Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides

The TikTok video app is taking the world by storm. It has 500 million active users worldwide, and 41 percent of them are between 16 and 24 years old. (And who knows how many that are YOUNGER than 16 that use it anyway?) Kids and adults are excitedly shooting, uploading and sharing videos on TikTok. […]

How to create classroom templates in Google Docs and Slides

When I find a good template online, it makes me want to jump for joy. Templates save us time. They give us ideas and get us started. And when we find a good one, students benefit. Do you ever wish you could create your own templates? When you do … You don’t spend time fishing […]

Choice stories in Google Slides: How to + ideas for class

You come to the foot of a mountain and notice a cave. If you want to enter the cave, turn to page 56. If you want to continue up the mountain, turn to page 84. I was in LOVE with Choose Your Own Adventure stories like this as a kid. In these books, the reader […]

Should we use auto-graded multiple-choice quizzes?

Scantron was one of the early auto-grading innovations. It cut your grading time down significantly. (Of course, there were those little plastic templates you could lay over bubble sheets, too.) Then digital devices came to the classroom. This democratized auto-grading. Anyone with the devices could reap the rewards. Free tools like Flubaroo made the process […]

27 tips to deliver powerful professional development

My first presentation at a teacher conference was in 2012. My state foreign language teachers conference. I shared technology and teaching strategies I was using in my classroom. People paid attention. Clapped at the end. Told me what I had shared would help them. I was hooked. Since then, professional development has been a passion […]

25 creative ideas for using mobile devices in school

Whether you have iPads, Android tablets or a bring your own device policy for students, mobile devices are a great way to engage our students. And the best part is that these devices encourage our students to get up and moving because they are made for using on the go. So how can we utilize […]

An educator’s guide to podcasting beyond the classroom

Other than AR or VR, podcasting is one of the more recent edtech tools that has made its way into the hands of educators. And like any tool, given the right supports and practices, it can make extraordinary things possible for teachers, students, and their communities. Maybe it’s a capstone project at the end of […]

20 Seesaw ideas with Chromebooks for K-12 classes

Creating is memorable. When students learn something and then can create something with it — a digital project, a story, a video — that’s something they can be proud of. Sharing what you’ve created enhances the experience. Who wants to work hard on something that no one else sees? Creating and sharing, all in one […]