Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pixel Art with Google Sheets

I was inspired last year to create a pixel art activity for students to create a pixel art book cover. I was thrilled with the positive feedback from both the 3rd grade teacher and her students as they "pixelated" the book they were reading. 💗

This week, I was asked if I thought this could work for students to create a 'book cover' for students haunted house stories they were writing. ABSOLUTELY! I shared this with the class, and once again, the creativity was flowing and I saw a lot of creativity in action. How fun! I can't wait to see the final products.

If you'd like to read a more detailed overview of this, please read "Pixelated Book Covers You Can Do".

Ready to go ahead and make a copy of the template? Please do! Take it and make it your own! 

Google Sheets Pixel Book Covers template

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Google-y Halloween Fun!

Halloween is right around the corner! Did you know you can do several Halloween themed activities with your students digitally? I absolutely LOVE when people share out their holiday-themed creations.

Eric Curts has numerous cool digital activities and his "Build a Jack-o-lantern with Google Slides" is no exception! He provides an easy to grab template for anyone to grab and then share it with students. His website - - is packed with activities to use all year long!

Another fantastic resource is Kasey Bell. Kasey shared her "Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings". She was inspired by the refrigerator magnets of my childhood! Love it! I'll admit, poetry is not one of my favorites, but I could DO this. Again, a template is provided, so it's an easy click and a copy is yours to share. Kasey even shares a Google folder where you can see others. 


✓ teach copy & paste skills
✓ practice drag & drop skills
✓ encourage creativity (You'll be amazed at what your students create!)
✓ allow students to write, too!
✓ it's SO fun!

Here are BONUS math activities ↬ these aren't Google - maybe it can count since I received it through Gmail - Anthony Persico from MashUp Math sent this out 2 years ago, but it's still SUPER Awesome! He shared "7 Engaging Halloween-Themed Math Activities". I'm definitely up for Game #1 --- YUM!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Chat with a Meteorologist? Yes, please!

Calling all science teachers ... and those interested in breaking down the 4 walls of your classroom!!! 

The National Weather Service has once again announced their willingness to chat with you & your students via the internet (Google Hangouts or Skype) as part of their School Outreach. 


✓ Connecting to professionals
✓ Creating appropriate questions
✓ Practicing speaking skills
✓ Careers exposure

Find out more & sign up here ↬ NWS: National School Outreach

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

CheckMark Chrome extension ... an update worth a look!

Do you use the awesome Chrome extension CheckMark? EdTechTeam is the creators and they have updated it so now it works in Google Classroom! Check out the short video LINK.

Not sure what the CheckMark extension is/does? Here's a quick overview from the Chrome Webstore:
CheckMark by EdTechTeam makes the process of providing feedback on student work in Google Docs and Slides faster and more efficient. After installing CheckMark by EdTechTeam, simply enable the extension and select some text in a Google Doc or a Slide presentation! You'll see an overlay of frequently-used comments that you can easily select and customize to your liking.

If you comment on your students work in a Google Doc or Slide, I highly recommend checking it out. You can read more here ↬

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

*PARENTS: Manage devices at home

I've wanted to cover this topic for awhile, but wanted to do it well. Today I can share with you an EXCELLENT article that does it better than I could. 

Mike Daugherty originally shared "Limits, Locks, and Learning" on October 24, 2017, and I received it today via his newsletter "Help @ Home". This newsletter is free for anyone to subscribe to & I highly recommend it.

I will add that I personally use an app called "OurPact" that allows me to do many of the things these offer. It has a free version (not many features) and a paid-for version ($4.95/month) allowing me to manage all 3 of my daughters devices. The set-up isn't the easiest, but once you are in, it works GREAT! 

Don't hesitate - don't wait ... READ IT then share it and save it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

*Google Forms Update! Woot! Woot!

The day has come ... rejoice!!! If you are like me & you've been hoping - one day - Forms will allow you more control over the font of your Form and the colors of the Form ... the day has come!!!! G Suite users will soon (if not already available in your account) be able to do all of these things.

Click HERE to read the official announcement from G Suite.

Click HERE to go directly to the Docs Editor Help page which explains the "how to" do all these things.

Woot! Woot!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Every Kid in a Park


I saw this shared on Twitter. How cool is this for 4th graders? 

Teachers - give your students an awesome FREE gift! (FREE printable activity guides are available)

Students - check out US treasures in your backyard & beyond. 

Parents - Fun family adventures are a guarantee with this!