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By Tim Leister | A collection of educational and edtech related articles for ELANCO Teachers

53 Ways to Check for Understanding

Formative assessments are only good if you use them to alter your teaching or for students to adjust their learning. Too often, I've seen exit …

Learning

No Begging Required: Teachers Share 5 Creative Ways to Fund Classroom Technology

Teresa Danks made national headlines this year after spending days in the heat on the side of the road in Oklahoma with a sign that read, “Teacher …

Education

The Commotion-Free Classroom: Structures & Strategies for a Self-Directed Classroom

iStock/Steve Debenport<p>I teach in a small room.<p>It’s full of dangerous equipment.<p>My students are 11-14 year olds.<p>What could go wrong?<p>After a long stint …

Teaching

High School Flexible Seating Done Right

“Can I ask how many students you have in an average class?” That question was on teacher Stephanie Sleeper’s mind as she contemplated a photo of …

Education

21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser …

Software

Make Sequencing Questions with Google Forms

<b>Google Forms</b> is a great tool for <b>assessments</b>, and it provides a wide <b>range of question types</b>, including multiple choice, checkboxes, short answer, and …

Comic Strips

Embracing Our Digital Footprints and Guiding Students to Curate and Reshape Their Own – The EdTech Advocate

Next week, Omaha Public Schools will welcome nearly 500 new teachers to our district. During the New Teacher Institute, our Instructional Technology …

Education

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

I thought I could read my students’ body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned …

Quizzes

10 ways we’re making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year

We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools: creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and …

Education

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

<b>As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online.</b> It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of …

Google Docs

Equatio: Yes You Can Type Math and Science in Google Docs and Forms!

As a previous math teacher, I have a soft spot for the pains teachers and students can feel when trying to use <b>math symbols and expressions</b> in …

Google Docs

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you <i>will</i> be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will …

Solar Eclipse

9 Back-To-School Ideas for Adobe Spark in the Classroom

Have you tried out the awesome Adobe Spark tools? I love apps and websites that empower students as creators and I’ve shared lots of ideas on my site …

Graphics

Why No One Reads Your Classroom Newsletter

<i>Guest post by Jennifer Gonzalez</i><br>As the parent of three elementary students, I get a lot of classroom newsletters. And every time I get one, I fully …

Ten Chrome Extensions (and a Google Add-On) too good to miss

Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve become particularly fond of a few Chrome tools that I consider too good to miss. These would be …

School Libraries

Improving Reading Skills with YouTube Closed Captions

Closed captions, or video subtitles, are an easy, free, and engaging way to help <b>improve student reading abilities</b>. Many times we may only think of …

Tutorials

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Challenges For The 21st Century Teacher

The post How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Challenges For The 21st Century Teacher appeared first on TeachThought. Terry Heick Trends & Shifts …

Teaching

Why and How to Share Student Writing with the World

What motivates students to write? Better yet, what motivates them to rewrite and edit and work to improve what they have created? Certainly there are …

Google Docs

Google Classroom: Header Template - Teacher Tech

Create a Header for your Google Classroom<p>You can add your own custom header to Google Classroom. I make a lot of Google Classrooms and I was feeling …

16 G Suite Challenges for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced - Teacher Tech

Today is a good day to learn something new! If you are a user of G Suite and Google Apps documents check out these challenges! I picked a few Google …

Google Apps

Technofy Your Vocabulary Instruction

I do love a challenge, and my friend and fellow Certified Google Innovator, Alicia Brooks offered the perfect one a few weeks ago. Alicia wanted …

Language

Comparing Countries with Google Maps

Maps are a powerful tool to help students understand and explore our world. However, maps are never a perfect representation, which can sometimes …

Maps

Flipgrid and HyperDocs: Amplifying student voice in purposeful digital lesson design.

This is a collaborative post written with the incredible Sean Fahey, an amazing 6th grade teacher in Indiana. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and …

Hopes and Dreams HyperDoc

It’s a new school year and a great time to think about goals. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to get better at and feel proud of? …

Emoji Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets

In an earlier blog post, I shared a “Google Sheets Writing Prompt Generator” that randomly combined nouns and adjectives to give students inspiration …

iOS

Making Posters with Google Drawings

As mentioned in earlier blog posts, Google has loads of awesome tools, but one thing that seems to be missing is a dedicated <b>desktop publishing app</b> to …

Adobe

Learn Math with your Face (and Google Docs)

We all know it is best to learn math by using our <b>hands</b> (interactive stuff) and using our <b>heads</b> (critical thinking). But how about if we also use our</b> …

Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets

When our students go to write a poem or story or other creative work, a blank page can be both exciting (with so much potential) and intimidating …

Google Docs

Triple Differentiation in Google Classroom - Beginning, Middle, and End

Choice is a wonderful thing. <b>We all love choice</b> in our daily lives from what clothes you dressed in this morning, to what food you ate for lunch …

Photosynthesis