Brenham Tech Daily [BISDwired]

Via the @BISDwiredTeam: Tom Spall, Brittni Knebel, and Troy Kuhn

Fab Find Friday: GimKit Introductions

GimKit Introductions

GimKit has come out with a new game, but it is only for a limited time!

It is a good way for students to introduce themselves to their classmates. Mrs. Ruiz at BHS tried it out during her enrichment time. The students loved it!

How do you do it?
1. Log in to GimKit.
2. Go to KitCollab.
3. Click "next" button.
4. Title the game.
5. Then let the students join the game with the code.
6. Students get to type the questions and answers. 
7. Then you, the teacher, gets to accept or reject the questions.
8. When you are ready, the teacher can start the game with the button to start.

Student Voice and Choice with Digital Templates and Menus

Student Voice and Choice with 
Digital Templates and Menus

Providing students differentiated instruction along with multiple ways to complete an assignment and/or task is one of the best things you can do for your students.  It's imperative to allow them some voice and choice in their learning.  By creating digital menus and/or digital templates, you are allowing students the freedom to choose a path that will best help them be successful.  Whether that's allowing them a choice board, a digital choice menu, or a digital template... you are allowing them to make the decision in which they will show their content and understanding of your instruction.

Below are 4 types of templates that you can use with your students.  These templates help give students a choice, allow for creative freedom, and provide an opportunity for collaboration and success.

Here are four templates that Tom Spall created via the #BISDwired Team Blog: Brenham Tech Daily (  

This digital menu provides students numerous choices to show their learning and understanding.  You provide the instruction, rubric, and content, and your students will choose how to showcase their learning with any of the provided digital and non-digital tools.  Keep your instruction fresh by relating to your students likes and interests with this Fortnite digital menu.

This digital menu has also recently been updated for the current season of the Fortnite map.  Keeping you current with your students.

This digital menu often gets mentioned during keynote speeches by Matt Miller (@jmattmiller).  Matt spoke about this Fortnite menu during his 2019 Spring CUE keynote:


This is Tom's newest student choice board.  Click on this link and make yourself a copy of this template.  Edit and change any of the blocks to best meet your instruction and/or curriculum.  Push out to your students via Google Classroom as their own template to complete.  Easy for self check and student paced work.

This is the best template out of the 4 for managing daily work, centers, and/or workstations.  Tom also had some teachers that turn this into a non-digital menu by printing it off and handing it to each student.  However, it's very easy to give this to each student digitally to complete.


This was the original student choice menu before Tom switched over and created the Fornite menu.  He's met many teachers that like this format due to not wanting to incorporate Fortnite into their curriculum and/or instruction.  This is a fun choice menu for student creation that is split into Entrees, Desserts, Appetizers, Sides, and Beverages.

This digital menu was also featured in Kasey Bell's book:
"Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic" by, Kasey Bell

Visit: to learn more or order yourself a copy of her book! Also, follow Kasey on Twitter: @ShakeUpLearning


This last menu was created out of necessity for one of Tom's teachers in Brenham ISD.  She wanted a 3 level tier template her students could choose from to create book trailers in class.  This is the menu he came up with so she could share out with her students on Google Classroom.

Tom also really enjoys this student choice menu because it features some classic web tools that students might not be familiar with yet.  Teachers have told him that this was wonderful for their students to have 3 different levels to choose from based on the difficulty of the tool use.


We hope you all enjoy these digital menus!  Contact us on Twitter (@bisdwiredteam) or send us an email: if you have any comments, questions, and/or concerns.  Thanks!

Web Tool Wednesday - Gzaas - Full Screen Messages

When you want to send out a LARGE SIZE message that everyone can easily see to your class or a group you are presenting to, then try gzzaas!  So simple, yet so awesome.  You just type in the short message you want to display. 
If you'd like you can choose options such as what style, font, color, and background.  Then click the "gzaas it!" button and boom ...

you now have a full-size screen message.  You can even save it as a link to share or save if you want to use it elsewhere. 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Reminder on Taking a Screenshot

Tech Tip Thursday: Reminder on Taking a Screenshot

As we start our new school year, we wanted to remind you how to take a screenshot on your laptop and Chromebook. We thought this might be helpful for those who forgot or those who just needed a reminder. Then we wanted to show you an "added bonus" reminder. There are several different ways, but these are our favorite!

What do you need to know this for?
Do you have a PDF that you want to show students? Screenshot it!
Do you have a website you want to show students? Screenshot it!
Do you not need the whole document? Screenshot it!

