1. Is all the email that Classroom sends you killing you? There are some settings that let you customize it.
First, Classroom lets you turn email notifications on and off. (Classroom sends you emails when someone adds a comment to your post and when a private comment is posted on a student’s assignment or question submission.) Click the menu button (three lines) and “Settings”, then check or uncheck notifications.
Next, Google sends you notifications when someone replies to a comment you wrote. To change those notifications, open the file (in Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.) and click the “Comments” button. Then click “Notifications,” where you can decide to receive notifications …
2. Many of you are asking for easier ways to grade assignments in Classroom rather than open up each student's one at a time. You can actually open up all of them at the same time. When viewing an assignment, there’s no button to open all of the student files at once. But, if you hold control while you click the files (Command on a Mac), it will open them one by one as new tabs in your browser window. Navigate to your Classroom folder on your Google Drive. Open the folder pertaining to that period or class. Open the folder containing the submitted assignment. Hold down control and click on each student that you want to view. Please note! You may still only want to open a half dozen or more at at time right now. Remember, we still are battling bandwidth issues.
3. Cool Ten Frames Activity in Google Sheets by Alice Keeler! Alice Keeler is one of the educational giants that I follow. She has an amazing lesson on using Google Sheets as a Ten Frame Activity for younger students. This is truly cool! I would love to come in and work with you on this!
4. A teacher from the middle school recently asked me about links to find primary sources. The Avalon Project is a great place to find primary source documents! And since they are all in the public domain you are free to copy and share with your students.
A great way to work with primary sources is to integrate them into your Google Classroom. Find a document that you want to use. You can copy and paste the document into a Google doc. Highlight sections of the primary source document and insert a comment directly attached to the highlighted section.You can also enter discussion prompts for students. Post the document into Classroom and they can then reply directly to my comments and each others' comments.
5. Friday at the Movies-I truly don't mind gaining an extra hour of sleep.
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
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I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler