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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
Multilingual Chats with Microsoft Translator

Multilingual Chats with Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator is a great resource for educators and parents, thanks to its versatility and usefulness in translating text. One component of Microsoft Translator is the real-time translation of conversations, where speakers of all different languages can easily communicate together, either by typing or speaking. Let’s take a look at how we can set up […] READ MORE
Using Flipgrid to Foster Collaboration

Using Flipgrid to Foster Collaboration

How can we as educators promote student engagement, self-expression, and collaboration? Our goal is to empower our students through engaging learning activities, while also giving them voice and choice. That’s where Flipgrid comes in. Let’s take a closer look at what this learning platform is all about! What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is an empowering tool […] READ MORE
Adding a Co-Teacher to a Google Classroom Page

Adding a Co-Teacher to a Google Classroom Page

Google Classroom is a wonderful class management tool that allows teachers to set up a paper-free classroom where they can interact with their students. Teachers can also invite other teachers to join the Google Classroom to help coordinate and manage classroom activities. Teachers can also be added from other schools if the domain membership settings […] READ MORE
Creating a New Google Classroom

Creating a New Google Classroom

Google classroom is a collaborative working environment where teachers can create virtual classes for students to join, manage, and assign work and communicate with students. Teachers can be invited to co-teach a Google class, and parents can receive summary reports about their child’s work and progress. How to create a new a class in Google […] READ MORE
Converting Microsoft Word Docs to Google Forms

Converting Microsoft Word Docs to Google Forms

Still stuck in the Microsoft world but keep hearing of all the great things that Google Workspace offers? Not ready to spend days recreating materials as Google Workspace files? Now, you don’t have to! In the education world, up until the last ten years or so, it was a Microsoft world… until Google Workspace (formerly […] READ MORE
How to Use Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities

How to Use Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities

Jigsaw activities are great. They’re collaborative, they’re engaging, they hold students accountable, and they teach multiple ideas in a single lesson. But can they be done remotely? For many teachers, their favorite jigsaw activities were set aside once students began learning at home. There’s just too many logistical challenges! How to distribute the multiple resources, […] READ MORE
Using Screen Share with Zoom & SMART iQ Experience

Using Screen Share with Zoom & SMART iQ Experience

Did you know that you can download and install Android apps like Zoom right to your SMART iQ experience? Did you know you can share your SMART iQ screen through Zoom for students attending your classroom virtually? The SMART iQ Experience allows you to use your SMART Interactive Flat Panel (6000, 7000 & MX series) […] READ MORE
App-Free Screen Casting on a SMART Board

App-Free Screen Casting on a SMART Board

Did you know SMART has app-free screen sharing? Students can share up to four devices simultaneously to a SMART Board interactive display without downloading any apps – simply using their device’s native screen sharing technology. Check out the video below for additional details on how to access app-free screen casting on a SMART Board interactive […] READ MORE
IDEA To Support Children with Disabilities

IDEA To Support Children with Disabilities

During the 2020-21 school year, many Local Education Agencies (LEA) and school districts have been confronted with the challenges of alternative lesson development, remote/hybrid instructional delivery, maintaining student engagement, and providing services. This has put a further strain on their plans for serving their students with disabilities. These students are the most vulnerable to regression when academics and services are removed, reduced, or even modified. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) […] READ MORE
Exposing Students Early and Often to Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions

Exposing Students Early and Often to Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions

Since idioms are embedded in language and in culture, they can be very difficult to discern, especially when listening with a non-native ear. On the other hand, when given the opportunity to see an infographic that literally explains the figurative idiom, its meaning becomes relatively apparent. In fact, there may be a similar idiom in […] READ MORE