12 Days of Tech

Holiday Activites for Filler Time: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 12

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

12 Days of Tech

Quizzes in Google Forms: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 11

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

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Windows US (International) Keyboard: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 10

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

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Fine Arts Software: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 9

Here's a little tech love for the fine arts!There are all sorts of reasons to incorporate fine arts into a project, and there are a lot of software tools that let kids (and grown-ups!) be creative and artistic. Often, fine arts are best with real-world materials like paint and clay, but sometimes software allows us to look at art a… Continue reading Fine Arts Software: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 9

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Google Classroom Post Schdeuling: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 8

This little tidbit makes your Google Classroom posting even easier.When you create a new announcement or assignment in Classroom, you have the option to schedule a post for a later date. This is a great way to prep your week's Classroom posts on Sunday night, and have them automatically pop up on the correct day.When you make your… Continue reading Google Classroom Post Schdeuling: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 8

12 Days of Tech · Productivity

Presentation Mode on Projectors: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 7

When your laptop is connected to a projector, it usually projects a copy of your laptop screen. However, most teachers don’t realize that the projector can act like a second screen that shows different stuff.This is a feature built right into your laptop, it is easy to set up, and it is super dooper useful.Display… Continue reading Presentation Mode on Projectors: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 7

12 Days of Tech · Lesson Ideas

Student-Made Formative Assessments: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 6

Using technology is not always about cool, new apps -- sometimes, it's about creative uses of the tools you already have. Today's tip is a new use of an old tool: using Google Forms for formative assessments.12 Days of Techmas, Day 6: Student-Made Formative AssessmentsSmall-scale formative assessments are important checking in on student learning. A common use of formative assessments is for vocabulary review or basic… Continue reading Student-Made Formative Assessments: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 6