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PBL with Google: What Does Going Green Really Mean?

PBL with Google: What Does Going Green Really Mean?

Any teacher working in a hybrid model classroom these past couple of years may have noticed a serious reduction in filing needs. When cleaning for the summer at the end of 2021, many teachers realized that their file cabinets, which would usually be filled to the brim with papers, were virtually empty!  The paperwork accumulated […] READ MORE
Engaging Students with Wonderopolis

Engaging Students with Wonderopolis

    It is always challenging to engage students, but the internet is full of creative websites and resources for teachers and parents. Wonderopolis is one such place. It is a free informational site that helps kids ask and answer many interesting questions about the world. Each day, a new question or “wonder” is posted. Each wonder […] READ MORE
3 Fantastic Resources for STEAM Lesson Planning

3 Fantastic Resources for STEAM Lesson Planning

STEAM Education is reshaping how our students learn and develop the 21st century skills they will need in the future. By learning to think critically and creatively, and to collaborate and communicate effectively, students will be prepared to take on the global challenges facing the world, today and in the future.  Included here is a […] READ MORE
How to Create and Use GIFs in Instruction

How to Create and Use GIFs in Instruction

We have all seen GIFs or video animation clips in our emails, text chats, shared presentations, or documents. They are fun and draw your attention, don’t they? GIFs are available to copy and download everywhere on the internet, and no doubt you have already done it! Let’s take a look at some ways to use […] READ MORE
New Tech Alert: Welcome Sphero indi

New Tech Alert: Welcome Sphero indi

Breaking news! If you haven’t heard, Sphero has officially released their newest member of the team, indi– a durable, entry-level robot designed exclusively for pre-K to 2nd grade students.     What is indi? Indi uses a color sensor and color tiles to learn behaviors and run a code.  The best part? This can be done […] READ MORE
Introducing the Google Advanced Microcredential

Introducing the Google Advanced Microcredential

Have you completed our Google Educator Basics Microcredential or do you want to learn more advanced skills? Check out our refreshed Google Educator Advanced Microcredential! There is something for everyone in this series, whether you’re looking to prepare for your Google Educator Level 2 Certification exam or take your knowledge of Google Workspace to the […] READ MORE
Snowplow Fun with KIBO

Snowplow Fun with KIBO

The snow is falling and the winter months are upon us! This is a great time for thematic lessons and to teach our students about weather and road conditions. What type of weather do we experience this time of year? How can we clean up snowy roads? Turning our KIBO robot into a snow plow […] READ MORE
Top Ten 3D Printing Terms You Should Know

Top Ten 3D Printing Terms You Should Know

3D printing designs are created with layers of material being laid down on top of each other in an additive process. Many schools and educators are investing into this technology to reinforce skills in the engineering and design process. It’s easy to understand the overall process of how 3D works, but it’s even easier when […] READ MORE
How to Add a Festive Background in Google Meet

How to Add a Festive Background in Google Meet

The holidays are upon us once again, and just in time for the festivities, Google has added in a couple of new features that can make our Meets more engaging. Using virtual backgrounds in Google Meet has been an option for a little while now, but Google has recently added in some dynamic and immersive […] READ MORE
Three of Our Favorite Interactive Video Platforms

Three of Our Favorite Interactive Video Platforms

Being able to watch a video in class instantly brings an element of excitement for students. We can easily remember that feeling from when we were students ourselves. That moment of anticipation when you see a video cued up on the screen (or for some of us, the TV cart rolled up outside the classroom) […] READ MORE
6 Tips for Managing Assignments and Submissions in Google Classroom

6 Tips for Managing Assignments and Submissions in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a fantastic platform for disseminating information as well as for pushing out assignments and receiving submissions. However, if not organized, it can be very overwhelming for both teachers and students. Here are some tips for managing and organizing those assignments and submissions. Understand and use Drive folders First, let’s take a second […] READ MORE
Sharing Google Docs with QR Codes

Sharing Google Docs with QR Codes

There are many different ways to share documents using Google Docs. It is one of the features that draws so many users to the platform. The big blue and white share button on the document makes it very easy and user-friendly to share documents and set sharing permissions. One overlooked method of sharing that’s also […] READ MORE
7 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Google Slides’ Q&A

7 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Google Slides’ Q&A

In October of 2017, we published a blog post about Google Slides’ Q&A feature. When using a Slides presentation for an audience (students), you can pause it and ask for feedback in the form of questions, comments, or “wonderings”.  The resulting list of input from your audience gets embedded in the “Tools” part of your file, […] READ MORE
Fostering Cultural Awareness in Your Students

Fostering Cultural Awareness in Your Students

The National Center for Education Statistics released a report in February of 2019, stating that the school-age population in the United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Being a teacher is no easy task, but it should not be a big ask to make sure you are creating a positive learning environment in […] READ MORE
Getting Digital with Token Economies

Getting Digital with Token Economies

We know how good it feels to get a weekly paycheck or to take a snack break after completing several tasks at work. We receive that positive reinforcement and we are motivated to continue our hard work and efforts. Our students are just the same and thrive off of getting rewarded for completing tasks or […] READ MORE
3 Ways to Build Student Awareness of the Election Process

3 Ways to Build Student Awareness of the Election Process

The fall months might seem to be the best time to engage students in voting but realistically, there is never a wrong time to get students involved in voting and familiarize them with the election process. For most, knowledge of voting starts with the instruction and practice students receive in school.  There are many simple […] READ MORE
7 Game-Changing SMART Whiteboard Tools

7 Game-Changing SMART Whiteboard Tools

The digital whiteboard has lots of great features that make it an effective teaching tool. It is often not used to its full potential. Most educators are using it to display their notes, showcase a do now, and others are simply relying on their presentations. Here are seven features to showcase how the “Whiteboard” within […] READ MORE
Actively Learn and Achieve3000

Actively Learn and Achieve3000

Achieve3000 is a literacy platform that provides differentiated content for students in grades pre-K to 12, as well as for adult learners.  Their patented instruction helps improve performance by working with students at their individual reading levels. Actively Learn, a digital reading platform which focuses on deep thinking, is a part of Achieve3000 and they […] READ MORE