Using Technology Tools to Increase Student Engagement

Presented by: Lauren Jeffrey, Loan Kieu,
Lauren Maudlin, & Mark Tomci

Today's Agenda:

Introduce and explore various websites and software programs that can easily be used in your classroom without having 1:1 tablets.

We will also break out into small groups to take a closer look at 4 tech tools and create your own. Those tools include: Kidblog, Google form, Quizlet, and Biblionasium.


Kidbog is a website that is free but does require you to create an account.

Ways we use kidblog:

  • Science StemScopes
  • Open ended questions in all subjects
  • Reading response
  • Writing book reviews

Pros to using kidblog:

  • self directed
  • private: only students will login may view, unless given guest login
  • teacher moderated
  • can be used at home
  • students can see classmates' feedback

Dance Mat

Dance Mat (RM-Dance to Advance) is a software program that is already downloaded on district computers. It allows students to physically interact by stepping on the mat to chose an answer.

Way we use Dance Mat:

  • Fact fluency
  • Word work
  • Conventions

Many games are already created that you can easily access and use.

Pros to using Dance Mat:

  • Interactive
  • Students are engaged
  • Students can create their own
  • Immediate feedback

Cons to using Dance Mat:

  • Students can get over excited
  • Can only be created on the computer with the software

"Blended" Classroom

The "Blended" classroom uses teacher created videos to teach or enforce models. Teachers can create videos using their tablets and upload to youtube.

Way we use videos:

  • Teaching math models
  • Reading habits/expectations
  • Product example

Pros to using a "Blended" Classroom:

  • Parents can see the models being taught
  • Paperless assignments
  • Students are engaged

Cons to using a "Blended" Classroom:

Not all students have access to a computer at home

QR Codes

These downloadable apps allow you to create your own "quick response" codes as well as read/scan existing ones.

Ways we use QR codes:

  • Published works in writing
  • Math assignment

Google Forms

Google Forms is a program through Google Drive that allows teacher to quickly assess students.

Ways we use Google Forms:

  • Reading response
  • Writing conventions assessment

Pros for using Google Forms:

  • Quick and easy to create and assess
  • Students are engaged

Cons for using Google Forms:

  • All students must be given time to get on a computer to complete

Turning Point

Turning Point is software used in conjunction with PowerPoint, that engages students in a polling response which allows teachers to assess their students and track their progress.

Ways we use Turning Point:

  • Math & Reading assessments
  • STAAR review

Pros for using Turning Point:

  • Students are engaged
  • Immediate feedback
  • Data can be saved to track student progress

Cons for using Turning Point:

  • Software must be installed on the computer
  • Routine maintenance
  • All response clickers must be on same frequency


ScreenChomp is an app that comes uploaded on the district iPads.

Ways we used ScreenChomp:

  • Students teach a math lesson

Pros for using ScreenChomp:

  • Student friendly
  • Students are VERY engaged

Cons for using ScreenChomp:

  • VERY temperamental
  • Can only be used on iPad
  • To share- must email


"Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes which can be found at" - Quizlet

Quizlet provides the following study and game modes:

  • Flashcards
  • Learn
  • Speller
  • Test
  • Scatter
  • Space Race

Ways we used Quizlet:

  • Fact fluency
  • Math vocabulary practice

Pros using Quizlet:

  • Student engagement

Cons using Quizlet:

  • When using "Learn" or "Test" answers have to be written exactly as they were entered when creating


Biblionasium is an online reading log where students can setup a virtual library and recommend books to their classmates.

Ways we use Biblionasium:

  • Online reading log
  • Book recommendation/reviews
  • Complete challenges

Pros for using Biblionasium:

  • Paperless reading log
  • Students can access from home
  • Safe and secure

Cons for using Biblionasium:

  • Leveled guided reading books are not listed

Dive Deeper into Tech Tools

Choose a tech tool that you would like more information about and to get started creating your own.

  • Kidblog
  • Quizlet
  • Google Forms
  • Biblionasium

We will split into small groups and you will be able to move around to each tech tool.

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