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Use Google Public Database Explorer. Your kids get smarter

The shift is on. We’re moving beyond simple rote memorization and direct instruction to a more hands on, interactive and evidence-based learning method. We want kids to solve problems and communicate solutions.

That’s a good thing.

But as we all get better at giving kids problems to solve and asking them to use evidence to solve those problems, it’s easy to focus on certain types of evidence. Diaries. Journals. Speeches. Photos. Maps. You know . . . the basic types of primary source documents many of you having been using forever. Absolutely nothing wrong with those types of evidence. Heck, secondary sources work too.

What can start to happen, though, is that we rely too much on the old reliables and never ask kids to use more complicated kinds of things. And one type of evidence that we need to start using more is the huge amount of public data that is available. Statistics. Population numbers. Demographical data. Movement of people and materials. This kind of stuff is perfect for creating authentic problems and encouraging creative solutions by your students.

The problem, of course, is that the data has been hard to access and even harder to make sense of. But there is a solution. Right there in plain sight. Most of us just missed it. Read more

Tip of the Week: Google PD and training tools

The Google pool is deep and very wide. There seems like there’s never an end to the tools, handy extensions, and online resources available from the Googleplex. You’ve got search, maps, notes, docs, spreadsheets, drawings, videos, photos, bookmarks, email, calendars, html, news, books, blogs, online classrooms, digital conversations, research, language translation. Heck, there was even a movie a few years ago.

So, yes, I get it when I see teachers struggle with learning the Googles. It can a bit overwhelming. There’s just so much to figure out.

What to do?

Use Google, of course. Read more

New Google Classroom update: Little things that make it a big deal

The Google folks have been busy – and it seems as if they’ve been listening to teachers. Today, a few handy updates to Google Classroom were announced. If you’re not using Classroom, you really need to take a few minutes, perhaps, to come to your senses. It is a handy time saver and teaching tool that’s free, accessible anywhere, easy to use, and did you know it’s free? The biggest update is the ability to now Read more

Sweet Googleness: Goggle tools, tips, tricks – Part Deux

Yesterday I shared something most of you already know. I love the Google. I’m getting into the idea of Keep and Tasks, my new favorite Google tools. Yesterday, you got a few of my favorite Google Search tips and tricks.

Today? Google Drive and YouTube. Read more

Sweet Googleness: Google tools, tips, tricks

A week or so ago, I wrote about Google Keep, my latest new Google favorite tool. I‘ve always been a fan of the Googles. Google Earth. Docs. Maps. Tour Builder. Drive. This week, Keep. And, yes, my favorite Google tools do change weekly. That’s because there’s just too much Google goodness going on for me to keep up. 

You might be the same way. You enjoy Google apps and tools but there’s so much. I spent some time last Thursday at the 2015 MACE conference, talking with teachers about Chromebook tips and tricks. And it was awesome. But I begin to notice a common theme.

Everyone had a different tip. A different trick. Some teachers know about the cool way to create a timer in Google Search. Others know that how to take screenshots on a Chromebook. Someone else shared how to add images to a Google form. But we can unintentionally get in a rut and not realize that there are some sweet little tips out there.

Of course, a quick Google search reveals more than enough lists to get you started. Some of my favorite tips? Read more

Google Keep – Note taking alternative, cross-platform sharing tool, and all around nice guy

I waded into the shallow end of the Google Apps / GAFE / Chromebook pool last summer. In November, I dove off the high board as my office went all Google – mail, calendar, documents, the works.

I’ve been using Google Docs forever so it’s not like the stuff is completely foreign to me. But going all in . . . with all my stuff, emails, contacts, online? Yeah, there was an adjustment period.

But after a few months, I really am falling in love with the syncing of info and materials between all my different devices. I’ve also had a chance to start playing around with all of the different Google tools buried in my account.

My latest favorite? Google Keep. Basically Keep is Google’s version of

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