Wednesday, June 12, 2019


This is an interesting site I read about in Richard’s Byrne’s blog (Free Technology for Teachers).  Mentimeter reminded me a PearDeck (you create the questions, share with the students via a code, and then see the group’s response).  Unlike PearDeck, this is not a Google Add-On but rather a website. In addition, you can use presentations created by other users (think Kahoot! Or Quizz).

Learning about the Oceans

If you teach grades 5-8, you might want to check out these resources from National Geographic for Oceans Month.  In addition to the breathtaking videos, there are also a dozen activities for your students.

More uses for Google Forms

From EDU in 90, here’s a quick look at some interesting uses for Google Forms.  I really liked the newsletter idea.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If you are cleaning house in Google Classroom,

Now is the season to clean up and be ready for the fall.  While some may only archive their Google Classrooms, if you really want to remove everything- please see this blog post from Richard Byrne. His video will walk you through the process of deleting materials.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Using the Measurement Tool in Google Maps

I was inspired by this blog post from Richard Byrne!  While I’ve been walking at the track or the park (where there are mile markers along the route), I was interested in what a mile loop would look like in my neighborhood.  Enter Google Maps and the measurement tool (it is all explained in a brief video in the post). Richard also mentioned Tom Barrett’s Math Map blog (it has several interesting projects).

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Online Crossword puzzles

In my quest to find interesting applications for digital escape rooms, I stumbled across a Crossword Generator in  When you share the link with a student, the puzzle created might not be the same format as their neighbor.  (Now, as with all applications, you must save the url and password once you have entered your data.  Failure to do so will mean you will be unable to access the puzzle for any editing. Can you make all the words turn green? (Here’s a hint- if you have one incorrect letter- you need to re-enter the whole word).  Here’s the link to my sample.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

It’s all about the thinking (math, that is)

In this blog post, Alice Keeler shares a Chrome extension you can use in combination with Desmos to allow your students to share their thinking.  If you are graphing with your students, this might be the way to go!  (Not using Desmos? Check out their site for free graphing tools!)

Friday, June 7, 2019

Google Books online

Google Books  has recently undergone some changes- please see the excellent blog post here by Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers).  His video will walk you through the process along with suggestions on how students could use the site.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Google Game with AI

Look at the block of words- what can you enter that will eliminate
the most number of words (and earn you the most points)?  
The game is Semantris (a word game powered by Google).
 I saw it in this blog post from Eric Curts (please click here
for additional information on this and other lesser-known Google tools).