ClassTag: New Favorite Tool for Teacher Communication with Parents & Students

ClassTag: The perfect all-in-one tool for teacher parent communication

Teacher communication with parents and students is always important. Somehow, though, I imagine that this coming year communication will be even more essential. There will likely be (many) days that I do not see my students in person. Parents will need to be in close connection with the workings of the classroom and the school. I need a communication tool that can do…a lot.

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eLearning Project: Make a Gif With Google Slides

Student Project to make an animated Gif with Google Slides

Many teachers in the country are in the same boat right now. We are all searching for ways to engage and motivate our students from afar. Not an easy task!

My own principal keeps reminding us to focus on quality over quantity. Every assignment has to be worth the time to complete it (for the student) and to grade it (for the teacher). It must be both rich in learning and obtainable for students who have less support at home.

That is why I love this particular assignment idea so much – it does all these things and is adaptable to just about any subject.

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Six Best Interactive Biology Websites!

teach biology interactive websites

If you are like me, you have spent hours trying out interactive biology websites, only to get frustrated and overwhelmed. Many of them are overly complicated, or require so many instructions that the message of the activity is lost to your students. 

Compiled here are six of the best interactive biology websites. These online activities are well designed and easy for students to understand. Post includes tips for how to use the activities with your students.

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Remote Learning Using Padlet to Teach Digital Lessons

Remote Learning

You and I are probably in the same boat – trying to figure out how to take months of instruction and make it available to students for Remote Learning. There are many ways to do this, the learning curves of some ways are steeper than others! That is why I love Padlet. Padlet provides a simple and easy way to give students notes, videos, links, and instructions – with their responses – all in one place, and all online.

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Increase Learning And Save Time Grading!

We all want to save time grading.  But is it possible to give assignments that not only help your students learn more, Save Time Grading and Increase Learningbut reduce the time it takes to grade them? Yes it is!

I often feel overwhelmed by piles of student work. While I use Google Forms for quick and frequent formative assessment, multiple choice does not show the depth of student knowledge (or misconceptions) that you need to know in order to help your students.

Giving assignments that require reflection and critical thinking are crucial for student understanding and growth. The only trouble is grading those assignments! They are so time consuming!

But they don’t all have to be. Here are a few quick tweaks you can make to assignments you already have that will lead to both greater learning and save time grading!

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Digital Classroom: Use Google Forms to Turn in Work

Learn how to use Google Forms and easily create a digital classroom for your students to submit online work.use google forms to collect digital student work Turning it in via email means you have to wade through all of your normal emails to find the ones your students sent.

If you are anything like me….you end up missing a few, and spending extra time hunting them down!

But no longer! Google Forms to the rescue again!

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Blended Learning – Teach Your Students More in Less Time

Blended Learning is the answer to so many common challenges and frustrations for teachers. Blended Learning will transform the way you teach, and the way your students learn.  It will…

  • Increase student engagement
  • Help you differentiate like never before
  • Give you more class time
  • Allow ‘you’ to be with every student at one time – they can even take you home

And the best part? It is easy!

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Daily Differentiation in the Classroom – Find The Students Who Need More

Differentiation for the classroom - how to find students who need more help, and how to help them.Differentiation in the classroom is one of the best ways to meet students where they are, and move them forward. But how do you find which students need re-teaching, or just a bit of extra practice, or are ready for something more?

Daily monitoring of student progress is so important – but it does not have to be hard, or take a long time!  This simple and fast method lets Google Forms do all the work!

 

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