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Google Classroom - End of Year Activities and Options

There are a few options in Google Classroom for you to consider as we reach the end of the school year.

Student Work Considerations

When a student hits the TURN IN button in Google Classroom, the ownership of any documents connected with that assignment is switched from the student to the teacher. This means that a student can view the document(s) they turned in but cannot edit them. If a student hits the UNSUBMIT button, the ownership switches back to the student. If/when a teacher hits the RETURN button, the student becomes the owner again.

It's important to be aware of this at the end of the year. If you want students to have editing rights to assignments after your class ends, be sure that you have returned all work to students. Note that DONE is not the same as RETURNED.

Remove Student Option

If a teacher would prefer that students have no access to the content in a class in the future, then the teacher has the option of removing students from a class. There are pros and cons …

Lino app - an alternative to Padlet

Padlet has always been one of my favorite bulletin board type apps where you can put up sticky notes for brainstorming or organizing ideas and posting text, images, etc. For those of you familiar with Padlet, you may have heard very recently that the free version now has a limit of 3 padlets.

If you are now looking for a different free option or are looking to explore an app of this kind, I would recommend Lino.

Google Classroom - An option for 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 text

In Google Classroom, there is no option for formatting the text in announcements, questions, or other things that are posted to the Stream. You can't bold, italicize, underline, etc.

Here is an option:  Cool Fancy Text Generator

Type in a title or phrase in the box at the top with the pencil in it. Click the blue Copy button to the right of one of the many formatted text options. Paste this into a text box in Google Classroom.

Sometimes text generated from this tool will not work correctly or just won't show up on devices. It also might not work with all screen readers and translators.Use sparingly! Nothing is worse than a lot of text in a specialized font or freaky color that results in a strain on the eyes just to make out. Use it to call attention to specific words or titles only.


In no particular order:
E is for Engineering
T is for Technology
S is for Science
M is for Math
R is for Reading and for wRiting

We have STEM. We have STEAM. We have STREAM. As educators we debate which acronym is the right or better one to use. For schools with a technology integrationist, it is not uncommon for some staff to expect this position to be responsible for teaching STEM/STEAM/STREAM. After all, the T is for technology.

I have found that many a time, when I have conversations about STEM/STEAM/STREAM, we are often not all talking about the same thing. My professional reading material many times includes articles or resources on this topic. Sometimes I agree with and/or like what I read about, sometimes I don't agree or like what I read about. Sometimes I learn something and add to my understanding of what STEM/STEAM/STREAM is.

STEM/STEAM/STREAM, according to the vast amount of references I have come across, is not just about the subjects. If you are using technology and…

Science, Math, and OK Go (a popular rock and YouTube sensation)

Have you ever seen an OK Go music video? I bet many of our students have. They are filled with science, math, engineering, and creativity.

Google has partnered with OK Go to create a collection of materials for K-12 educators to accompany some of their music videos. It's called OK Go Sandbox. Here you will find lesson plans and other resources to accompany three of their epic music videos.

The One Moment covers slow motion, frame rates, and gravity - it was filmed in 4-seconds and played back in slow motion.

This Too Shall Pass looks at simple machines and is one big Rube Goldberg machine.

Needing/Getting explores sound that is created with everyday objects. The band drives a car with different items attached to it and drives by and interacts with different musical objects to create notes for the song.

There are behind the scene videos, Q&As, an Educator Guide, and student challenges for each video.

I'd love to partner with anyone that wants to incorporate these materials int…

ThingLink - an app for creating interactive graphics

ThingLink is a free tool that allows students to place "tags" on an image. Tags can be annotations, related videos from YouTube, student-made audio recordings, websites, or even other images.

It comes as an app for the iPad or the website can be used on a Chromebook. It is very easy to use and the finished product is easy to share.

Here are some examples:

What are Watersheds?
Sea star fossil
Impact of Roman Emporers
Sophie Simon Solves Them All
14 Books
Telegram from the Civil War

I'd be glad to help anyone learn about ThinkLink and/or explore it's uses in the classroom. Just let me know!