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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tech tip smackdown! 70+ edtech tips from fellow educators

Warning! This post contains SO many great tips, tricks, links and ideas that you may end up with a case of “too many open tabs”. That’s OK, it’s totally normal. Using the Wakelet or OneTab extension can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition.   As educators, we have many amazing tech […]

20 ways to analyze text, images with Edji

Texts and images related to the content we teach can spark students’ imagination. Provoke controversy and fierce debate. Inspire them to see themselves — and the world differently. But done poorly, they can be one-dimensional learning. Fact recall-based. Anything but memorable. What makes the difference? What causes some lessons to flourish and others to flop? […]

35 creative Google Drawings activities for classes

Google Drawings is like a blank canvas. It leaves plenty of opportunities for creativity in the classroom. Here are 35 activities to try with your students.

If you are looking for a tool that can be integrated into any content area and at any grade level then you have hit pay dirt. Google Drawings is like a big digital sheet of paper. You can add text, images, shapes, and lines. The simplicity of it makes Google Drawings easy to use for […]

101 Google lesson ideas in a FREE ebook!

G Suite (formerly Google Apps) is such a versatile set of tools to use in the classroom. You can type. You can design. You can crunch numbers. You can gather data. The sky’s the limit, and these are just the beginning. The beauty of G Suite is that it can be used to create tons […]

The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more

I had heard a TON about In-N-Out Burger. Heard that the food was amazing. Heard that it was an experience I should try. While on vacation in California with my family recently, we made a stop at an In-N-Out Burger. It did not disappoint. Our burgers were tasty. The tiny menu surprised me but made […]

Using Google Drawings to create blackout poetry in the classroom

Blackout poetry takes standard text (from a newspaper or magazine article … really any text you find). The artist then uses a marker and blacks out all of the words except for a select few, leaving a pithy piece of prose behind. I was first introduced to blackout poetry by Austin Kleon, author of the […]