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BookWidgets: The Game-Changer Teachers Can’t Resist

As educational technology continues to evolve, innovative tools are playing an increasingly vital role in classrooms worldwide. Among these tools, BookWidgets has emerged as an invaluable resource for teachers seeking to enhance their lessons and engage students in creative and interactive ways. BookWidgets: The Game-Changer Teachers Can’t Resist

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Innovate Teaching with ChatGPT (AI)

Whether you use ChatGPT, Google Bard, Bing (which is ChatGPT), so some other Artificial Intelligence chatbot it is set to transform how you teach! Not only can you save time with chatbots, but you can innovate your teaching. ChatGPT can do some of the heavy lifting to help you make creative lesson plans and projects. Innovate Teaching with ChatGPT (AI)

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Collaborative Learning with Google Workspace: Tools and Techniques for Successful Group Projects

Collaborative Learning with Google Workspace. Google Workspace provides a wealth of tools that make collaborative learning more accessible and efficient for both students and teachers. By leveraging these tools and techniques, you can create engaging and successful group projects that foster teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills. As you implement these strategies in your classroom, you’ll discover the power of collaboration and the benefits it brings to your students’ learning experiences.

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What are Single Point Rubrics

Wondering what are Single Point Rubrics? They are gaining popularity among educators as they simplify the grading process and focus on essential aspects of a student’s work. Unlike traditional rubrics with multiple performance levels, Single Point Rubrics outline the criteria for proficiency, offering advantages such as simplicity, flexibility, clear expectations, and fostering a growth mindset

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Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes

TurboTax and EVERFI: Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes

TurboTax and EVERFI have partnered to create a free online financial literacy course for high school students. The course includes an Intuit TurboTax Simulation that teaches students how to file taxes. By incorporating this program into the curriculum, teachers can help students develop critical thinking skills, break the cycle of poverty, and promote financial well-being. The simulation equips students with knowledge on tax filing, making it a valuable tool for preparing them for their financial futures.

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Draw the Line: How to Use the @ Symbol to Insert a Horizontal Line in Google Docs

As a teacher, you might find yourself creating documents for your students, colleagues, or parents. Sometimes you want to add a little extra flair to your documents, and one way to do that is by adding a horizontal line to separate sections or emphasize important information. The good news is that you don’t need to go searching for an external tool to do this – Google Docs has a built-in way to create a horizontal line using the @ symbol. Horizontal Lines in Google Docs

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25 Things to Do Instead of Timed Math Tests

Timed math tests have long been a staple in classrooms, but research indicates they can cause anxiety, limit understanding, and lead to negative attitudes toward math. As educators, it’s crucial to consider alternative strategies that foster a deeper understanding, long-term retention, and overall success in math. Some effective alternatives to timed math tests include incorporating visual representations like number lines or arrays, engaging students in real-world problem-solving activities, using math games and activities for practice, teaching mental strategies and grouping techniques, and encouraging cooperative learning through peer collaboration. By embracing these research-backed approaches, we can create a more engaging, supportive, and effective learning environment that promotes positive attitudes and long-term success in math for our students.

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What the Heck is AI and Why Does Every Product Have It?

Are you a teacher wondering about the buzz surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education? You’re not alone! What the heck is AI? Let’s break down what AI is and discuss why it could be a valuable tool for teachers. Also, be skeptical of EdTech products and be sure ask the right questions to ensure AI is being used in a student centered way that makes learning more humanizing, not more robotic.

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Workshop: Learn to Code with ChatGPT

Quickly! Take advantage of ChatGPT to learn how to code Google Workspace with Google Apps Script. Google Developer Expert Alice Keeler will teach you how to go from zero to intermediate user in 6 weeks. Space is limited. Register now.

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Google Explore, What Happened to It?

Oh shoot! Google updated their interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides again. This time the Explore tool is the victim of the design update. Can you still access the Explore tool? Where is it? Where Did the Explore Tool Go?

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10 Ways Teachers Violate Copyright (and How to Avoid It)

Navigating copyright laws can be challenging for educators, especially when trying to create engaging and informative materials for their students. However, sometimes we might unknowingly violate copyright laws when using resources in the classroom. To avoid any legal trouble, it’s essential to understand common copyright pitfalls and how to navigate them. One critical aspect of copyright law that teachers should be familiar with is “fair use.” Here are ways teachers violate copyright:

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The Best Google Jamboard Alternative – FigJam

Jamboard has joined the Google Graveyard. Your replacement is FigJam. A collaborative digital whiteboard that is so much more! Check out what is next for classroom collaboration and digital whiteboarding. Jamboard in the Google Graveyard is no reason for tears. Use FigJam for free by Figma.

Feature: Create Gamified Choice Board by Category

A feature added to an Add-on for Google Sheets lets you turn it into a Google Slides choice board. Use the Roster Extras for Schoolytics Add-on in Google Sheets to quickly create a gamified choice board. Feature: Create Gamified Choice Board by Category

From Anxiety to Enjoyment: How Play Can Change the Relationship with Math

Incorporating play in math education is not just a fanciful idea; it’s a transformative approach that has tangible benefits for both teachers and students. Play fosters an environment of exploration and curiosity, helping to dispel the myth that math is a dry, unapproachable subject. Through games and interactive activities, students are encouraged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This playful methodology aligns perfectly with fostering a growth mindset, breaking down barriers of anxiety and opening up new avenues for intellectual development. Ultimately, integrating play in math education can lead to deeper understanding, improved engagement, and a lifelong love of learning.

Slideshow in Padlet

Padlet: Start a Slideshow

Padlet is an amazing edtech tool that allows for discussions where all students participate. Use the slideshow feature to present the student ideas. Create a slideshow in Padlet.

Is Math Teaching Critical Thinking?

Math class SHOULD be teaching students to critically think, find patterns, analyze, and manage data. Is Math Teaching Critical Thinking? Using traditional math textbooks is this happening? No.

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Teacher, mom of 5, Google Certified Innovator, Google Developer Expert for Google Workspace, Google Cloud Innovator Champion, Author, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Presenter

Alice Keeler Queen of Spreadsheets

Alice Keeler has a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Educational Media Design and Technology.  She started teaching high school math in 1999 in the laptop Algebra program. Alice has taught 1:1 her entire teaching career and is passionate about using technology to create student centered classrooms. 

Paperless is not a pedagogy. We should not seek to use technology to save paper, but rather to improve learning, improve relationships, and improve student engagement. 

The tool is not what creates the learning, but rather an intentional approach for how a tool can create feedback loops, allow choice and voice, allows for communication of ideas in a creative medium, and increase collaboration.

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