MyMaps to Facilitate Classroom Relationships

In this project, students and teachers will create a MyMap of their own that illustrates where they are from. Students should use pictures, videos, and short dialogue to inform their maps. The students are free to share whatever they feel comfortable sharing. This may include homes, schools, favorite restaurants, or general cities. We ask students to have at least five points with at least one picture and a short paragraph for each.

 In creating this map, we hoped to help students get to know each other better, build classroom community, and better understand geography. Additionally, students learned how to use and manipulate their own MyMaps to tell a story – ultimately furthering our goal of digital literacy.

This project helped us learn the background of our students to help us better understand where they are coming from. This is crucial for teachers and students both to understand each other as we begin to form our classroom community.

Interactive Titration Pre-Lab

This Google Slides project allows students to work through a pre-lab, gain back ground knowledge, see an example experiment, and even input data from their own experiment. This will cut down on distractions and create one, easily accessible place for student to generate, record, and share their work.

Featured Image: Wikimedia Commons

Google Drive Shared Folder

This week in class we will be collaborating on a Google Slides project, but did you know Google has a bunch of other (free) products as well? From to-do lists, documents, spread sheets, and slideshows, you can do almost anything with a Google account. In this video, you will learn how to create a Google account AND a shared folder within Google Drive. This shared folder will enable you to share all types of documents with anyone you wish.

By creating the shared folder, teams can have access to all of their documents in one place. This is perfect in any setting – whether it be a classroom, office, or even between friends. I hope you find this screen cast useful and leave comments as to how it can improve.

How will the shared folder make YOUR life easier?

How can Google Drive help YOUR classroom run more smoothly?

Much thanks,

Featured Image: Austin Kleon / flickr

Forms of Water

Following this activity, students will be able to clearly distinguish between the forms of water. Students will also be able to understand key characteristics of each form.

Using the images below, students will sort vocabulary words associated with the forms of water into alignment with the proper form of water. For example, ice is freezing, hard, and occurs regularly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Water is liquid and occurs between 32 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, steam/water vapor is hot, gaseous, and occurs regularly above 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Guiding Questions:

  1. Which picture displays which form of water?
  2. What are three characteristics of the form of water?
  3. List two places you may find this form of water.

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Ice and Glaciers,  Cup of waterBoiling Water.

Featured Image: NASA / Flickr – Text added at bottom of image.

Tech Savvy Teachers take Dory’s Advice


As a fish who struggles with short-term memory loss, Dory has encountered many obstacles in her life. Yet, deeply ingrained in her psyche is the mantra, “Just Keep Swimming.” Dory’s lighthearted mantra reminds us to persevere and “dig in” in the face of a challenge. For teachers of the 21st century, Dory’s mantra rings especially true. Technology continues to challenge the ways we connect with, assess, and teach our students. Additionally, the rapid advancement of technology leads to new inventions seemingly every day. So, how can we ever keep up? The answer is, you guessed it: just keep LEARNING!

To be the best teachers possible, especially tech-savvy teachers, we must be great students as well. Rather than getting frustrated when a first grader knows how to use a new device better than we do, let’s take the opportunity to learn from the student. We must remain persistent on the path of acquiring knowledge that we can use to help our students grow. This may include attending additional professional developments, studying how other teachers use technology in their classroom, or simply using more technology in your own home. It won’t be easy, but it will certainly be worth it.

It is now on us to harness the power of technology to form and teach our students as best we can. To accomplish this mighty task, let us heed the advice of this adorable, forgetful little fish and “just keep learning!”