Thursday, March 30, 2017

Google Suite Training Center/Extension

Google Suite Training Center/Extension

This was formerly called Training for Google Apps.  This site gives you access to interactive, self-paced lessons designed to help you with each of the Google products/apps.  G Suite Training (formerly Google Apps) also has an extension in the Chrome Web Store.  This will allow easy access when a simple, quick lesson is needed on any of their products.  You never have to leave the app to learn how to use it whether you're in Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, or Gmail.  It's easy to search within the app for a quick tutorial:

Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Differentiate and "Add Sections" in Google Forms

Using Google Forms in Quiz Form with Sections

I've had a lot of teachers ask how to use #Google Forms as a quiz and add a section based on the student response.  For example, if you want to give a multiple choice quiz on fractions and have students review if they answer incorrectly, there's an easy way in Google Forms.  
Kasey Bell, award winning digital consultant, and author of website/blog Shake Up Learning, has posted a great 
step-by-step tutorial on this process.  She refers to this process as branching, (see her diagram below).  There are tons of ways to use Google Forms in the classroom and with the auto grade feature for multiple choice questions, do yourself a favor and check it out!

Monday, March 20, 2017

EdCampFoothills This Saturday!!!!!

It's not too late! Check your calendar and make plans to join us for the 2nd EdcampFoothills on Saturday, March 25th, at West Alexander Middle School, 85 Bulldog Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681, from 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

If you're already registered, spread the word and bring a friend or colleague.
If you're not registered, take a minute and sign up to a morning of awesome PD, connecting with inspiring educators, and some pretty cool door prizes!

Here's the link:

Hope to see you there!!!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


This is a great site for help with grammatical errors in writing.  Instead of marking up papers with tons of red ink, you can direct students to a specific link with a video tutorial on how to fix the error.  The videos are short and quickly explain the grammar rule and how to correct your errors.  There’s a brief quiz after the video to make sure the student understands the rule.  I only wish this had been available when I was teaching Language Arts.
Simply choose what you want to focus on from the tabs at the top and copy the URL for student review.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How to Make a Matching Activity with Google Drawings

Google Drawings
Did you know you can create easy drop/drag, matching, and fill in the blank assignments right in #Google Drawings?  Below is an example of a matching assignment created in less than 5 minutes.  
I’ve made a short video tutorial with step by step directions on my YouTube channel.  If you would like updates as I continue to add tutorials, just subscribe to my channel.

Monday, March 6, 2017

More Google Chrome Extensions You'll Love


     Extensity will quickly enable/disable your Google Chrome Extensions.  Extensions are wonderful but if you are a "collector" and they run constantly, it will use up battery life quickly.  This extension is a life saver!  With a click, you can disable any or all extensions if you don't need to use them right away and with another click, you can enable one or all extensions.  You can even group your extensions with the profile feature.  Keep your toolbar clean and your browser fast with Extensity.

Writing Extensions

     Do you have struggling writers?  These Writing Essential Extensions will help students become more confidant and creative in their writing.  In the image below, you'll find 8 extensions that are available, but there are many more.  These are just a few that are worth a look.  Dictionary will show the definition and has audio pronunciation with a double click of any word.  Notebook Web Clipper will clip text, images, or links into a note card and save to a specific notebook.  Power Thesaurus will suggest antonyms and synonyms on any page.  Vocabla will translate any word into multiple languages with a double click.  SharePad will save your notes on your browser and in your Google account.  It auto syncs, displays last save, and will download notes as a .txt file.