Are you looking for a great tool that helps your students reach their writing potential? Have you checked out the Google Doc add-on called WriQ? You can learn more on this site. http://bit.ly/2I9cVub . Follow these steps to get it set up.
- Installed the WriQ add-on- https://bit.ly/2Iamfxx
- Open a document your students have typed in Google Docs
- Click the Add-on menu>WriQ>Show WriQ.
- After setting up your account select the Main Writer, Grade, and Genre.
- Click Score this Document.
- Review the document as needed and then click Next.
- Mark the rubric and click Save.
- Type feedback and click Confirm.
- Click Go to Dashboard to learn more.
Google is finally adding a checkbox feature to Google Sheets. This can come in handy if you are a teacher that loves to provide checklists for students. Check it out.
What in the world is a macro? A macro allows you to automate repetitive tasks such as formatting text, change column settings, etc in a spreadsheet. You can simply record the procedures once and then play the macro anytime you need to reapply it. Check out this video to learn more.
Do you need to know how to setup a table of contents for one of your lengthy documents? Here is one of my more popular videos that may be useful.
Through the last several years more and more schools have adopted a variety of hardware and software to meet the ever-growing needs of their students. While some schools have adopted the use of Chromebooks and G Suite for Education, others have continued to use Macbooks and Mac apps. Of course many schools also use Microsoft Office programs and Windows machines. Regardless of what device or apps students use it’s important to ask many questions such as “Are my students learning skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking? Are the tools being used making a positive difference in achievement? Has the classroom been transformed?
There are many other questions a school should ask before adopting devices and tools but too often purchases are made before asking the questions and deciding what is the best plan of action. Are you wondering where to start? Here are some great resources to check out.
Did you know you could possibly save time adding individual contacts by simply typing in their email addresses first? Here are the procedures.
- Click the App Launcher. (waffle icon)
- Click Contacts.
- Click the red/white plus button.
- Instead of typing their name first, type their email address.
- Click Save. Depending on what the person shared publicly, more contact information may be automatically added for you.
The wide variety of technology tools that are flooding the market for classroom use can be overwhelming. There seems to be fewer excuses not to make teaching materials, better yet, learning materials digital. However, it’s not just about going paperless or making all our materials digital. That doesn’t necessarily change much in the classroom for a student. Teachers must examine how to take advantage of this opportunity and make a transformation in their teaching strategies.
As classrooms become more digital there can be a tendency to teach the same way as always. Teacher must embrace how making things digital provides them a great opportunity to increase collaboration and interactivity. Technology must be leveraged to unleash a student’s skills and show their mastery and not merely used to create digital worksheets.
How do you truly know students understand what you are teaching? Do they really grasp the concepts? Formative assessments are designed to give students specific feedback that will help them grow in understanding and guide them to mastery. Let’s get explicit and intentional with our instruction. One great tool to help you with formative assessment is Peardeck. It is an online interactive presentation tool that features a variety of question types to get instant feedback from your students. It can be used for live presentations, center rotations or homework. You can create decks from scratch or import content from Powerpoint, Google Slides, or pdfs. It’s all saved in your Google Drive with unlimited space. Be sure to also visit The Orchard for some great example decks at https://www.peardeck.com/orchard
Just having experienced a wonderful keynote speaker for the start of school, I couldn’t help but reflect on what wonderful people we have in our district that could also give a great keynote presentation if given the time and opportunity. I thought to myself, “How can I give teachers this opportunity while also facilitating my next professional learning session?” Just before falling asleep the night before I was going to facilitate a session named Google Suite and the 4Cs an idea came to me. How about randomly picking 12 pictures and placing them in a Google Slides presentation and having two teachers give a motivational speech about the start of the year. The teachers would take turns each having 10 seconds to speak about their slide. What seemed to naturally happen was each teacher built upon the previous comment.
I thought it would be just a silly activity that would help me illustrate the 4Cs but I was thrilled to hear the laughter that came out of teachers. I try to bring joy to my sessions but this was one of the best in awhile. After the laughter died down a bit we discussed how communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity were all intertwined in the activity. The laughter was icing on the cake.
After reflecting further on this activity, I think it would be great to have students in groups of 3 and 1 person find 12 random pictures and then the other two do the speech. Then they can take turns.
This seemed to be a great example of how building these skills are far more important than the technology we were using. I hope you can share this idea with others and let me know how it goes.
Who’s Slide Is It Anyway?
Does your school have Chromebooks and littleBits kits or do you hope to purchase them soon? Google announced in June 2017 that they are offering a bundle of STEM tools on Chromebooks. It included the littleBits Code Kit that was just released. This is a great opportunity to help students develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This kit combines coding and gaming into one kit. Students will learn how to code using the Code Kit app, which uses block-based visual coding powered by Google’s Blockly. Yeah, but JP, I’m not a computer science geek. That’s OK. You are the perfect candidate to experience the learning opportunity I can provide. No experience is necessary.
I would love to share with your staff.- JP