Pear Deck

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Our teachers love Pear Deck!  

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

Self-paced mode

  • Present lesson through Gradual Release of Responsibility
  • Allocate time for students to work independently on a portion of Pear Deck slide deck
  • Utilize multiple Pear Deck slide decks as differentiated “Station” Activities
  • Utilize differentiated Pear Deck slide decks in small group instruction
  • Pear Deck Student-Paced Overview

Take-Aways – turn the slide deck into a Google Doc for each student

  • Students can receive their individual responses on a slide deck
  • Google Doc can be used for studying and to continue the learning
  • Teacher can use comment feature of Google Docs to provide feedback on a student’s response to a question
  • How to Publish a Pear Deck Takeaway

Favorite Chrome Extensions

Favorite Chrome Extensions

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.

Cheers!

Student Vacation Survey & Google MyMaps

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!

Google Form Vacation Survey
Google Form Vacation Survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then turn the Google Sheet created by the form into an interactive map in Google MyMaps.

Quick steps below in screenshots, or access my slideshow on using all of the Google Maps tools: http://bit.ly/GMapsInstruction

Google MyMaps Sign In

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Google MyMaps Step3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out a screenshot of a map that I made:

Vacation Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you used Google MyMaps with your students, share how in the comments section below! Thanks!

 

 

Google Docs & Forms to Differentiate

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
  • Can insert YouTube Videos
  • Understand how to add Sections in Google Forms
  • Understand new Forms Quizzes feature

Google Docs & Forms to Differentiate NJ GAFE Summit16 Slideshow