Doctopus: Easy Classroom Management of Google Docs

"How can teachers harness all the awesomeness, ubiquitous access, and collaborative authoring power made possible by Google Docs without creating a document management nightmare?" That is question Andrew Stillman posed, and then answered with his script, Doctopus. Doctopus allows teachers to auto-generate copies of template documents for individual students, small groups and whole classes. The … Continue reading Doctopus: Easy Classroom Management of Google Docs

KeepVid: Download And Save Online Videos!

YouTube and other online streaming video sources provide incredible opportunities for teachers to share real-world content with students and break down the walls of their classrooms. Unfortunately, live streaming video can also sometimes be problematic for a few reasons: Buffering issues - Slow buffering and slow internet speeds can be frustrating in a classroom setting. … Continue reading KeepVid: Download And Save Online Videos!

10 Tips to Guide Classroom Blog Implementation

Recently, a colleague of mine wanted to introduce blogging in the classroom as a forum for responses to A Separate Peace. He was excited about the prospects, but unsure of how to begin the process. When talking with him about his goals for the blog and how he might go about setting up the parameters for … Continue reading 10 Tips to Guide Classroom Blog Implementation

KidRex: Safe Searching Online

Do you teach young children? Or have young children at home? If so, internet safety and malicious content can be large threats. What happens, for example, if your student or child comes across inappropriate material on a research mission online? Thanks to KidRex powered by Google, there is now a kid-friendly, safe and protected search engine … Continue reading KidRex: Safe Searching Online

Bouncy Balls: A Fun Way To Monitor Classroom Noise Level

This is what Bouncy Balls looks like when the classroom is silent: This is what Bouncy Balls looks like when the classroom is noisy: Essentially, Bouncy Balls is a website that activates your microphone and detects noise level. The more noise in the room, the more the balls bounce. The quieter the room is, the more still the … Continue reading Bouncy Balls: A Fun Way To Monitor Classroom Noise Level

Classroom Management of Mobile Devices: The Traffic Signal Approach

It's the big question circulating through my school, and probably most of yours right now: Should I let my students use mobile devices in class? As you probably already know, cell phones can be a great tool for instruction. They provide opportunities for individual feedback with tools like PollEverywhere, as well as quick access to web … Continue reading Classroom Management of Mobile Devices: The Traffic Signal Approach

6 Fantastic Online Timers

As a teacher, I often found myself giving students countdowns in the classroom:      -5 minutes of silent reading time!      -10 minutes for the quiz!      -2 minutes before we transition to the next activity! In these situations, I often found myself using my cell phone or watch to time their activities, and wished … Continue reading 6 Fantastic Online Timers