Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating In Docs & Slides Series Part 2 “Assign Student Work”

 Tip #2 – Assign Student Work- Small & Large Groups In my last post, I began a three part series on teaching our younger students to collaborate when completing a digital task. The first tip I mentioned in last week’s post, was to “Set Up the Rules” and procedures. My two most important rules:  Instruct your students…

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Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating in Docs and Slides Series – Part 1 “Set Up Rules”

  Tip #1 – Set Up Clear Rules We all know how important it is to give explicit directions to our younger students on exactly how to respectfully work together in the classroom. However, working together in the digital world has its unique properties. When face to face with others, students need to learn how…

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Reading Log with Written Response Choices and Leveled Book Links

As I began thinking about getting ready to set up my classrooms this year, one of my goals for this summer was to make some adjustments to my students’ weekly reading log.  The main changes were to post a link for “Just Right” book lists since I often get the question- “What books should my…

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Personalized Learning Rotations/Centers. What Are Kids Doing During Independent Work Times in a Personalized Learning Classroom?

We hear more and more about research surrounding the utilization technology and it’s importance in a “Personalized Learning Experience” in our public schools around the country. But what is it really and what does it look like? Wikipedia defines it – “Personalized learning is the tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments by learners or for…

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Managing Technology in the Elementary Classroom

“How do I manage the new iPads in my classroom?” “How do I keep track of the Chromebooks themselves and who has them during the day?” ~ As I continue to invest time and energy in my professional learning endeavors and read other blogs and Twitter feeds, I have noticed these common questions arise when it…

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Transfer Your Old Cassette Books on Tape to MP3 Files

Did you spend a small fortune on children’s books on cassette tapes back in the day? I know I am dating myself, but I guess if you are reading this, you are close to my age as well or maybe inherited old cassettes from an older teacher. 🙂 I had over $2,000 in books on…

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