Always begin with student learning. First answer the question: what are the student learning goals THEN layer on the technology.

Physical Equipment/Software/Responsible (Acceptable) Use Policy

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE Standards)

New Jersey Technology Standards

Student Engagement

Technology offers many ways to engage students in the classroom. You may want to consider:
  • Games can engage students. Socrative has an opportunity to present students with questions that can be answered as a team.
  • Wait time can increase student participation. Teachers allow at least three seconds for students to respond. The Interactive Fruit Machine can help you choose students. Students enjoy pressing the Fruit Machine button after they respond to a question.
  • Physical movement can increase student energy or calm the students down before quizzes, tests, or rest periods. GoNoodle provides free videos without ads to provide brain breaks.

Interactive Whiteboard Support Sites

SMART Exchange
Promethean Planet
SMART Table Webinar

iPads provides free accounts that can be used in Early Childhood classrooms. It works well with the Early Learning Academy app.

The Socrative website provides free teacher accounts that can be used on any device. The student website or Socrative Student app connects the students with your formative or review assessments.

Educreations is an app that provides students with the ability to record tutorials using the app as a recordable whiteboard.

Digital Photographs

The Camera app and iMovie are great tools for capturing moments in your classroom. Make sure you send a photo to your principal and include a short paragraph about the student learning and the products they produced. These make great news stories, posts to the school website, and social media pages. If you use the #rcantech hashtag, I will find your posts and share them through my Facebook Fan Page, Google+ Community, and Twitter pages.


I do not have particular suggestions for Chromebooks. You might look at Kathy Schrock's Chromebook in the Classroom page.

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Scope and Sequence
  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy and Security
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint and Reputation
  • Self Image and Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit and Copyright

Copyright/Fair Use/Creative Commons

Remember Fair Use is going to be looked at differently depending upon whether the work is just within the walls of your classroom or posted online.

Creative Commons:
Fair Use:
US Copyright Law:

Image and Audio Sources TheCommons.PNG

Source for student friendly images:
Source for images for older students:
Sources for royalty free music:

When communicating and collaborating online always keep in mind Mary McElroy's advice. Consider how your words would look at the cover story on the local newspaper or national magazine cover. Be professional. Speak about a project not about particular students, teachers, etc. Know your school's social media policies for students AND faculty.

Twitter #Hashtags/Chats - The Deep Dive

You can search for the #ntchat or #catholicedchat hashtag at any time. You can watch or participate in the proceedings live. It is most easily accomplished in software such as Tweetdeck. There are many more chats going on. View a list of the variety here.

New Teacher Chat: Wednesday evenings at 8pm #ntchat
About New Teacher Chat:

Catholic EdChat: Saturday mornings at 9am #catholicedchat
Upcoming chat topics: