Workbench is not just for lesson plans!

As a Google Certified Trainer we are required each year to complete a recertification process and this year it included creating an account on a new service called Workbench. It turns out that in late 2019, Google purchased Workbench as a new tool ideally suited for educators to “discover great lessons and rework them to use in their classrooms.”

Put simply, Workbench is a platform that offers a simple way of sharing lessons with your students. Lessons can be shared via Google Classroom and are tracked in Workbook via the workbook feature.  read more

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Frame It: Creating a Video Frame in FlipGrid

For all of you who’ve caught the FlipGrid fever, you and your students will LOVE creating frames for your videos. The frames can make the video more pleasant and fun to watch. When working with students, I will ask them to create a frame to match their discussion topic or perhaps create a scene from a book BEFORE recording their video.

For example,

To create a FlipGrid frame, follow the below steps:

  • When the video screen appears, BEFORE clicking on record, create your frame using Stickers


  • The Stickers screen will appear. There are five categories of stickers in the lower part of the screen. Click on the category to change the sticker view


  • To move the sticker, place the mouse pointer inside the sticker. When arrow changes to four arrows, click and drag the sticker


  • To rotate the sticker, click and rotate the circle with the arrow.


  • To resize the sticker, click on it. Then, click and drag a circle to the desired size.


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    FORGET THE MOVIE! Need something ENGAGING to do with your students before winter break? ❄️ ⛄

    Teachers… you’ve almost made it. For most of you, this is the last week before the holiday break. Usually, this week is filled with holiday parties, concerts, watching movies, and more. It’s often hard to keep kids focused on academics this week. 

    Instead of watching the same old movie with your class, how about doing a digital BreakoutEdu?

    While BreakoutEdu offers a paid platform, they do have some free breakout challenges that don’t require a subscription. As part of this, there are some great holiday breakouts for all age groups. read more

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    Seesaw Student Journals

    If you have not taken a look at SeeSaw yet then the latest updates to the online student journal app might make it worth your while. SeeSaw has been around for a while and has carved out a niche in the lower elementary grades as a great place for littles to share their projects and ideas in a safe online space. This latest round of updates brings all the ipad features to the chromebook platform.

    SeeSaw is an online student portfolio that lets students post their work in a portfolio viewable by teachers and parents. Once a teacher sets up a classroom in SeeSaw they invite students to login by either scanning a QR code (Grades K-1) or logging in with their school google account. Once logged in, students have a variety of tools they can use to post items to their portfolios. The teacher approves each posting and family members can be invited to view portfolios and post comments and encouragement. read more

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    Free, Curated Educational Videos from Watch Know Learn

    This week we are looking at a resource that has been around for over 10 years but many teachers have never heard of it. I am talking about a website called Watch Know Learn. The site was launched by Wikipedia co-founder, Larry Sanger in 2008 as a collective video library, curated with a wiki style philosophy.

    Watch Know Learn is in the business of indexing educational videos and placing them in more than 5000 categories. The videos are sourced from familiar places like YouTube and Vimeo, TeacherTube and many other video streaming platforms. read more

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