Google Classroom Part 3: First Year Reflections

I surveyed 42 of my juniors for this article.  The questionnaire asked them to comment on benefits and frustrations with Google Classroom and Google Apps. Every student agreed that they felt more connected to students and curriculum by using Google Classroom.  Most students said they preferred to virtually collaborate because of convenience, connection to teacher, [...]

Google Classroom Part 2: How to Set It Up

Alright, you’ve decided to give Google Classroom a try…now what?  Here is a basic guide to begin using Google Classroom. Step 1: Create a Classroom Page Sign into your google account and go to www.classroom.google.com.  Click the plus-sign (+) next to your email address (top right-hand corner).  Select “create a class” and title it.  You [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Featured, Technology|0 Comments

Google Classroom Series Part 1: Why I Use It

I love the feel of paper in my hands.  My husband has desperately been trying to convert me to the Kindle, but I keep buying more printed books.  Yes, we’re running out of bookshelf space (but isn’t it every English teacher’s dream to own an in-home library?), and yes, digital copies are cheaper, but I [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Educational Apps, Featured, High School, Technology|1 Comment

Breaking out of the Norm with Breakout Edu

It has been a long time since I started my high school class with this opening, “Today I’m going to tell you a story… and only you have the power to save the world...” My gaming team of devoted educators advised me to take a plunge into an all-out game experience with Breakout EDU.  While [...]

5 Ways to Use Emojis in the Classroom

I realized almost immediately that I wasn't getting through to my Kindergartners... again. I asked a class full of 5-year-olds to identify feeling words, and I got the same generic responses - happy, sad, mad. Year after year, I struggle with how to teach my primary students, especially my English Language Learners, to use precise [...]