14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Screencastify makes it easy to record video of your screen or with your webcam. Here are ideas for classroom implementation. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera […]

A foolproof solution to tech breakdowns in class

Technology fails. But how we react to it can teach students life lessons that we never expected. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

It never fails. At some point, if you use technology in the classroom, it’s going to burn you. The projector won’t turn on. The Internet will go down. The website you’re using will display strange errors — for everyone. The power will go out. Everyone has their stories. Suddenly, you’ll feel out of control … […]

The Magic Automatic Lesson Planner with Google Forms

Take the hassle out of lesson planning. Go digital. Make your plans searchable and shareable. Use Google Forms!

Traditional lesson plan books have their limitations. Being paper-based, they’re not searchable and they’re not easily shareable. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search quickly for a specific lesson plan instead of flipping back page by page? How about being able to share lesson plans with others without making photocopies? You can use […]

20 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school

Google Forms gives educators a powerful data collection tool. Check out these 20 ways to harness its power in school. (Google Forms logo used under fair use)

Everyone wants data. Schools want it to track student performance. Companies want it to learn about their customers. We track data in our own personal lives (fitness data, banking data, even social media data). Teachers and students have their own data gathering and tracking tool that’s free and easy to learn — Google Forms. Google […]

10 life hacking tips for educators

Educators always feel strapped for time. If we can change our habits and create more productive ones, we can gain valuable hours back. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

In workshops I’ve run, I often ask teachers, “What are the hurdles to reaching your professional goals?” The most popular answer is always the same. Always. Time. So many of us educators feel overworked. We don’t have enough time to accomplish the important work that will have a huge impact on our students’ lives — […]

20 easy ways to collaborate globally with your class now

The world is our classroom’s playground. We can see and talk to practically anyone around the world (with an Internet connection) for free. Video calls and collaborative digital tools let us connect in powerful ways. They let our students experience and learn from others in diverse locations in deep ways. Unfortunately, it’s one of the […]

12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

Google Apps is only for older students? Not so, according to kindergarten teacher Christine Pinto! She offers Google tips for littles. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Not so, says Christine Pinto. She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. They create. They take pictures. […]

12 ways to use Google Cardboard in your class

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Virtual reality used to be the thing of science fiction books and movies. Now, it’s inexpensive, works with the technology we carry in our pockets, and can transform us to real and imaginary places. I remember watching Marty McFly sit at his table in “Back to the Future Part 2”, watching TV with virtual reality […]