Google Drive provides a substantial amount of organizational power and storage capability, but it can also become a black hole of hard work. It is important to choose an organizational strategy for your files and sort your new files with regularity. This will help you avoid an accumulation of unnamed and/or unsorted documents in the main drive.
We currently have a few videos under our Resources tab that can help you navigate your drive and other Google Apps for Education. If you are new to Google Drive or you learning more about how to organize within the Drive, the attached Cheat Sheet can help acquaint you with the button locations and actions at your disposal.
If you are you looking for a way to supplement your instruction with video content, you may want to consider adding ED Puzzle to your technology toolbox. Many teachers at MHRD are already using ED Puzzle with regularity because it is a simple way to distribute video content, put your own twist on it, and collect formative assessment from the students.
The best part of the platform is you can use existing videos from Youtube, Khan Academy, Ted Talks, and a wealth of other content platforms. This saves time and allows us to make use of the great content that is already out there. The platform also allows a teacher to interject formative quiz questions, voice overs, and audio notes, which allows the teacher to add their own clarification or directions within an existing video.
Edpuzzle continues to evolve and add new content libraries each school year. Even if you have used it in the past, I would encourage you to look at incredible amount of content teachers have created over the past few years. Like Kahoot, you can search, reuse, and modify the existing work of your peers to fit your classroom.
Easy Video Integration
Free Content Library
Publishes Directly to Google Classroom
As educators, we strive to improve our educational practices each school year, but there are a number of ways we can positively impact a student's life beyond our subject area content.
The following articles highlight a major obstacle that will face many of our students for years to come. The rising cost of college in this country has the potential to impact students for 10-30 years following the graduation from a four-year degree program. With college debt increasing by the year, this is a real problem facing 18 year-old kids of all demographics. As students are weighing their options beyond high school, I would like to challenge you to consider how you could address this major teenage issue within your classroom this school year.
The Atlantic - Why Is College So Expensive in America?
NPR - How The Cost of College Went From Affordable to Sky-High
Subject Area Topics to Consider:
Health - How does carrying high debt through life impact stress?
English - The Atlantic presents a huge case for why college is so expensive. This non-fiction text could lead to a great discussion and provide opportunities to practice annotation strategies, mathematic and data analysis within scholarly writing, or a simple study of cause and effect.
VPA - Can we make that fine and performing arts degree pay off in the end?
Social Studies classes could use this NPR article to talk about the GI Bill and how the tax base played a key role in subsidizing a higher education for "The Greatest Generation."
Math - Through the collection of data from all over the world, a class could be investigating the true value of a collegiate education in America. The question being, "Is it really worth the price we are paying?"
This topic is relevant and real for our population. Many of our students are worried and stressing over getting into college. In reality, most colleges need their tuition money and we should do our best to steer their attention to selecting an appropriate and sustainable education path. One where educational value, cost, and economic outcome are more important than the size of the new residence hall.
Be sure to stop down this week as we are discussing all things Docs and Slides. Whether you are collecting and grading student essays or offering a collaborative presentation opportunity, Docs and Slides are powerful tools that can provide unique opportunities for consistent Formative feedback throughout the learning process.
Google Docs and Classroom:
The video below highlights how the new grading and commenting features in Google Classroom can improve the formative feedback process for digital work in your classroom.
UPDATE: So after Brandon created that awesome video, Google updated Classroom to allow teachers to post Materials in the Classwork Section. Therefore you can now create a topic, named "Resources" or whatever you like, and then post your go-to materials in that section and pin it at the top. This should help alleviate some of the issue!
The screencast below goes through the new features of Google Classroom this fall. Many teachers have noticed a few missing options that were used in previous years and the video below offers some methods to work within the new platform structure. A summarized list of the changes is also included below. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Google Classroom has had some minor adjustments to help declutter the stream and help organize your distributed materials and assignments.
We are available during lunch every day this week to help you get setup and answer any questions you may have. The following videos may also assist you in getting started this fall.
The iCoach MK workshop blog catalogs all of our workshop materials and new resources in one location.