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Digital #GSuiteEdu Science Resources for K-12 Teachers & Students

GSuiteforEducationRecharge Learning  - Digital Science Resources for K-12Classrooms must be focused on the connections between teachers and students. Technology should serve as an enhancement to these connections. Digital resources can also support content understandings and the development of essential skills for students.
Objective: Connect teachers and students with resources to enhance teaching and learning in Science Classrooms.
Chrome Apps and Extensions, along with Google Drive Add-ons and Apps, can provide valuable support for Science Classrooms. Guiding Question: How can G Suite for Education support and enhance teaching and learning in your classroom? Click here to learn about our Google Resources for Science
We’ve done our best to select resources that are highly rated and do what they should do without a huge learning curve. Many of the resources are free, but some do have premium options available at an additional cost. We recommend exploring the free features before cons…

Digital #GSuiteEdu Math Resources for K-12 Teachers & Students

GSuiteforEducation
Digital Math Resources for K-12
Classrooms must be focused on the connections between teachers and students. Technology can serve as enhancements to these connections. Digital resources can also support content and the development of essential skills for students.
Objective:Connect teachers and students with resources to enhance teaching and learning in Math Classrooms. Chrome Apps and Extensions, along with Google Drive Add-ons and Apps, can provide valuable support for Math Classrooms.
Guiding Question: How can G Suite for Education support and enhance teaching and learning in your classroom? Click here to learn more about Google Resources for Math.
We’ve done our best to select resources that are highly rated and do what they should do without a huge learning curve. Many of the resources are free, but some do have premium options available at an additional cost. We recommend exploring the free features before considering any paying for anything extra.

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Inspiration & Engagement - The Lesson Hook

David Burgess is a pirate teacher. One of the reasons he connects pirates to teaching is the well-known fact that "Pirates have hooks!" David recently shared some great ideas while speaking at the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. One of my takeaways was that I need to remember that even in a learner-centered 1 to 1 classroom, the "hook" is still important!
Anticipatory sets: A brief activity or event at the beginning of the lesson that effectively engages students' attention and focuses their thoughts on the learning objective. (via Google)Learning objectives brief statements that describe what students will be expected to learn by the end of school year, course, unit, lesson, project, or class period. (via Google)My questions today: Is it enough to simply explain to students what they will be doing without convincing them why they should be curious?

Most teachers have had some preservice training in the importance of the "anticipatory set" or "…

Updated for 2016 - Online Shopping and Saving Guide

Here are some tips we’ve put together to help teachers, their families, and just about anyone save a little green this holiday season.
1. Online CashbackThere are many sites that take advantage of online advertising to provide the consumer with coupons and cashback for major retailers.  They also provide links to some great online coupons from major retailers. They are free and easy to use. Combine this with rewards on a credit card and it starts to add up. Mr. Rebates and Ebates are two great resources for online shopping. Mr. Rebates - Cash Back Shopping
Ebates - Online Coupons and Cashback 2. AppleiPad, iPod or Macbook? Apple typically runs the once a year sale on Black Friday online and in store. The MacRumors Site typically has the most updated details about Apple Store Sales
I would recommend visiting the Apple Black Friday Deals from Forbes Online.

3. Android and Chromebooks Official Chromebook Site Most major online retailers will run a variety of sales throughout the year. I would …

Digital Resources to Support Student Voice

Student voice should not be relegated to the traditional presentation that is simply a display of copied images and connected text. Powerpoints and Google Slides still have their place in classrooms, but they cannot be the only way for Future Ready students and teachers share learning. 
Student voice needs to be connected to a range of media, including images, text, audio, interactive components, and video. The web and Google Apps for Education can provide students and teachers with a wealth of resources to flip the traditional presentation model on its head.

The resources connected on this page are commonly used in education and are typically free. This is by no means a complete list. We’ve selected 3 to feature in each category and additional resources are included at the end of this document.

Most of the resources below have interactive help tutorials built into the resource. Additionally, a quick YouTube search will provide some nice tutorials for teachers and students.

Please feel fr…

Start with the Why? - The ISTE Standards

My school district has made the Future Ready District Pledge. My high school has been focused on improving student-centered learning based on the ISTE Standards before we started learning about the Future Ready Initiatives. The Future Ready Initiatives give us another set of resources to learn and grow.

When we talk about student-centered classroom enhanced by technology, we always start with "The Why" before ever considering the "How or How Much".

The new ISTE Standards for Students are a great foundation for "The Why".


I recommend that all educators take a look at the ISTE Standards for Students as they evaluate teaching and learning in their classrooms.
Simon Sinek's TED Talk: How great leaders inspire action is another great place to start thinking about "The Why". 




Reflections on Building a Student-Centered Learning Environment Part II

I am continuing to focus on facilitating a learner-centered classroom enhanced by technology.  I am also trying to limit the amount of  homework for my students. Homework falls in 1 of 2 categories: Optional enrichment and Stuff They Didn't Finish. I suggest they don't spend more than 15 minutes on either on a daily basis. The combination of these two factors has been a challenge for me. 
Recently,  I shared my experience with our first quiz in this post. Long story short, my students struggled on our first open note quiz. We decided to focus on the areas of struggle by narrowing our focus using another collaborative activity.  We retook the quiz a week later. The retakes results showed improvement. We did not see as much improvement across the board as I hoped, but I think it was a step in the right direction.

Here are a few takeaways from this experience.  Students need more practice collaborating. The have a tendency to default to divide and conquer. This is not working for …

Reflections on Building a Student-Centered Learning Environment

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

I am passionately curious about how students learn best. I am always experimenting with new ideas and lessons to challenge my students to own their learning. I do not "teach" my students, I instead I do my best to facilitate learning in a student-centered classroom. 

This year I want to help students adjust to a more student classroom. I decided to start our first major unit on ecology a with this in mind. Instead of starting with direct vocabulary activities, I decided to build the foundation around a field experience to one of our local prairies. We explored the prairie in small groups while engaging the students in building a sense of space about the ecosystem.

We returned to the classroom and began to build a Google+ Collection that connected key concepts from the unit to our exploration of the Prairie. Students were given guidelines and encouraged to collaborate. I circul…

Formative Assessment - Driving Teaching and Learning

Formative assessment, including diagnostic testing, is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment.Wikipedia Do you have a favorite formative assessment best practice, sample, or a favorite formative resource? Please consider sharing in our Google+ Community.
Formative assessments are powerful learning checkpoints for teachers and students. The importance of these assessments has grown in parallel to the growth of student-centered learning in technology-rich classrooms.
Formative assessments must be part of the learning process and can be enhanced with a variety of different #EdTech resources. This post will introduce a variety of formative assessment tools. These tools are essential to help engage students in the learning process. Both teachers and students must use these assessments to evaluate their current understandings and more importantly …

Google Apps for Education Updates

Google Apps for Education has updated a variety of resources this summer. These updates include some great enhancements for teaching and learning.
Here is a quick list of some of the most popular updates for teachers and students. (Click on the links to learn more about each resource.)

1. Google Forms Now Has a Quiz Option
Many of us have used Flubaroo and Superquiz to support assessment with Google Forms over the past several years. Google has now made it even easier to create and grade quizzes using Google Forms.


2. Google Classroom Organization with Topics Teachers can organize the class stream by adding topics to posts, and teachers and students can filter the stream for specific topics.
3. Add Images to Form Question
Teachers can now add images to questions or as multiple choice answers.

4. Google Expeditions Continues to Grow
With over 200 Expeditions available, we’re excited for them to experience these virtual field trips on more devices. Students will soon be able to experien…