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Google Sheets is a web-based application that allows users to create, update and modify spreadsheets and share the data live online. They can be used at any grade level with any subject area. Check out the various examples below!
- Digital Rubrics (#2)
- Flippity add-on – turn GSheets into Quiz Show, tracker, flashcards, etc.
- Mail Merge add-on
- Power Tools add-on
- Random Generator add-on
- Template Gallery add-on
- Quickstart video
Here’s my podcast on two great edtech tools. Listen in!
Get students sharing their learning via Adobe Spark and FlipGrid. I provide an overview of each of these tools and how to get started.
Read through the 5 Ways to use Adobe Spark Video in your classroom and you will be able to instantly add these ideas throughout the year for any student-centred projects. A great opportunity to work on refining thoughts and ideas while also producing something unique and a showcase of what a students knows! Check out the tutorial at https://youtu.be/rSR_32wAyvQ.
Students can compose a dialogue for a TV/radio commercial, a phone script, a talking poem or even a memoir. Flipgrid is an online video response platform. Teachers can post topics, videos or links and students respond to the prompt through video reflections. Check out Getting Started with FlipGrid if you are new to this tool.
From all the video responses, using created criteria, peers could choose their top 10 responses and teachers can then create MixTapes that highlight some of the creative thinking over a certain period or concept. Showcase Student Videos with Flipgrid MixTapes.
START with a QUESTION
Mathematicians, researchers and teachers support a constructivist/problem-solving mathematics classroom. This design engages students in critical thinking, individual and collaborative thought and builds upon and improves on their current knowledge while solving the task in front of them. Check out the resources, in alphabetical order, that will help you in asking questions in the math class:
- 8 Ways to Pose Better Questions in Math Class by WeAreTeachers
- 100 Questions that Promote Mathematical Discourse by Curriculum Associates
- Asking Effective Questions from Ontario Ed
- Math Resources that create problem solvers by Robert Kaplinsky
- Mathematical Mindset with YOUCubed and Jo Boaler
- Small, M. (2009) Good questions: Great ways to differentiate mathematics instruction. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Three Act Math Tasks from Dan Meyer, Kyle Pearce
- Van de Walle, J., & Lovin, L.A. (2005). Teaching student-centered mathematics: Grades K–3 and Grades 3–5 and Grades 5–8. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon: Boston.
STUDENTS need TIME to STRUGGLE
YOU are NOT the ANSWER KEY
SAY YES to YOUR STUDENTS’ IDEAS
General resources for math teachers:
- A Mind for Numbers – How to Excel at Math and Science book
- Big Ideas of Early Mathematics – What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know book
- Building a Thinking Classroom Peter Liljedahl
- Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle and High School Students book
- Concept-based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Classroom book
- Creating Numeracy Rich Environments in Schools by ERLC
- Creative Mathematics – Kim Sutton
- Curated online Math resources by TeachThought
- Curated Math teaching resources by MathTeaching
- Learning to Love Math book
- Mathematical Mindsets book
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- NRICH from the University of Cambridge
- ORIGO Education
- The School Leader’s Guide to Building and Sustaining Math Success book
- Visible Learning for Mathematics book
When we think artificial intelligence, it is very likely that we conjure up scenes from franchised science fiction thriller (Terminator) or complete infatuation with a computer (Her) or even autocorrect on our own smartphones.
Check out a basic video overview on Artificial Intelligence. (5:27)
How teachers can utilize AI in engaging student learning with next practice strategies?
AUTOMATION: assistance with grading. Here teachers can give quick feedback to students through a survey that is autograded. Opportunities for exit tickets, anticipatory knowledge gathering of a new concept/topic or just general interest will give both teachers and students a baseline of information to work from.
- Create and grade quizzes with Google Forms – https://goo.gl/agXQq9
- Use Plickers (iOS/Android) app and cards – https://get.plickers.com/
- Chatbots like those found on Snatchbot (https://snatchbot.me/) can be created by students and teachers. Examples like Mitsuku, WestJet’s Juliet and Snatchbot gallery.
- Chatbots for students – these at https://goo.gl/wtu7M6 can be used to get organized or to have a conversation.
- Siri is found on an iOS device in Settings > Siri & Search. Allow “Hey Siri”.
- Cortana is a digital agent for Windows 10.
- A caution for teachers in using Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home in their classroom. Currently these smart speakers connect with a personal account which would not use a school division’s filtering system. Once these smart speakers are able to utilize or be connected to a hosted O365 or GSuite Apps for Education teacher account, they would be more secure and safe to use.
Such as text-to-speech or speech-to-text online systems that reinforce and provide tools to remove barriers for students so that they may demonstrate their learning.
- Texthelp RW4GC and Equatio training and resources at https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/support/training/.
