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Go Digital With Your Classroom Charts

I assume that storage is an issue in your classroom. I mean, your secret snacks, Keurig cups and yoga mat take up more room than you'd think. Now, if you throw in a fat stack of classroom charts on top of it all, you have yourself a bonafide disaster zone.

One way to alleviate this problem, without losing the secret stash of Abba-Zabas, is to go digital with your charts. Simply begin taking pictures of the charts you know you'll want to reuse next year, and either store them on your phone or create a blog.

You can use Blogger to create your blog. It's FREE, it's easy and it's what I use for this blog. Here are the initial steps to beginning your beautiful blog.
Visit www.blogger.com and click Sign In.Sign in with your district Google account.On the left, click the Down arrow.Click New blog and enter a name for your blog.Choose a blog address or URL.Select a template. (I recommend Dynamic View for this blog.)Click Create blog.Voila! You have a blog! Now it's time t…
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FlipGrid Fever...Catch it!

FlipGrid Fever has been an epidemic in educational technology over the last two years! Teachers and students cannot get enough of this valuable, shallow learning curve, high impact resource, and it's time you jump on the bandwagon. It's sort of like that time in high school when everybody was wearing their clothes backwards because of Kris Kross, and you finally joined the fad only to realize it was on its way out. Don't be that person again.
FlipGrid is a video discussion platform that allows educators to post a prompt that students then respond to by recording videos ranging from 15 seconds to 5 minutes in length. But wait, there's more! Students can then reply to each other's videos. And don't worry, you have total control of student responses with video moderation, access controls and more.

Getting started is easy.
Sign up for your FREE FlipGrid account at flipgrid.com.
     Create your grid: This is your classroom.
     Add discussion Topics: They add the first…

Google Classroom: Work Smarter Not Harder

Have you been thinking about saving trees by cutting back on paper usage in your classroom? If your answer is yes, you may want to consider utilizing Google Classroom. Many of our 2nd-12th grade teachers have taken the plunge and are now beginning to see the benefits. Gone are the days of lugging around back breaking crates loaded with spiral notebooks. Now, you can easily grade assignments with your mobile device, while enjoying some smooth jazz at your local coffee house. Here is a visual from the Google Classroom help page explaining the workflow between teachers and students. Ok, so now that you've seen how simple the workflow is, it's time to dive right in! There are no excuses anymore. Sure you might be uncomfortable learning something like Google Classroom, but it's during these times of discomfort that we are growing the most. And remember, as always, I'm here for you. 
Alice Keeler is also here for you. Alice is the Google Goddess and is absolutely amazing! Do yo…

How To Make GMail Look Like Outlook

Many school districts are annoying teachers by making the move from Outlook to GMail. While this may cause uneasy feelings deep in your core, it makes sense people. GMail is FREE! Come on now, it's free. I can think of more productive ways of spending district funds like an onsite masseuse, therapist and barista, all of which are very necessary components to a teacher's happiness.  One way to ease the pain of losing our precious Outlook is to make GMail resemble Outlook. It's kind of like cloning the one that got away but not nearly as creepy. Here's how.



Book Creator: Elegance In Its Simplicity

Let me tell you something. Book Creator has become an instant favorite of mine this year. I've used it in the past, but maybe I just wasn't ready for it until now. You know, kind of like vegetables. Anyhow, I've used it with students on iPads and Chromebooks, both without any issues and with various grade levels as well. I recently taught some second graders how to create animal eBooks on Chromebooks, and they picked it up almost instantly. With a small learning curve for both teachers and students, you should give Book Creator a look see.  The word on the street is that Book Creator is only geared for elementary students, but don't believe the gossip. This bad boy is absolutely appropriate and useful for all ages, and Mira Costa High School teacher, Michael Hernandez, created an eBook with Book Creator to prove that point. Please give it a look and follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @cinehead.
Book Creator for the High School Classroom

Tutorial for elementary

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Alternatives to YouTube

Richard Byrne, at Practical Ed Tech, is one of the educational tech bloggers that I highly recommend you follow. This dude has provided me with an abundance of knowledge that has gotten me to heights I have reached. Wait a minute, scratch that last statement. His blog posts "should have" gotten me to great heights, but I digress. Anyways, this recent post caught my eye. 
If you've ever tried finding educational videos on YouTube, you know that it can lead you down a rabbit hole. Dear Richard has found some alternatives for us! What a guy? Here are my three faves plus a fantastic tool to eliminate ads and comments from appearing on YouTube videos.
Boclips
I'm a huge fan of using videos to hook and engage students because let's be honest here, not all of our lessons are brag worthy. Am I right? Sometimes, we need all the help we can get. This is where Boclips comes into play. The videos are safe, relevant, age-appropriate and Boclips claims to have the largest library…

50 Ways to Use Screencastify

A screencast is a cool video recording of your computer screen and usually includes audio narration and sometimes, if you're lucky, a webcam window of the radical creator of said video. You know what I'm talking 'bout.

Over the past year, the Screencastify team has scoured the internet and talked to a ton of teachers in search of the best classroom screencasting ideas out there. This ebook is a collection of their favorite activities that can be implemented by any teacher. The latest version of this book at screencastify.com/ebook.