Shake Up Learning’s 50 Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom

 

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Check out this list of 50 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom from Kasey Bell’s Shake Up Learning Blog by clicking the link below.

 

50 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom 

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Classroom Screen

Classroomscreen.com is a FREE web tool created by Laurens Koppers, a teacher from the Netherlands. Laurens created this tool to utilize the digiboard in their classroom to help students focus on their work.

How it works:

Launch your web browser and visit classroomscreen.com. Project it on a screen in your classroom. Your browser turns into an interactive board and has the capability to display various tools that you and your students will LOVE.

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Tools and Capabilities:

🖥 choose a background/upload your own
🖥 pick a random name & dice roll
🖥 classroom sound level monitor
🖥 generate a QR-code
🖥 draw in-screen or full-screen
🖥 type your instructions in the text area and zoom
🖥 choose a work symbol
🖥 set a timer/stopwatch
🖥 show the clock & calendar
🖥 use the traffic light
🖥 use the calculator
🖥 drag and drop the icons in the right place
🖥 Dual widgets: more than one widget can be displayed at once
🖥 select a language

What makes this web tool stand out?

Many teachers have said that the QR code generator is their favorite tool. Simply click the QR code icon, enter the url of a website you would like your students to visit and the tool instantly generates a QR code for students to scan with a handheld device.

The work symbols that can be used as a visual reminder for students:

 

You can see in the image below the different options you can choose from:

The stoplight is a nice component as well! You can it as a visual reminder for voice levels as well as other activities. It’s possible that students could even use classscreen.com on their own devices and they could change the stoplight to indicate their progress on a project or their understanding of a concept.

One of the newest additions is the ability to conduct a digital exit poll. Simply type a question at the top and have students walk by your board or computer and tap/click on the smiley face that represents their feelings about the question.

Check out the video below that will show you some of the tools that are available within the tool.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (lawsonj@talawanda.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal.  Have a great day!

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Plant Seeds with Answer Garden

Answer Garden advertises itself as the “minimal tool for maximum feedback,” and I have to agree. It’s super-quick and easy to use with even elementary age students. You can use it on any device with a browser, and they recently launched a free iOS app.

What is it?

AnswerGarden is a free tool that creates word clouds from multiple users simultaneously. {Reminder: a word cloud is a collection of words or phrases displayed in a cluster — like a “cloud” shape — where the words/phrases that are submitted the most frequently appear larger than the other words/phrases in the cluster. The more times a word or phrase is submitted, the larger it appears in the final product.}

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How does it work?

You, the teacher, create an AnswerGarden on their website. Afterwards, share the link with students so they can visit your “garden” on their mobile device. Students simply type a short answer and click “submit.” The answers appear in a word cloud in real time on everyone’s device so it’s easy to see which submission was entered the most frequently.

My favorite features

  • 100% free
  • Does not require anyone to sign up for an account or remember any additional passwords 🙂
  • Works on any device with a browser
  • Literally takes 60 seconds or less to set up

Classroom uses

While not made specifically for educational use, there are several ways to incorporate it into your classroom. Here are some basic ideas {but scroll to the end of this post to see more detailed examples of ways to use AnswerGarden with students}:

  • Whole group brainstorming
  • Voting
  • Discussion
  • Beginning-of-year activities
  • Review questions with short, simple answers

Create an AnswerGarden in 60 seconds or less
1. Go to the home page, scroll down, and click “create an answer garden” …or click the + sign in the top, right corner.

Notice there is no account registration required!

2. Enter a question or prompt into the topic area.

If you don’t want to do anything else, just scroll and click the “create” button at the very bottom of the page:

If you’d like to have a little bit more control, though, you have that option, too. Below are some of the preferences you can toggle:

  • Change the mode 
    • Brainstorm: the audience can enter an unlimited number of answers, including unlimited copies of the same answer
    • Classroom: the audience can enter an unlimited number of answers, but they can enter each answer only once
    • Moderator: you have to manually approve each answer before it is added to the Answer Garden
    • Locked: the Answer Garden is closed and no new comments can be submitted
  • Change the answer length
    • Choose if your audience can submit answers 20 characters in length or 40. This includes spaces, so make sure to ask a question that can be answered in less than 40 characters!
  • Password and Reminder E-mail
    • I utilize these options because I want the ability to delete unwanted answers, but it’s definitely not a requirement. I do recommend, however, unchecking the newsletter box if you choose to have your password and link e-mailed to you.
  • Spam filter and network detectionAnswerGarden says the spam filter blocks common unwanted answers, including arrange of inappropriate words.

