Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Halloween Drag and Drop Poetry with Google Drawings

Magnetic poetry kits have been around for decades, providing children and adults with inspiration to create poems on refrigerators everywhere.

As fun as those magnetic kits are, they have some limitations. By using a technology option, such as Google Drawings, you get many benefits:

  • No limit on the quantity of words provided. Just copy and paste more of them as needed.
  • Great tech skills practice with dragging and dropping and copying and pasting.
  • Ability to edit the words provided if needed.
  • Ability to add your own words.
  • Easy collaboration with others.
  • Easy to share or download your final creation.
  • No pieces to get lost.
  • It’s free!

In the past I have shared Google Drawing templates for students to create drag-and-drop "magnetic" poetry with a winter theme, Valentine's theme, and Spring theme. This time I have created one for Halloween.

See below to get your free copy of the Halloween Poetry template to use with your students (or yourself) however you want, as well as a video and directions on how to use it.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Podcast Spotlight: Get the Most out of Google

I recently had the pleasure to once again be a guest on the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast with Vicki Davis, where I shared about some of the best new Googley updates for schools from the last few months and what's coming soon!

In the past I have been on Vicki's awesome podcast twice before where I talked about:

I am excited to share this latest episode with you, as well as encourage you to dive into all the episodes of the podcast! This podcast is described as follows:

Every weekday, join full-time teacher Vicki Davis, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, as she dives into what matters most to classroom teachers. The best and brightest educators and idea creators will inspire you as they are interviewed on this show. You'll learn behind the scenes tips, classroom ideas, and practical mindsets for anyone working with today's kids.

I was so excited to be a guest on the show! See below for a link to the episode and other relevant resources...

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Screencastify Makes Video Quizzes Easier with Interactive Questions Feature

There are lots of screen recording tools available, but one of my favorites has always been Screencastify

It is super easy to use with options to record your screen or webcam or both, as well as annotate on your screen, edit the recording afterwards, and share the final video in many ways.

As useful as Screencastify has always been, it is now even better with two new free features: Interactive Questions for video quizzes and Viewer Analytics!

  • The Interactive Questions feature makes it easy to add multiple choice questions to your video so you can assess student understanding while they watch your videos.
  • The Viewer Analytics feature allows you to see who has viewed your videos, and how many times, so you can get a better measure of student engagement.

See below for a short video walkthrough of these new features, as well as written directions. And thanks to Screencastify for sponsoring this post and video! All reviews and opinions expressed are based on my personal view.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

My 2022 FETC Sessions

I am excited and honored to be presenting at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC 2022) in Orlando, Florida this January 25th through 28th, 2022.

I always look forward to an opportunity to see old friends, make new friends, share some ideas, and learn so many new things from others.

You can register for FETC at https://www.fetc.org/

Below is a list of sessions I will be presenting at FETC 2022, along with any associated resources. Please feel free to join me for any of these sessions. I look forward to sharing, learning, and chatting with you!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Join Me for K-6 Google Tools in Arizona, California, and Online

I am excited once again this year to be offering on-site Google workshops through BER (the Bureau of Education & Research)!

These full-day workshops (8:30am to 3:15pm) will be on "Making the Best Use of Google Classroom and Free Google Tools to Accelerate Student Learning (K-6)" and will be held:

  • October 25, 2021 - Phoenix AZ
  • October 26, 2021 - Sacramento CA
  • October 27, 2021 - Ontario CA
  • October 28, 2021 - Anaheim CA

For those who cannot attend in-person, there is also a "Recorded Event" option that you can stream at your own convenience.

To learn more:

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

My 2021 ISTE Creative Constructor Lab Sessions

I am honored and excited to be presenting at ISTE's sold-out 2021 Creative Constructor Lab Virtual!

If you’re registered, join me October 16th and 17th to imagine, invent and innovate, and learn how to encourage your students to do the same. 

Not registered? You can purchase CCL Replay and get access to all recorded sessions. Together, we can inspire students to innovate their way to ingenuity.

For more details about the conference, visit the site at: https://iste.com/ccl

And see below for details about my sessions...