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No more excuses for bad grammar – Grammarly is everywhere!

I am an English guy – no, I’m not from the UK – I just really enjoy writing and grammar. I even taught ELA for two years before entering my current career. I am married to a math teacher, so in our house, if you need math you see my wife. If you need grammar help, you see me.

Even though I love grammar, I’m not always 100% sure I’m following the rules. Enter Grammarly. John Mansel-Pleydell wrote a Tech Tips article about Grammarly back in March, but I wanted to follow up and add some more. read more

Variations on Quizlet Live

Last year, I wrote about a wonderful formative assessment tool called Quizlet Live.

To recap, Quizlet Live is an in-class, team-based learning game. It puts the students in randomized teams of 3-4 and gives each group different questions within the study set. Each member of the group has different answers and only one person has the correct answer. The group needs to work together to get the correct answer to get the points.

I have heard from some teachers that there are some pitfalls to using Quizlet Live. Some of these include one student “taking over” the team and teams that are too strong finishing well in advance of the others. I came across this infographic from Patrick McMillan that has five variations on the Quizlet Live game. His ideas all add neat twists to the game! read more

Using Google Slides Pear Deck Add-on

You may have experimented with the web-based application, Pear Deck, that allows teachers to create interactive slide shows that are displayed on student devices. With the new Pear Deck Google Slides Add-on, you can incorporate formative assessments and interactive questions without leaving the Google Slides app. The Pear Deck add-on makes it easy to add lesson warm-ups, reflections and exit tickets, text response prompts, drawings, and many more!

While working in Google Slides, you will now notice the Add-ons menu option. To add the Pear Deck add-on, click on Add-ons ⇒ Get Add-ons ⇒ Search for Pear Deck read more

Using Nearpod to Enhance your Lessons

What is Nearpod?
Nearpod is an awesome tool for the classroom! You can create lessons using a slide deck format and allow your students to join the lesson with a code. They will follow along on their own device, and you can even insert questions into the presentation. Nearpod will collect all the student responses and put them into a report at the very end of the lesson. The lessons can be live (teacher directed/paced) or student paced.

How can I create an account? 
Go to Nearpod.com and create an account. You can even use your Google Account to get signed in.  There is a free version and an upgraded version. This Tech Tip highlights the FREE version. read more

Customize your reading level with ReWordify and Newsela.

This week we are looking at some tools that enable you to offer online reading text to your students at a number of reading levels. Often the challenge with online activities is how to differentiate online content for different audiences with differing reading ability.

One tool that allows for different reading levels is Newsela (http://www.newsela.com) which offers current affairs and selected historical narratives that allow you to choose a Lexile (Reading level) This tool has a free version which is sufficient for many teachers purposes and a paid pro version that adds some teacher friendly features for those who want to use it on a daily basis. read more

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