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The ISTE Standards and the 4 Cs of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity

Developing a Future Ready Classroom With the 4 Cs Connected to Learning "The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students, and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. These are not the typical boxes educators need to check. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy." International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE Standards for Teachers and Students
I know that for some educators the word standard has become a bit of a dirty word. I totally get it, too often we feel like we are teaching to a test connected to standards that we don't like or don't understand. If …

Digital Resources to Support Social Studies Educators and Students

"We are not the makers of history. We are made of history." Martin Luther King Jr
We are working on updating our web resources for different subject areas. This week the focus is on Social Studies Chrome and G Suite Resources for K-12 teachers and students. This is the working document:

Digital Social Studies Resources for K-12 Teachers & Students
If you have suggested resources or ideas can you share them with us?

Add a comment to this Social Studies Resource Document.Post in this Collaborative Padlet.Add a comment at the end of this post.


Digital Shopping Guide for Educators

The Holiday Season is just about upon us. I have more than a bit of experience shopping online, so each year a share some Holiday shopping tips we’ve put together to help teachers, their families, and just about anyone save a little green this holiday season.We put this guide out once a year and we think there is something in this post that can help just about anyone regardless of your online shopping experience.
Online Cashback WebsitesThere are many sites that take advantage of online advertising to provide the consumer with coupons and cashback for major retailers when you shop online. They are free, secure, and incredibly easy to use. Combine these with rewards on a credit card and it the cashback can start to really add up. Mr. Rebates and Ebates are two great resources for online shopping.

Click here to explore Mr. Rebates - Cash Back Shopping
Click here to explore Ebates - Online Coupons and Cashback Technology PurchasesAppleiPad, iPod, Apple Watch, or Macbook? Apple typically ru…

Brain Breaks - Critical Thinking with Google's New Mystery Animal

At some point in our lives we've all played some version of the Game 20 Questions, right?



Recently Google released their own 20 Question Game Called Mystery Animal for Google Home. It also works in Chrome.
"Mystery Animal is a new spin on the classic 20-questions game. The computer pretends to be an animal, and you have to guess what it is using your voice. Ask any yes-or-no question you want, like "Do you have feathers?" or "Do you sleep at night?" Play it on a Google Home by saying "Hey Google, talk to Mystery Animal," or try it on the site."I am a big fan of Brain Breaks for students. The best brain breaks are collaborative and get students thinking. This new resource could be used by small groups of students or as a whole class activity.  Get them thinking critically about the best questions to ask! Get them collaborating. 



We've added this resource to our Google Secrets Document. What other Google Tools do you use in unique ways with y…

Chrome Browser Tab Shortcuts to Enhance Productive Workflow

Enhance your browsing experience by know some of the essential shortcuts connected to Chrome Tabs. For example, if you right-click on a tab in Chrome, you open a tab menu that allows you to manage and recover tabs. You can also pin tabs you use frequently, recover closed tabs, and rearrange the order of tabs. Here are a few more top tips.

Chrome OS Tabs & Windows Essentials
New tab ctrl + t Reload ctrl + r Duplicate Right-click on tab Pin Tab
Right-click on tab Mute tab Right-click on tab Close Tab Click on the x or ctrl + w Close other tabs Right-click on tab Reopen closed tabs ctrl + shift + t Bookmark all tabs ctrl + shift + d

Formative Assessment and the Growth Mindset

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know." Donald Rumsfeld
We don't know what we won't know and if we don't know how do we grow as a learner?
Formative assessments are essential tools for teachers and students to engage in knowing and not knowing? I was inspired by this article from Edutopia to update our Favorite Formative Assessment Document. The Power of Admitting What We Don't Know
There are many digital assessment tools that can help both teachers and students know what they know and learn from what they don't know.
Formative assessments should be part of the learning experience in all classrooms, but they are particularly important in 1 to 1 classrooms. Variety is the spice of life and the same could be said for formative tools. Using 1 tool all the tim…

The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Google + HyperDoc Community

Last week I shared some of the incredible resources connected to HyperDocs by incredible educators who love to share and collaborate. Teachers are sharing some awesome HyperDocs on the Teachers Give Teachers Site, Facebook, Padlet, Google +, and Google Drive. 

Exploring Additional Resources Connected to HyperDocs

Today I want to focus on the power of Google + Communities. Google + has become one of my favorite places to collaborate with educators around the world. With the blessing of the HyperDoc Girls, 6 months ago we created a community to support HyperDocs on Google +. 
Here are some reasons why I believe our HyperDoc Google + Community is a great place to explore and collaborate. HyperDocs can be categorized by content area.A public view link can be shared. This means that you are not just looking at a copy that could quickly become outdated. (If you want to learn more about link sharing, please visit this post.) The shared HyperDocs are secure and can only be removed by the owner of…

Study Smarter! Not Harder! - Tips for Teachers to Help Students

The mind is just like a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
Exams may be just around the corner, so here are a few resources to help students organize, prioritize, and prepare for just about any assessment at any time throughout the year. 

Essential Tips for Studying Smarter, Not Harder Supercharge your Study Guide
It is just as important to think about HOW you study as it is to WHAT students study. Don't Memorize - ORGANIZE!
Organized learners are more successful on exams. Being organized is the difference between knowing and understanding. Graphic organizers are a great way to make connections. Podcasts for Learning
Explore how well students can explain a concept. Students can record and share their learning using quick recording resources like Flipgrid, Recap, Screencastify, Soundtrap or another recording resource.Digital Tools to Support Individual & Collaborative Review Concept and Vocabulary Review - Quizlet
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