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Screencasting: Creating Tutorial Videos for Your Students
January 16, 2020

What is screencasting? While giving instructions to your class, it’s nice to be able to support students who need it with remediation, review, and relearning. Screencast videos are very effective tools to offer this extra layer of support. A screencast video is a recording of your computer screen, simulating what you just explained to your […] Read More

3D Printing in Art Classrooms
January 15, 2020

While 3D printers have tremendous utility across a wide range of content areas, they are most often used in a STEM capacity. Though this is a great way to utilize a printer, many schools miss the opportunity to use 3D printers in art classes, where 3D designing and printing can unlock new learning opportunities. Below […] Read More

EquatIO: A Tool for the Digital Math Classroom
January 13, 2020

A paperless classroom? With the abundance of access to digital computing tools for the classroom, teachers have lots of ways to make their lessons more engaging, more interesting and more… paperless. Google Classroom is now integrated with many Chrome extensions, and teachers who use Google applications (like Docs and Slides) are learning to enable workflow […] Read More

Practical Uses for Google Forms in the Classroom
January 9, 2020

Google Forms is a powerful tool to use in the classroom. It allows educators to collect data using surveys, assessments, and quizzes — but it can do a lot more. There are many other practical uses for it in the classroom and the following are just some examples. (Look out for some cool Forms add-ons, […] Read More

Google Search Education
January 8, 2020

Have you ever tried to search for something on the Internet, only to have the search results not match what you wanted? With the Internet being such a vital source of information, it is crucial that our students learn how to use Internet search in a way that will add to their learning and help […] Read More

What’s in a Name: The Differences Between STEM, Computer Science, Coding, and Robotics
January 3, 2020

When people talk about makerspaces and STEM labs, lots of terms are thrown around interchangeably (STEM, engineering, coding, computer science, robotics). All of these things interact, but they’re not exactly the same. Read below to get an idea of the nuances and differences between the words STEM and computer science. STEM STEM (or STEAM) is […] Read More

Creating and Organizing Interactive Boards with Webjets
December 26, 2019

One challenge for educators is helping their students stay organized while completing research projects. Webjets can help students both organize and present their research in an interactive way. This free service allows students to add a wide variety of web-based content to Boards (think digital bulletin boards) which can either be used to compile research, […] Read More

Free and Friendly Math Resources for Parents
December 19, 2019

Have you ever tried to help with your child’s homework, but were left feeling a bit confused? New math strategies allowing multiple avenues of solving a problem can leave parents overwhelmed. However, now there are free and friendly math resources for parents, like websites and apps. They can help you to find solutions to your […] Read More

Understanding by Design in STEM Lesson Planning
December 18, 2019

Over the past few years, many districts have brought in new and exciting technologies with the potential to transform classrooms. Things like 3D printers, VR goggles, and codeable robots all have incredible potential for instruction across a wide range of ages and content areas. However, many schools struggle with getting their staff to a place […] Read More

Three Quick Assessments with Ozobot
December 13, 2019

Ozobot is a powerful little robot and one of the smallest robots in the world. Ozobot uses color codes (and if you are ready for block-based coding, you can use Ozoblocky) to direct the robot how to move and act on the page. Ozobot has so many wonderful uses, but here are three assessments with […] Read More

Transitioning to STEM
December 12, 2019

“How can STEM education prepare my students for science and engineering careers?” This question comes in many forms and iterations, but they all have the same premise: “Is what I am teaching realistic?” I recently led a discussion about how to ease the transition of new learning standards into existing curriculum sequences. At the beginning […] Read More

A Handy List of Chromebook Lingo
December 5, 2019

Congratulations, you and your students have Chromebooks! These little computers are great tools that will allow your students to elevate their learning. You will now be able to create assignments that were previously impossible or at least, very challenging. Flipping the classroom is just one great example! But first, it’s a good idea to get […] Read More

