Friday, October 18, 2019

Creating and Sharing a TIP Vocabulary Chart in Google Sheets

Vocabulary is an essential component of learning; however, many of our students struggle with understanding vocabulary terms. A lack of background experience often creates barriers to learning new vocabulary terms. How can we provide our students with effective ways to access and understand new vocabulary terms?

What is the TIP Chart?

In her book, Learning the Fast Lane, author Suzie Pepper Rollins describes a vocabulary method called a TIP Chart, which stands for:

  • Term
  • Information
  • Picture
Using a TIP Chart provides students with multiple means of representing vocabulary terms so that students have the foundational knowledge and experiences to understand terms. Here's an example of the term bridge: 

Make Your TIP Chart Interactive! 

I like the idea of using a TIP Chart to help students learn important terms. Here are some suggestions to make it even better!

1. Make an electronic version of a TIP Chart in Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets. This will allow students to have access to it inside and outside of the classroom. If we want students to use vocabulary outside of the classroom, then we need to provide ways for them to access terms. Using technology is a great way to make it portable.

2. Share Your TIP Chart with a QR Code, shortened URL, or post it to your Google Classroom. The idea is to provide students with access.

3. Add links to additional videos and websites to provide different exposures to the term. Sites like YouTube, YouTube 360, Flocabulary and Quizlet provide students with great visuals and videos to better understand terms. 

Creating and Sharing a TIP Chart in Google Sheets

Want to see how I created mine in Google Sheets? Check out my video below:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Google Docs Quick Create Chrome Extension

It's often the little things that get overlooked! That's why I would love to share a quick and easy Chrome Extension called Google Docs Quick Create.

Use this extension to quickly create a new Google Doc, Sheet, Slides presentation, Drawing, or Form. It is a great way to save time and effort for students and teachers alike.

How Does It Work? 

  • Then, click on the Chrome Extension icon and choose which type of Google App that you want to use. Once you click on the application that you would like to use, a brand new Doc, Sheet, Slide, Drawing, or Form appears. 

It's that easy!


There are so many benefits. First, it is extremely easy to use and install. Secondly, it could be a great way to provide an extra layer of support for teachers, who may struggle with navigating through G Suite. Finally, it helps save time. Students and teachers can quickly create new documents with the click of a button.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Are You Accidentally Oversharing When You Take a Picture?

Are you sharing too much information when you take a picture? You might want to consider taking off the geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad. Geotagging allows someone to see the location of where you took your picture, the date, and time. This could be a dangerous scenario for your students, family, and yourself.

Learn how to turn this feature off in less than 2 minutes:

Monday, October 14, 2019

Use QuickTime to Green-Screen!

Over the past week, I have shared different ways to use green-screening with iMovie on your Mac or iPad. Have you ever thought of using QuickTime as another green-screening tool? Check out how you can use it in the video below:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Giving Students the Power to Green Screen with an iPad and iMovie

Did you know that you can record a green screen video with just an iPad and iMovie?

This is a great feature that many teachers do not realize exists! Many devices already have iMovie preloaded, which makes it extremely easy to access and a powerful way to create a video. The following video shows you how easy it is for students to create their own green screen videos!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Green Screen with iMovie on Your MacBook

Green screening is a simple, yet amazing way, to take video production to the next level.

The technique involves recording video with a solid green or blue background. Then replacing that green or blue background with an image or video.

If you have a MacBook, then you can easily use its free iMovie software to record and produce a green screen video within minutes. Want to learn how? Check out this quick tutorial:

Monday, July 22, 2019

How to Make an Interactive Worksheet or Timeline in Google Drawings?

Want to take your Google Drawings skills to the next level? Check out my brief video on how to create an interactive worksheet or timeline using Google Drawings.