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Talking About Content: Flipgrid

Getting our students to use content vocabulary and talk about what they have been learning not only improves their verbal skills but it also creates engagement and increases retention of knowledge. It is difficult in 45 minutes for all of our students to have the opportunity to express themselves. Once again, technology is coming to the rescue.
One of the resources I have been introduced to is Flipgrid. This is an easy to use tool, so easy to use, you could launch it tomorrow in your classroom.
A few suggestions for how to use follow:
EnglishStudents complete the required reading for their chapter and then answer questions.What do you think will happen next?What would happen if...?Why is ________ important to the story? How would the story change if the character was removed?What do you think a good solution to the problem in the story would be?MathHow did you solve problem #...?What would happen if you changed ____ to ____?Tell me how you.... or Explain h…
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I was looking through my blog posts and was surprised to find that I had not shared my favorite tool. Using this tool can revolutionize your classroom. How many of you would love to know if what students were supposed to learn today was actually learned? How many of you would love to know if students actually read the assigned reading the night before? How many of you would love to know if students are actually listening while you are talking? Well, I have a way for you to gather that information. is an excellent resource for the classroom teacher. The free version allows teachers up to 10 question choices. This video from Gradecam gives you an overview of how the product works. Below the video, you will find suggestions and ideas for ways to use Gradecam in your classroom.

Teachers Have the Power with GradeCam from GradeCam on Vimeo.
Gradecam Suggestions: Exit TicketsAt the end of class, have prepared questions for students based on what was supposed to be learned du…

Google Slides: Slides Q&A

While at TCEA 2017, I discovered Google Slides has begun to offer a Q&A feature. This is an interesting tool for presentations. By using Slides Q&A, a presenter has the ability to collect real time feedback from audience members. Audience members can post questions or comments and other members can like the question or post letting the presenter know what audience members would be interested in hearing more about.  
**An important point for teachers, there is the ability to check anonymous when posting. Teachers will want to be sure they have a protocol set for their students.

Google Add-ons, Apps & Extensions

February 2017
I have created a resource that includes Google Add-ons, Extensions, & Apps that are beneficial to you and/or your students.

Click here:

Included in the resource are the following tools:

g(Math)Easybib (Google Doc add-on)Speech to Text (Google Doc add-on)CloudConvertText to Speech (Google extension - reads highlighted text)

Cell Phones & the Classroom

Cell phones in the classroom can be an extremely useful engagement tool for your students. However, they can be a distraction if not managed properly.

I was working with one of my teachers at the high school and she pulled up this really cool idea  that she had found on Pinterest for cell phone management. I have included a link here to the original blogger. The teacher behind the idea, Brit Bingold, is a high school English teacher and had several suggestions for the classroom. The first drawer of the tower is for cellphones. The rest can be used for school supplies or books.

If you are looking for new ideas for your room, I highly recommend her blog. Get inspired for the upcoming school year.  
The first drawer of the tower is for cell phones and the other drawers are for supplies and items needed for class. Learn more by reading Brit's blog.  Click here to read her blog. 
Bingold, Brittany. Desk Towers. Digital image. The Bits of Brit. N.p., 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 23 June 2016. <…


Do you love Kahoot? Do you love Google Classroom? Do I have a new resource for you!

Quizizz is a website that allows the teacher to create multiplayer games that can be played at school (similar to Kahoot), however these games can be played at home as well!

The teacher creates the game with any multiple choice questions and then assigns the quiz through Google Classroom. Students click on the link, prompted to choose their Google account, then input their user name. After that is simple game play. Quizizz offers reports with the student name and results. It could be used for formative or informative assessment. It is a great tool to add to your belt of engagement tools.

​If you have any questions or would like to learn more, let me know. I will be happy to help you get started or share ideas for your classroom. ​

Resources: - quick slide show that explains Quizizz and how to use

If you have used Kahoot, you know how competition can increase student engagement in your classroom. Another such tool has been shared with me. is a place for participants to learn vocabulary. It is set up in a game format where participants can earn badges and points by completing activities in the process of learning vocabulary words. Participants can study, participate in a practice activity, and try their hand at the spelling bee. While learning the vocabulary, participants are given the definition of the word, an explanation, as well as the option of hearing the word spoken. is an excellent resource for educators as well. Teachers can set up classes, use list which have already been created, or create their own list that relate to their current assignment. Students join the class through the use of a class code. Teachers can then track how much time they are spending on the website and how their learning is progressing.

However, the best thing about …