Google Classroom: Provide Links

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Google Classroom: Provide Links I love using Google Classroom private comments to provide additional resources to students on as needed basis. While Google Classroom does not have a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) toolbar, you can provide hyperlinks to students. http:// The trick is to include the http:// when typing web URL’s. […]

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Chrome Extension: SlideShot for Google Slides

Chrome Extension: SlideShot for Google Slides I have taught 1:1 pretty much my entire teaching career. One thing I have asked students to do is to take screenshots as they complete work to show the progress of their work. This makes it easier to go back and work with a student when we can see […]

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Managing a Classroom full of Technology by @jrsowash

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Managing a Classroom full of Technology Guest post – John Sowash (@jrsowash), ElectricEducator.com Enter for a chance to win a copy of John’s book “The Chromebook Classroom” ¬†at the bottom of this post. “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s what Uncle Ben Parker said. The same is true in a Chromebook classroom. Chromebooks provide […]

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Google Classroom: Pull Student Paragraphs and Give Feedback

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Google Classroom: Pull Student Paragraphs and Give Feedback I like to joke that the “Make a copy for each student” option is really the “Make a giant pile of paperwork for yourself” option. When you ask students to use the “Create” button and create a Google Doc or you give them a template on a […]

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A Tale of 3rd Grade Homework

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A Tale of 3rd Grade Homework When my son was in 3rd grade he came up to me to ask for help with his homework. He did not understand the commutative and associative property. Well, I am a math teacher so I can explain it but I wonder how many of the other parents in […]

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5 Things To Explore in Google Calendar

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5 Things To Explore in Google Calendar To access Google Calendar go to calendar.google.com. 1. Appointment Slots If you are a G Suite for Education user you can create appointment slots. Click on any spot in Google Calendar to create an event and click on “Appointment slots” at the top. You can use these to […]

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New Google Sites + Google Classroom

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New Google Sites + Google Classroom New Google Sites is finally out! This is a great option for creating a class website and sharing resources. Since New Sites is essentially a new product it does not have all the features of Classic Google Sites, but be assured more features are coming. What I particularly like […]

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G Suite Google Apps Training Chrome Extension

G Suite Google Apps Training Chrome Extension Awhile back Google bought a company, Synergyse, that integrates G Suite training into the Google Apps. Using Gmail, Google Drive, etc… tutorials will pop up directing you through how to use the product. This is really important so we can allow teachers to be more knowledgeable of using […]

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Type Your Math

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Type Your Math As a math teacher I was 1:1 almost my entire teaching career. I try to be consistent that even when writing on the board or on paper that I would write out what the math would look like typed linearly. I asked the students to always write the linear version in addition […]

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Google Sheets: Split and Transpose

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Google Sheets: Split and Transpose This Google Sheets trick helps you to extract lines of text out of a single cell and have the text in individual cells. Rubric Where I was doing this was using a rubric. Multiple criteria were¬†entered into a single cell, but this made it difficult to mark each of the […]

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Google Sheets: Pixel Art Trick

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Google Sheets: Pixel Art Trick Students love using pixel art. It is basically paint by number. There are lots of ways for students to use pixel art for academic reasons. Check out this brownie division activity adapted from a Jo Boaler Mathematical Mindsets activity. To represent their understanding of division multiple ways students use the […]

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Google Classroom: Assess Student Work FASTER [infographic]

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Link to Infographic in Google Draw Having a good workflow for assessing student work is essential. Here is my workflow for giving feedback through Google Classroom. Assignment Title To find student work in Google Classroom go to the Stream in Google Classroom and find the assignment. Click on the assignment title to view student work. […]

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Insert Drawings into Google Apps

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Insert Drawings into Google Apps I live for collaboration and feedback conversations instead of comments. This is what I love about using G Suite with Google Apps. Instead of scribbling comments onto a kids paper that they probably do not get a lot of learning out of, switching to inserting comments in a Google Docs, […]

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Don’t Be the Holiday Grinch: Ditch the Break Packets

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Confession: I used to give homework packets over holiday breaks. Why? NOT because I read any research telling me to. NOT because it was presented as a pedigocally sound practice in my credential classes. NOT because my department asked me to. It was done to me. I just assumed it is what you do. I […]

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Upgrade the Worksheet: Place Value

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Upgrade the Worksheet: Place Value I’m always looking for how we can use technology to make learning better, not just paperless. Instead of moving the worksheets online, upgrade them! In the above worksheet, the students are given numbers that have no connection to anything. What do these numbers represent? Why would students care about them? […]

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