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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to create a PDF ebook with Google Slides

PDF files are about as universal as it gets. You can open them on almost any Internet-ready device. They’re read-only, so publishing a PDF is a good way to distribute information to be consumed by reading. It may not be the first thing you think of when you use Google Slides but it really is […]

20 ways to Ditch That Textbook in K-2 (with templates!)

Are you a primary educator? Are you interested in Ditching but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! This post will walk you through template after template of rich learning experiences you can provide your students today! If you would like to use any of these activities with your class just click on the link […]

Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them

Interactive notebooks have taken lots of classrooms everywhere by storm. The idea: a central space where students can create, write and make meaning. When they’re done well, students get that spark of excitement. Learning goes to a different level. When they’re done poorly, it becomes worksheets glued to pages. Interactive notebooks don’t have to go […]