Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides

Let students put what you’re studying in MOTION. Animation is easy with stop motion Google Slides. (Icons via The Noun Project with NounPro account.)For years (centuries … really, millennia), students have had access to paper. And with that, they’ve been able to gather their ideas and turn them into static, two-dimensional images.To put those images […]

Sticky learning: Digital brain dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative

It’s a common request from teachers of students: Study. Go home and study. Go back over the material. Re-read the material. When we ask students to do this, we mean well. We want them to succeed. But we’re asking them to study in a way the brain hates. The problem: the information is flowing in […]

How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD

Games can make class and professional development more fun! Here are the steps to create a Family Feud-style. (Family Feud logo used via fair use)Who doesn’t like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It’s great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done […]

Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here’s how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. (Graphic by Matt Miller)It’s a big, big world out there, and it’s easier than ever to reach out to someone.Does your class reflect that?We have access to […]

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Tech tool options continue to grow. There’s a lot out there. Here are some new — and familiar — ones to try in 2018. (Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there’s so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that’s also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There’s so […]

Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2017

And just like that, 2017 is in the books. Technology in classrooms has seen some great changes. For instance, “Flipgrid Fever” (flipgrid.com) has really taken off. Students have really shown their voice by recording short Flipgrid videos and sharing them with their classmates and the world. In some ways, though, a lot has stayed the […]

Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class

We (Cori and Matt) are betting that comics are a memorable part of your childhood, whether they were the color comic strips in the Sunday newspaper or comic books. If not, then it was probably animated comics — cartoons! They’re visual. They’re colorful. Adults and children alike flock to animated movies at theaters when they’re […]