Category: Cool Tools

Teacher Super Power: Reading Student Minds

Unleash your teaching superpower… mind reading Any good doctor would never rely on autopsies to cure sick patients.  What good is checking your patients after they are cold on the examination table?  In a similar fashion, good teachers do not wait until it is too late to assess their students’ level of understanding. This is…
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September 18, 2017 1

Get Them Out of There! How I Achieve Email Inbox Zero

According to Gmail Meter, I get just over 100 emails per school day. That’s a lot of email to keep up with! Those emails range from simple requests for technical assistance to requests for Reflective Planning appointments before a teacher tries something new in a lesson and every level of engagement in between and beyond! I…
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September 9, 2017 0
Live Sketchnotes w/ Aaron Roberts

Sketchnoting at #MLS17

Wow! What an experience the entire #MLS17 conference was. With nearly 900 individuals experiencing the conference, we could probably have at least that many blog stories. I hope everyone learned something, walked alway energized, and is ready to start the school year. As you may know, I spent the conference organizing presenters and sessions, running…
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August 21, 2017 2
Quizlet Logo

Quizlet Live breathes life into learning vocabulary!

What is Quizlet? If you have never used quizlet to build out study resources for vocabulary you should definitely try it.  It is filled with several incredible features that provide students a variety of ways they can engage with the vocabulary words related to your content area.  Students can work through digital flashcards based on the list…
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May 20, 2017 0

Unleash the power of FLIPGRID in your classroom!

What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is an exceptional tool for capturing student thinking and learning through video.  It provides teachers with endless opportunities to give their students a voice in the classroom.  If you have never used a flipgrid, you should post to a sample flipgrid topic so you can experience the seamless user interface before reading…
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May 20, 2017 0
Schoology. Learn. Together.

Change your course names in Schoology

Note that these directions are just for the 7-12 world. K-6 teachers will have slightly different nuances, look for posts from Dan Little and/or Krissy Hufnagel for K-6 classes…. Schoology granted us some new magic powers for our courses yesterday. We can now change the name of our courses and section numbers to something that make sense…
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April 4, 2017 0

Flipboard: The best way to find resources for your class!

Flipboard: The best way to find resources for your class! What is Flipboard? It is a wonderful combination of social media and internet news feed.  It allows users to bring content related to a topic of interest into one place.  Users can search their interests and instantly create a magazine that relates to those interests!…
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April 3, 2017 0

Unleash your inner graphic designer. Better yet, let your students unleash theirs!

Check out Canva and Piktochart! What are these tools?These tools are wonderful (and free) tools that can be used to create digital media.  There is no doubt that students love creating.  As teachers, we love giving our students a chance to share their ideas in a new way.  These tools are easy to use and very powerful when…
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April 3, 2017 0

Save to Google Drive from Microsoft Office

Many people have been using the Google Sync app to save their Office files straight to their Google Drive online storage, others still would like to see a more direct option. Google has now given us an plug-in app for Microsoft Office that I think many people will enjoy. Currently, this only works on the…
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November 3, 2015 0

Using Google Forms for Homework Checks

This year instead of taking homework simply for completion each night, I’m trying to use Google Forms as homework checks for accuracy.  I am creating a form each week, and having students complete it for their homework grade.  I then use the add-on Flubaroo to grade the assignment, and can quickly enter grades into the…
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November 3, 2015 0