12 Days of Tech · Google Apps · Lesson Ideas · Uncategorized · Writing

The NEW Google Sites

Last year, Google launched a new version of its Google Sites product, which they creatively call "New Google Sites." This new version is a completely new system, and is SO much easier to use than the "Classic" Google Sites of years past. The New Google Sites, with frustration-free packaging The New Google Sites is much easier for beginners and is… Continue reading The NEW Google Sites

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12 Days of Tech · Formative Assessment · Lesson Ideas

Formative Assessments with Plickers

As the tech integration guy, it's my job to be a cheerleader for tech in your lessons. But that doesn't mean the students (or you) have to be using tech all the time. Sometimes when students are in the middle of some high-level thinking, the last thing we would want is for them to drag out their tech for a simple online quiz.… Continue reading Formative Assessments with Plickers

12 Days of Tech · Google Apps · Lesson Ideas · Writing

Digital Note Cards

Just a quick one today: a new trick for an old technique -- making note cards. Sometimes it is appropriate for your students to make a set of note cards.The classic "old-school" example is teaching students to write research papers: they would put sources, quotes, and other important info on index cards, and could then sort the cards afterward to organize the… Continue reading Digital Note Cards

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Newsela: Current Events at Different Reading Levels

An important part of being a good citizen is keeping up-to-date on current events. As adults, we use a variety of news sources to stay aware of what is going on in politics, education, business, and whatever other topics we are interested in. A great way to encourage this responsible behavior is to discuss current events in class, and give students practice reading the news. However,… Continue reading Newsela: Current Events at Different Reading Levels

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Finish the year on a high note with HyperDocs!

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!

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

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Kahoot!: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 7

Kahoot is the cool new review app that is raging through classrooms across the country. It combines quick review question quizzing with the best elements of gaming.​The idea is that you make short multiple choice questions based on quick recall -- vocabulary review is a great example. On your computer and projector, you display the question, and students can respond on their laptops… Continue reading Kahoot!: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 7