Common Core Technology Skills Self-Assessment
Google Tools / Professional Development

Common Core Technology Skills Self-Assessment

This awesome self-assessment was created by some awesome people in the State of California was adapted from the Technology Skills Matrix for students. Essentially, the idea is that “if students are to know these skills in various areas of technology at different grade levels, teachers and administrators should be proficient as well. This assessment can be … Continue reading

Google Spell-Up: The Better You Spell, The Higher Your Tower!
Classroom Activities / Games / Google Tools / Writing Tools

Google Spell-Up: The Better You Spell, The Higher Your Tower!

A few weeks ago Google released a new chrome experiment that my students have been obsessed with playing, and I can’t blame them! Spell Up is designed for Chrome, but also works with Android and iOS. Google worked with game designers and teachers to create a simple but addicting spelling game: spell words correctly and … Continue reading

Kaizena: Add Voice Comments To Google Docs!
Google Tools / Writing Tools

Kaizena: Add Voice Comments To Google Docs!

During my daily reading of Richard Byrne’s blog, FreeTech4Teachers, I came across his amazing post on Kaizena. As an avid user of Google Documents in the classroom, especially as a means to provide immediate feedback on student’s papers and writing, I was thrilled to learn that Kaizena offered the opportunity to provide audio feedback to students! … Continue reading

10 Steps To Auto Generate QR Codes in Google Spreadsheets!
Google Tools / Helpful Tips

10 Steps To Auto Generate QR Codes in Google Spreadsheets!

Step 1: Log into your Google Drive account. Step 2: Create a new spreadsheet. Step 3: Label Column A “Message.” Step 4: Label Column B “QR Code.” Step 5: Enter some text or URLs in column A. Step 6: In Cell B2, enter this formula (or copy and paste it.) =image(“https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150×150&cht=qr&chl=” & A2) Step 7: Press Enter and a QR code … Continue reading

Harnessing The Powers of Google Search!
About Me / Google Tools / Professional Development

Harnessing The Powers of Google Search!

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to present to some wonderful Texas educators at the Google Apps for Education Texas Summit. My presentation was all about harnessing the powers of the almighty Google search, and it was well received by the educators who were present. In the hopes of sharing the wealth, here is my presentation … Continue reading