Google in the Classroom: Science, Menus and Videos


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These items below are not only time-savers for teachers, they are also offer students different ways to engage with content and each other.

Opportunities for teachers to learn more about GSuite for Edu. The Computer Science hub has a variety of programs such as Made with Code, Science Fair, Student volunteers, CS opportunities for students. They also have teacher training and prep programs such as Applied CS skills curriculum, Applied Digital Skills, CS First, and grants.

Google is constantly updating features for any of the GDrive apps.

Incorporate student choice, variety of content, etc. to differentiate student learning experiences. Created by Kasey Bell.

There are many ways to incorporate media within a Google Doc. Although not an actual feature, that of adding video directly into a GDoc (one can hope is a future item), this is an easy work around with a few options to choose from. Shared via Eric Curts

Who doesn’t want to check out templates? It’s always great when teachers share their formats and ideas. Well, Christine Pinto has the early years teachers excited about these templates.



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Google in the Classroom: Projects, Quizzes and GreenScreens

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Get your creative ‘mojo’ on with any one of these resources!

How to find, install, and use over 800 web fonts from Google for projects in Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings.

A new update to Google Forms now allows you to auto-grade short answer questions with multiple correct answers.

How to create images and do activities for green screen image projects using Google Drawings.


Caution: Hot Water

Our Planet Earth offers many interesting, unique and unbelievable opportunities for students to learn, question and form new ideas from. Scientific and project-based lessons allow students time to explore some of these. For example, check out the video below that is a great hook for students to look into geothermal challenges and possibilities.

Ask students to watch the video and pull out any specific keywords and/or ideas. They can post them on a collaborative Google Doc, AnswerGarden, or even Padlet.

In small groups, students could search out for other unique places on the Planet to present to their classmates. Teachers could provide a template for what students should be looking for. Students could also use a Greenscreen application like Do Ink or Touchcast and have their found video clip playing in the background while they provide a summary, an overarching question and/or information.


Google in the Classroom: Hyperdocs, Forms and Add-ons

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Update your uses of Google Docs, Forms and Drive with any one of these resources!

HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. Check out the link above to enhance your Hyperdoc usage even further!

Google Forms have a lot of uses and the ability to build in differentiation is fantastic.

More “power” to your GDrive! Who doesn’t want that in their classroom?


Spotlight on Strategy: 20 Questions

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SOS: Twenty Questions is a teaching strategy that requires students to examine a collection of content-related images and develop a series of questions for each image. The development of questions allows students to engage more deeply with the content and encourages them to determine relevancy and deepen understanding as they find answers.

NOTE: you must have a Discovery Ed license in order to access.

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