June 2017

Grade Short Answers in Google Forms

Grading has never been ____. Yesterday Google quietly announced a new Forms feature that allows you to grade by question and allows for streamlined short answer grading.  Now you can create short answer/fill in the blank questions and grade them in Forms itself.  You provide an answer key (currently case sensitive) and if the student …

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Five Tools to Be More Productive

I’m trying to get caught up on all my #edublogsclub prompts and number 22 is sharing productivity tools.  Productivity is my favorite category in all the app stores!  Ironically, I’ve spent hours looking at apps and extensions to help me get more done.  These are the ones I use the most.  Trello– I wrote about …

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Hacking Tech Support with EdPuzzle

Tech Support – How may I help? If there’s one thing I dislike it’s taking up precious class time to do tech support and answer technology questions.  It my seem ironic, but for an Instructional Technology Coach and teacher in a paperless classroom, I’m pretty picky about what type of tech I use in class. …

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#edublogsclub – A Book

a woman reading a hat

I read a lot.  I used to read even more., but now if I finish a book a month I’m in heaven.  I listen to a lot of books as well and for some reason I only listen to non-fiction.  In 2013 I listened to Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t …

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#edublogsclub – Art

#edublogsclub Art

Using Art in the Classroom I love art!  Love it!!  I can spend all day in a museum looking at everything. The back wall of my classroom is filled with art reproductions from students and posters that I’ve “borrowed” from the art teacher.  (Two art teachers ago, so I think they’re mine now.)   If I …

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Giving Textbook Activities a Purpose

Not every activity in a textbook is awful.  And sometimes, with just a small tweak, they can be pretty darn good. The Tweak So my friend Lewie (You know Lewie, right? Everyone knows Lewie!) Lewie has been talking a lot about giving a real purpose to student communication.  I took this idea and tweaked the “interview your …

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