lessons because not only are Kahoots simple to make, but there are also a TON of teacher made Kahoots available to use!


Mr. Caratachea and Mrs. Green gave their groups a Google Slide template to compare numbers. They used a random number generator to choose two numbers to compare. Then the students used the snipping tool to take a snip of their numbers and put them on a slide. To show the inequalities the students took pictures within Google Slides using their arms to show which number was greaterl. Finally the students added some personalization to their slideshow with background colors and animations. The students did an amazing job!!


Mrs. Hues & Mrs. Robinson had their students make a copy of “On Target With Decimals” in Google Slides. Students logged into Google and made a copy of the presentation so they could edit it the slides to demonstrate their understanding of place value, rounding, comparing and ordering, and adding and subtracting decimals. The students were excited to see pictures of actual items on the shelves at Target!


Jim Covais and Julie Smith had their group use Scratch to program a sprite to move across a number line of decimals between 0 and 1. Students created their own background in which they had to generate their own number line with the drawing tools and divide it into fractional parts. They also were given a decimal card in which they had to correctly identify their decimal’s location on their number line and mark it with a hash mark. Students used the coding blocks to make their sprite move to different parts of the number line in which a recording of their voice saying the decimal’s name was included. Furthermore, students got practice typing the word form of their decimals into the speech bubble that they programmed to pop up. If you are interested in carrying out this same lesson with your students then click {HERE} for the step by step directions.

Check out these student examples:


Ms. Wright used the online collaborative tool, Padlet, to compare fractions! Students picked fractions that were prepared ahead of time and then went to http://www.abcya.com/fraction_percent_decimal_tiles.htm to work with digital manipulative fraction tiles. The students ordered the fractions so that they were easily compared. Once the students had everything in order they took a screenshot using the snipping tool and went to Padlet. Each student posted their fractions to share with their classmates. Check out some of their work below!