NearPod for Class/Workshop Polling


Last week, Amy Cavendar wrote about using Google Forms for polling. I agree with the general direction of moving away from “clickers” that need dedicated hardware and instead using software that allows students to use their own mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) to respond.

Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides.

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Leave voice comments in Google Docs with Kaizena – From Jennifer Carey


Kaizena has recently introduced their “Kaizena Mini” add-on that will allow you to leave voice comments and written notes on students’ documents within Google Docs itself. With the software installed, simply go to Add-ons → Kaizena Mini → Open Kaizena Mini.

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Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

Ask a Tech Teacher

With a reminder that Moodle is Open Source, which means the basic framework can be augmented with just about any addition conceivable (as you’ll see in the section, “ 23 Ways to use Moodle” ), here’s how to start: Download the Moodle software to your school server.

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The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Though my subscriber number reaches well over 1,000, I''ve been planning on doing a give-away once my Google Friend Connect number reached 1,000. Because of social networking and the opportunities to connect at conferences and workshops, I''ve made some incredible friends.

From EdCamps to Google, 11 Professional Development Offerings for Teachers This Summer

Edsurge is working with partners across the United States to bring one-day workshops to K-5 teachers. They also have some one-week workshops for middle and high schools educators. These workshops are followed up with five daylong events throughout the school year, but teachers must apply to take part. A Big Tech Summer Whether you are Google “certified” or Apple “distinguished” there is always more to learn about those endless software updates from the tech giants.

Interactive Fiction and Twine at Computers & Writing


Notes and resource links from our workshop are, in classic DH tradition, collected in this Google Doc along with the full list of participants and their Twitter handles. Software Teaching games games in the classroom interactive fiction twine

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

Shake Up Learning

Google has been working to bridge the gap between the tablet and laptop by allowing us to use Android apps on a Chromebook. Google sent me one of these to demo during one of my ISTE presentations, but I had to return it to Google (sad face). Update your Chromebook software.

Extensions, Add-Ons and Apps, Oh My! How to Utilize Google in Your Classroom


Google Apps for Education has totally transformed the way we teach and communicate inside and outside of the classroom. Through tools like Google Drive , Google Hangouts , Google Earth and Blogger , we can create authentic learning experiences for our students more than ever by promoting collaboration and helping them access their work anywhere and anytime. Curious to learn more about how to better use Google in your classroom?

#ETTchat: The Chromebook Creation Studio – an Interview with Greg Kulowiec & James Daley


Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher is a Google Education Trainer who has spent years helping teachers across the country find ways to incorporate Chromebooks and Google Apps into their daily teaching practices.

Boosting Digital Literacies for a Purpose

Digital Promise

The Tech Team also offers ongoing resume writing workshops, which allow learners to communicate their job skills and experiences through writing in a digital platform. Finally, members learn to use software such as Faithlife Proclaim and SlingStudio to broadcast services and events.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Educators participate in this three-week hands-on quasi-writer’s workshop as they learn to use widely-available digital tools to help their students develop their inner writer. NOT Included: Standard software assumed part of a typical ed tech set-up. MTI 558: Teach Writing With Tech.

Hour of Code Website and App Suggestions for K-8

Ask a Tech Teacher

Google Spreadsheets–decode and fill in color coded pictures. Build with Chrome –kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser. Squeakland –build etoys with downloaded software.

CheckMark v1.0


We’ve added Google Drive sync. Once you authenticate, CheckMark will save your comments to your Google Drive. And be sure to follow the Product Development Facebook page for details on cool software! New Google Chrome extension streamlines digital grading for teachers.

Websites and Apps to Support Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Stencyl –build games without coding with downloaded software. Google Computer Science for High School –free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers. We’ve provided a lot of projects and lesson plans, as well as websites you’ll like organized by grade.

Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

NTC is a multi-day conference jam-packed with interactive workshops, engaging speakers, relevant vendors, ignite sessions (thought-provoking presentations only five minutes long), and opportunities to connect with other mission-driven techies from across the country. Google Draw (free).

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Their products are wireless, Bluetooth- and/or USB-connectable, and their SPARKvue software runs on Mac and Windows platforms, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, and Android. software. free software is an intuitive way to graph motion, rate of change, and slope. In fact, it took me less than five minutes to unbox, setup, find the power button, and sync to the free app/software on my laptop and my iPhone. Training and Workshops.

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3 Ways Schools can Help Users to Protect their Accounts from Malware, Phishing, & Cyber-scams.

