Power edTech Weekly

A weekly bulletin of tips, tricks, and news in edtech

Week of 10/7/19

Welcome to this week's edition of Power edTech Weekly!

This week's edition features some information about my new favorite tool; Pear Deck, an update on a previous post on "Going Gradeless", some info on CommonLit, Step 2 for getting started with Google Classroom, and a book recommendation.

A reminder that the Worcester Edcamp is coming up on Saturday, October 19. This free event is an awesome way to connect with other educators in central Massachusetts. The focus of this Edcamp is...

...WHATEVER YOU WANT! That's the beauty of Edcamps! Have something to share; lead a session. Want to learn about something; there will be someone there that can teach you! Looking for ideas? Lots to choose from!

Pear Deck

I am super excited about the newest tool in my toolbelt - Pear Deck! This incredibly versatile and FREE tool is going to kick your Google Slide presentations up a notch. BAM! Here's some info for you:
How Pear Deck Works


Some teachers in our district are making great use of a free tool called "CommonLit". This great tool can make it a breeze to differentiate instruction using CommonLit texts and digital tools. You can learn more about it here. They are offering free, short webinars to get some hands on experience at various times this Fall. Click the button below to sign up for a time that works for you.

Going Gradeless

A few weeks ago in a previous edition of "Power edTech Tools" I posted a survey asking: "Would you go gradeless in your classroom?" Here's what you said:
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What are your thoughts on these possibilities?

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Need some One-on-One Help?

I am happy to be available to any Northbridge staff member that needs some extra help with using technology. Whether it is setting up your class website, getting started with Google Classroom, or just brainstorming ideas on engaging your students with technology, set up a time to meet. My place or yours?
One-on-One time with Anthony - Appointment Calendar

Find a time that works for you and me. I'll come to your classroom, or you can meet in my office at the middle school. Whichever is more convenient for you!

Step 2 - Getting Organized

Once you have got the basics set up for your Google Classroom, it's time to get organized. Here's a step by step video to help you through the process, and a Google Doc template to help you organize your resources.

Google Classroom - Getting Organized
Need some focused time on getting going with Google Classroom? Earn 4 PDP's by attending this quarter's tech focused professional development. Offered in a hybrid online/in person format, you'll be able to get your online Classroom up and running in no time! Sign up by clicking the button below!

edTech Reads

I listen regularly to an awesome podcast called "Shake Up Learning" where I get a lot of tips and tricks that I share with you. I'd recommend subscribing to the podcast, and give it a listen during your commute. Here's one recent episode that I enjoyed:
Kasey is also the author of a great book, "Shake Up Learning" which I am reading through. You can download a sample here:

EdCamp Worcester #WOOcamp

Saturday, Oct. 19th, 9am-2pm

1 Skyline Drive

Worcester, MA

Join educators from throughout central Massachusetts at Worcester's EdCamp.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcamp-worcester-2019-tickets-62055161659

What is an EdCamp?

Edcamp is a free professional development conference with informal sessions that are run by and for all educators, where anyone can present. The focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design. Edcamp is a professional learning phenomenon that was developed in Philadelphia, PA and has spread throughout the world.

If you love free professional development, collaborating/networking with peers, prizes and free food, then you will love Edcamp! This event is open to all educators and educational students from all districts!

About Us

eduPowerTools is focused on helping teachers use technology effectively with their students and is managed by Anthony Amitrano, Instructional Technology Specialist in Northbridge Public Schools, Massachusetts.