bring the blog

I’m presenting at TCEA today on why blogging can change the world! Or at least your own little corner of it.  I am always encouraged to see the educators who are excited to bring real-world writing opportunities to their students. To see the google slides with blogging resources click the slide image below.

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magnetic poetry twist with google slides

Everyone loves magnetic poetry sites and slides, especially the great examples Kasey Bell has shared. These inspired me to create a magnetic poetry google slide deck using a favorite book! I love the useful ‘grab text’ feature from google keep. So handy. I used it to lift the text from one page of Harry Potter book one. Then I added the converted text to slides and moved words to tiles for the random poetry activity.  (I didn’t take the time to do the tiles as well as Kasey does in her tutorial). Students can make their own copy of the slides/page you’ve selected for them, or do it themselves with their current interesting read. You could add in a nonfiction text too, use this as an engaging activity to pique interest in the next read aloud… so many ideas and so little time! Even give the challenge of magnetic poetry haiku or cinquain, can’t wait to try more book pages to see what we can come up with. Google slide example with keep here.

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google drawings and building a snowflake

img_2266.jpgEvery January I embark upon a celebration of snowflakes that boggles the minds of most teachers. I LOVE snowflakes, and they have so many interesting science and mathematical connections to make with students of every age! This year I added a google drawing component to my lessons, asking students to learn shortcuts in gsuite as they demonstrated understanding of the structure of a snowflake (hexagonal). Students drew and labeled their flakes- they can be categorized in several ways- and used their newfound techie shortcuts to make fabulous flakes. I shared a google drawing example to start them off, but their creations quickly became all their own. Below are two of my faves that students shared with me via google- another plus is that these could have been collaboratively made in gsuite.

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