Add Streaming Video to Google Drawings!

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 Google Drawings

Step 4: Paste (Ctrl V)

You now can click on the video in Google Drawings and it will STREAM!

Check out my tutorial to learn how:

HyperDrawings: Creating AMAZING Flipped and Blended Learning Activities for Math Class.

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 it comes to creating amazing flipped or blended learning materials!

Here’s why I prefer HyperDrawings:

  1. You can embed YouTube Videos! Yes! Just copy video inserted into Google Slides into your Google Drawing! (See tutorial video below)
  2. You can add the directions and assignments in the blank space next to the canvas.
  3. The canvas is an amazing area for students and teachers to demonstrate understanding, solve problems, create screencasts, and use virtual manipulatives.
  4. You can easily add Bitmoji stickers and clipart by dragging them into the blank space next to the canvas.
  5. Students can collaborate and receive feedback using the Comment and Share Tools.
  6. Students can research using the Explore Tool.
  7. Google Keep is now integrated into Google Drawings.

Example of a HyperDrawing used for Flipped or Blended Learning

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(Click here to View/Make a Copy of Example HyperDrawing)

HyperDrawings: Not Just a Drawing with Links

When I think of using HyperDrawings in the math classroom, I am NOT just talking about creating a drawing and adding hyperlinks. They HyperDrawings should be engaging!

HyperDrawing activities should ask students to use the following skills:


Example Tool

1) Activate Prior Knowledge Vocaroo, QR Codes, Google Docs, Padlet
2) Explore YouTube, screencasts, posters, websites
3) Create Google Drawings! Add links to: Google Slides, Powtoon, WeVideo, BrainPOP Make-A-Movie, screencasts, Popplet
4) Share Padlet Wall, Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Comments, Email, Google Slides, Google Drive
5) Self-Assess  Google Forms, Padlet Wall, Google Docs, blog post, portfolios, rubrics, surveys, Kahoot, Quizziz, Formative


Rubric for Evaluating Your HyperDocs/HyperDrawings

Here is a new rubric I created for evaluating your HyperDocs

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More Resources:

Getting Started with Google Drawings and Math

Eric Curts has an AMAZING screencast and blog post with so much information on integrating Google Drawings into the math curriculum. Check out Eric’s Google Doc filled with resources. And, Kasey Bell at Shake Up Learning has a fabulous Google Drawing Cheat Sheet! What more do you need?

Have you ever created or used HyperDrawings?

HyperDocs 101: Transforming Your Google Docs

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. They are MORE than digital worksheets.

Example Template

Here is a template I created using Google Docs. Feel free to Make-a-Copy by clicking the image. My 5 main categories are:

  1. Activate prior knowledge: I really think it’s important to activate prior knowledge before beginning any activity and Vocaroo is a wonderful and quick way for students to record their thinking.
  2. Engage: Consider creating your own tutorial using EdPuzzle. Upload a video or teacher-created screencast and add questions to engage the audience while they watch. Or, find a nice video and add a link to YouTube, Khan Academy, BrainPOP or whatever resource you find engaging.
  3. Apply/Create: Here is where students would create something. Productivity and creativity is the key to HyperDoc engagement. Google Slides, Powtoon, Scratch, screencasting, Google Drawing,  WeVideo are all fabulous creation tools.
  4. Share: The great thing about HyperDocs is you still have the collaborative Google Doc tools such as Comments, Sharing and Suggestions available. I think it would be fabulous for students to share their work and offer feed-back to their peers. Then, you could add your own comments as well.
  5. Self-assess: It is important for students to self-assess their learning once they finish an assignment. Google Forms would be my favorite tools as you could archive the student data in a spreadsheet.  Or, post a link to your favorite rubric!

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More Great Resources 



Great Websites, Articles/infographics

HyperDoc Extravaganza Google Education on Air. What’s the Hype with HyperDocs? HyperDocs Explained
Example Templates Video: Extreme Pedagogy Makeover HyperDoc vs. Doc with Links
Substitute Plans HyperDoc Handbook Hyperdocs for Administrators

Can you use HyperDocs during your “coaching” lessons?

Here is an example HyperDoc that I use with teachers. The idea is for teachers to access the HyperDoc before we meet to preview the material and after to reflect and ask questions. I used Google Slides as I like how the videos will play within the document. Click to Make a Copy.

