Book Review: The Chromebook Classroom by John Sowash

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Are you considering rolling out Chromebooks in your school or classroom? If so, then this book is a great starting point. Chromebooks are great devices for the K-12 environment. John Sowash has done a great job putting together a sort of how-to book for implementing them. Continue reading

Watch your Google Doc come together with Draftback

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To be honest, when I saw this extension for the first time, my reaction was lukewarm at best. I do believe I simply had the wrong frame of mind when I saw it. In reality, this can be a great tool…. Draftback. Continue reading

How to Show Changes and More on Maps

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Showing students how landforms change has been a challenge for some time. Let’s face it, there is only so much we can do with maps and pictures. Now, with Earth Engine by Google, this has never been easier.
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Want to Turn Things Around in Class? Flippity Them

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Teachers are always looking for simple ways to make things happen in the classroom. At a recent day of professional development, I picked up a little gem. Continue reading

Heading to the Polls with Google Classroom

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Google Classroom has been steadily improving since it’s release almost two years ago. What started out as a solid, but still pretty basic way to deliver/manage content with students is growing into a powerhouse. The best part, what Google does with it is based in large part on what we, as educators, want and need.

Google has had the ‘Ask a Question’ feature for a while now… and that feature just got better. Continue reading

Newsela and Google Classroom, Finally

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Newsela. If you have not heard of them, you have been missing out. Google Classroom, yet again, if you’ve missed out on the greatness that is Classroom, I feel for you. Now, the two have finally almost become one… or at least, they work very well together. Continue reading

The Life of a Chromebook

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Ask a public school administrator about a cost effective way to try to go 1:1 in a school, and the odds are a good many of them will say to buy Chromebooks.  We had the privilege of being asked to come to a school to pioneer paperless classrooms. We were always known as those teachers who were out there, dancing around the room, doing whatever we could to keep kids engaged. We were also known as those who were always looking for new ways to engage students. To us, this sounded perfect. Continue reading

Google Keep for the Classroom

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I recently decided to give using Google Keep in my classroom a try. Typically, most teachers that I have talked to about using a digital note taking platform espouse the greatness of Evernote. I’ve used Evernote, and it’s a decent enough tool, but I wanted to try something different. Something that the kids might enjoy as well. Continue reading

Google Newspaper Archive, a Primary Source Paradise

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Have you ever struggled with finding good primary source material for students? As an English teacher, I teach a lot of literature. I have always taught a good bit of non-fiction as well, but the reality is, there are times I wish I could teach more of it.

With the advent of Common Core, or College Career Readiness Standards, or whatever catchy name your state has given them, non-fiction text has probably become a much larger part of the expectations.  History teachers are expected to pick up a significant share of that load, through the reading of primary source materials.

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