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Communication Resources

Communication Badge Checklists:

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A video response/reflection tool.

An “approach to using video for igniting student discussion and engagement. Available on iOS, Android, Chromebook, and all major browsers.”

Flipgrid works on all devices.

Flipgrid has a free and a paid version.
In the free version you have 1 grid with unlimited topics.

FlipGrid Tutorial

Getting Started with Flipgrid

The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid

See how this library media specialist uses Flipgrid - be sure to scroll to the bottom to see her Global Grids

10 Ways to Use Flipgrid Beyond the Classroom

5 Strategies for Using Flipgrid in the Language Learning Class

Use Flipgrid as a communication tool with students, parents, and other educators!


Use with students to post a weekly discussion prompt.

Use with parents to post weekly/monthly announcements and allow them to ask questions. (Set grid to private.)

Use with other educators for book study reflections, lesson planning ideas, etc.


Zoom Video Conferencing Intro

Schedule a Meeting

Join a Meeting

Zoom Blog Post - info on the Zoom product

NOTE limitations on Zoom pricing page


How to use FREE Pages with

Smore Newsletter tutorial

Smore Review For Teachers from Common Sense Media

Example from Janet Corder & Joan Gore


Twitter in 60 seconds

It’s Connected Educator Month!

Using Tech and You Are NOT on Twitter? Rethink That

A Must-Have Free Resource for Educators from Lori Gracey with TCEA

Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What’s Happening in Edtech

50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter from Matt Miller

Can someone

"Tweech" me how to "Twitter"?

12 Educators Worth Following by Todd Nesloney

Twitter for Teachers

Twitter for Teachers Padlet Board of Resources, from beginners to advanced

Google Classroom

Getting Started with Google Classroom 2017 Learn how from the beginning.

How-to make a custom header to use in Google Classroom

For sessions/classes of students not in the same G Suite district:

How to Register for Google Classroom With a Gmail Account

Getting Started with Google Classroom

10 Things That Students Want To Know about Google Classroom by Alice Keeler

10 Add-ons To Google Classroom

A comprehensive list from +Matt Miller and +Alice Keeler with brief descriptions and links to “how-to” posts.

5 Google Classroom Tips from a Mom’s Perspective - the importance of using best practices and how they influence students.

10 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom, since Google has opened up Google Classroom to users outside of G Suite for Education

Google Classroom Tip on Using Private Comments        

Google Classroom for Professional Learning (also a good resource for those just getting started)

Google Classroom Teacher Tips: just use your arrow keys to scroll through these.

Google Classroom - info and links

How-to Archive/Delete classes in Google Classroom

Number Your Assignments in Google Classroom

How To Adjust Your Notifications in Google Classroom:

- Click the 3 lines in the upper left corner.
- In the window that pops in from the left, scroll all the way down to the bottom, click
Settings and make your choices.

- This will apply to all of your classes.

Google Classroom Tip on Using Private Comments


You can schedule messages in advance


Introduce students to ClassDojo

What ClassDojo Monsters Can Teach Kids About Growth Mindset By Katrina Schwartz

Product description and review from

Student Stories - ClassDojo Portfolios on Chromebooks, Desktops, and Mobile Devices

Using ClassDojo Effectively 

Idea Board



‘Best Teaching & Learning Website’ by AASL

Notes and Info

Step-by-step getting started


iOS, Web, Chromebooks, Android, Kindle Fire

Seesaw Tutorial Videos

Not Sure How To Get Started with Seesaw? Enroll in their 30-minute 1 on 1 course!

Simple & Safe Blogging Platform for Kids by Richard Byrne

How to Create a Classroom Blog on SeeSaw by Richard Byrne

Seesaw Roll Out Plan - detailed 2-month plan to help you get started

Get the K-2 Student Challenge

Get the 3-8 Student Challenge

Get the 9-12 Student Challenge

SeeSaw Now Directly Accepts Google Drive Files

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.


Voice comments/feedback for your students.

Getting Started with Kaizena 1 of 3 - Signing Up

Getting Started with Kaizena 2 of 3 - Exploring Kaizena's Feedback Features

Getting Started with Kaizena 3 of 3 - Creating Groups and Inviting Students

Getting Started With Kaizena - Voice Commenting on Google Docs from Richard Byrne


Lessons From 12,000 Blog Posts from Richard Byrne

Getting Started with Blogging With Students from Ms. Edwards via EduBlogs

How To Use Quotes In Your Blog Posts from Kathleen Morris via The EduBlogger

Managing Classroom and Student Blogs from +RICHARD

Comparison and Explanation of Classroom Blog Services from +RICHARD

SpeakPipe - for people to leave voice messages on your blog

3 Simple Blog Graphics You Can Create (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

100+ Ideas And Prompts For Student Blogging from the Edublogger

A Blogger Privacy Setting You Might Want to Use

Obtaining Permission To Blog With Students

A Glossary of Blogging Terminology by Richard Byrne

Do You Have an Online Hub? By Richard Byrne

Blast Off Into the Blogosphere Resources has videos, tutorials, articles and tips

Epic Classroom Blogging With Elementary Students a quick article with a 10-minute podcast

Podcast: Epic Classroom Blogging With Elementary Students

BlogBooker is a resource that will turn the text and images contained on your blog into pdf files to create a book.  The free version allows you to create 3 books and limits your posts to one year.  It works with WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Ghost, Medium, Tumblr, TypePad and Twitter.


Free Digital/ePortfolios

A few notes 


How to Docs made from Keller ISD

The Cool Things You Can Do with Canvas

Canvas YouTube Channel

Canvas on Vimeo

Canvas has a FREE version that anyone can use, but many districts integrate Canvas to connect your Student Information System (SIS) to your Canvas account to make it easier for you to use Canvas as your Learning Management System (LMS).

General Communication Resources