Are you new to Google Classroom? Google has put together a wonderful training site with short videos on all the different pieces of Google Classroom. There are handy guides you can print if you want.
Where would you like to take your students this year? Google Expeditions will expand your choices. You may check this spreadsheet to find available trips. You don't have to have a virtual reality viewer to use them, but if you are a teacher in Shelby County the kit will be coming to your school.
A big thank you to Karly Moura, for heradditional resources on her site: Google Expeditions
Kahoot! is a must-have tool for classrooms that are BYOD or 1:1. Sign up for your FREE account, then create your quiz, discussion, or survey using any device - laptop, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, or Android. Participants join your Kahoot! without needing an account, so all students can participate with a device and connection. Kahoot! provides a fun and simple way to give formative assessments in real time and get feedback on student learning.
As more and more of our lives and those of our students are placed online, we need to be reminded that once something is placed on the Internet - it NEVER goes away. This site is a great tool for illustrating this. Enter the URL of a site and view a multitude of archived copies. For example, enter the Shelby County URL and see what the site looked like in October 1999. You can even see what job postings were available back then!
Search thousands of Twitter chats, educational apps, videos, and websites that have been curated by teachers and given a Report Card. You can search using keywords or by grade level. Quickly make your own collection from all these to use in your classroom.
Use Plickers for formative assessment. It is a free tool. You download and print the answer cards that look like puzzle pieces. They are numbered 1 - 63. You give each student a card. They turn the card to answer multiple choice questions. You scan the room with your iPad, iPhone, Android device or Android phone. It lets you collect the student responses in real time, quickly showing you the students responses and whether they are right or wrong.
This is an excellent site for making rubrics. You can create a free account and access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection. You can use one of their templates to create your own very quickly or search for one that is already made for you. Their templates cover numerous topics.
Using their tagline, "Make any video your lesson"; helps explain this site. They have video lessons you can use that have been made by others or you can make your own. You can find videos to use, insert questions in them, crop, add your own voice to add audio notes, and track your students understanding. It keeps a record of each student's response to the questions embedded in the video. This site is great for use in a flipped classroom setting. This picture shows a video with a question inserted for the student to answer before continuing with the film.
Research shows that graphic organizers are effective with students whether you use them at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a unit. Britannica has shared a wonderful resource with teachers with a multitude of different types.
Graphic Organizers - Courtesy of Britannica