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

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 […]

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 3: Breakout EDU Digital

Problem solving. Critical thinking. Teamwork. And lots of fun. What's Breakout EDU Digital all about? Check out this post. (Logo from Breakout EDU)

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning platform developed by James Sanders and Mark Hammons. After visiting an escape room (a room where you are locked in and have to solve clues and riddles to escape) with a group of students, James and Mark noted how engaged the students were while working on the escape. Realizing […]

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 2: Digital Differentiation

Google Apps gives teachers great opportunities to reach students at their own unique level. By smashing YouTube with other apps, great digital differentiation can happen.

When students and educators start smashing Google Apps together, creative activities start to emerge that aren’t possible with a single app. We’re exploring “GAFE Smashing” in a series of posts. In our last post, we saw two creative examples of “dynamic docs” — ways to use Google Docs in conjunction with other apps. The result […]

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 1: Dynamic Docs

Google Apps are powerful classroom tools by themselves. When you smash multiple apps together in one activity, magic can happen. Here are some examples. (Public domain image via

Google Apps make so many fantastic classroom activities possible. When you smash together multiple Google Apps to create one big activity, those possibilities grow exponentially. Have you ever heard the phrase, “We’re better together”? That’s the way Google Apps are. This idea was discussed by the moderators of the #DitchBook Twitter chat (held Thursdays at […]

iPad Mania: 20 ideas for sparking interest in class with iPads

The iPad has game-changing potential for any classroom. Use these ideas, tips and apps to spark some new interest. (Public domain photo via Unsplash)

When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, it was a marvel that had the potential to make big change. It was visually stunning. It was tactile. It shortened some work from minutes to seconds. The iPad’s possibilities in education were seen quickly and have developed over time. It’s easy to say that tech is just […]