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Mosaic Art Geometry Project with Google Drawing

Google Drawing Geometry

Creating “Stained Glass” With Google Drawings Grade 6 students used Google Drawing to create “stained glass” or mosaic art while practicing their geometry skills. Completed work was printed out on a color laser printer onto transparencies for display in windows. The project took only two class periods with students who had never before used Google Drawing. Providing students with the ...

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Social Stories with Adobe Spark Video

Social Stories with Adobe Spark Video Blog Post from Jenn Judkins Teaching Forward

Supporting Social Emotional Learning Elementary school students created social stories using Adobe Spark Video to support social skills development and reinforce tools and strategies to decrease anxiety within and outside of the classroom. The student-created videos were saved to Google Drive where they were organized by topic to serve as a resource for teachers, students and parents. This student-centered approach ...

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Showing the Sun’s Pattern with Scratch Jr.

Showing the Sun's Pattern with Scratch Jr. Block based programming for kids

Integrating Scratch Jr. into our Science Unit Grade 1 students studying patterns in the sky demonstrated their understanding of how the sun appears to move throughout the day using Scratch Jr. This simple project was a great introduction to Scratch Jr. that aligned with our science curriculum and allowed students to demonstrate their learning in a novel way. The idea ...

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Managing Multiple Users in Chrome

Managing Multiple Chrome Users

Juggling Multiple Google Accounts Like most people, I have multiple Google accounts which can get confusing.  The best way to keep home and work accounts separate is to use the “Add Person” feature which is found in the Chrome Menu under “Settings”. It’s important to distinguish this method of toggling users from the often used, but not recommended “Add Account” ...

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Preparing Kids for Computer-Based Testing

Preparing kids for computer based testing

Skills Needed for Computer-Based Testing How can teachers best prepare students for new generation, computer-based assessments like SBAC and PARCC? Use engaging, free web tools to ready your kids for novel test items. Allow kids to practice working with drag and drop items, highlighting text, and typing proficiently. Below are the skills and free web tools to help kids gain ...

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Welcoming Winter with Engaging Ed Tech Activities

This time of year filled when kids and teachers are feeling cooped up, having engaging activities that allow students to be creative while using technology can be a welcome addition to any classroom. Here are some fun options that don’t require much in the way of preparation and can easily become inspiration for a student writing.   Create a Snowflake Make-a-Flake (Gr3+): ...

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