Category Archives: Classroom

Google Classroom: Hear From Everyone

Google Classroom hear from everyone

Google Classroom – Hear from Everyone Use technology to create better interactions with students, not just to be paperless. When adopting new tech, ask “How does this make learning better?” “How does this change how I interact with my students?” New is Not Hard SAMR is not a measure of difficulty. Sometimes new tasks are […]

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Google Classroom: Do Not Jump In The Deep End

Google Classroom Alice Keeler Do Not Jump In The Deep End

Link to slides Google Classroom: Do Not Jump In The Deep End Making the shift to digital is NOT about doing what you’ve always done in a digital format. Digital allows us to rethink our tasks. “When students can access information, I can talk less.” How the class functions should be different when students have […]

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Google Slides: Collaborate in 40 Seconds

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Collaborate with Google Slides When moving to digital tools it is a mindset shift. Our first question should not be “how do I take all my stuff I have and put it online?” Instead, “How do I have more dynamic interactions with my students?” “How will we collaborate?” “How can I give feedback faster?” “How […]

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Go Further with Google Classroom – 2 More Tips

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Google Classroom Book Go Further with Google Classroom and win a copy of our new book “50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach.” Register Fill out this Google Form ( by July 5th, 2016. Choose from a signed copy of the new book or the original 50 Things. Additional Things Here […]

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50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom – A Student Centered Approach

50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom

50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach Libbi Miller and I are excited to announce the follow up to our best selling book “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom.” Our new book “50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach” helps you to go beyond the […]

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Google Classroom: Edit Slides Not Copy

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Link to Slides presentation Edit Google Slides Old school thinking back when we used PowerPoint was to create copies of the presentations for back up files or to just update the presentation. Emailing a copy of PowerPoint creates a copy of the document. Any updates to the presentation by the author are not represented in […]

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Google Classroom: Quick Share and Peer Comment

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Student Work in Google Drive Student work is saved in your Google Drive when you use Google Classroom. This makes is super easy to have students comment on each others work. Create an Assignment In Google Classroom create a new assignment for peer comments. This assumes you already have an assignment where students created something […]

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Google Classroom: Clean Up Your Folders

Archive Google Classroom Folders

Google Classroom Folders Google Classroom creates in Google Drive a folder for each class and each assignment. This can make for a lot of folders after you’ve been using Google Classroom for awhile. Move The Folders Tip to create an archive folder in the Classroom folder. You can drag your past class folders into the […]

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Let’s Play Add-on – Students Collaborating on the Same Doc

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Collaborate on the Same Document One of the coolest things about Google Docs is the ability to be on the same document at the same time. This allows students to work together, peer evaluate and play games! It can be a little tricky for students to get on the same document, especially littles who may […]

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Be Notified: New Google Classroom Book

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50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach Dr. Libbi Miller and I have finished the follow-up to our popular book “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom.” ¬†This book helps you take Google Classroom further with 50 more tips. The book is chock full of ways to take it further […]

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Comments Invite Conversations

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Move Beyond MarkUp It is well known that I abhor writing on PDF’s. It is not that engaging of an activity and it is not better than using paper. So why not annotate on top of student work to provide feedback? Annotating on top of student work is exactly what we did when we had […]

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Google Classroom: Grab and Update a Post from Last Year

Google Classroom Reuse Post

Reuse¬†and Update Google Classroom Posts Google Classroom users can reuse posts from previous classes. As you create your new classes there is no need to start from scratch. Grab and update assignments you gave last time. Digital Filing Cabinet I was warned as a credential student not to be “that guy” who has a filing […]

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4 Year Olds Log into Google Classroom

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*Parent permission obtained to use video Today I am inviting Christine Pinto to join me in my keynote.This is her first year teaching. She constantly amazes me with how she fearlessly tackles using Google Classroom and Google Apps with her TK (Transitional Kindergarten) kids. She never says her kids can’t. The above video shows a […]

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Google Classroom: Middle Option = Collaborate

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Use Google Classroom to COLLABORATE How does Google Classroom make learning better? Essentially Google Classroom allows you to assign work and collect it. If you’re doing the same tasks digitally do not expect student engagement or student learning to increase. I always encourage that we need to write the word COLLABORATE really big at the […]

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