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.Continue reading “ClassTag: New Favorite Tool for Teacher Communication with Parents & Students”
Making this bitmoji virtual classroom for my students was so much fun! Google Slides makes it simple to create, and easy to share with my class. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own interactive virtual classroom!Continue reading “Make a Bitmoji Virtual Classroom 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.Continue reading “eLearning Project: Make a Gif With Google Slides”
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.Continue reading “Six Best Interactive Biology Websites!”
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.Continue reading “Remote Learning Using Padlet to Teach Digital Lessons”
Using an Escape Room in the classroom is a super fun way to engage your students in any topic. But you do not need to spend countless hours making one, nor do you need to buy locks and boxes.
It is easy to turn (almost) any worksheet into an Escape Room!
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!
Cellphones in the classroom – talk about a blessing and a curse in one tiny, expensive package!
Leveraged for good, cellphones in the classroom can open up a world of technology based learning for students. But how can teachers utilize their amazing benefits, without the constant battle against distraction?
Do you want to use more technology in the classroom, but you are not sure where to start?
Try out these three tech tools that are so simple and easy to learn, you can start using them in your classroom tomorrow!
Teachers everywhere are using Google Forms in the classroom for making self-graded assessments. But Google Forms can be used for so much more!
Which do you want to try? Scroll down and find links to detailed articles for how to accomplish each new way in your own classroom.
Digital portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and progress throughout the year. You or your students can easily create digital portfolios using Google Forms.
For the teacher, this is an excellent way to track growth and keep a collection of assignments as data.
Regular self reflection is a powerful tool for motivating students to do their best. It is also great tool for encouraging a growth mindset.
Using Google Forms will make self reflection easy, and give your students (and you) quick access to valuable data.
Here is a fast, simple way to use Google Forms in the classroom. Do you have a student who gets overwhelmed by long assignments? Maybe all your students do! Google Forms provides a great way to break assignments down, step by step.
Also works great for teaching a whole lesson digitally!
Learn how to use Google Forms and easily create a digital classroom for your students to submit online 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!
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!
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!