 

 

 
3. Share the link.  The actual URL is fairly short {for instance, the AnswerGarden I just created has a URL with 35 total characters in it, so students can just type it into their browser. {Click here to read about 8 ways to quickly share a link with students.} AnswerGarden provides other ways to share the link, though:

Scroll down on the actual AnswerGarden to see the share buttons.

Teacher tricks

  • New answers do not automatically appear in the AnswerGarden; refresh the page periodically to see new answers.
  • Get an inappropriate answer? Walk the room. When someone posts something, the answer appears in blue on their device. Find the person with the device that has the underlined inappropriate-ness, and you’ve found the culprit. {Mentioning this up front is a great deterrent!} If you entered a password upon creating the AnswerGarden, you now have the ability to edit it… so you could temporarily close the AnswerGarden or moderate answers if you’re in Moderator Mode. {This page gives more information about moderating and deleting unwanted answers — just scroll down to the part where it says, “I’m a teacher.”}
  • To see how many times an answer was submitted, just hover over it on the AnswerGarden with your mouse.

Ideas for use

  1. BOY getting-to-know-you project: everyone post 5 adjectives that describe themselves or their summer.
  2. BOY getting-to-know-you game: the teacher poses a question (ex. “Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?”), and the students type their answer. The answer that grows the biggest on the screen is the most popular.
  3. BOY learning styles group quiz: the teacher can pose questions (ex. “Would you rather show your learning with a song or a play?” … “Do you like numbers or words more?”), and the students type their answer. If you keep it pretty simple, you’ll get an idea about what the class as a whole likes the most, and you can design your curriculum around it.
  4. Quick, anonymous poll: quickly assess if the majority of the class understands the concept before moving on to the next part of your lesson. It’s anonymous to all the students, although you can walk the room and look at student devices to see how everyone answered.
  5. Short discussion: ask or post discussion questions to a novel or topic you’re studying and let students weigh in. Just make sure students can type a short and sweet answer that’s less than 41 characters!
  6. Exit ticket question {save the URL so you can review student answers later}
  7. “What other questions do you have about this topic?” 
  8. “What’s one thing you’re confused about in this lesson?”
  9. Whole group brainstorming: At the BOY have students submit their ideal class rules or talk about what it means to be a friend. You could also have students brainstorm things like digital citizenship tips, properties of matter, or character traits from the class novel.
  10. Ask for examples to illustrate student knowledge on a topic {Learning about the elements of literature? Ask students to submit examples similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc. Studying parts of speech? Ask students to submit examples of adjectives, nouns, pronouns, etc. Learning about polygons or supply and demand? Students can submit real-life examples. Reviewing the scientific method? Students can submit examples of when they could use this concept in their life or even the question they would start with to solve a certain problem with the scientific method}.
  11. Get answers quickly to create a class graph: Let students post how many siblings they have, which type of apple they prefer to eat, or anything other data you use when creating a class graph. Once the page is refreshed, hover over the answers to see how many times each was entered. Then create a graph of the data the way you normally would.
  12. Vote. Need to decide on the class reward, fundraising idea, or class pet name? Use AnswerGarden! Just make sure students all type their answer in the same way to ensure that the most popular answer appears the largest in the word cloud.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (lawsonj@talawanda.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal.  Have a great day!

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#EdciteAIRWeek

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Edcite is celebrating Edcite AIR Week Jan. 21-27 to showcase the ways teachers, schools, and districts use Edcite for AIR-aligned practice. Read on for ways that you can be part of our Ohio celebrations!

There are many teachers taking part in Edicte’s #OhioCommonAssessments initiative. You have until Feb. 2 to give students a released Ohio State Test in Edcite’s AIR-aligned viewer.  Join teachers across the state by signing up today!  Just click below.

