Tuesday, November 19, 2019

21 Things 4 Students By REMC Association of Michigan

I'm always looking for tools and resources to keep students safe online. I recently came across  21 Things 4 Students by REMC. This is a great resource for students in upper elementary and middle school on various topics like digital citizenship, safe searching, STEM, and even career choices!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

2 Tips to Make Your Gmail Use Efficient: Create Templates (or Canned Responses) and Schedule Send

Are you a Gmail user? I am always looking for quick ways to make my life easier and more efficient. Here are two tips for Gmail users!

Check out my video or read below:

1. Create Templates

Do you have frequently used canned responses?  Creating a template in Gmail is an easy way to create canned responses for frequently used responses. How does it work?

1. Compose your message in Gmail

2. Choose the three dots in the bottom-right corner of your message.

3. Choose Templates and save your template!

When you are ready to use your response, follow steps 1 - 2, choose Templates and select the name of your template.

2. Schedule Sending a Message

Do you want to schedule sending out a message at a specific time or day? You can do this in Gmail too!

1. Compose your message and choose whom you will send your message to

2. Choose the drop-down arrow next to the Send button in Gmail

3. Choose Schedule Send and select the date / time you would like to send your message

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Classroom Management Checklists with Google Sheets and Checkboxes

The sheer number of things that most teachers have to manage on a daily basis is insane!

Did you get that permission slip? Did you follow your principal's new initiative to call each student's parents before Thanksgiving? Did each of your students get a book for their upcoming book report?

Google Sheets and checkboxes are a great way to keep everyone informed and organized! Learn how to create a simple spreadsheet with checkboxes below:

Do you like this resource? Click here for your own copy!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Take Your FlipGrid Use to a New Level with the Whiteboard Feature

If you are a fan of FlipGrid, then you might have heard about its recent addition of a built-in whiteboard, which makes it perfect for math, drawing, and problem-solving. We know that students need different ways to show what they know and this is a great way to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities!

How does it work? Check out my helpful video tutorial below:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Book Creator's Auto Pen Feature is Great for ALL Abilities

Are you a Book Creator user on iOS?

If you are, then you know that you can add a variety of media to your books, such as images, videos, audio, drawings, and text.

However, what if you are not the best artist? Now there is a built-in Book Creator tool called the Auto Pen. It helps struggling artists or someone who wants things to look a little more professional. Check out how to use it below.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Google Docs Version History as a Classroom Management Strategy

Although it is nothing new to learning, you probably know that many of our students use Google Docs as a way to chat with one another during the day. Collaboration can be a good thing, but it can also be a distraction too. It’s probably a good idea to periodically monitor and talk to students about your expectations of their use of Google Docs.

I developed the following video (2 minutes) for you in case you want to remind students how everything is done on a Google Doc can be seen. The video shows how to use Version History to see everything that was ever done on a document. This can be a helpful tool to have in your toolbelt of classroom management strategies.

NOTE: Version History can only be accessed on a computer or Chromebook. If you are interested in seeing a student’s Version History, just share the document to Google account and access it via a computer.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Use Google Keep to Create Collaborative Checklists and Reminders Based on Location

Have you ever considered using Google Keep as a tool for students to set goals, monitor progress, create to-do lists, or set up reminders? Here are some creative ways to help students stay organized using Google Keep:

1. Create Checklists

Do you incorporate Project-Based Learning in your classroom? Creating checklists is an extremely helpful scaffolding tool for setting goals or creating checklists. Simply create a new list, click on the three vertical dots, and show checkboxes!

Checklists are extremely helpful for dividing up tasks, creating grocery lists, or creating goals for the week.

2. Collaborate with Others

Did you know that your notes in Google Keep can be shared with others? Simply, click on the collaborator icon and choose who you want to share your note with. This is the perfect tool for sharing ideas, tasks, links, and notes for completing group projects.

3. Set-Up Reminders Based on Location or Time

Did you know that you can set up reminders for Google Keep based on a date or a particular location? This could be helpful for completing assignments. Perhaps students who struggle with completing homework need a reminder when they get home. Perhaps you need to remind students to complete the final phase of their project next week. Reminders are a great way to do it!


Setting goals and measuring progress is an important way for our students to develop important executive functioning skills. Google Keep could be a great tool for students to aid in collaboration, setting goals, and developing checklists.