SASD Technology Mentor Mary Liz Towne

Mary Liz Towne, NBCT

Eighth Grade Social Studes


Farnsworth Debate Coach

Farnsworth Middle School
Room # 206

Email Me


SMART File "Bugs Bite" for workshop

Tutorial Smart Notebook 7.0

Classroom Web Page - Farnsworth Middle School

Ideas to Show What You Know

Create a Series of Word Clouds

Wordle –
ABCya Word Cloud –
Imagechef –
Tagxedo –

Write and Illustrate an eBook

Storyjumper –
ePubBud –
Titkatok –
PBS Mash Up Story –
Storybird –
Kerpoof Storybook –

Artsicam Picture Book Maker –

Draw or Paint a Picture

Kerpoof Draw –
odosketch –

Make Comic Strip

Make Beliefs Comix –
ToonDo –

Do an Animation

GoAnimate –
Sketchfu –
Stage’d –
Scratch –
Doink – (need to be 13 years old or older)
Xtranormal – (need to be 13 years old or older)

Create a Data Visualization

Create a Graph –
Many Eyes –

Create a “Media” Presentation (must include at two different types of media – photo, images, audio)

Prezi –
Glogster –
Animoto –

Keep a Blog

Kidblog –
Edublog –

Make a Game

Playcrafter –
Sharendipity –
Game Boards –

Make a Timeline

Dipity –
Timetoast –

Make a Google Earth Trip

Download Google Earth –
Google Lit Trip –
Google Earth Education Community -

Make an Online Quiz

MyStudiyo –

Compose a Musical Composition

Aviary Myna –
Audacity –

Make an Audio-Media Message

VoiceThread –
Blabberize –
Woices –
Voki –

Create an Infographic

Best InfoGraphics for Social Studies & History

Teaching With Infographics | Places to Start =
Seeing the Future! A Guide to Visual Communication

Make a Book Trailer

How to Make a Book Trailer –
Book Trailers – Movies for Literacy Examples –

Create a Stop Motion Animation

Claymation and Stop Motion in the Classroom
The ClayAnimator –

Create a Technology Enhanced Scavenger Hunt


Code Scavenger Hunt Example –; QR

Code Generator from the ZXing Project –

Create an Mobile App

App Inventor for Android –
iSites –

Organize and Film Flash Mob Performance

Examples at

Build a Project in a 3D Virtual Environment

Greenbush Grid –
Reaction Grid –

Information modified from User Generated Education


Personal Experience Technology Skills

B.S. Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, 1986

M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1994

National Board Certified Teacher, 2001

Re-Certification National Board Certified Teacher, 2011-2021 Early Adolescent Generalist

Colonial Wiliamsburg, Teacher Leader

Family - Travel - Learning - Digital world meets the Classics - Social Justice & Equity - Best Practices in Education

Pretty good at:

Mac OS & iLife applications

MS Office applications

Creating curricular activities with digital media

Notebook & other curricular software

Here are some of my favorite websites:

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoon Index



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