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 […]

Creating classroom fireworks to get students saying WOW!

Engagement is still king in the classroom. If students aren't paying attention, they might as well not be there. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Attention economy is a term that many in business are paying attention to. There’s lots of noise in media and in our everyday lives. Organizations are doing whatever they can to get people’s attention. Social media marketing. Billboards. Emails. Advertising in unique locations. (The ads they stick above urinals in the men’s room are a […]

10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

Genius Hour might be the spark your students need to boost engagement and produce independent learners. Here are some reasons to try it. (Public domain photo via Pixabay.com)

For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn’t have any computer science classes except for a six-week “Introduction to Computers” rotation class. So I started tinkering with it on my computer at home. I found books to learn new commands. Then […]

10 ways to start the school year with a bang

The first days of a school year are an invigorating time. Make the most of them with these ideas. (Public domain image via Pixabay)

The beginning of the school year is such an invigorating time. It’s still so full of potential and possibility. Plus, there’s that joy that we teachers get from new school supplies (something I’m sure is not fully appreciated by most other professions!). As we gear up for the new school year (or have already begun […]

How school can look more like an episode of Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb are always in search of adventure, creating and imagining. Schools should look a lot like that on their best days. (Disney Television Animation)

With three elementary-aged kids at home, I’ve seen my fair share of Disney Channel shows. It started with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse many years ago and has since evolved to Good Luck Charlie. (I’ll actually get the theme song for that one stuck in my head and sing it all day. Not by choice.) I’ll tolerate […]

13 ways to create unforgettable multimedia with Adobe Spark

Creating great images, pages and video can spark students' interest in learning. Adobe Spark makes that possible for free. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Multimedia is one way that technology is impacting what we do in the classroom. Just look back 10 years. To create impressive video, audio and images in the past, it used to take expensive equipment. Video mixers. Audio boards. Design software. Now we have high-resolution (or high-definition) creation tools right in our pockets. Smart phones, […]

6 steps to transition to digital

Looking to go digital in your classroom in a meaningful way? Here are the six core steps to making it happen. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

The “paperless classroom” is a buzzword that flies around education and edtech discussions a lot. It’s for good reason, too. A paperless classroom can … promote discussions at any time in any place. bring in information, perspectives and experiences from all over the world. give classrooms great efficiency. boost the creativity factor in new ways. help […]

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 4: To the next level

Smashing multiple Google tools together can create amazing classroom experiences. Check out these two "GAFE Smashes" for some new ideas. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Using Google Apps like Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings and MyMaps give you access to features that can take your activities to the next level. However, when you use them together — smash them — you can pull the best of several tools into one superb activity. In today’s post, Karly Moura and Sean Fahey introduce […]