Using Google Apps in the classroom makes conducting short and sustained research projects easier than ever with a built-in research tool. Seeing as how my school is almost entirely 1:1 with Chromebook use, my students type all of their papers in Google Docs and create all of their presentations in Google Slides. Not only is this beneficial for collaborating in the classroom, but it also provides me with an opportunity to provide my students with real-time comments and suggestions as they work on their papers. When students are creating in either Google Docs or Google Slides, instruct them to click on the “tools” menu and then select the “Research” option. Doing so will automatically open a small Google search browser within the Google Doc or Google Slide file. Here is a video demo from one of my SMARTePlans digital, Google-based lessons showing how to do this. This resource is my Of Mice and Men Digital Novel Introduction . This digital introduction is a great way to ha...
It’s a common phrase many teachers have heard time and time again: never care more about a student’s grade than they do. I first heard this phrase during my credential program. I heard this phrase from multiple teachers during my first few years in the classroom. I am still hearing this phrase today. And you know what? I am tired of hearing this phrase because I could not disagree more. And let me tell you, if I hear that phrase one more time... We are the adults in the classroom. We are their teachers. We are the ones who are supposed to be giving them a solid foundation in which to succeed. We need to care, and I will even say that we should care more than they do. The first reason why we as educators should care more about their grades and performance in our classroom than they do is because they are just kids. True, I teach high school, but they are still just babies in the world. Our students lack the hindsight, foresight, and experience that we have, and sometimes th...
I love using Google Classroom with my classes. Not only is Google Classroom intuitive for teachers, but the students can also easily interact with it. As much as I love Google Classroom though, I loathe having to post all of my assignments and discussions in real-time. As a person who likes to plan things out in advance, this is very frustrating. However, just this month, Google updated its Google Classroom platform to allow teachers to schedule posts in advance. THIS IS AWESOME! IT'S A GAME-CHANGER FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM! Now, teachers using Google Classroom can pre-load all of their assignments, content, surveys, forms, questions, and whatever else they could possibly imagine at their own convenience. I usually like to plan a week or so in advance, and now I will be able to plan AND schedule all of my digital content at the same time. Scheduling a post in Google Classroom is super easy.  Simply upload the assignment or other content as you usually would, and then cli...