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5 Ways to Use Kami in the Classroom

5 Ways to Use Kami in the Classroom

Have you ever found an amazing document that you wanted to share with your students digitally only to find that it’s a PDF? Rather than deal with the hassle of having students record their work in a separate document, or trying to embed a screenshot of the PDF in a word document, use the Kami […] READ MORE
How to Use the Google Chrome Tab Search

How to Use the Google Chrome Tab Search

We’ve all heard or experienced the sentiment in this meme, right? It’s especially accurate for those who love to multi-task while either teaching or preparing a lesson, and then forget where everything is. Helping you solve this too-many-tabs chaos is a hidden gem of a feature from Google Chrome: Search Tabs. While this is not yet a […] READ MORE
6 Tips for Wrapping Up Your Year with Microsoft

6 Tips for Wrapping Up Your Year with Microsoft

Summer is so close. You can almost hear the sound of the ocean and feel the warmth of the sun on your face. But, before taking that much-deserved break let’s take a few moments to make sure we are nice and organized for the end of the school year. Below you will find six quick […] READ MORE
STEM and Remote Learning in Early Childhood Education

STEM and Remote Learning in Early Childhood Education

When it was clear that remote learning was not going to be a short-term situation, we had to sit down and come up with a plan. As you know, creating a plan for early education, in any circumstance, requires careful and thoughtful analysis. With remote learning, we had to throw away many of our best […] READ MORE
EdTech Essentials with Monica Burns (3-Part Series)

EdTech Essentials with Monica Burns (3-Part Series)

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Join one or all three! After the live broadcasts, these PD sessions will be in the OTIS course library, available for a limited time with […] READ MORE
Google Workspace for Education Tiers

Google Workspace for Education Tiers

Google has gone through a few different names for their educational package and has now rebranded G Suite for Education into Google Workspace for Education. In addition, they have developed different tiers of Google Workspace for Education, some available now and others will be available in the near future.  Here are the Google apps you […] READ MORE
How to Use the Tab Resize Chrome Extension

How to Use the Tab Resize Chrome Extension

When doing work on their computers, teachers often need to read documents, prepare lessons, and keep an eye on their email and video conference alerts all at the same time. When multiple monitors are not a possibility, what can we do to streamline our computer usage and prevent all the endless clicking and scrolling? Answer: […] READ MORE
Creating Breakout Rooms Prior to Google Meet

Creating Breakout Rooms Prior to Google Meet

Teachers have been looking for an easy way to generate a breakout room grouping before a Google Meet starts, and now, there is a way! Though this may not be as streamlined from Classroom itself, this exciting update gives the ability to organize participants into rooms prior to the start of the Google Meet using […] READ MORE
Introducing the Microsoft Basics Micro-Credential

Introducing the Microsoft Basics Micro-Credential

Why a micro-credential? Are you looking to take your knowledge of Microsoft to the next level? Through our 10-part Microsoft micro-credential, you will receive an in-depth look at different tools and programs from Microsoft as well as scheduled opportunities for practice. We cover everything from organizing files on OneDrive to collecting student assessment data in […] READ MORE
Introducing the Google Basics Micro-Credential

Introducing the Google Basics Micro-Credential

Why a micro-credential? Meet our refreshed Google Basics micro-credential! Whether you’re a Google Workspace for Education newbie, or a pro looking to brush up on your skills, consider our Google Basics micro-credential for a series of PD courses that overview the different tools and applications offered by Google. With this micro-credential, you’ll not only get […] READ MORE
How to Change Your Profile Name in Google and Google Classroom

How to Change Your Profile Name in Google and Google Classroom

While many teachers wish to take full advantage of the Google Workspace for Education, and especially Google Classroom, there has been a nagging concern for some teachers: “How can I have my name listed as Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss/Dr., etc?” This would not only align with the name students are used to seeing and using, but would also […] READ MORE
Overview of Elementary and Secondary School Relief Funding

Overview of Elementary and Secondary School Relief Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, along Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021 provided approximately $67.8 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding and supplemental ESSER funding (ESSER II) to elementary and secondary education. Combine that with the recent $122.7 billion allocation for education […] READ MORE
Taking Attendance in Google Classroom

Taking Attendance in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a wonderful tool for creating and running a digital classroom. There are many great features built into Google Classroom including assigning work easily, posting announcements, and grading and returning student work. However, one feature that is not natively built into Google Classroom is the ability to take daily attendance. In this blog […] READ MORE
How to Use Google Meet Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities

How to Use Google Meet Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities

Are you looking for a unique and collaborative activity for your students? Jigsaw activities are the answer! Not only are they an opportunity to teach multiple topics and ideas in one lesson, but they can be done in a completely virtual setting. Typically, jigsaw activities are set up by dividing a lesson into parts, placing […] READ MORE
Using Newsela with Google Classroom

Using Newsela with Google Classroom

Differentiation is one of the most important qualities of an effective classroom lesson. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most difficult and time-consuming things for a teacher to create. In a classroom of 30 students who read across seven different grade levels, how can you possibly give a single text that each student […] READ MORE
How to Create Engaging Lessons Using Nearpod

How to Create Engaging Lessons Using Nearpod

How can we turn static lessons into exciting and meaningful learning tools for our students? Nearpod is the answer! Along with utilizing digital lessons and resources to keep our students motivated, Nearpod is also a huge time saver. Let’s start creating! What is Nearpod? Nearpod is best described as a learning tool that enables educators […] READ MORE
5 Ways to Use Google to Check In With Students

5 Ways to Use Google to Check In With Students

During the shift to remote learning in the past year, teachers took on the challenge of familiarizing themselves with new platforms like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom, to combat the lack of face-to-face connection that accompanied the transition into remote instruction. As educators, we hope that with the transition back to brick and mortar […] READ MORE
5 Easy Steps to Deliver Assessments Using Microsoft Forms

5 Easy Steps to Deliver Assessments Using Microsoft Forms

“I’ve got time for that!” – No Teacher Ever The above might be a joke, but virtual learning has indeed forced teachers to make time for “that,” whether they have it or not. As a result, every teacher is looking for ways to save time, while maintaining the rigor and best practices of their classroom. […] READ MORE