Instructional Technology

4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom – Education Article

Google Classroom + Meaningful Feedback = Winning Combination! In this post, we will explore ways to give meaningful feedback in Google Classroom. Feedback is an essential piece of the learning process that often gets overlooked or watered down. As teachers, it can be difficult to find ways to not only give feedback to every student, but to make it meaningful to students and something that is actionable. Susan M. Brookhart, author of How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students,…

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Stranger Google: Crazy Tools From the Upside Down! – Education Article

Any Stranger Things fans out there? Stranger Things is a Netflix horror series about a boy who vanishes from a small town, and in the process of investigating his disappearance, the locals discover some supernatural things. (I’ll keep it at that, so I don’t spoil anything!) It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I do enjoy the 80’s throwback setting, Joyce’s antics, and seeing kids solve problems! I even quoted the teacher from the show, Mr. Clark, in my book!…

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Using Video in the Class to Provide Virtual Field Trips and Authentic Learning Experiences for Students of all Ages – Education Article

In this episode of TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Doug Ashton from Streamable Learning along with educators Mark Hauk and Martin McGuire to discuss how students are able to travel the world through virtual field trips.  In this episode, we discuss: Why is it important to bring audio and video into the classroom? Field trips vs virtual trips How to bring in video? What equipment do you need? Students watching video vs students creating video Recorded video Streaming video Video conferencing What…

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Learn why @Shmoop is the best online educational publisher that covers everything for test prep to online courses for all grade levels. – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of EdTech in the Classroom, we welcome Shmoop, an online educational publisher that covers everything for test prep to online courses for all grade levels. In this episode, we discuss: An overview of Shmoop, digital publisher with engaging, comprehensive curriculum and test prep materials for districts. Shmoop has more than 300 full courses and 8,000+ videos is the only provider with test…

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5 #FETC Presentations You Might Have Missed! – Education Article

I just finished presenting, connecting, and learning at the Future of Educational Technology Conference, or FETC, in Orlando, Florida. It is one of the biggest edtech conferences in the U.S., and I want to share all of my presentations with you! Missing out is the worst! So no FOMO for Shake Up Learning readers! I’ve embedded all of my FETC presentations in this post just for you. If you have never seen me present, you should know that my slides…

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Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! – Education Article

YOU are invited to join the Shake Up Learning Fall Book Study! I am #superexcited to launch the official book study of my book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic. The Shake Up Learning book was designed for book studies! I couldn’t just write a paper book. I had to make it an interactive experience and give you extra resources to go deeper and make reading the book a dynamic learning experience. About the Book…

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15 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers – Education Article

Yes! 15 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers! Google Classroom is one of the most popular digital tools for the K-12 classroom. It has improved vastly over the years, and teachers have learned how to make the most of this flexible assignment manager and communication hub. A few weeks ago, I asked the members of the Shake Up Learning community to share with me their favorite Google Classroom tips. If you are not already a member of the Shake Up Learning…

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How to Make a Copy of Google Files – Education Article

See a great Google Doc or Slide deck that you want to use? MAKE A COPY! How to Make a Copy of Google Files IS A MUST-HAVE GOOGLE SKILL! If you are a Google-using educator, you must know how to make a copy of Google files. When you come across a Google file that has been made available for you to view, chances are, you can make your own copy and save it to your own Google Drive. So instead…

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5 Ways to Use the Google Docs Explore Tool – Education Article

The Google Docs Explore tool brings you quick access to your Drive files, web search, images, recommendations and more. Explore is available in Docs, Sheets, and Slides and it uses machine learning to try to predict the things you need as you compose and create. The features vary across applications so this post will focus on how this tool works inside Google Docs. In this post, you will learn 5 Ways to Use the Google Docs Explore Tool. The Explore…

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How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites – Education Article

Let’s Talk About How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites! Online student portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and show growth over time. Google Sites is the perfect tools for you and your students to create ePortfolios. Yes, folks, we are officially dropping the “e” from ePortfolios. Since digital is part of everything we do, there is no need to differentiate. In this post, we are using the more appropriate term, “Portfolios.” Google Sites talks…

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Winter Magnetic Poetry with Google Slides – Education Article

Let’s have some fun with Winter Magnetic Poetry with Google Slides!   Winter is coming! Well, at least for some of you. Things are still pretty warm here in Texas! This is the third installment of magnetic poetry templates that I have shared. Magnetic Poetry Lynn Kleinmeyer’s Students Using Winter Magnetic Poetry What is Magnetic Poetry? This digital template takes the idea from the original refrigerator magnet game, where you are challenged to write poetry, phrases, sentences, or even stories…

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How to Edit Images in Google Docs and Slides – Education Article

Did you know you can edit images inside Google Docs and Slides? In just a few clicks, you and your students can add some pizazz to your images in Google Docs and Google Slides! Editing the images gives you the ability to add a professional touch to your presentations and documents. These tips may seem like a secret because some of these features are a bit hidden, but once you see the possibilities, your docs and slides will never be…

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Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides (FREE Template) – Education Article

Every student is an MVP! Share their success through the Student “Play of the Week,” with Google Slides. It’s so important that we celebrate student success and help every student to feel like an MVP of the classroom. Below is a guest post from Pam Hubler, sharing a super fun way to get students recognizing accomplishments and sharing their success. We’ve all heard the phrase “Play of the Week” used in sports around the world. The purpose is to highlight…

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You’re Doing it Wrong! How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts – Education Article

Chances are that you are doing it wrong, and I’m going to show you a better way to manage and toggle between multiple Google accounts. This is one of my favorite Google tips and has made my life so much easier! A lot of Google users have more than one Google account, often a school/work account and a personal account. If you are like me, you may have fifteen accounts! Logging in and out can be an absolute pain! But I…

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18 Challenges for Teachers Online Course – FREE for Subscribers! – Education Article

The 18 Challenges for Teachers ONLINE COURSE! Now FREE for Subscribers ($60 value) That’s right! Subscribe to Shake Up Learning emails and you can get this online course for FREE! (details and form below) What’s This Course About? The 18 Challenges Course is the companion course to the FREE 18 Challenges ebook announced earlier this year. The 18 Challenges Course is NOT about the tool! This course is about transforming learning in your classroom and trying new things! There is something…

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20 Things You May Have Missed in 2018 – Education Article

Here are the BEST Blog Posts of 2018! I have put together a list of the BEST and most popular Shake Up Learning blog posts from 2018. There went another year! Shake Up Learning will be five-years-old in January (gasp!), and I want to take a moment to THANK YOU! You have helped me learn and grow as an educator and blogger. Reflection is such a critical component of the learning process, so I always like to take a look back…

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Google Docs Cheat Sheet – Education Article

Google Docs Cheat Sheet! I am #superexcited to announce the release of a brand new, updated, Google Docs Cheat Sheet for teachers, students, or anyone! In this handy, Google Docs reference guide, you will get access to beautiful screenshots of all the main features of Google Docs. This is a great reference guide for experienced users, and a fabulous tutorial to help new users learn the basics of Google Docs. Back in 2014, I released the first version of this…

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