Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Olympic Challenge

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, I have created an Olympic Challenge.  Students will be read passages, watch brief video clips (from 2018 Olympics) and answer questions based on what they have learned.  This activity can be done in small groups or individually.  It can be a Breakout activity (students uses the codes/answers to unlock a box), as an extension activity or challenge work during work-period.  The tasks involve math, reading, and writing.  This activity will provide additional practice navigating a website and digital quizzes - all skills that need to be developed. 

The Olympic Challenge is a self-contained activity.  Students cannot proceed past a task until they have successfully answered each question. 

Sharing or Moving Multiple Google Files at Once

Need to move or share multiple Google files at once?  If you click on a file in Google Drive and then hold down the Shift key while you select the last file, all of the files in between those two files will be selected.

  1. Hold down the Command Key and select the first file/photo you want to move
  2. Scroll down
  3. Hold down the Shift Key and select the last photo you want to select 
  4. Click and drag these files into the desired folder  OR 
  5. Right Click (or 2 finger tap on trackpad) on one of the selected files to open a menu with the following options

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Quick Access in Google Drive

You may have noticed a new feature in your Google Drive allowing the user to maintain quick access to frequently accessed Google Drive documents.  For some students this is an awesome feature, providing less searching and quicker access. However, some teachers have found this to be a distraction.  If your students are finding this distracting, please let me know.  We would prefer students do NOT make setting adjustments.

If you would like to remove Quick Access from your drive follow these 3 steps:
  1. Click on the gear in the top right corner of your Google Drive 
  2. Select Settings
  3. Uncheck the "Suggestions" box: "Make relevant documents handy when you need them in Quick Access"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Raz Kids

Raz Kids is more than just an online reading program.  Raz Kids can provide valuable information as you prepare for report cards or create reading partnerships and groups.  These colorful, "just right" books can also support other content areas including non-fiction research and science.  You can even use these books to support math!

Erin Michel and Erin Mann recently pushed out the book, "It's About Time" to all their students.  This informational book supports their lessons on telling time and provides background information on various clocks including sundials, shadow clocks, and more!

Books can be assigned to individual students, small groups or the whole class.

Check out the many great features of Raz Kids!

Step by step 90 second video on how to push out a book to individual or groups of students.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Working Offline in Google Suites

Trying to squeeze in some work as you wait at practice, music lessons, or doctor's appointments?  You can access your recently accessed Google documents, sheets, and slides while offline.  You can also start a new document, slide, sheet and then copy and paste it into your original when you are back online. (Caveat:  Some functionality may not be available.)  Emails you send while offline will send once you sync wifi again.

To activate offline access:  
  1. Go to drive.google.com (or sheets.google.com or slides.google.com).
  2. Click the gear on the right 
  3. Select Settings
  4. Look for "Offline" and click "Sync Google Docs......."  
  5. Select Done

 (give this time to sync)

Monday, January 15, 2018

100th Day Fun

It’s hard to believe but the 100th day of school is coming up!  Only 20 more days!  As a followup to last week’s tip on Padlet, here is a fun 100th Day activity which can be completed with your class, grade, school-wide, across the district or across the country.  Sara Malchow has created a padlet to share our 100 wishes!  She would love for students across the country to contribute their responses. Or we can create a Padlet just for our school!  Students can access either Padlet with a link or a QR Code.

Monday, January 8, 2018


Padlet is a free, quick and easy tool used to gather information from your students or colleagues.  Padlet is an online bulletin board to share information, images, ideas, links or videos.

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Exit tickets
  • Share experiences or feedback
  • Book discussions and character analysis
  • Share privately with your students or publicly
  • Share with the greater community to survey students across the country


Choose a premade template or a blank slate at Padlet

Share your Padlet on Google Classroom OR with a link:           

Share publicly or give individual students certain privileges:

Your students/colleagues just double click on the Padlet to share their ideas, responses, images or links!

Or keep it private and use Padlet as your To-Do List!