Creating a Digital Independent Reading Log

Use Google Forms, Sheets, DataStudio, and Awesome Table to create a large-scale digital reading log for students.Read More

Easy Database with IFTTT, Blogger, and Google Forms

I’d like to share with you a new tool that I’ve been working on for my colleagues. What I have noticed in recent years, is that every teacher has his or her favorite websites, classroom productivity and creativity tools, and general digital resources. I am constantly hearing about new ones as I visit classrooms and speak with teachers and students. I thought to myself, why not share these amazing resources with each other so that we can all benefit from what they offer? This in mind, I put together a database to store a collection of digital resources for teachers. Read More

More DataStudio Fun

So, here is a fun little experiment. I created an IFTTT (If this, than that) applet that automatically sends all tweets tagged with #GSuiteEdu to a Google Sheet. Then, I built a report in Google DataStudio that displays, in real-time, some stats from the data. Very cool, and very simple!Read More

Diving in to Data Studio

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love data. I especially love interesting ways of communicating and interacting with data. As they tend to be doing these days, Google has read my mind and released a powerful new tool tasked at communicating your, always up-to-date data in beautiful ways. Google DataStudio is a powerful tool which allows you to connect a Google sheet (or a number of other data sources) to the studio and build a dashboard which will communicate the stories behind your data, with complete drag-and drop flexibility and creative control.Read More

Books On-Deck with Google Sheets

Something that has come up in discussions with my English teachers has been an exploration of various ways to have students keep a running list of “books on-deck;” the books they are interested in potentially reading at some point in the future. While Google form or Awesome Tables would work well, I decided that a simple doc shared between the student and the teacher would be best. In putting it together, I found that a Google Sheet would make it even easier for teachers and students to enter and edit information. Read More

Google Tools for Tracking Reading

One of the more exciting and enjoyable projects I have been working on over the last two years has been an initiative to carefully track the reading that is taking place in our middle school. Literacy has become the main instructional focus for all students in my district and this has been one of many initiatives aimed at better understanding the barriers to independent reading, and how to overcome them. When several administrators approached me looking for an intuitive, user-friendly, but powerful tool for collecting and analyzing large amounts of data, I immediately turned to G Suite - little did I know at the time that this project would keep getting bigger and bigger, and necessitate the use of nearly half a dozen web apps. Here's how it all came together.Read More

Make Studying Fun with Flippity

Now that the school year is back in full swing — it's  time to break out the flashcards, practice tests, and notes as students prepare for exams and assessments. Fortunately, there are lots and lots of great web tools available to enhance and liven up this typically arduous process. Quick assessment tools like Kahoot! and Formative are great ways to practice and review with students. But what if you want an even faster way to make interactive digital flashcards, Jeopardy-style review games, crossword puzzles, Mad Libs activities, and more — all without any work except for typing in the information? Enter Flippity.
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Google EDU in 90

Interested in keeping up on all the latest updates from Google for Education, but don’t running short on time? Take a look at EDU in 90, a new YouTube playlist full of quick, engaging videos direct from Google for Education. Episodes focus on an important topics for teachers, administrators, and school leaders including looks at everything from product updates and new programs to helpful resources for the classroom.Read More

Google Slides Outside the Box

Google Slides is a web-based presentation tool, not all that different from PowerPoint or Keynote. What sets it apart though, is the same thing that sets all of the Google (G Suite) apps apart from there Office and iWork counterparts — collaboration. While the Office and iWork suites have added sharing and collaboration features, they’re just not the same as what Google has accomplished. Google Slides makes working on a document with one or one hundred other people easy. This opens up lots of doors to unique and engaging learning activities using this powerful tool.Read More

Exploring Google's Hidden Gems

We all know about Google Drive, and Docs, and Gmail, etc, however Google has been busy at work on dozens of other projects which are quietly lurking online, just waiting to be discovered — many of which can be useful and engaging tools for the classroom. Here are just a few of these hidden Google gems.
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