Exploring Code with Google’s Free Resource CS First
December 3, 2019

Reminder! Hour of Code (and CSEdWeek) is December 9 – 15, 2019. Don’t forget to join in!   Coding, coding, coding Coding is a very popular theme in education today! There are multiple coding sites on the internet, some free and some not, that can help teachers and students across all grade levels how to […] Read More

Be Internet Awesome: All About Interland from Google
December 2, 2019

Google’s “Be Internet Awesome” initiative is an interactive way to teach children how to use the Internet wisely. Google does this through Interland, an online adventure game that also teaches the key lessons of the Internet safety. Embark on a quest to deny hackers, sink phishers, one-up cyberbullies, outsmart “over-sharers”, and become a confident explorer […] Read More

Virtual Tours with Google Tour Creator
November 26, 2019

Virtual reality (VR) technology has the potential to revolutionize teaching. With access to VR equipment, teachers and students can go beyond the physical confines of the classroom and immerse themselves in a boundless array of environments. Google has taken a big step in making this more attainable with the Google Tour Creator, which utilizes Google […] Read More

Mac OS Catalina and Your SMART Interactive Flat Panel
November 25, 2019

There has been an issue with the latest version of the Mac OS Mojave and Catalina (10.14) and the touch capabilities with SMART’s interactive flat panels (IFP). For those who are getting or have a new SMART interactive flat panel, some slight tweaking is required to ensure that your new IFP and your latest Mac […] Read More

Creating Accessible Presentations in SMART Notebook
October 30, 2019

Last month, we discussed ways to make your SMART board more accessible for students in your classroom. That post focused on ways to make it possible for your students to have physical access to the board. But having physical access to the board is not the only factor in accessibility. You also have to be […] Read More

AR and VR in the Classroom
October 17, 2019

According to ISTE’s “8 Hot Edtech Trends,” augmented reality and virtual reality (AR and VR) are two of the hottest trends in edtech. But how do you know if AR or VR are right for your classroom? AR or VR in the classroom? First you need to determine which technology would best support your lesson. […] Read More

Halloween STEAM Activities: No Screens Required
October 16, 2019

Leaves are changing and there is a slight chill in the air. Halloween is just around the corner. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween STEAM activities for the classroom. These activities will engage students in important science concepts — and make them a little more fun, too. After all, who doesn’t want to […] Read More

Top Curriculums to Implement STEAM/STEM Now
October 15, 2019

STEAM/STEM can be a tricky thing to begin teaching in your classroom when you’re not sure where to start. There are so many directions you can go based on the standards you choose to follow, the framework you choose to bind together your class, the subject you wish to focus on, or even the technology […] Read More

Gamifying Assessment with Bloxels
October 8, 2019

Meet Bloxels Bloxels is a platform for creating and building video games. It allows students to build a story from the ground up using pixel art. They can create their own characters, settings, and narrative in a fun and exciting way. But Bloxels isn’t just all fun and games — teachers can also use it […] Read More

Demystifying Edtech Jargon
October 2, 2019

Education is a field with a unique affinity for jargon. In any given day, a teacher fosters classroom community with IEPs in mind while practicing effective pedagogy. That sentence alone would sound like gibberish to someone outside of education. The steadily increasing infusion of educational technology into schools has necessitated new terms to describe the […] Read More

Create, Customize, and Share Lessons with Workbench Education
September 27, 2019

Working with Workbench Education Teachers looking to implement technology into their teaching can often be overwhelmed by the prospect. How can we ensure that we are effectively teaching content while providing students with the next generation technology and coding skills that will equip them to flourish in the future? Thankfully, Workbench is here to make […] Read More

Different Modes in Google Chrome for the Classroom
September 26, 2019

Modes in Google Chrome The Google Chrome web browser offers different modes for users who are surfing the web. In a 1:1 school setting, this is not an issue as each student should be logging in with their individual account. However, if there are not enough devices for 1:1, there will likely be shared computers […] Read More

