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 […]

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 […]

20 activities to “Bloom” with the new Flipgrid camera

20 activities bloom new flipgrid (flip grid) camera

Video is so easy to create in the classroom now. What used to take expensive equipment and advanced know-how can be created in seconds with devices we already have. Video is a rich medium for learning. Students can practice speaking skills, show their passion through their voice, and make learning visible. In summer 2019, Flipgrid […]

Sketchnoting in the classroom: 12 ways to get started

12 ways to get started using sketchnotes in your classroom.

Many of us have found ourselves doodling during a lecture or presentation. It keeps our brain engaged while we listen, or try to at least. You’ve probably caught your students drawing or sketching during class too. But what if those doodles had a purpose? Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, can transform those doodles into a tool […]

10 tips for creating awesome diginotes with Canva

I’m pretty sure I am addicted to Canva, the graphic-design tool website. Canva, which uses a drag-and-drop format allows non-designers to create a variety of graphic designs with ease. Seriously though, anytime someone says they need a poster, marketing tool, social media graphic, I’m drooling at the thought of creating my next design. A while […]

20 ideas for making thinking visible

  Visible thinking strategies aim to do exactly what they say, help students demonstrate their thinking in a way that others can see and understand. Visible thinking can take many different forms. Students may explain their thinking through discussion, model it with manipulatives, or create a drawing or sketch to explain or demonstrate their thinking. This […]

5 tips for live sketchnoting

Live sketchnoting (doodling while someone is talking) is the most challenging form of sketchnoting. It is stressful at first, but it gets easier over time with practice. Here are some tips for live sketchnoting: Before you begin, draw a banner, maybe a portrait of the speaker/teacher, the date and place. This will settle you down […]

The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers

>>> UPDATED APRIL 2019! <<< Google Drawings is the hidden gem in the core G Suite tools for education. Everyone is familiar with Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets. They correlate nicely with the Microsoft Office products we used for years and years. Google Drawings doesn’t fit into a nice, neat box like that. […]

Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking

Our brains like words. But they really love images. The brain works in images. When we talk, our brains change the information we’re receiving into images to encode it and make it available for recall later. A powerful way to take advantage of that is visual notetaking — recording ideas using both images and text. […]

25 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own

********Updated January 2019******** Sometimes, we just need some help organizing our thoughts — students AND educators. Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. They can be shared with a […]