Quizzes in Google Forms

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.



Archive Google Classroom Classes

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.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com
  2. On the class card, click the three vertical dots in the upper left corner and select Archive.
  3. Click Archive to confirm

Archive Classroom

Parent Emails in Google Classroom

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

More Info: Info for TeachersInfo for StudentsInfo for Parents/Guardians

TED Talks

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.

Mastery-based learning

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.

Reading List

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
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The Art of War
By Sun Tzu (Author), James Clavell (Editor)
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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)
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How to Win Friends & Influence People
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A Short History of Nearly Everything Paperback
By Bill Bryson
September 14, 2004
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson
December 26, 2006
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The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
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What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
By Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
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Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
By Daniel Pink

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Slaying the Dragon
By Michael Johnson
December 16, 1996

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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
By David Miller
November 2011

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The Tipping Point
By Malcolm Gladwell
January 2002

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