Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

iPads were a force in education. But with Chromebooks that have keyboards, touchscreens and apps, that all may change. (Image of Acer R11 used by fair use.)

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom — desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others. Hands down, the best experience for me has been Chromebooks. I’ve outlined why I choose Chromebooks for a 1:1 initiative or, as I had, for carts that stay […]

Remixing traditional lessons with tech: a framework you can use

Trying to "tech up" our old lessons may not have the impact we hope. But we can use traditional lessons to inspire new teaching. Here's a way. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Many times, teachers try to bring technology into the classroom by “teching up” their old lessons. They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from a little bit of tech fairy dust. Many times, it doesn’t change the overall learning experience much — and sometimes detracts from it. To really get the most out of […]

Writing papers and research reports the Google way

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The traditional research paper has been around a long time. We all likely have a memory of sweating over one at the last minute. They’re still a staple in K-12 schools and in universities. We don’t use formal academic papers and reports that much in real life. Often, they’re sources for more academic papers and […]

I’m going back to paper AND staying digital

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As a teacher, I went all-in on being as digital as possible years ago. I made the “I’m going totally paperless” statement like so many well-meaning teachers. I had my best-laid plans ready to go. There were glitches and road bumps, but my class was becoming more and more digital. But something was missing. A […]

Teach with Kahoot!: Go beyond review with the Blind Kahoot

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Teachers all over the world use Kahoot! for formative assessment and to review content with students. And why wouldn’t they? Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) is a fun gameshow-style assessment activity. There are tons of creative ways to review and assess with it. Kahoot! lets students answer questions with their own device. It has music and a leaderboard, […]

Exploring ‘Explore’: How Google works for you and your students

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I can only imagine the hours of time spent tinkering on Google Apps. Slide design. Looking up citation information. Fumbling with creating charts from data. If we can eliminate some of the mindless procedural stuff, we can spend quality time on learning. Google’s got your back. Within the last year, they created the Explore tool. […]

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Make solid connections with families by creating custom email newsletters for every student. It's easy with Google Docs, Sheets and Forms. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. If you’re sending photocopies of them home in students’ backpacks, I’ll bet your success rate is less than 50 percent. (And that’s being generous.) There’s a big reason I believe that these newsletters — which could be great parent/teacher communication tools — fall on deaf ears (or […]