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Ways to Get Started

  1. Remix a pre-made HyperDoc:  (Checkout this Hyperdoc Extravaganza PadletDon’t reinvent the wheel. View other Hyperdocs and put your own spin on them. Just “Make a Copy” and edit!
  2. Use a Template: Start by using a template posted above. Add your own links and activities to personalize your HyperDoc. Example Templates
  3. Assess the effectiveness of your HyperDoc: Check out this HyperDoc Checklist 


Remember, you are not just creating a digital worksheet. HyperDocs should promote creativity too while reflecting on the needs of the students. HyperDocs should LOOK engaging because they ARE engaging! Students should enjoy the activities as they are learning while creating, collaborating, reflecting, and publishing.  


Give One- Take One at Teachers Give Teachers. And check out the great website from LLC. They have done an amazing job curating resources, many of which are linked to on this page.

Want to Remix this Info? HyperDoc 101: Google Doc of this Page to Share

What are your favorite HyperDoc resources?


Top 5 Tech Tools for the Social Studies Classroom

This week, I had a teacher ask me how she could integrate technology into her Social Studies Curriculum. While there are so many different ways to engage students, I have come up with a list of my top 5 recommended tools for students of all ages.

#1 Google’s Tour Builder

Tour Builder: Although still in Beta, Google Tour Builder is an amazing digital storytelling tool originally created for veterans to share their stories. Students of all ages enjoy using Google Earth within Tour Builder to pin placemarks and tell a story about each location. Students and teachers may add pictures, videos, links, and text to truly engage their audience. Students may share their completed tours by sharing the link or creating a screencast. (Currently does not work on tablets.)

Resources: Click here for tutorial, directions, lesson plan, rubric, examples.


#2 Mystery Skype Session

Many teachers enjoy using Mystery Skype as a guessing game to determine locations around the world. Microsoft describes Mystery Skype as “The global guessing game that gets kids learning about geography, culture, and the similarities and differences of how children live all over the world.” Check out the website to join and find other classrooms that are participating in a Mystery Skype.


#3 iMovie

iMovie makes it incredibly simple for students to create a quality presentation. There are two popular ways that teachers are integrating iMovie into their classrooms:

  1. Green Screen Footage

Create green screen footage using the Green Screen Doink app on the iPads. Then allow students to add photos, narration, captions, and animation by editing the footage in iMovie.

Example from YouTube:

     2. Book Trailer:

Create a trailer for a historical event! Make it exciting using a variety of themes. I am very excited to begin creating these trailers with a 5th Grade teacher this month. We are going to make trailers for historical events and battles during the Revolutionary War.

Example from YouTube:


#4 Powtoon

Powtoon is an amazing free resource (with premium features if desired) that will allow students to create animated cartoon presentations about their topics. Powtoon really engages students with an intuitive interface that promotes creativity.



  • Mrs. Ashley’s World: TONS of information about integrating Powtoon including tutorials, rubrics, and storyboards.

#5 BrainPOP

BrainPOP has released a fabulous new feature called Make-A-Movie that allows students to create their very own BrainPOP style movie. After trying out this feature with students, there is no doubt that this tool is highly engaging! (Disclaimer: This feature is only available for paid subscriptions.)

Resource: BrainPOP Make-A-Movie Tutorial Blog

What are your favorite tools?

BrainPOP’s New Make-A-Movie: Empowering and Engaging Students


You may have heard that BrainPOP has a brand new Make-A-Movie feature that has been receiving rave reviews. In order to access this feature, students and teachers must have their own premium account, which fortunately we do have access to here in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Teachers can assign Make-A-Movie to their students or create their very own!

BrainPOP Introduction Screencast

Example Student and Teacher Videos

Video Tutorial

Step 1: Accessing Make-A-Movie

After watching your favorite video, you now will see the Make-A-Movie feature appear on the right. Click Make-A-Movie to launch your video editor.


Step 2: Write a Letter

If you are familiar with BrainPOP than you know every movie starts with a letter to Tim and Moby. BrainPOP included this feature into Make-A-Movie by allowing students and teachers to write a letter. They can write their own letter or answer a letter created by BrainPOP.


Step 3: Launching the Editor


You are now ready to create your movie! The Editor has 3 main sections: the scenes, work space and the toolbar.

Scenes: Click and drag scenes just as you would with slides in other applications. You may add transitions when finished.2


Toolbar: Customize your movie

The toolbar will automatically start by loading pre-selected images that fit your topic. You can however search for more images to suit your needs. You may also add sound, annotate scenes, draw a picture, or access a short help tutorial using the toolbar. Then, you just drag-and-drop your selections into your workspace!

