L.I.F.T. – an effective writing-proficiency and metacognition enhancer Many years ago, as an L2 college student writer of English and French I often had doubts about the accuracy of what I wrote in my essays, especially when I was trying out a new and complex grammar structure or an idiom I had heard someone use. However, the busy and under-paid native-speaker university language assistants charged with correcting my essays rarely gave me useful feedback on those adventurous linguistic exploits of mine. They simply underlined or crossed out my mistakes and provided their correct alternative. As an inquisitive and demanding language learner I was not satisfied. I wanted more. So, I decided to try out a different approach; in every essay of mine I asked my teachers questions about things I was not sure about, in annotations I would write in the margin of my essays (e.g. should I use ‘with’ or ‘by’ here?
15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016 The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference brings together a huge cross section of educators who share a common belief that technology in the classroom can make learning more relevant, engaging and fun for kids. Among the 20,000 or so conference-goers are ed-tech evangelists, teachers new to technology, passionate makers and many others. Educators at the conference are looking for new ideas and tools to bring back to their districts and classrooms. Monica Martinez creates professional development for the EdTechTeam, a partner of Google For Education. She has tried and vetted many of the apps available to teachers on many different platforms and has compiled an in-depth list of resources that can help educators find what they need.
4 Great New Google Docs Templates for Teachers November 21, 2015 A few months ago, we shared with you six popular Google Docs templates to use in your instruction but those were in the old template gallery. Now that the new Docs template gallery is released, there are way more practical templates to use for different educational purposes. We have spent sometime browsing through the collection there and picked out for you the ones below. These are especially helpful for creating lesson plans, brochures, newsletters and resumes. To access and use any of these templates, go to Docs Gallery and click on 'More' on top right hand side 1- Lesson Plan This is a great template to use for creating your lesson plans.
Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students Image courtesy of OZinOH Welcome to my list of webtools that don’t require student registration. This started off as a simple curation for myself and has ballooned into something that I never thought would get this big. And it is still growing. I started added comments to each link, but that is taking a long time to complete. The 15 most useful Google apps you never knew existed Google can be your best friend when it comes to searching for answers or information online. Millions of people use it every day, but only few can utilize Google to its full potential. In fact, this powerful search engine can offer lots of great services, apps and features that aren’t on many people’s radar. The Bright Side team will help you to uncover some of them. Here are 15 of the most useful Google apps that you probably didn’t know existed. Google Translate app is an application for those who like traveling.
School Start 1-6 Beginner, Elementary, Themes Related Page: My Book About Me Warm-up Welcome Back to School! – Animated Digital Card Funny starter welcoming you back to school (yr 1-4)Kid Snippets: “Back to School” Adults act to child voices. Funny if the students know the body parts (yr 3-5)Back to School – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (PARODY) A song to start the term with (yr 4-6) Zoho Writer vs. Google Docs & Microsoft Word Online: Is It Time to Switch? When it comes to fantastic online word tools you are spoilt for choice. But only three can claim to be complete, full-fledged word processors: Microsoft Word Online, Google Docs, and Zoho Writer. The last of these has recently been overhauled, and the new Zoho Writer 4.0 seems like a real challenge to the big two. The focus of the new app is about reducing clutter in the interface, and making tools easy to find for a writer. Far too often, you might be stuck trying to add a particular type of table, or can’t figure out how to make an index/table of contents for your document. Zoho Writer 4 wants to reduce that effort from you, so you can concentrate on writing alone.
The 6 Most Popular Google Docs Templates for Teachers July 23, 2015 In today’s post we are sharing with you a set of handy document templates created and provided for free download by the folks in Google Docs. These are the six most popular and most downloaded templates in Google Docs Template Gallery (in Students & Teachers category). As a teacher, you can re-appropriate the content of the docs to suit your teaching purposes. These ready-made document templates are particularly useful for teachers to use in class to enhance their teaching workflow and boost their productivity.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers' Top Educational Chrome Apps in 2015 July 16, 2015 Over the last weekend, we spent sometime sifting through our Chrome extensions archive and curated for you the list below. We singled out the the apps that have been most popular among teachers and educators during the first six months of this year. The apps cover a range of themes from tools to enhance your productivity and help you stay focused to add-ons for annotating and editing PDFs, you will definitely find something to use in your teaching. Enjoy “Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes.
The 13 best Google Chrome life extensions Flickr/Isaac Bowen Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer. But that doesn't mean you can't make it better. There are many extensions and programs that innovative developers have built to make using Chrome more productive and more fun. Pixar & Khan Academy Offer a Free Online Course on Storytelling It doesn’t take much to spark a good story. A tall man, a short woman, a setting that’s sterile to the point of soulless, and a couple dozen bananas… It practically writes itself!
My Go-to Google Tools for Social Studies Classrooms Over the years I've used a lot of Google tools in my social studies classes. Some of those tools, like Wonder Wheel and Notebook, no longer exist, but many still do. Here are my five go-to Google tools for social studies classrooms. 4 Great Google Drive Tools to Make The Best of Your PDFs March 1, 2016 Here is a collection of some very good add-ons to use on Google Drive to edit and share PDFs. Some of the things you can do with these tools include: merge several documents into a single PDF, split or extract pages into one PDF, convert PDFs to images, compress and reduce the size of your PDFs and many more. All of these add-ons are web based and do not require any software installation.