Google Sheets: Create A Student Response Box

Google sheets merge cells

Google Sheets Merge Cells One of my favorite things is spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are great tools for students to use to organize information. When creating a spreadsheet template it can be helpful to create a box for students to enter a text response. The default size of a cell in a spreadsheet is too small for […]

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Google Classroom: Guardian Emails – Only One Teacher Enters Email

One teacher adds guardians

Google Classroom One Teacher Submits Guardian Emails Not sure if this is good news or bad news depending on who the task falls upon. In Google Classroom guardians can be linked to student accounts. When one teacher enters in a guardian for a student that guardian is linked to the student. Any other Google Classroom […]

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Google Classroom Assignment: Click On Attachment Title to Edit

Click On Attachment Title to Edit

Attach and Then Edit Once again Google brings about a paradigm shift in how we do work. It used to be you would edit your files and then attach them into an assignment. Not the case with Google Classroom. Reuse Post Either reuse a post or create a new assignment. IMPORTANT: Do NOT make copies […]

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Google Classroom: Private Comment as Assignment

Google Classroom private comments

Private Comments in Google Classroom For assignments posted in Google Classroom, students are able to leave the teacher a private comment. This is one of my favorite features because it gives students an opportunity to ask a question privately. Students are more likely to ask questions through a digital platform than they are in person. […]

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Google Classroom: Link to An Assignment

google classroom copy link

Link to a Google Classroom Assignment A feature I have wished for many times is now part of Google Classroom. The ability to copy the link to an assignment easily from the 3 dots “More options” icon. Previously, I had to go to the assignment, click on the title, click on the instructions tab and […]

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Poof! Paper Handouts are Digital

paper to digital

No More Paper Handouts While at an event recently the speaker handed out a paper handout. After her presentation, some of the audience members were asking if the handout was available digitally. Using Google Keep I was able to digitize the handout and distribute it through Google Classroom in seconds. Google Keep I am a […]

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NEW! Google Forms: Add Images to Answer Choices

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Add Images to Google Forms One of the best new Google Apps features launched last week is the update to Google Forms. The previous version only allowed you to add an image separately from the question. The update allows you to add a picture to the question itself and also to multiple choice answer choices. […]

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The future of: “Sit down, Shut up, and Memorize This…”

don wettrick pure genius

The future of: “Sit down, Shut up, and Memorize This…” Guest blog post by Don Wettrick In 2010 I received an email that just said, “Watch this:” and included a link to a TED talk. During my prep period, I pressed play, but in reality, opened my mind on what motivates our students- mastery, autonomy, […]

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Google Docs are Better Than PDF Comments

Google Docs Comments

Google Docs are Better Than PDF Comments I have made it no secret that I am not a fan of annotating PDF’s. What makes using Google Apps great is the focus on collaboration. PDF’s are not collaborative, not real time, no revision history, lack engagement, and are oftentimes a direct substitute for paper. Technology should […]

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Crazy Easy: Collaborative Google Slides Template

collaborative google slides template

Collaborative Google Slides Template Using technology should be about how to improve how you interact with your students. Google makes it easy to transform your class to be more about collaboration. One of my favorite activities is collaborative Google Slides. That is all students in the class on the SAME document. This allows for use to […]

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Google Classroom: Find the Class Code (It Moved)

Google Classroom class code

Google Classroom Class Code Google Classroom had a few updates recently. One of the changes is the adding of topics to posts to the Stream. The topics are listed in the sidebar of the Stream where the class code used to be located. Student Tab The class code can now be located on the Students […]

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New Feature! Add Topics to Google Classroom

Google Classroom Add Topics

Add Topics to Google Classroom Google Classroom has some new updates for Fall 2016. You can now add topics to a Google Classroom post and filter the Stream by the topic. Updates to Assignments Google Classroom Topics When creating an assignment you have the option to add a topic. Next to the due date is […]

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Google Docs: Turn On Offline Access

offline settings Google Drive

Access Google Docs Offline I am on a plane right now and with no WiFi I was able to pull up Google Drive in the Chrome browser and open a recent document I was working on (it was a spreadsheet, no surprise). Google Drive You will want to enable offline mode in Google Drive. Go […]

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Ten Frames Activity in Google Sheets

pinto ten frames google sheets activity

This activity was created by Christine Pinto to have her transitional kindergarten students practice conceptual understanding using ten frames. Ten Frames Template  Google Apps for Littles I always say “do not underestimate what students can do” but I will admit I was blown away by 6-year-old Jocelyn. At a Google Apps for Littles workshop […]

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Google Classroom: Use Someone Else’s Template

Use Other Teachers Templates

Attach Other Teacher’s Templates in Google Classroom This job is too hard to go it alone. As Harry Wong said… “Steal Steal Steal.” Many teachers create activities in Google Docs that you can just grab and go! If you want to customize the template you will need to create a copy of the Google Doc. […]

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