Hosting Your Own District Twitter Chat

One of the things I am happiest with that we tried last year, was the start of our own district Twitter chat.  We have been sharing Twitter as a powerful professional learning tool for the last couple of years but I wanted to help our teachers experience the effectiveness of a chat by giving them…

Google Classroom Parent/Guardian Weekly Summaries

Earlier this month, Google released a great update to Classroom to help keep Parents/Guardians informed of class assignments and announcements for their students in Classroom. Teachers can enter the Parents/Guardians email address in the Student section of classroom where it says to “Invite Guardians”.  You should easily see if their email address is already in…

Google Classroom and Forms Fall Updates 2016

Google released some great updates this week to get ready for the new school year.  You can easily annotate assignments in the mobile Classroom app, add parent/guardian emails to send weekly reports from Classroom, create Topics for sorting in Classroom, and add images to options in multiple choice or similar questions in Google Forms.  You…

Using Flipboard For Shared Resources

ISTE 2016 is just weeks away and as part of my preparation for this great conference, I have created a new Flipboard magazine for the event.  For those of you that do not know, Flipboard is a great tool for resource curation – at least that is how I use it.  You can easily flip…

Blurring Tools in YouTube

There are times where you want to blur or block out part of a video that you want to upload.  I create a lot of videos for students and other teachers, and sometimes find that there is something on my screen that I want to blur so I do not share an email address or…

Draftback – Play back your Google Docs

Draftback is a Chrome Extension that allows you to play back a Google Doc as if you were recording a video of all of the edits.   This simple Chrome Extension will allow a writer, or someone who is helping to give feedback to a writer, to view their writing process and see the flow…

Creating a YouTube Playlist for Students

There is a tremendous amount of useful information on YouTube, along with a large amount of not useful information.  One thing we can easily do to help students, is to create a Playlist of videos related to the topic in our classroom.  This could become a great resource for them to extend or enrich their…

Updates to Kaizena Improve Workflow for Feedback

One of my favorite tools for leaving effective feedback for students is Kaizena.  Kaizena allows you to easily leave audio and text feedback for students in a Google Doc.  This is a free service and one that I suggest to a lot of people because we should be more focused on feedback than grades in…