How do I screenshot on my Windows PC Laptop?
1. Go to the Windows button in the bottom left of the screen. 
2. Start typing snipping tool.
3. Click on snipping tool to open it.
4. Any time you need to snip something, you can click new to turn your cursor into a snipping tool. 
5. Then you can save or copy the image.
**You can add to your snip with highlighter or pen, and you can delay your snip.

How do I screenshot on my Chromebook?
Use your keyboard shortcuts!
1. Click on Ctrl + window switcher button to take a screenshot of entire page.
2. Click on Ctrl+Shift+ window switcher button to take a picture of a partial part of the screen.
3. The images will be saved in the Downloads folder. 

Your Added Bonus:
*Use Awesome Screenshot extension (screenshot with awesome annotations).

*Use Gyazo (download it to laptop only) to screenshot the screen and make it into a GIF.

Must Know Monday: Share to Devices in Google Chrome

Send To Your Devices
Now in Google Chrome

Recently, Google Chrome received a nice update.  You can now right-click on a tab in your Chrome Browser and send the URL to any of your connected devices.  

Here's more from the site, "How to Geek":

Fab Find Friday: is now Whereby

appear․in is now Whereby!

The teachers in our district love using!  It's a great video conferencing tool that makes having conversations with peers, parents, DLC's, web guests, etc... a lot easier and more seamless than Skype and/or Google Hangouts.

Well, with any great company, change and growth is inevitable. is now changing to Whereby.  Check out the specifics, HERE:

New name, same easy video meetings.
Learn more about our new name on the blog and read our brand story.

How this affects your account:
Starting today, you can log in on with the same email as on appear․in.
For now you can use both appear․in and whereby․com links to join meetings. However after September 1st meeting links will automatically redirect to whereby․com.
Your current appear․in meeting room link(s) will be the same on whereby․com.

is now

When inviting people to meetings you should now start using Whereby room links. Be sure to update your team and calendar invites!

Our Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy and Cookie Policy have also been updated with the new service name.

Have questions? Feel free to respond to this e-mail or check out our new Support Center for more information.

- Ingrid Ƙdegaard, Co-founder Whereby

Enjoy the recent updates and changes!  Take advantage of this great web tool for education!

We're Back For The 2019/2020 School Year! The @BISDwiredTeam

BISDwired Team (@BISDWiredTeam)
Troy Kuhn (@tskuhn), Brittni Knebel (@brittnitech), Tom Spall (@tommyspall


The BISDwired Team is back and ready to provide you with tons of instructional strategies, tech tools, and #Edtech tips!  Our team blogs daily about educational topics, such as, procedures, expectations, policies, web tools, instructional strategies, content/curriculum examples, updates, etc.  

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Final 18/19 School Year Post: See You In The Fall! - @BISDwiredTeam

 See You In The Fall! 

Thank you to everyone that has been following our daily blog post!  We appreciate you reading and sharing our blog posts.  As we do every year, we will be taking the summer off.

We know... but don't worry, we'll be back August 1st.  However, to ensure you have plenty to read over the summer, please feel free to check out any of 1,300 blog posts, HERE.

Also, check out our "Top Viewed" posts listed below.  Remember to follow us on Twitter: @tommyspall @tskuhn and @brittnitech or our team account: @bisdwiredteam

Finally, be on the lookout for possible Saturday and/or Sunday blog posts during the Summer.  When we're not soaking up the sun, we might take some time to blog.  :)  Have a great Summer!


Web Tool Wednesday - BARK

BARK is a service that uses a "watchdog" engine to monitor and analyze your child's online activity and sends you updates and alerts.

They have put together these helpful resources and tech tips for parents. 

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online This Summer
Some students are already celebrating the end of the school year as others are anxiously anticipating summer break, and with less responsibility during the summer, it’s not uncommon for children to ask for more relaxed technology rules.


Milestones vs. Maturity: When Kids Get Their First Smartphone

Every family is different, and the decision to give your child their first smartphone will depend on several factors. This blog post explains the benefits of two approaches: waiting to give your kid a phone based on a milestone like graduation versus when the time is right for your child.

Create a Technology Contract With Your Family

technology contract is a great way for your family to collaborate on rules for using devices and accessing the internet. It can help make sure the whole family is on the same page about how to get the most out of technology, and — most importantly — how to stay safer online. Download now!

Is Your Teen or Tween at Risk for Online Dangers?

With our new interactive slider, simply answer four quick questions about your kids to see how they compare to real-world stats compiled by Bark that affect today’s tweens and teens, and what it means for your child. The answers may surprise you.

Parenting in a Tech World - Our Facebook Group for Parents

Parenting in a Tech World helps parents navigate the ever-changing landscape of raising kids in a digital world. This community provides a much-needed space for parents to support each other and get the scoop on cool apps, the latest trends, and all things tech related. Join today!