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All of these assignments and questions have bee vetted by Edcite.  Once you get to the webpage, you can simply click your subject and then your grade level to find your specific AIR State Test. Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 9.55.25 AMScreen Shot 2018-01-23 at 9.55.40 AM

#EdciteAIRWeek

Post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram about how you use Edcite for AIR-aligned practice. Be sure to include #EdciteAIRWeek in your post.

Also, stay tuned to Edcite’s social media channels this week for blog posts and our road trip across Ohio!  Julia Sweeney, a member of the @Edcite Team stopped by Talawanda yesterday and sat with both teachers and principals at TMS to discuss our progress with rolling out the assessment system.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (lawsonj@talawanda.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal.  Have a great day!

Pear Deck

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Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool used to actively engage students in individual and social learning. Teachers create presentations using their Google Drive account. Students log into the presentation with unique access codes and interact with questions while teachers monitor student and whole-class progress. Pear Deck is a freemium service; teachers and schools can access a wide array of tools and resources for free or opt to subscribe to a premium account. (1)

APPROACH

Pear Deck combines slide presentations with interactive questions. Founded in 2014, the company’s goal is to foster inquiry-based learning and to bridge the gap between individual and social learning. (1)

 

APPROACH

Pear Deck combines slide presentations with interactive questions. Founded in 2014, the company’s goal is to foster inquiry-based learning and to bridge the gap between individual and social learning. (1)

Pear Deck for Teachers

Teachers can use Pear Deck to create interactive presentations that allow students to work independently to respond to various questions throughout the ‘deck’. Each Pear Deck presentation begins with an access code presented on the screen. Students are prompted to enter the Pear Deck website and plug in their unique access code. During each session, teachers can see the presentation as well as the students who are participating. Student responses appear on the teacher screen in real-time. Teachers have the option to lock student screens to prevent them from changing their answers. (1)

Pear Deck also lets teachers determine when and what responses to share with the whole class via the main presentation screen. Teachers can highlight a specific student response, toggle between responses, or in some instances share all student responses. Student responses are anonymous to everyone except the original responder and the teacher. During the presentation, teachers can backtrack to previous slides and add impromptu questions. (1)

file-z5oDlK1ytC.pngPear Deck lets teachers build interactive decks from their computer or tablet. Teachers sign in to Pear Deck with their Google login where they’ll find Pear Deck materials available in their Google Drive. Pear Deck presentations are created in Google Drive and save just like Google Docs; thus they can be organized and shared with other Google users. (1)

Teachers have the option to present and control each deck directly from their computer or tablet.

While building their decks, teachers can choose from four question types:

  • Draggable questions take the form of agree/disagree or thumbs up/thumbs down
  • Drawing questions allow students to free draw in a blank space or on a grid
  • Free response questions have short text, long text, and number capabilities
  • Multiple choice questions take the form of yes/no, true/false, or A, B, C, D

Through premium Pear Deck features, teachers have access to a session dashboard and can review previous sessions and student takeaways. This additional feature lets teachers analyze student engagement, comprehension, and lesson efficacy. (1)

The Pear Deck website provides a number of resources for teachers to better understand and use the product including a sample question gallery, help articles and ideas for educators, and a user forum to ask questions. Pear Deck works with both traditional projectors as well as interactive whiteboards. (1)

Pear Deck for Students

Students use Pear Deck to interact with teacher presentations and lessons. At the start of each deck, students log into the presentation with a unique access code. Students can see both the main presentation screen and the screen on their personal device. Responses are dragged, typed, or drawn directly onto the student’s personal device to answer interactive questions. Students can only see the information on their personal device and their names are kept anonymous on the main presentation screen when teachers opt to share class answers. (1)

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PRICING

Pear Deck offers users several product options including a free and upgraded version. Tools and resources free to users include access to Google Drive storage, Google Apps integration, three types of interactive question slides, a limited number of PDF and Google Slide imports, and 30 session participants. (1)

Premium or Group pricing is $99.99/year ($11.99/month) for educators and $249.99/month ($29.99/month) for professionals. Schools can request a price quote through the Pear Deck website. Both Premium, Group, and School packages include the same features as the free version in addition to

  • Drawing and Draggable question slides
  • Google Classroom integration
  • Session Dashboard
  • Session Review
  • Student Takeaways
  • Unlimited PDF and Google Slide imports
  • A priority help desk
  • 50 session participants

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (lawsonj@talawanda.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal.  Have a great day!


