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No more Remind texts for Verizon customers

Remind – the secure text-messaging service used by thousands of teachers to communicate with students and parents has announced that they are going to discontinue text messaging for those who use Verizon Wireless.

The reason for this change is that Verizon has increased the fee it charges Remind to deliver text messages to its customers. Even though parents and students opt-in to the messages, Verizon will now be classifying them as Spam and charging Remind an extra fee (making each text 11 times more expensive). read more

Build a Digital Escape Room with Flippity

Escape rooms are all the rage! There’s just something awesome about being locked in a room and having to solve puzzles to escape. Escape rooms really require extensive use of the 4C’s – Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.

But how do you replicate this experience in your Classroom? Well, BreakoutEDU is a company that sells kits that include locks, boxes, and other items to bring an escape room into your classroom. They have a platform that (for a fee) allows you to download both physical and digital games for use. It’s a great concept and if you have the funds, I totally recommend it. read more

Tweet-Tweedilly-Tweet: What’s All The Tweet About?!

Twitter is an online news, and social networking service where users share information by posting messages known as “tweets.” Because of the 280 character limit, some recognize Twitter as micro-blogging. It is a quick and effective way to send and receive real-time updates. A tweet can be just text, or it can include an image, video, GIF, poll/survey, and the precise location of where the tweet is posting.

Many educators already use a variety of social media. With that being said, “Why use Twitter?” It is a fantastic tool to grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN) — your “flock”. Chris Malanga’s featured article last week discussed the importance of creating a PLN. He even shared some of his favorite like-minded educators and techies to follow. read more

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

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