Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A New Place to Learn About Google Forms

The Google for Education Teacher Center has a new section called Welcome to Your First Day of Google Forms. In this section you will find a couple of Google-produced tutorial videos and nine videos created by teachers for teachers. I was flattered to have Google ask to use a few of my videos in the new Welcome to Your First Day of Google Forms training page.

In Welcome to Your First Day of Google Forms you will find videos explaining how to password-protect a Form, how to use response validation, and how to add feedback to quiz questions. On the same page you can also learn a handy shortcut for adding questions to Forms, how to send certificates to students when they pass a quiz, and how to customize the appearance of your Google Forms. Take a look and see if there is anything new for you on Welcome to Your First Day of Google Forms.

Two New Google Classroom Features Available to Everyone

Back in June Google announced that Google Classroom would be getting a bit of redesign along with some helpful new features. Initially, the new design and features were only available to some users. Earlier today Google announced that those features are now available to all Google Classroom users.

Google Classroom now has a section called "classwork." The Classwork section is where you'll now place assignments and reference resources for your students. In the Classwork section you can organize materials according to unit of study or topic instead of just organizing materials by date. A header of Classwork will now appear at the top of your Google Classroom page.

Comment Bank
Are you tired of writing the same comments over and over again? If so, you'll want to take advantage of the new Comment Bank option available when you're grading assignments submitted through Google Classroom.

Get to know these new features and more in Google's new First Day of Classroom resources page.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Slides

I think I was in the second grade the first time that I played Jeopardy-style review game. More than three decades later playing Jeopardy-style games is a still a popular way to host review sessions in classrooms. You can make your own Jeopardy games that include pictures and videos in Google Slides. In the following video I demonstrate how you can make your own Jeopardy games in Google Slides.

Monday, August 6, 2018

ClassTag's Marketplace Opens Tomorrow - Enter to Win Free Supplies

Last month ClassTag announced that they were launching a Marketplace through which teachers can earn classroom supplies and other products as rewards for having a high level of engagement with parents through the ClassTag system. The ClassTag Marketplace was initially going to launch last week but its launch was delayed until tomorrow.

To generate interest in their marketplace ClassTag is hosting a contest that will award $1,000 of marketplace credit to ten teachers who enter the ClassTag Parent-Teacher Engagement Contest. To enter the contest you have to write a short essay about the innovative and creative ways you've engaged with your students' parents. Entries are due by August 20 and the complete contest rules can be found here.

A Free Presidential Timeline Poster for Your Classroom

For the last few years C-SPAN Classroom has offered a free poster depicting a timeline of American presidents. That offer is back for the 2018-19 school year. The poster shows each President's time in office, a short biography, the era of American history in which each President served, and a couple of major events that happened during each President's time in office. The poster is free for anyone who has a free C-SPAN Classroom account. (By the way, if you haven't logged into your C-SPAN Classroom account since the last school year, you will probably need to update your account this fall).

Applications for Education
C-SPAN Classroom offers a number of suggestions for using the poster in your classroom. I had a similar poster in my classroom eight years ago. I let my students choose a President from the poster and create a short video biography of their chosen President.