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GAETC16 – Recap


GAETC 2016 Notes & Resources

I was fortunate to attend the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC16) this year and I thought I would share some of the notes and resources I gathered while there. If you attended, please add some of the highlights you found in the comments.

I would also recommend searching  #GaETC16 on Twitter for tons of great shares.

For each session or topic I’ll give you the website, Twitter link, and any other relevant information that might be helpful.

So, let’s get to it:


Josh Stumpenhorst, Revolutionary Teaching

It was just great to sit back and enjoy Josh’s enthusiasm. He was a fantastic speaker and thoroughly entertaining. He spoke eloquently about relationships and how we must connect and care with and for our students.

Josh Stumphorst


  • Relationships are key to success
  • GRA – @pernillerip (Global Read Aloud, kids connecting around literature)

This sketchnote by Matt Miller (@jmattmiller) sums up the keynote speech way better than I can.


Session 1

Vicky Davis, Digital Differentiation

Vicky, aka CoolCatTeacher, is a great teacher and technology integrator. She is able to cut through the fluff and put tools into practice in meaningful ways. Her blog is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning how to integrate and differentiate with the plethora of tools out there.

Vicky DavisCool Cat Teacher – all her GAETC presentations. Loaded with amazing resources!


  • Innovate like a turtle – concentrate on 3 things
    •    Don’t overwhelm yourself with 50 new things
  •, Hemingway app & Grammarly – awesome writing aids with free versions. 
  • Google Voice typing – Free in your Google Docs in the TOOLS menu. 

Session 2

Merry Willis, Using Technology to Foster Global Connections for Elementary School Students

Merry is the recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching. She will be going to New Zealand in January 2017 for 5 months! Keep up with her on Twitter and through her blog.



MIE community to connect with others around the world. 




Session 3

Richard Byrne, Leading Students in a Hyper-connected World

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-2-32-34-pmFree Tech 4 Teachers – All of Richard’s GaETC presentations.


  • Thinking Economy replacing many jobs and careers
  • – Richard’s blog that is loaded with resources for teachers
  • Project Noah – citizen scientists
  • Sound Trap – collaborative podcasting
  • #mathphotoaday – twitter challenge for 3rd graders to take math themed pictures
  • – 100 word challenge –
  • Real World Questions and Problems that students can relate to.
  • MIT App Inventor – web based App making tool
  • Purps the Penguin – youtube
    • kids 3d printed cast for injured penguin
  • Vocabulist – vocab study tool. Stop making list and start studying. 

Session 4

Alice Keeler, Badges in the Classroom – All her resources from GaETC. If you are using G Suite for Education, you will find many, many, many excellent tips, tricks and implementation ideas here!


  • Gamifying a class taps into motivation
  • Fantastic resources for creating and implementing badges using your Google account (sheets are magic)
  • Google Classroom Resources

Session 5

Steve Garton, Discovering Quality EdTech Tools: Rethinking Instructional Design with Lesson Plans

Common Sense Media has phenomenal resources for educators. Everything from lesson planning to digital citizenship curriculum.



Common Sense Education  – Education resources and lesson planning tools. 

Digital Citizenship Toolbox – Curriculum, Lessons, Assessments, Badges, Certification, and so much more!


5 skills

  1. Discover
  2. Evaluate
  3. Curate
  4. Integrate
  5. Collaborate

First ask: What concept are you trying to teach? Not the procedure.

Lesson Plan samples

Session 6

Tony Vincent, Draw your own Illustrations, Clipart & Avatars

Using the Adobe Draw App on an iPad (also available for Android), Tony demonstrated how he creates his own clip art and characatures. His site has a great walk through so you can practice creating your own.

Tony – All of Tony’s GaETC resources.    

Drawing Session




Session 7 & 8

Jeff Utecht, (7) My Wikipedia is better than you Textbook

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-3-33-37-pm – all presentations on here! AWESOME STUFF!!





  • All students from middle school and up should have a Wikipedia account. Contribute, evaluate, create.
  • Wikipedia should not be dismissed and ignored any longer
  • Training Module to use Wikipedia with STUDENTS

(8) The Changing Nature of Communication

  • Push to Pull – used to push out information. Now we have to get users to come to us.
  • Understand generations to appreciate how they communicate
    • Phone, email, text, social media
    • Audience chooses how they communicate NOT us
  • YouTube – does your school have a presence?  What does it say about your school?
  • FB – when is just as important as what you post
  • Instagram – our students are here – are we engaging them there?
  • Media – images, video, hyperlinks – keep posts, newsletters, emails brief – link out to more infor (ex. Webpages, videos, etc..)
  • HOOTSUITE – all social media accounts in one place ($9.99 a month)
  • IFTTT – automation of multiple tools/services – Jeff didn’t mention this, but it’s a great tool that I use and think you might find it helpful. 

Session 9

Luke Allen, Free Open Source Resources

Luke shared a ton of sites where you can find FREE software and tools.



  • Tux Paint – free painting and drawing program for Mac and Windows machines
  • LibreOffice – free Office Suite of tools. Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.


Session 10

Libby Miller, EdPuzzle in the Classroom

Libby is an Instructional Technology Coach in Savannah and she did an awesome job presenting on EdPuzzle. This is a great tool for turning any video into a formative assessment opportunity.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-4-15-16-pmEdPuzzle Slideshow


EdPuzzle site.



Session 11

Jim Farmer, Automatic for the Teacher

This was the session that I presented on using your Google Apps account to automate communication. Would you like to automatically send emails, newsletters, certificates, and more? This makes parent communication a breeze. Great for schools to use to send out newsletters or school communication and as well as coaches keeping up with athletes. Using the Autocrat add-on in Google you can simplify this process by having your audience fill out a quick Google Form and the rest is done for you.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-3-42-00-pmGaETC Resource Page –





3 Simple Steps

  1.  Gather Data
  2. Create your Document (can be an email, newsletter, certificate, letter for parents, etc…)
  3. Automatically Send to all or some of your audience using the Autocrat add-on

Resources and more:

  • GATECHFAIR.ORG – Student Technology Fair for Georgia 3rd – 12th graders.
    • This is a fantastic technology competition for students to showcase their skills and expertise in a variety of categories ranging from animation, coding, robotics, video production, and much more.

SketchNotes Gallery by @thesketcheffect:

Highlights Album:


Hello World

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My Diigo Links and Resources (weekly)

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My Diigo Links and Resources (weekly)

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My Diigo Links and Resources (weekly)

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Awesome Ted Talk

I know that is redundant to say about a Ted Talk, but this is 12 minutes that is absolutely worth watching.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work



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