Monday, November 28, 2022

How to insert Superscripts and Subscripts in Word

My students never know how to put in subscripts and superscripts so I made a quick video to show them.  I'm sharing it with you in case you or your students need a quick overview. 


Monday, February 28, 2022

2022 Kahoot! Meetup


Share your stories, connect with teachers, and amplify awesome!


Join us for a free virtual PD event where you will learn:
      • How teachers around the world engage their students
      • Best practices for using Kahoot! at every age level
      • Updates from Kahoot! at School and Kahoot! Academy
And of course, play lots of kahoots!

Thursday, March 17th
10:00am - 2:00pm PDT

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Everything you need to know to teach with Google

 The Google for Education Training Center is your one stop shop for professional development on using Google tools in your classroom, both for you and your students. Here you will find step by stop videos on integrating Google Classroom, Sheets, Docs and others into your classroom.  There are user guides for each product along with quick tips sheets. 

You will find lesson plans that are a combination of teaching students to use these tools and a variety of content areas. 

If you want more, you can take one of two tests to earn Google Certification or apply be a Certified Trainer, Coach or Innovator. Lastly there are the communities to connect with other Google Educators in your area. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Crossword Labs - easily make crossword puzzles

Crosswords can be a fun way for students to review or a great activity for the students who finish early.  The problem is that it is hard to find a crossword puzzle that goes along with the content you are teaching.  Crossword Lab is a free site that allows you to easily make your own crossword puzzles.  All you need to do is to enter the word that should appear in the puzzle and then the clue for it.  For example: dog man's best friend.  In this example dog would be the word that would be in the puzzle and man's best friend would be the clue written.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Grammarly - an extension for better writing

Grammarly Writing Support
We do so much writing on our computers, as do our students.  I always want to make the best impression when sending an email to parents or an administrator and I hate when I find out I sent something with grammar mistakes.  I've been using Grammarly on my computer and I'm ashamed at the number of mistakes that it catches. I've mentioned it to several students and they have been using it for their writing as well

You can use it in several different programs, but I have been using it as an extension in Chrome and Edge, in Outlook, and in Word. There is also a desktop app, but I haven't quite figured out how to use it and these other ways are easy to use.  It does the basics of finding spelling and grammar mistakes but also points out when something is unclear, when you are being wordy and when you aren't consistent in your tone. 

As with most things, there is both a free and paid version. The paid version is $12 a month, but you don't really need it.  While the program will let you know of the number of additional things that can be fixed with the premium version, the free version does enough for me.  Who doesn't want free right?!

If you use Grammarly, let me know what you like about it and what programs you use it in. 

If you want to see it in action, take a look at the video below.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Certified Media Literacy Educator

Media literacy is something that I feel is very important, but I sometimes struggle with how to teach it in a meaningful way.  The students seem to think that approaches so far have been corny.  I've found that this course has some better resources (hopefully my students will find these less corny 😉)

PBS has a Media Literacy course for educators to develop and hone literacy skills across several forms of media and communication.  These skills are important to help your students grow. The PBS Media Literacy Certification gives you tools to implement lessons that help students foster media skills.

The modules in this course include: Evaluating Online Information, Analyzing Media, Creating a Code of Conducts, Evaluating Online Tools for Classroom Use, Making Media for Classroom Use, Assessing Student Media, and Implementing Media Projects (an option for either Early Childhood or Upper Grades).

If there are modules that you don't feel comfortable with or don't want to take the whole course) PBS offers courses that focus on just one of the modules.  Even if you don't directly teach media literacy, these skills are important for all teachers to have.  We all use the internet with our students and we need to be able to ensure that we are guiding them in the best way possible. 

Monday, September 6, 2021

A quick video walkthrough on creating a Microsoft Team


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