Showing posts from August, 2015

Back to School with Google Classroom

Since the end of the school year last year  Google Classroom has been rolling out new features that many of you have asked about.  In fact,  Earlier in the week Google Announced   some MORE  new features for Google Classroom.  I think that you will find all of these very beneficial for your class this new school year. Some of the Highlights for me that I think that you will like   Collaboration: Two teachers (or more) can now be in the same "class". If you are a collaborator or have a collaborator in your class you both can access and send out assignments, announcements or questions Archive last years classes : If you don't want to see last years classes then archive them. You still have access to those assignments and questions but they will not show up in your classroom feed when you log in. Use Previous years posts and assignments: Are you going to use last years assignments or posts? You can now create a post from a previous post from last year Ass

Tips for Digital Formative Assessment

On Monday I will be teaming up with our County ESOL Specialist David Forker to deliver Professional Learning on Digital Formative Assessment. David and I met this week and began planning for our PL sessions and had a great  discussion about best practices for integrating digital formative assessments into the classroom.  We also found a great youtube  from the early 90s on how to connect to the internet. So if you are in our PL on Monday be ready . . .   Here are  top 3 ways to use technology tools for formative assessment. 1. Google Forms - Google forms are a great way to collect any type of data. You can use Google Forms to create quizzes, create sign up/sign in sheets,  a way for students to submit homework or class work. You can insert videos, and pictures into your quizzes. Once students submit on a form you can see the date and time that they submitted, and even use add ons such as flubaroo to grade the quiz. 2. Padlet   - Padlet is a great way to have a quick pulse chec

The First Ever Friday Tech Tip Post

Good Afternoon, Thanks for checking out my new blog. If you didn't know, part of having a Google Account is that you  can create a FREE blog for yourself or your class with blogger. I started this because several of the teachers in my buildings who have moved to other schools said, "Hey Winter, can you still E-mail me your Friday Tech Tip"  which made me think, "I should house these some were if people want to go back and look for them." So, I decided to create my own blog which I decided to name, wait for it, "The Friday Tech Tip" and I will update it on Fridays. I will still e-mail my schools on Friday and say hey its updated but if you don't have time or want to go back and look for a resource this is the place. So the Tech Tip for this Friday is a twofer in honor of the first blog post: Our Middle School Students in 6-8 are all taking home chromebooks!  For some of our students and teachers this may be their first interaction using chromeb