Adding Sounds:  BrainPOP allows students and teachers to add audio by using a computer generated voice or by recording their own voice. I absolutely love this feature as students that are hesitant to speak in front of an authentic audience have the option to use the computer generated voice.


Annotate: The annotation feature in the toolbar allows you to add dialogue bubbles, shapes, arrows, texts and labels. However, like the videos modeled on BrainPOP, we do not want students to type a lot of text. We want to annotate the images and use dialogue to give our audience information.


Drawing:  The drawing feature in the toolbar allows students to create their own clipart drawings.I also think this feature would be amazing for solving math problems if students or teachers were creating a math video.


Backgrounds: You can also add backgrounds to change the color of your work space.


Step 4: Preview or Save

You are now ready to save and preview your movie. Click the word Preview in the top right-hand corner of the screen and you will now view your very own BrainPOP movie!



Overall I think that this new Make-A-Movie feature is absolutely fabulous. Students and teachers will create some amazing movies that can be shared with an authentic audience. Right now, I am hoping BrainPOP will find a way for students to share their videos outside of BrainPOP. Ideally, I would hope students and teachers could copy and paste a URL or download the videos into Google Drive. For now, I’m just happy that everyone is so excited to create! Thank you, BrainPOP!

Joli Boucher



  1. BrainPOP Tutorial Webinar– 40 minutes
  2. Make-a-Movie Step Guide- Step by Step guide for using Make-A-Movie
  3. Assessment Rubric– Make a Copy of this rubric to customize
  4. Make a Movie Implementation Tips
  5. Storyboard Graphic Organizer

Have you checked out Make-A-Movie? What projects are you excited to assign or create?

BrainPOP’s New Make-A-Movie Feature

Wow! BrainPOP just came out with a new premium feature that empowers students and teachers to create their own BrainPOP style movie. In order to access the Make-A-Movie feature, students must have their own premium BrainPOP account. This new feature is still in Beta but appears to be working very nicely so far.

Step 1: Click Make-A-Movie

After watching your favorite BrainPOP video, you may now click the new Make-A-Movie link to start creating your very own BrainPOP style movie.


Step 2: Begin with a Letter

Once you start creating your movie, you can begin with a letter just like in the real BrainPOP movies. If you decide to Answer A Letter, you will be provided with 2 or 3 different letters to choose from. This allows students to decide the theme of their movie.




MashUp-Google Keep with Google Docs: Adding Standards to Your Google Doc Lesson Plans

This month, I saw an amazing idea posted on Twitter by one of my favorite edtech gurus, Eric Curts. His thoughts were to use Google Keep to provide students feedback within Google Docs. This idea inspired me to think how I could use Google Keep to make the process of adding standards to my lesson plans less cumbersome. This mashup is such a timesaver as it’s quick, easy and shareable!

Video Tutorial

Step 1: Google Keep 

Go to Keep.Google.Com to start creating your notes. From there, copy and paste your standards. Add labels or a hashtag to each note to make them searchable. I also color code each category. 2017-03-12 19-53-46.png

Step 2: Open your lesson plan in Google Docs

Once you open up your lesson plans, select Tools then choose Keep Notepad. Your notes will appear on the side. 2017-03-12 20-07-31.png

Step 3: Search your notes by label or hashtag

Once your notes open, you want to search by label or hashtag. I prefer organizing by hashtag. As you can see from the screenshot below, I searched for my literature standards by typing in #literature in the search box. 2017-03-12 20-11-54.png

Step 4: Copy and paste your standards into your Google Doc

Once you have your standards open you can copy and paste them right into your lesson plan. It’s easy! And, don’t forget you can share your notes with colleagues by adding them as Collaborators.

Notice the label “Writing Standards” posted below.

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Reading Response Choice Board

Coaching Request: How can I my students use technology to respond to literature?

There are so many different ways students can discuss and share their learning after reading. Many educators find that “learning boards” or “choice boards” are a wonderful way to differentiate instruction. These boards allow students to choose which activities they want to complete using a variety of tools.

The following choice board allows students to choose which activities and which tools they would like to use to show their understanding.

Please feel free to share and modify this choice board to suit your needs. I will be updating the document with more video tutorial, rubrics and assessments.

Choice Board Google Doc