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 […]

6 things that make auto-graded Google Forms quizzes better

Auto-graded quizzes have their pro’s and con’s. They cut back on teacher grading time and provide students with quick feedback. But they don’t show what students can do with what they’re learned and limit 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking). Should we use auto-graded quizzes? That’s a question I wrestled with in this […]

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 […]

20 add-ons and extensions to supercharge your Google Slides presentations

Google Slides is an incredibly versatile tool. On the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, Kasey Bell often refers to it as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the G Suite tools because of how much you can do with it. But what if we could supercharge this already powerful tool? We can! With add-ons (extra features within […]

75+ Google Classroom tips and tricks

Google classroom is great for speed, simplicity, and efficiency but not all functions are easy to get at first and even if you’re a pro there are always new updates and features we need to dive into. So we have compiled our best Google Classroom resources into one ultimate post to get you geared up […]

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 […]

Slide into science: Demonstrating learning with Google Slides

With the introduction of new standards across different content areas, the focus of learning has moved beyond simply mastering content knowledge to applying skills within disciplines. The Next Generation Science Standards is an example fo this. It contains 8 different science practices across all grade levels k-12. They are: Asking questions and defining problems Developing and […]

Add and pass: A fun activity to get them moving AND creating

Have you ever played a game where someone begins a story then the next person adds to it, the next adds a little more and so on? Add and pass is a fun collaborative writing activity. Students must take what their classmates created and add something to it. It’s almost like improv, where actors must […]