- More resources and information on Microsoft’s Accessibility features are found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility.
- Presentation Translator is a free plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint that creates subtitles in real time. See https://translator.microsoft.com/help/education/ for more information.
- Turn on Chromebook accessibility features via https://goo.gl/JD0sYf.
- Google Slides with automatic captions – https://goo.gl/Hjy1ZF.
- Apple accessibility features at https://www.apple.com/ca/accessibility/.
- Machine Learning Projects.
- A collection of AI experiments from Google are found at https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/ai. Explore machine learning with pictures, drawings, language, music and more. Some examples include: Teachable Machine – https://experiments.withgoogle.com/teachable-machine and Quick, Draw! – https://experiments.withgoogle.com/quick-draw.
- Emoji Scavenger Hunt – https://emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com/
- Anki’s Cozmo robot – https://www.anki.com/en-ca/cozmo/code-lab
- Cue the clever bot – https://www.makewonder.com/cue_the_cleverbot/
Artificial intelligence resources in education are great in providing secondary sources of information and support for learners. The above examples are a small sampling of what teachers can do to provide students with access to machine learning in a purposeful way. Yet it is important to note that AI does not provide the humanity and emotional-social support that is so important in the classroom. School staff are an integral part of making a learning environment the most engaging, safe, imaginative and creative it can be.
Goals. Challenges. The New Year. A new semester. A new month. The start of the week. Each of these begs our senses to think about a re-start or a fresh start. One way to get into a habit of doing something, is to establish a 30 day challenge.
Check out what Matt Cutts says about this in his TED Ed talk:
Here are a few 30 day challenges that you or your colleagues may want to take on sometime throughout the year:
- Blogging Challenge via A.J. Juliani
- January Blogger Challenge via Edublogs – can be used for teachers and adapted for students
- Happiness Challenge from Apostrophe S Greetings
- De-Clutter Challenge from Liz
- Teach Like a Pirate Challenge adapted from Dave Burgess’ book
- Re-Connection Challenge by Dr. Jody Carrington
And there are even more to improve your health, fitness level, relationships, etc. (My goal was to share educationally/professionally based challenges.) If you are looking for other ideas, check out these books:
- The 30 Day Challenge: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life
- The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges: 60 Habit-Forming Programs to Live an Infinitely Better Life
- Atomic Habits
What kind of challenges have you taken on? Which were successful? Which would you like a do-over?
Last school year, I collected and created some bimonthly BioBreak PD posters that were made available for all staff washrooms at all of our school sites. They were well received so for this school year, with a concentration of revising GSuite Apps for Education, these BioBreaks were made monthly and started in December. Here is the first poster with the linked resources below.
This web-based diagramming software allows users to collaborate, embed flowcharts, mind maps, and interactive features. Google Drawings can be used in any subject area at any grade level. Check out some of the exemplars on this page to get you and your students using Google Drawings!
- 3 Circle Venn Diagram
- 3 Little Pigs: Sequencing
- 6 Step Cycle
- 9 Circle Web
- Character Description
- Compare and Contrast
- Frayer Model
- Greeting Card
- Idioms Drawing
- Main Idea and Details
- Question Chart
- Sandwich Chart
- Spring Magnetic Poetry
- Story Map
- Think about Your Thinking
- Wintertime Magnetic Poetry
- Kindergarten Category Sorter – Colors
- Grade 1 Make a Pattern
- Grade 2 Money Sorting
- Grade 3 2D Side Sort
- Grade 4 Greater/Lesser Than and Equal to
- Grade 5 Fact Families
- Grade 6 Would You Rather?
- Grade 7 Classifying Triangles
- Grade 8 Pythagorean Theorem
- Tangram Puzzle – Swan
- Atoms Interactive
- Grade 1 Weather Week
- Grade 2 Animal Trading Card
- Grade 3 Classifying Rocks
- Grade 4 Water Cycle
- Grade 5 Wetlands Organisms Poster
- Grade 6 Parts of a Leaf/Parties d’une Feuille
- Grade 7 Adaptations example
- Grade 8 Animal Cell Labelling Activity
- Grade 9 DNA Model Template
- Province or Territory Research Web
- Grade 3 Quality of Life
- Grade 5 Mixed Up Map of Canada
- Grade 6 Democracy/Democratie – Pillars/Principes and Lesson
- Grade 7 Imperialism, Colony, Mercantilism
- Grade 8 God, Glory, Guns and Germs
- THIEVES Template
- 10 Things to Know Template
- Compose a Tweet Template
- Cornell Note-taking
- Digital Citizenship Pledge
- Magazine Advertisement Template
- Meme Generator Template
- Motivational Poster
- Who Are You