Google has added a few new “experimental’ websites to its list of cool tools and I wanted to share a couple of them, while they are still “hot off the presses”.

The first is an Interactive Periodic Table which you may have stumbled upon when doing a regular google search. If you search for “Periodic Table” one of the results in the right sidebar looks like this.

Click the Explore Elements button and you will be taken to the the 3D Interactive Periodic Table.

Google’s Interactive Periodic Table

Each element is featured with a 3D animated model. You can turn the element around and see the orbiting electrons. Notice the spelling of Aluminium! As a former science teacher from Australia, it is good to see the 13th element is spelled correctly! read more

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Registration is now open for Northern Buckeye’s Google Certified Educator (GCE) Level 1 and Level 2 which will run this September – December. Each cohort will take an educator through all the preparation they will need for the Google Certified Educator exam and it can be done at your own pace.

The cohorts will be facilitated by myself and Chris Malanga (both Google Certified Trainers) using Google Classroom. The cohorts will be open from Monday, September 20th through Friday, December 17th. Participants work at their own pace, through eight modules of videos and activities to help them better understand Google Workspace. Even if you don’t want to take the certification exam, the course will help you use Google tools more effectively in your classroom. read more

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If you haven’t heard about flippity.net, this is one awesome tool. Flippity allows you to create all sorts of cool things with a spreadsheet. Think word searches, bingo games, interactive spelling lists, flash cards, name pickers, scavenger hunts, and the list goes on and on.

I was presenting on this awesome tool at the G-Tech Summit earlier this month and I had all sorts of issues when it came to live demos. I chalked it up to internet issues, but it is more than that. This is directly from the developer: read more

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As another year kicks off, some teachers may feel burned out or overwhelmed from the past eighteen months of teaching during a global pandemic. And here we go again! No matter how big or small the milestone, CELEBRATE!

The Teaching Channel site provided a free download to the eBook: Self Care for Educators and a self-care plan template to remind teachers of goals, resources, support systems/people, and how to celebrate when reaching a goal.

One of my favorite suggestions is mindfulness.  According to MindfulSchools.org, mindfulness is “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity.” The following are a few free meditation apps: read more

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It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the end of another school year! Before we get to this week’s Tech Tip, I want to give a quick shout out to all you teachers and staff for all your hard work this year. You have gone above and beyond in this strange year. YOU ROCK! 🤘

(Please take some time to relax and recharge this summer!)

As we head into spring and the end of the academic year, I always end up thinking about spring cleaning. In addition to washing windows, decluttering and filing, you can also spring clean your digital world as well.

Clear off those desktop icons and your download folder. Try to get to Inbox Zero. And don’t forget about Google Classroom.

As I was doing some research for this Tech Tip, I came across an article from the amazing Kasey Bell at Shake Up Learning. She has written a much better article than I ever could, so I am going to point you to her article.

Kasey lists six tips that you can use to help you clean up Google Classroom and prepare for next school year. Here are her six steps, and I encourage you to check out her article for all the details and instructions.

Tip #1: Reflect on the Year

Tip #2: Check Your “To Do” List in Google Classroom

Tip #3: Clean Up Folders

Tip #4: What to Do with All Those Calendars!

Tip #5: Set Up a Class Template for Next Year

Tip #6: Archive Classes

The whole article is a great read.

Good luck with your spring cleaning, and enjoy your summer!

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