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 […]

Rock these creative Google Slides templates in class (GTT034)

It’s nice to have some ideas to help kickstart our creative thinking when it comes to using Google Slides in non-traditional ways. That’s where Ryan O’Donnell can help. He’s a technology TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and former social studies teacher from Rocklin, California. Ryan has created some amazing Google Slides templates that you can […]

Mind-blowing Google tricks with Jake Miller (GTT033)

When Ohio tech integration specialist Jake Miller shares his Google tricks on social media, they’re enough to catch your eye. When he creates them in amazing animated GIF images, the amazingness is without question. In this episode of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, you’ll get plenty of both. Jake will share some of his favorite […]

Mobile Learning with Google (GTT032)

Students carry these high-tech devices to school in their pockets all the time. Cell phones. The mobile devices so many students are equipped with have plenty of processing power — and plenty of potential to amplify learning. It’s so easy to shut them off. Put them in a shoe holder. Confine them to the lockers. […]

Deep thinking with G Suite (GTT029)

It’s easy to replace what you were doing in the classroom before with a technological version of it. Some would use the SAMR model and label it substitution: direct tool substitute with no functional change If you’re using all of this cool technology to do the same things you were doing before, it feels like […]

How to manage Google Classroom like a boss with notifications

When you’re using Google Classroom to manage your class’s workflow, there’s a lot going on. There are assignments and announcements that you’ve created. There are student comments to respond to. There’s grading — and the comments that go with that. It can feel like you’re doing Google Classroom’s bidding — like it’s this cruel taskmaster […]