Friday, October 16, 2020

3 Ways You Can Share a Jamboard on Google Classroom

 Jamboard is quickly becoming a favorite tool for many educators across the globe. It is simple to use and easy to integrate; however, the one question that I often hear is "how can I share it with students?"

Want a tutorial on how to use Jamboard? Check this out! 

Google Classroom may be one of the easiest ways to share a Jamboard with your students. Simply attach your Jamboard to your assignment from your Google Drive. Then you will have the option to choose one of the following options:


  • View Only - students can only see your Jamboard and can't change anything. Perfect if you want to demonstrate something to students. 
  • Students Can Edit - this allows your entire class to work on one Jamboard at the same time.
  • Make a Copy for Each Student - this creates an individual copy of your Jamboard for each student in the class. This will save on your student's Google Drive. NOTE: You will not be able to see all of your students completing their Jamboards at once; however, you can have students turn it into Google Classroom to see what they have completed. 

Want to see this in action? Check out my video below

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Create an Interactive Google Sheets Checklist: Tally Checkboxes, Use Conditional Formatting, and More

Have you ever been frustrated when students forget to read instructions or include certain elements in an assignment? I have found writing assignments to be particularly challenging for some students.

In order to save my sanity and help students practice important self-management skills, I developed an interactive Google Sheet called "My Perfect 10 Checklist." The following Sheet has checkbox reminders, a tally feature to count all checked boxes, and conditional formatting, which will turn green when the student is ready to turn in their assignment. 


 

How Does It Work? 

First, you will want to create a Google Sheet with the important tasks you want students to complete. It might be helpful to keep it simple and list a handful or no more than 10. 

Then, you will want to add checkboxes, so that students can keep track of their completion. 


Next, I find it helpful to add a box to tally up how many boxes have been checked. You can use a CountIf equation to keep track of how many boxes are checked. Here is the sample equation from my example. 


Finally, I like to add conditional formatting to tell students whether or not it is ok to turn in their assignment. For example, if students score anything less than 10, the box containing their total will appear red. If they score a 10, then the box will appear green. You will use Conditional Formatting (in the Format menu) for this to appear. I show you exactly how this works in my video below. 


Want More? 

Want to see this in action? Check out my video below. 

Want your own copy? Click here for a copy of my template. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Flipgrid + Google Slides = Virtual Word Wall

 Word Walls are great strategies for helping students interact with vocabulary terms in meaningful and productive ways. Word Walls typically are constructed of paper stapled on a bulletin board or wall; however, what do you do once your students leave your classroom? Why not create a virtual word wall using Google Slides and Flipgrid? 

How does this work? 

Click here or check out my video below:

Conclusion

Creating a virtual word wall will bring vocabulary to your students in virtual, hybrid, and even face-to-face situations. Plus, adding the collaborative nature of Flipgrid will increase engagement and provide meaningful opportunities for students to practice using vocabulary terms in class. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Google Jamboard Integrates with Meet!

 Did you know that you can create a Jamboard directly from Google Meet? It is now possible by clicking on the 3 dots in the bottom-right corner of your Google Meet screen.


Once you select Jamboard, you can use a new or existing Jamboard, which saves on Google Drive! Want to create an existing Jamboard before your Google Meet? No problem! Check out my tutorial.

Why Should I Use Jamboard? 

Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard tool that can be used as a tool for group or individual instruction. Here are some ideas for using this tool: 

  • Use it as a whiteboard for group instruction.
  • Keep notes of your meeting and save as a PDF. 
  • Use the post-it note feature as a way to collaborate and groupthink.
Did you know that if you create an existing Jamboard and share it in Google Classroom, you can make individual copies for each student? This might be an excellent way to customize instruction for each of your students!


Friday, October 2, 2020

Wordwall: A Highly Engaging Tool to Create Interactive Games and Printables

 I am so glad that I came across Wordwall the other day while I was browsing Twitter! If you are not familiar with this free tool, you can create interactive quizzes, games, and even printables with a few clicks. 

I decided to see how easy it was to create a quiz, so I decided to create an account and develop the following quiz on Starbucks.



 To my surprise, it was incredibly easy to create and extremely flexible to use. Although I used the "Quiz" template, I found that I could convert it into another activity to make it more engaging and fun for students. Plus, I could create a PDF printable for students who may not have the technology or needed a paper version of the activity.  If you are in a remote learning situation, I would highly recommend checking this out! 




Want a quick tutorial on how this tool works? Check out my video below: 








Thursday, September 24, 2020

99 Math: A Gamified Approach to Math Fluency

Games and math fluency practice are nothing new. In fact, when I was younger, I loved the game Number Munchers, which helped me learn my math times tables through individual practice. 

As devices have changed, so have the games; however, 99 Math is quickly becoming one of my favorite math fluency games because it can be used on any device as long as it is connected to the Internet.  



Why? It combines the gamified approach of Kahoot and Quizziz with math fluency practice! It's easy to use, device friendly, and free! How does it work? 

Check out my video below: 




Monday, September 21, 2020

Split Your Browser Screen into Two with Dualless

 Remote learning has caused educators to rethink the way that we provide instruction to our students. For example, many of our students (and even educators) struggle with needing to juggle multiple screens and windows. Dualless is a Chrome extension, which provides users with the ability to split their browser screen into two either horizontally or vertically! 

This is perfect for students who may need additional supports, need to see additional resources, or who want to increase their efficiency.


The ratio can be adjusted based upon need, which makes this a perfect companion tool for students and teachers who are working with multiple browser windows at the same time. 

Here are some helpful features:


  • Split your current browser window into a pair and resize according to a ratio (3:7,4:6,5:5,6:4,7:3)
  • Need to merge your split browser windows into a single window? No problem!












Did you need a video tutorial on how to do this? No problem! Check out my video below: