Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale at TPT!

Who doesn't love to shop? I do! In fact, I think that is all I have done the past two days!

Well, it isn't time to stop yet.  Tomorrow is Cyber Monday and I'm hoping to finish up my Christmas List, and rack up on some cool things I've been eyeing on TPT!

I love this graphic from The 3AM Teacher!

My store will be 20% off, then you can grab another 10% off using the code TPTCYBER.  (I always seem to forget about the code, am I the only one?)

If you're looking for some Holiday activities, I have a few you can grab!

You can also grab this freebie! It's an oldie but a goodie!

My whole store will be on sale until December 3rd, so if there is anything you have been eyeing, now is the time! 

Happy shopping!  I'm going to fill up my cart now to get ready! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Google Classroom

Ladies and gents, I know I have shared how much I adore Google! Well, Google has stepped it up and added something I like even more!

Have you heard of Google Classroom? I am in love! My district is completely Google, so our students have Google accounts already. If you have used Edmodo, it's similar but it is much more user friendly. You can create classes, post assignments, post announcements, create conversations, post links to websites or whatever else your heart desires. Our school has three sets of Chromebooks, so we typically use those to access Google Classroom.  But your students can access it at home, at the computer lab, or even on iPads!

If you haven't used Google Docs or Drive before in the classroom, here is a great article by Jennifer Carey at Edudemic to help you get started. 

With Google Classroom, it is so much easier to implement Google Docs in your instruction.

Here are my two biggest pet peeves about using Google Docs in the past with my students.
1. Students forget to make a copy of my template and mess up the original.
2. I can't see what my students are doing until they share it with me. 

Guess what? Google Classroom has solved these two problems!

If you've ever created a template in Docs and shared it with your students (or colleagues for that matter), you know that each user needs to make their own copy. But with Google Classroom, you can create the template, and Google Classroom will create a seperate Doc for each user.  (Can you say fabulous?)
One you set up Google Classroom, it will set up a "Classroom" Folder in your Drive. Then, every time you create a new assignment, a folder within the folder is created. So everything is neatly organized and you can see how your students' work is progressing!  

During our writing celebration, I just shared the entire folder with my class.  So the students were able to leave each other comments and suggestions. LOVE IT!  

I wish I could show you some more screenshots of what it looks like, but I can't because of my student's privacy! But it's easy peasy and you will be able to figure it out like that!!

Classroom is still in it's beginning stages, but I can't wait to see what they throw at us next!

Now that you've read what I had to say about Google Classroom, check out this video from Google to really see how awesome it is. Enjoy!

Are you using Google Classroom? If so, let me know what you love about it!!

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