With so many schools shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators around the world are scrambling to turn their warm, cheerful classrooms into effective digital classrooms as they attempt to master remote teaching. One thing’s for sure: It isn’t easy. That is why I recommend sticking with platforms you or your students already know. In addition to creating interactive Google-based assignments for my students, I will also be relying on educational websites. For teachers who taught in 1:1 classrooms, used Google Classroom regularly, and tried out new tech often, the switch isn’t as cumbersome. For teachers who haven’t implemented tech or who teach in areas where students don’t have access, it is an entirely different story. I cannot emphasize the importance of being flexible, compassionate, and understanding at this time.  Here’s a list of educational websites I use in my classroom that will help with teaching remotely. Please note, this is not a sponsored post, and these ...
With so many schools closed, teachers around the world are scrambling to find ways to hold classes and engage their students in remote learning. For some teachers, the ones who have been using technology consistently in the classroom and who have students with access to the Internet and devices, this isn’t a big challenge. However, for many teachers, those new to educational technology and those who teach students who do not have equitable access, the new challenge facing them seems unsurmountable. I am very fortunate to be in a 1:1 classroom. I have a set of 40 Chromebooks dedicated to my classroom, and (for the most part) I have a reliable Internet connection in my room. Since I have access to tech in my classroom, I frequently use Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and a wide variety of tech sites with my students. Also, the majority of my students have access to wifi and at least a smartphone at home. However, I am not naive enough to believe that everyone is in that situation. Wit...
This is the second post in a series of blog posts about using Google Forms in your classroom. Visit HERE to see the first post. Ever since I started using Google Forms in the classroom, I keep thinking about more ways to incorporate the forms and the data into my instruction. Using the data validation tool embedded in Google Forms, I’ve discovered how to force students to submit the type of work I expect. This tool allows me to digitally demand excellence from my students. One of the most common phrases I hear in my classes is, “Do we have to answer in complete sentences?” You would think that students know the answer for this question, especially in their English class, is yes, but that isn’t always the case. When students work in a Google Form I’ve created, I am able to set data validation to make sure that my students are not only answering in complete sentences, but that they are also restating the questions in their answers. By setting the data validation, I am making sure ...