This is a great 5 minute introduction to the student side of Google Classroom.
The built-in quizzing feature for Google Forms is getting great reviews. A form can now automatically grade questions and provide students with feedback after each question, including links to videos or websites. The video below provides an introduction to these features.
Time Saver Tip
Session Buddy a Chrome extension that lets you save your open tabs so you can return to them at a later time. It’s a great tool if you like to organize tabs around a topic or research project.
Archive Google Classroom Classes
I’ve had a few questions about what to do with last year’s classes, I suggest archiving them.You and your students can view an archived class, but you can’t modify an archived class until it is restored. You can still access any archived class files in Google Drive and copy assignments from an archived class into an active class. You can always restore a class if you change your mind. Follow these steps to archive a class.
- Go to classroom.google.com
- On the class card, click the three vertical dots in the upper left corner and select Archive.
- Click Archive to confirm
Parent Update Feature Released for Google Classroom
With the latest Classroom release, parents can now receive automatic email updates about student assignments within Google Classroom. When parents/guardians join Classroom, they receive regular email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.
Guardian summaries include:
- Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
- Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
By default, guardian summaries for your classes are turned off. Guardians can’t access Classroom or view your class stream.
View a Sample Email Report
A great example of student created work.
Engaging TED Talks
Do Schools Kill Creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
The Puzzle of Motivation
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
Learning from Dirty Jobs
Mike Rowe, the host of “Dirty Jobs,” tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.
The Myth of Average
High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential. L. Todd Rose
How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.
Your Body Langauge Shapes who You Are
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but Sal shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. Created by Sal Khan.
I enjoyed reading these books and learned valuable information from each of them.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol Dweck
December 26, 2007
The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
By Salman Khan
The Art of War
By Sun Tzu (Author), James Clavell (Editor)
The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness
By Todd Rose
January 19, 2016
The Adult Learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development 8th Edition
By Malcolm S. Knowles (Author), Elwood F. Holton III (Author), Richard A. Swanson (Author)
A Short History of Nearly Everything Paperback
By Bill Bryson
September 14, 2004
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson
December 26, 2006
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
By Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
By Daniel Pink
Slaying the Dragon
By Michael Johnson
December 16, 1996
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
By David Miller
The Tipping Point
By Malcolm Gladwell