Google Classroom is Here!

posted Aug 15, 2014, 2:14 PM by

Well, it's here! Google Classroom is a great way to manage all your students from just one class or multiple classes! Students using GAFE will have a dashboard with a view of all classes they are registered in and assignments assigned and due! All in one easy to access place. I've posted two videos below. One with a view of both teacher dashboard and student dashboard and a video tutorial of features. To find Google Classroom just hit this link . Have fun!

Google Classroom

Google Classroom Tutorial

Make Finding Fluency a Breeze!

posted Jun 6, 2014, 9:56 AM by

I have found a great fluency app that helps calculate and keep track of students' fluency scores! There are six original and leveled passages for each grade level (1st-8th). Just select your student, select the passage and print it out, and start the timer when they start reading. While the student is reading you mark when they make a mistake with the push of a button and when they are done the app calculates their fluency score for you! It also saves all the assessments  you've given to students in the past for easy tracking of progress!
It is $6.99, but a cheap price for something so valuable!

Adobe Voice- the newest, coolest storytelling app!

posted May 20, 2014, 2:32 PM by

Adobe Voice is the newest, free storytelling app that is so, so easy to set up and use in the classroom. It is a great way for students to share their voice and present their ideas in a professional manner. The end result is a short movie, complete with music and transitions! Check out the overview movie below for inspiration and get started today!

Adobe Voice in Education

Google Classroom is Coming!!!!

posted May 13, 2014, 11:09 AM by   [ updated May 22, 2014, 10:21 AM ]

Check out the preview below for Google Classroom! A great new GAFE tool that integrates Drive, Docs, and Email in order to increase efficiency in the classroom! Here's the link to more information on Google Classroom

Google Classroom

Digital Literacy and Citizenship is Important!

posted Mar 14, 2014, 1:19 PM by

I've added a couple of great resources for teaching digital literacy and citizenship to your students! Click here to take a look at the latest resources!

Google Drive Policies and Procedures

posted Mar 13, 2014, 1:17 PM by

As the majority of students in grades 3-5 are using Google Drive as a resource, you should take this time to remind your students of proper Drive etiquette and policies for school use.
  • Students should be using Drive for academic purposes only- this is not a social networking opportunity!
  • Students should share all documents with their teacher
  • Students should notify their teacher of any unacceptable use (other students sharing documents for social purposes instead of academic purposes)
  • Remind students that all resolved comments can be retrieved and viewed by the teacher
  • Changes and edits can also be viewed by teachers

Be Responsible!

Google Drive Updates

posted Mar 13, 2014, 1:12 PM by

  I have added several items, tutorials, and tips for Google Drive in the resources section. Please also check out the Google Docs lesson plan as I have included how students should be naming their documents in order to establish good habits before they enter White Hill. In addition I have added tutorials tips on how to successfully manage all those Google Docs that are being shared with you! Check out gClass Folders.

Get in the Driver's Seat!

posted Feb 8, 2014, 5:23 PM by

Greatly reduce the amount of paper used in your classroom with Google Drive Apps! Over the past several weeks I have supported the entire third grade team at Wade Thomas in getting their class up and going on Google Drive while the third grade team at Brookside has been working on expanding their expertise in Google Drive by including Slides and Docs into collaborative team tasks. Another teacher at Brookside is going paperless for Words Their Way sorts through the use of Google Drive; student are using the draw feature to click, drag, and sort their words into columns (click and drag is also a Smarter Balanced Assessment feature).

Why use Google Drive? Google Drive can help support the students in collaborative learning, streamline class assignments, eliminate most problems of lost or unsaved work on the computer, and it can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. One of the features I enjoyed the most about using Google Drive assignments with my class was the increase in teacher/student communication. I would often be at home looking over student work on Drive and the student would pop up as working; I could take that opportunity to give instant feedback and advice to the student right there through comments.

If you are interested in a tutorial or support in getting your class up and running with Google Drive, feel free to contact me! We can get the conversation started.


posted Feb 7, 2014, 11:54 AM by

The past two weeks I have been working closely with the third grade team at Hidden Valley with integrating Educreations into their curriculum. Every student has successfully joined their teacher's group and submitted a project. Some teachers are even starting to use it in their centers! This last week students learned how to take pictures of objects around the classroom using the iPad. The picture they took had to be a shape and then they used that picture to explain what shape their object is and why! Take a look at a start up Educreations lesson and video tutorial!

Explore the Site!

posted Jan 24, 2014, 1:25 PM by

Here it is! This site is your one stop shop for checking out my calendar, resources, and arranging a time with me for instructional technology needs. This site will continue to grow with technology resources and tips for the classroom. Please make sure you are logged into your Ross Valley Google account in order to access the calendar and contact form- if they're blank it's because you're not signed in! Check back often for updates and added features:)

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