Google Forms: Good for Everything

How many times have you needed to collect information?  I can think of several cases just in one school year where someone needed to collect information from several people: Updating teacher contact info (so the principal could keep up to date) Yearly school 5K race - sign up sheets were a mess!  Students didn't fill … Continue reading Google Forms: Good for Everything

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Google Slides: From Blah to Bling!

Google Slides makes for great presentations not just for classroom use, but for students to refer back to even long after the class is over.  They can be spiffed up, and then shared around the world.  Here's how... Publishing Presentations By going to the File menu in the upper left of your window, you can … Continue reading Google Slides: From Blah to Bling!

My Five Tech Must-Haves.

Julie Rowse

For the month of April, I am participating in the Blog A Day Challenge for educators. All prompts are provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith), an educator from New York.

Throughout this blogging challenge, I’ve reflected quite a bit over the past 15 years and how much teaching has changed. How much I’ve changed. How much technology has changed.

My first year teaching senior English, I was given free reign to teach pretty much whatever I wanted. So I taught a film unit, and I queued up a stack of VHS tapes to show clips of films that demonstrated different lighting, angles, editing, and other cinematographic elements. That was my technology 15 years ago.

The tech I use is much different now. Here’s my five tech must-haves.

1. Google Classroom. I know there’s a Schoology camp that I am fairly certain I’m going to have to migrate to, but for now, I…

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Subscription Boxes in the Classroom (Freebie!)

EXCELLENT and FUN lit project for students!

Lit & Love

After a brief hiatus to get my classroom and teaching life together, I’m officially back. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than show you a little of what I’ve been up to?

Today, I’m going to share you with one of my favorite projects that I cooked up this summer for my AP Literature class. It pairs two of my favorite literary obsessions: subscription boxes and Bookstagram culture.

For those of you that know me, you know I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes. My guiltiest pleasure of course is a well-curatedbook subscription box.My two favorites are definitelyOwlCrate andOnceUponABookClub.

For my AP Literature class, the students have to read two independent books a quarter. One that is AP level and one that is simply for pleasure. I always want to make sure that my students remember that even though we are…

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5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices

Indiana Jen

This is reblogged from the original post at Edudemic and is the premise of presentation I will be leading in November at Miami Device.

When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management. I am often asked if there is a way to “lock down an iPad screen” or “ensure students cannot go to inappropriate websites” (e.g. Social Media). In other words, how do we keep students on task and ensure that they are not distracted by the novelty of gadgets or communicating with friends via texting or social media? Often, teachers will take up devices (such as mobile phones) to avoid the issue of students texting or checking Facebook on their phones (eliminating access to a powerful, pocket computer in the process).

Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis…

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How to email a Google Doc (Without Leaving Google Docs)

One more excellent feature from Google Docs!

Indiana Jen

The best feature of Google Docs is the ability to collaborate with others. Sometimes, you need to send a copy of a Google Doc to someone who doesscreen-shot-2016-09-15-at-8-08-10-am not work in the Google atmosphere. You can easily email a Google Doc as an attachment to someone right within the document! To do this, click on File –> email as an attachment.

Next, in the pop up window, select the form you would like (PDF, MS Word, Rich Text Format, HTML, Plain Text, Open Document, or just paste it into the email itself! Enter the email address, include a message, and your email is sent! This is a feature that works even if your domain does not have gmail enabled (although you should tick “send a copy to myself” if you would like a confirmation of the email).

This is a great way to send off finished drafts or to share material with…

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Have you discovered the snipping tool?

Now, a faster, less-steps-necessary way to “Print Screen”/”Screenshot”. Read more here:

Language Teacher Support

This is a quick post for those teachers who, like me until a few weeks ago, have no idea about the existence of the ‘snipping tool’, a small utility available in Windows Vista onwards. In Mac OS a similar program exists called ‘Grab’.

Teachers often use screenshots to show examples of work, to introduce online learning tools, or to show images. Up until recently using an image from the internet or creating an image from the computer screen involved me taking a screen shot, pasting that screenshot into a paint program, cropping the screen image to select only the part of the image that I wanted, then copying and pasting the new image into its final destination.

Many of you may already know about the ‘snipping tool’. Indeed, it has been around for almost a decade, so I do feel a little silly. Nevertheless, I will risk embarrassment to share this tool with those of…

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