25 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own Sometimes, we just need some help organizing our thoughts — students AND educators. Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. □ 11 Creative Ways to Use a Digital Whiteboard in the Classroom Sometimes it’s really hard to explain your concepts without being able to easily present them. That’s why we’ve put together some of your favorite ways of using Explain Everything in the classroom. Read more about the best ways of creating interactive and engaging lessons for your students.
How to Create Digital Whiteboard Video Lessons Imagine yourself giving a lesson in front of your whiteboard. You might be writing an equation, drawing a picture, or just writing down notes. So many possibilities, right? A whiteboard is a key tool for many teachers, and some might say they can’t teach without it. Google's buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks. The problem with that: there are some really powerful, really unique offerings in the Googleverse that aren’t getting as much use by teachers. Let’s work on that today!
Free photos, icons, magic and more with Google Slides add-ons Imagine, for a second, that Google Slides is a Shop Vac. (You know, one of those short, wide wet/dry vacuum cleaners with a hose.) Go with me on this … You can use that vacuum cleaner to do a lot with just a hose. Cheerios and Cheetos all over your minivan? Easy-to-Use Supports for Students in Google Workspace During the pandemic, many teachers turned to Google Workspace for instruction. They used Google Classroom to distribute assignments and grade work and Google Docs and Google Slides to create interactive tasks for their learners. The ease of use and collaboration possibilities within Google Workspace have made it a staple for virtual, hybrid, and in-person instruction.
5 lessons to teach with timelines [guestpost]Today’s post was written by Anna Warfield from Storyboard That. Storyboard That is a web tool where users can organize ideas and improve communication with graphics and text. Comic strips, book summaries, movie plots and more are more vivid when created in Storyboard That. Exploring 'Explore': How Google works for you and your students I can only imagine the hours of time spent tinkering on Google Apps. Slide design. Looking up citation information. Fumbling with creating charts from data. If we can eliminate some of the mindless procedural stuff, we can spend quality time on learning. Google’s got your back.
Flipgrid and HyperDocs: Amplifying student voice in purposeful digital lesson design. This is a collaborative post written with the incredible Sean Fahey, an amazing 6th grade teacher in Indiana. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his blog at faheystech.blogspot.com. If you follow either one of us on Twitter, you will quickly find out that we have many things in common. 12 ways to use Google Cardboard in your class Virtual reality used to be the thing of science fiction books and movies. Now, it’s inexpensive, works with the technology we carry in our pockets, and can transform us to real and imaginary places. I remember watching Marty McFly sit at his table in “Back to the Future Part 2”, watching TV with virtual reality goggles. Among many future predictions in that movie, I thought, “How cool would that be?” It’s here. And we can use it to bring spectacular experiences to our students.
5 Ways to Design Your Teacher-led Station – Dr. Catlin Tucker In my work as a blended learning coach, I observe a lot of teachers facilitating blended lessons. The Station Rotation Model is particularly popular because teachers do not need a device for every student to make it work. Instead, students rotate between offline and online stations. One concern I have about this model is the way teachers design and facilitate their teacher-led station. Instead of using this station exclusively for direct instruction, I’d like to see more teachers mix it up. Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate [callout]Today’s post was written by Joe Marquez, a tech coach from Clovis, California. Find Joe on Twitter at @JoeMarquez70 or on SonsOfTechnology.com. [/callout] Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks.
Flexible Lesson Planning for Middle School World Language Classes With the myriad challenges of this year and especially the need to transition from virtual learning to hybrid and in-person classes, I have adapted how I teach content in my Spanish classes in a strategic way by breaking up lessons into five parts to make these transitions easier for both my students and me. Each lesson part, which is paced using a set amount of time, provides multiple ways for learners to engage with the content in meaningful ways. Lesson Planning for Maximum Flexibility Warmup: My warmup takes five minutes and is an opportunity for students to get their brains ready for learning middle school Spanish.
Our 2020 Google Resource Roundup Every year, I gather all the fabulous Google resources from our blog. This year, we have had so many amazing posts on topics ranging from Google Meet to Google Classroom. Check out this incredible list of Google blog posts from this past year categorized by topic/tool. Accessibility