Archiving the Old, Prepping the New With the new school year, it's time to set up new Google Classroom classes. Best practice is archive (i.e. save but hide) your old classes and create new ones for this year's students. Go on over to classroom.google.com. Click the three dots on each old class and select Archive.… Continue reading Prepping Your Google Classroom for a New School Year
I talk to a lot of teachers who experiment with new teaching tools and methods in June, to evaluate them for the next school year. If you looking for something fresh to finish out the year, something to keep your students engaged and learning right through the end, then learn more about HyperDocs! HyperDocs, conceptualized by… Continue reading Finish the year on a high note with HyperDocs!
An official Works Cited or Bibliography page has very strict formatting guidelines. One of the main features is what is called a “hanging indent,” which is when the first line of a paragraph sticks out to the left of the rest of the paragraph. There are right ways and wrong ways to create hanging indents.… Continue reading Hanging Indents for Works Cited/Bibliographies
Google has recently added the ability to format columns in Google Docs! This was one of the biggest missing features for people who are migrating from MS Word, and it's very easy to use! What are columns? In a word processor app, columns (aka flow columns) are equally spaced columns of text of equal height.… Continue reading Columns in Google Docs
It happens to all of us -- the test, quiz, or activity we planned for the day-before-vacation finishes 20 minutes early, and we're stuck with a bunch of energetic teenagers hopped up on candy canes and Hershey kisses. Never fear! I've got stuff for you to entertain the class with, to keep them happy and manageable!12 Days Gift Hunt - what does it cost… Continue reading Holiday Activites for Filler Time: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 12
Google Forms now gives teachers the ability to create self-grading quizzes. You enter the questions and the answer key, students take the quiz online, and bam! Instant assessment!Go to your Google DriveClick the blue NEW button, hover over More > and then choose Google FormsCreate the Google Form as usual, including questions with multiple choice… Continue reading Quizzes in Google Forms: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 11
MS Windows can interpret your laptop’s keyboard in different ways. By default, your laptop is probably set up for the US keyboard. However, this keyboard makes it difficult to type international characters such as ñ, è, and ö -- you have to remember a bunch of esoteric keyboard shortcuts like Alt+0209.As an alternative, you can… Continue reading Windows US (International) Keyboard: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 10