Tag Archive: Google

Oct 02

Diigo Links (weekly)

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use the New Explore Function in Google Slides Earlier this week Google introduced a new feature to Google Slides, Docs, and Sheets that they are calling “Explore. How To Gain Control Of An Out-Of-Control Class | Smart Classroom Management In the past, I’ve written about the importance of starting …

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Sep 18

Diigo Links (weekly)

Another week of resources! Check out these links: Classroom Games and Tech: Game Design Exploration #2 – Love Letter Several months ago I created a game design exploration that required students to redesign a simple game so it fit a topic they were studying. I’m now working on several Game Design Project Packs that include …

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Jan 14

Multiple GAFE Accounts, Shared Devices?


In my classroom students have iPads, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Netbooks, Chromebooks, Laptops, or iMac desktop computers to choose from to do work that requires technology. Some of my devices are old enough that they are glitchy at best and downright frustrating to do anything other than surfing the net. We had some troubles when first …

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Jan 27

1st Semester Assessment

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Peer and self assessment are both strategies used in Assessment for Learning (AfL). When it comes to assessment time, midterms and end of semester I survey all my students to get some insight into how they are learning, what they are learning, and if they need anything different from me. One thing I’ve learned over …

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Jul 23

Math Stereotypes

[This is part of a series of posts I’m writing as I reflect on another online course I’m taking this summer, Stanford University’s EDUC115N How to Learn Math. Sure, I’m a Science teacher but I have taught Math so I’m familiar with Math instruction. Besides, we do use Math in Science so it’s not like …

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Jul 18

1:1 iPad Program Proposal

Back in December when I heard there was interest in starting a 1:1 iPad program in my district I jumped on the idea. I got with the middle school teachers (all nine of us) and I asked if they wanted to pilot a 1:1 program in our school. Everyone was on board so I started drafting …

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Jan 25

Student Survey Time


Midterm is upon us and I reminded my students of how things are different at this time in an ungraded classroom. I hear them talking about what grades they are getting in their other classes because at midterm teachers prepare progress reports for families to see how their child is doing halfway through the trimester. …

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Dec 01

Moving to 1to1

Working in a small school district I get to actually work with our superintendent! After starting my career in the Los Angeles Unified School District this is just awesome. I’m part of our district technology committee so that’s one way I get to work with our superintendent. So what do you do when your superintendent …

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Oct 01

Mt Saint Helens 2012

Mt Saint Helens

Last week we took 6th graders to Camp Cispus. I wrote about an unexpected change of plans where one of our 6th graders noticed that the road we normally take to Windy Ridge and Spirit Lake to see Mt Saint Helens was closed. Luckily, the Johnston Ridge Observatory, facing the horse shoe shaped crater and …

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Aug 13

Vote for Me!


My Awards, Grades and Competition blog post has been nominated for an award! My first nomination (well, 1st and 2nd nomination it seems as my blog was also nominated for a Middle School Teacher award)! (For more information on who sponsors this award please read the comments section of this blog post.) Here’s the reason they …

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