Along with being a really easy to use (it integrates with G Suite for Education), and a great engagement and formative assessment tool, below are some of the specific features of Pear Deck that our teachers like. In another blog post, I’ll dive deeper into our systems processes for choosing educational technology.
Check in with students
Use the classroom climate feature to ask how students are feeling at the start of the lesson.
These are my most used Chrome extensions for productivity, organization, communication, and efficiency.
Tab Resize. When working on a Chromebook this extension is awesome. It quickly allows you to divide your browser into two (according to your preferences) effectively “splitting your screen with a couple of clicks.
For taking screenshots of my browser particularly for training documents I use Target Process Screen Capture and Awesome Screenshot. Both are super easy to use, allow you to save to Google Drive, download or email the images. My favorite feature that both allow is the ability to annotate on the image. This saves time when placing arrows, boxes, and highlighting specific areas of the image.
For productivity my recommendation is the Google Task feature. The Google Task extension for Chrome can be used anytime in the Chrome browser. One of the best features about Tasks is the ability to add an email directly to Tasks. Once added I can also set a deadline or due date that will appear on my Google Calendar. Perfect for staying organized within the G Suite ecosystem.
Another extension for organization is One Tab. This is a Chrome extension that allows you to quickly close all of your open tabs in the Chrome browser for later access. This is great to use at the end of the workday, but saves you time the next morning (or whenever) you need to access all of those same tabs.
Save to Google Drive is one last tab that works perfect for when you’ve opened a shared Doc or file (most likely from an email notification). One click of this extension for Chrome allows you to save the Doc or file right to your Drive for later access.
Check out these extensions to make your Chrome and G Suite experience even more productive and efficient.
Start the school year off with a fun and interactive ‘vacation survey’ to find out where your new class traveled/vacationed over the summer.
Have the students respond via a Google Form, like the one shown below. Then, ask students to share new information they learned about the places they traveled. Turn their responses into an interactive map!
Then turn the Google Sheet created by the form into an interactive map in Google MyMaps.
I recently presented at the EdTechTeam GAFE Summit held in my school district, Marlboro Township Public Schools.
It was a great event! I learned valuable new instructional strategies and ways to use emerging instructional technologies. As we approach the start of the school year, I’m sharing and have attached my presentation slideshow on differentiating with Google Docs and Google Forms.
It’s a simple concept in that the teacher can share a Google Doc with a student and set him/her off on an individualized project and learning paths or provide specific links to differentiated content or activities. Additionally, if you’re using adaptive learning programs like Study Island, ST Math, or others, you can link directly to those websites and sign-in pages.
Below is a skills checklist to get yourself started and a link to my slideshow and resources.
Understand basics of Google Docs and Forms
Understand Sharing Settings of Docs and Forms
Can insert hyperlinks into a Google Doc
Understand concept of linking Docs to Docs
Insert Link Shortcut Keys (Ctrl + K)
Can utilize Google Search to find resources, texts, videos, etc. to curate information