Making Your SMART Board More Accessible
September 6, 2019

SMART Boards are a wonderful resource to make your classroom more interactive. You can be creative with your visuals and have students come up to the board to increase engagement in your lessons. When you have disabled students in your class, however, you have to take their abilities into consideration when planning out your interactive […] Read More

3 Behaviors to Guide Good Digital Citizenship
August 28, 2019

Do you own a smartphone, use social media or, simply use the internet? Then you are already part of one of the biggest communities in the world: the digital world. Between blogging, social media, online shopping, vlogging, and research, there are millions of people that interact with the digital world on a daily basis. Here […] Read More

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Integrating Technology
August 27, 2019

Integrating technology into your classroom can be a bit like walking a tightrope. Introducing too much new tech too fast can be overwhelming and frustrating for both teachers and students. On the other hand, without being challenged, students won’t be pushed to grow and expand their comfort zones. How do we find a good middle […] Read More

Coding with the Grasshopper App from Google
August 14, 2019

The new Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiatives can be a scary thing for those that are new to coding. Thankfully, Google has come to the rescue with a wonderful (and FREE!) app called Grasshopper. Why we love Grasshopper Reason #1: Did we mention this app is FREE? Download through Google Play and Apple app […] Read More

Scientific Discovery with Science Journal by Google
August 5, 2019

Take full advantage of the sophisticated sensors found in mobile devices — paired with the free app Science Journal by Google — and take scientific investigation outside the classroom. Between the portability of mobile devices, and the ease of use of this app, students will gain a sense of freedom to explore the world around […] Read More

Road Tripping with My Maps from Google Maps
August 2, 2019

What is My Maps? Google’s My Maps is a great tool for teachers and learners alike. Teachers can use it as an interactive platform to present lesson materials. Learners can use My Maps to document what they have learned. It’s a very versatile tool as it allows you to easily create custom maps, share them, […] Read More

How to Collect Data Without Wasting a Single Piece of Paper!
July 30, 2019

The importance of collecting data in the classroom For teachers, collecting data can inform them on their effectiveness in delivering instruction and provide them information on students’ progress. One of the challenges with collecting data is the time it requires to prepare the content, deliver the content, and more importantly, grade the content. I remember […] Read More

How to Build a STE(A)M Curriculum
July 23, 2019

As schools begin to build programs and add initiatives for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), many teachers are flummoxed by the prospect of building this STEAM curriculum from the ground up. As great as it can be to have a blank slate, it can also be intimidating, because you have a blank slate. […] Read More

Virtual Tours and Augmented Reality with Google Arts and Culture
July 12, 2019

Through the arts we have a window into the values, perspectives, and capabilities of other people across time and space. Google Arts and Culture allows educators to bring works from around the world into their classrooms to enrich their pedagogy. The Google Arts and Culture website and app also utilize Google Maps and augmented reality […] Read More

How to Set Your SMART Board Handwriting Recognition for Spanish
July 10, 2019

Did you know your SMART Board can recognize Spanish? So you are a maestro o maestra de español and you are using your SMART Board’s text pen during class. What better way to help with the teaching process than by having your handwriting be recognized in Spanish text? Yes, SMART Notebook is able to recognize […] Read More

Vision Boards with Google Slides
July 8, 2019

Reimagining vision boards Whether you’re looking for a great summer activity or already storing away ideas for the next school year, we have a fun and engaging project to share that also incorporates…. Google Apps! Google Apps, while wonderful for those serious project-based learning (PBL) activities, can also be used for more light-hearted projects. In […] Read More

Tips for Wrapping Up Your School Year with Google
July 1, 2019

July is here, and with it, summer vacation! But, before you kick back and relax, taking some time to wrap up this year’s affairs will help set you up for success in the next school year. Here are some great ways to wrap up your school year with Google. Organize your Google Drive Consider creating […] Read More