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Automatically Translate Vocabulary Lists into Any Language

Automatically Translate Vocabulary Lists into Any Language

Translate Any List of Words Instantly in Google Sheets More than a great tool for foreign language teachers, it’s a must-have resource for nearly all educators, especially since most of us teach ELL, ESL, ESOL students. Enter words in one column and use a simple formula to translate them to a different language in another… Read more

Back to School iPad Activities

Back to School iPad Activities

Nothing is more important than building strong relationships during the first days of school. When you’re ready to break out the iPads, consider these two awesome activities to help students learn more about each other. All About Me Apple has created a fun activity to help students learn more about each other. It’s available on… Read more

View the Edit History of a Cell in Google Sheets

View the Edit History of a Cell in Google Sheets

Whether multiple students are adding data to a class spreadsheet or I’m sharing a sheet with colleagues, real-time collaboration is my favorite feature in Google Sheets. Unfortunately, it’s easy for collaborators to make changes to the wrong cells. Now it’s easier than ever to view the edit history of a cell in Google Sheets. While… Read more

How to Create Google Docs Templates

How to Create Google Docs Templates

Note: Google Classroom does this automatically for any assignment that includes a Google file. Google Docs Templates Sharing templates through Google Drive is a great time saver for teachers. You could share a “view only” version of your file and require students to go to File>Make a Copy. Unfortunately, this often results in your inbox… Read more

Invite Curiosity and Promote Inquiry Through Phenomena

Invite Curiosity and Promote Inquiry Through Phenomena

Phenomena for NGSS True inquiry often starts with an anomaly or at least an engaging hook to elicit curiosity. Phenomena for NGSS is an ever-growing collection of engaging phenomena, in the form of images and animated GIFs; it’s a must-have resource for any science teacher. Throughout Next Generation Science Standards resources, you’ll notice a clear… Read more

An Easier Way to Simplify Text and Teach Vocabulary – Rewordify

An Easier Way to Simplify Text and Teach Vocabulary – Rewordify

Rewordify Rewordify.com is not only the best text simplification tool I’ve seen, but it’s also a great way to teach vocabulary. Plus it’s totally free. The site has several step-by-step guides and tutorials that I have linked to throughout this post. Simplify Difficult Text Rewordify.com is the easiest way to simplify difficult text. Just copy… Read more

A .new Shortcut for Creating G Suite Files

A .new Shortcut for Creating G Suite Files

Looking for a quick way to create a new Google Doc? Just type doc.new and a new Google Doc will open instantly. The .new shortcut works for nearly all types of G Suite files.  It’s also forgiving in allowing variations of the shortcut. For example, you can open a new Google Sheet by typing sheet.new,… Read more

Top EdTech Picks of 2018

Top EdTech Picks of 2018

My most popular EdTech Picks of 2018: choice boards, pineapple charts, backchannels, virtual field trips, great Google slides templates. Here’s a look back at my top picks. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Choice Boards If you’re looking for an easy way to get started with digital choice boards, you definitely need to check out this… Read more

TED Talks for Teachers – Volume 6

TED Talks for Teachers – Volume 6

My sixth annual collection of TED talks for teachers features thought-provoking topics from unfounded fears about screen time to the important roles social justice can play in the classroom.  Help for Kids the Education System Ignores – Victor Rios I cringe when I hear people suggest that underachieving students simply need to work harder. That… Read more

Inspire Your Students with These 351 Visual Writing Prompts

Inspire Your Students with These 351 Visual Writing Prompts

Make Writing Fun with Visual Writing Prompts Engaging writing prompts are an easy way to make writing fun. Every teacher needs a good collection of prompts, and the three sites below are full of great ones. The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” just might prove helpful in moving students from asking… Read more