Tech Tips of the Week

August 31-September 4, 2015 #proudtobeajet

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Newest Update to Google Classroom

Share to Classroom is an excellent new extension that teachers can use to share web pages with their classes in Google Classroom. This new add-on is part of a major update Google released September 2nd in respect to Drive and Classroom. Using Share to Classroom, you will no longer worry whether students have copied the link correctly as the app reliably pushes the link to every student at the same time. This will definitely save you some precious teaching time and make 1:1 instruction more effective.

Read more about this new update HERE & HERE.

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Photo Essays: Kick Those Old Essays Up a Notch!

From selfies, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more, students today define their lives through images. Harness this passion for images in your classroom through photo essays.

A photo essay, in its simplest form, is a series of pictures that evokes an emotion, presents an idea or helps tell a story.

Photo essays can feature text through articles and descriptions, or they can stand alone with simple captions to give context. The versatility of photo essays has helped the medium become a part of our culture for centuries, from the American Civil War to modern environmental disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This versatility is also what makes the photo essay a great educational asset in classrooms today; teachers can use them in any content area.

Learn more about how you can harness your students love of images HERE.

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53 Ways To check For Understanding

What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately."

Coming up with creative formative assessments can become taxing. Click below for a great list of 53 ways to check for student understanding.

Read more from this article HERE.

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