Indiana Jen

Users were sent an email that appeared to be from Google and asked to click on a document for collaboration. Keep your Operating System & Security Software Up to Date. However, keep your operating system and security software up to date is essential to cyber-security.

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve got some notes in this article that he mentioned in the workshop to give him due credit. Sandboxing software means that you play with the software before you get down to “business.”

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Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level


As part of the PBL workshop, teachers designed project sketches. – Consider student access to hardware, software, and the Internet. Google Classroom, Seesaw). By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ).

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom. The authors focus on Google Classroom in particular, not just as a piece of software, but as a means of enhancing the traditional teaching methods. More education books: Google Apps Meets Common Core.

Looking for a Class Robot? Try Robo Wunderkind

Ask a Tech Teacher

No plugs, electricity, logins, registrations, software, or magic codes. That done, I started building the Driver project detailed in the Robo Live Workshop. There’s also a separate set of activities for afterschool programs, summer camps, and workshops.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

I marvel at the notion that corporations like Microsoft, Zoom, and Google knelt down to offer free services to help educators surveil their students and monitor their interactions with their platforms.

Silent Reading vs. Independent Reading: What’s the Difference? (plus digital tools to assess IR)

Reading By Example

During a past professional development workshop, the consultant informed us at one point to end independent reading in our classrooms. This information can be backed up to Google Drive, Evernote, and other cloud storage options. Teachers who use the Daily 5 workshop approach would find CC Pensieve familiar. Students can also be grouped in the software based on specific strategies and needs. Google Forms.

A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces

The Hechinger Report

CoSN representatives and VMware volunteers from around the world, organized by Team4Tech, descended on Havre Public Schools in August with donated hardware and software and plans for more than a week’s worth of professional development sessions.

Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

He attributes this theory to the role Asia now plays in the global economy with automation being software driven, and abundance of material in the market place. One example used was Google’s idea to allow its employees 20% percent job time for self direction. Image Creative Commons.

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Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom with Chromebooks


Chrome allows users to add what Google calls, “extensions” to the Chrome browser that enables customization and efficiency experiences. It can also enable users to change the size and look of font in Chrome, customize the Google homepage and more.

4 Take Aways from ATLIS 2017

Indiana Jen

Rather, it was from participating in so many robust and deep conversations with my peers, taking part in various presentations and workshops, and the depth and breadth of the conference in its entirety. It’s a precursor to their two day cyber-security workshop in Chicago this summer.

Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

Carrie Willis, Technology Director for Valley Preparatory School and Strategic Outreach Manager for Wonder Workshop, and Caitlin Arakawa, Kindergarten Teacher at Valley Preparatory School, dispel these misconceptions, during a recent edWebinar. Coding Software.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

And the one thing that Flipsnack cannot do it … it cannot be worked on simultaneously like Google docs where two students can work on it at once. But, one of the other benefits of Flipsnack is that you can create the books in something like Google Slides.

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

Along with a 1:1 goal, comes the deluge of edtech tools, software, and applications into classrooms. Additionally, she provides professional development and hands-on workshops for educators at local, regional and national venues.

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3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

Reshma’s opening keynote was followed by over 500 sessions and hands-on workshops focused on STEM, while supporting educators working to improve their instructional practice. Classroom teachers often end up with a hodgepodge of devices and software leading to common frustrations over lost instructional time, web-resources that don’t move past low level skills which also utilize a one-size-fits-all approach, and minimal professional learning – a top deterrent to improved instruction.

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The Future Is Always Uncertain. So How Should Educators Prepare Today’s Learners?


EdSurge Fusion , technology industrialists joined school leaders at keynotes and workshops in grappling with how to best prepare students for a future where many jobs may be automated—and cease to exist. You certainly don’t want technology to beget more technology, which happens often,” said Benjamin Schrom, a Google product manager who created the virtual-reality gear Expeditions and shared the stage with Vander Ark. Carl Hooker (left) and Tom Murray presenting at a workshop.

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools


In August 2017, Workbench began its initial pilot phase with a multi-day Professional Development (PD) workshop for teachers from Wildwood Elementary/Middle School (formerly Lyndhurst Elementary/Middle School).

Learn Along with Me this Summer

My Paperless Classroom

All of my presentations have me walking participants through the admin side of one Google apps platform or another. Private Blogger, Google Forms for invite) Video, BYOT, GAFE – Using video with a wide variety of devices and Google tools can support learning in a wide variety of ways.