This month, we have been creating movies using BrainPOP's new Make a Movie tool. Students have been so engaged as they create informative videos about Westward Expansion. Creating a Storyboard To prepare students for the movie making process, you could use BrainPOP's Make a Map tool to create the storyboard. But, unless students are working … Continue reading Collaborative Storyboard for BrainPOP’s Make a Movie
Coaching Question: How can I use the G Suite for Education to create blended learning activities during Writer's Workshop? Answer: Create blended learning activities using Google Drawings! Why Google Drawings? I have decided that Google Drawings is my preferred tool for most blended or flipped learning activities. Transform your Google Drawings into HyperDrawings by adding: … Continue reading Example Writer’s Workshop HyperDrawing: Revising Your Lead
Coaching Question: Is there a way to digitalize my Morning Meeting wall so I that I may save wall space? Yes! Many elementary school teachers are familiarizing themselves with the Responsive Classroom approach and using a Morning Meeting to start the day. The Morning Meeting is a great way to start the day, engage students and … Continue reading Go Digital with Morning Meeting Walls
Coaching Question: How can I organize the evidence for my teacher evaluation in my Google Drive? This year, the district asked teachers to share artifacts/evidence for their evaluations by using Google Drive. However, as I began adding my evidence, I found it challenging to keep track of what had been added and where it was … Continue reading Organizing Your Teacher Evaluation Evidence Using G Suite
This month, I have been eager to introduce Google My Maps to students and teachers. As I started planning my lessons, I decided Google Slides would easily allow me to include directions, video tutorials, games, and formative assessments within the "HyperSlide" activity. Then, upon completion of the activity, we could begin creating our own My Maps. The … Continue reading Google My Maps: HyperSlide Activity for Students
Recently, I have been using Google Drawings to create #HyperDrawings. But, I did not think it was possible to embed video into the Google Drawing! Tonight, I accidentally discovered that it is really easy to do! Step 1: Insert a Video into Google Slides (Insert-Video) Step 2: Click on Video- Copy (Ctrl C) Step 3: Go to … Continue reading Add Streaming Video to Google Drawings!
Over the last few months, Twitter has been erupting with posts from educators that are excited about HyperDocs. However, as I started coaching my teachers in best practices for creating and using HyperDocs, I discovered that Google Drawings seems to be my preferred G Suite app to use for math instruction. There are so many possibilities when … Continue reading HyperDrawings: Creating AMAZING Flipped and Blended Learning Activities for Math Class.
Coaching Question: I've received a new webcam with a microphone. How can I use this in my classroom? You received a new webcam! So now what? Webcams are an amazing addition to your classroom. Most newer models allow you to take photographs, record video and audio! Awesome! Here are some ideas for using your webcam in … Continue reading 7 New Ideas for Utilizing Your Classroom Webcam and Microphone
Coaching Question: We have finished our Tour Builder virtual field trips. Is there a way for students to enhance their tours? What is Tour Builder? Tour Builder is an amazing way to combine digital storytelling and geography. Using the Google Earth plugin, students take their audience on a virtual tour throughout the world. Students can … Continue reading Tips to Enhance Tour Builder: Creativity Choice Board
What is a HyperDoc? HyperDocs have been all the rage over the last year. Educators have discovered that there are more ways to use Google Docs than just using the fabulous collaborative tools such as the Comments and Suggestions tools. HyperDocs help teachers transform their learning into blended learning environments. They are engaging, collaborative and inquiry-based. … Continue reading HyperDocs 101: Transforming Your Google Docs