  1. “Pear Deck | Product Reviews | EdSurge.” https://www.edsurge.com/product-reviews/pear-deck-product. Accessed 16 Jan. 2018.

5 Google Sheet Formatting Tricks

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These easy-to-implement “tricks” will make your Google spreadsheets more functional!


Tip #1:
Line Break within Cell

How-to:
To force a line break (a.k.a. carriage return or hard return) within a cell, use:
Control + Enter
or
Alt + Enter

Example:


Tip #2:
Use Multiple Columns for Hanging Indents

How-To:
Use the left column for the number and the right column for the text.
Note – Format as “Plain Text” to get “1.” into the cell.
Update – Just found out from Brad Medbery on Facebook that you can begin any text string with an apostrophe and it will automatically format it as “plain text.” Try entering “1.” and then enter ” ‘1. ” and you’ll see the difference!

Example:


Tip #3:
Turn Off Gridlines

How-to:
Pull down the View menu to toggle “Gridlines” off and on.
Note – It is best to create the page first, and then turn off the Gridlines.

Example:
Same sheet with and without gridlines:


Tip #4:
Use Border Colors!

 How-to:

The index card below was created with:
– a black outer border
– a red bottom border
– blue horizontal borders

Example:


Tip #5:
Add Free-hand Drawings

 How-to:
1. Pull down the Insert menu to “Drawing.” This will open a new “Drawing” window.
2. In the drawing window, click the “Line” tool and select the “Scribble” option.

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3. Draw on the screen.
4. Click the “Save and Close” button.
5 . Move and resize the drawing as desired.

Example:

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (lawsonj@talawanda.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal.  Have a great day!

 

  1. “5 Awesome Google Spreadsheet Formatting Tricks.” 3 May. 2014, http://tammyworcester.com/5-awesome-google-spreadsheet-formatting-tips/. Accessed 11 Dec. 2017.

 

 

SeeSaw – The Learning Journal

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.seesaw-script-icon-combo

 

 

FEATURES:

Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form

  • Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links or PDFs to show what they know and store evidence in their digital portfolio. You can also import from 100s of other apps.
  • When students add to Seesaw, content is uploaded, organized by student, and accessible from any device.
  • Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student. Optionally, use folders to organize work by subject area project, or assessment standard.
  • Teachers can flag items in the digital portfolio for follow up or to review at parent-teacher conferences.

Sign In Options that Work for All Ages

  • Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code.
  • Older students can sign in with their email address or Google account.

Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience

  • Seesaw helps capture the learning process not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer.
  • Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments.

Strengthen Connections Between School and Home

  • Include families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates actually get seen by parents, provide encouragement for students, and cross language barriers.
  • Teachers approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents.

Seesaw Blogs — the easiest way to create a blog for your class!

  • Create a public webpage for your class and give students a global audience for their work.
  • Teachers and students can post a selection of Seesaw items to the class blog in just one tap. No other apps, websites or embed codes needed! All posts are teacher-moderated.
  • Connect to other class blogs directly within the Seesaw app so students can easily comment and collaborate with students from other classrooms.

Teacher Resource Center at help.seesaw.me

  • Getting started tips, professional development resources, FAQ.
  • More than 100 Common Core aligned activity ideas for K-12.

Need help? Have feedback? Email help@seesaw.me or tweet @Seesaw

Pricing

Plan Price Details
Seesaw Free Powerful tools to capture, organize, and share student learning.
Seesaw Plus $120/year per teacher Advanced tools for assessment, teacher notes, and more classes.
Seesaw for Schools Volume Discounts SIS integration, school wide reporting, and visibility into any class.
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1. “Seesaw: The Learning Journal Reviews | edshelf.” https://edshelf.com/tool/seesaw-the-learning-journal/. Accessed 5 Dec. 2017.