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Here in the Midwest, we just had a blizzard. Same thing happened about 4 years ago, on the exact dates (that's odd). Naturally, I'm here doing school work on my snow day. :)

I've been trying to utilize technology a lot more in my classroom. I thought I'd share some of my ways/ideas here.

Google Translate
Recently, they came out with their new features (voice & camera). I used it in my classes to demonstrate to my students how it's not 100% accurate, and open up a discussion about cultural implications of using technology. My students LOVED it. We used posters in my room to translate from Spanish--> English, then we did a mini "field-trip" around the school to translate from English--> Spanish. Now, I'm lucky, and we have a back hallway where the gym/lunchroom is, so in our expedition, we weren't disturbing other classes. The kids had a blast! It's a great activity for middle/junior high kids.

You can find the activity HERE on my Teachers Pay Teacher's store.

Google Forms
I've been researching how to use Google forms for a while, if you're not familiar, it's awesome. You can do lots of things. Here are some of my ideas I've come up with:

  • Quizzes/tests (if you choose this, use FLUBAROO to grade them!)
  • Parent Contact Tracker
  • Lesson Planner- I followed these instructions here: lessons on google forms 
                 My areas I used here
                  - I can statements
                  - supplies
                   -state standards
              This creates a great spreadsheet for you to use. I really need to start perfecting my              curriculum mapping, so this is a great tool. I also made document for me to go paperless with my weekly plans in a format that is a little friendlier to my eyes. (I don't have access to it here, but I can add/edit it later on). 
  • Homework Tracker (check out Mis Clases Locas blog for awesome ideas)
  • Google Classroom -this is FREE & a GREAT way to have students turn in homework/assignments. 
In what ways do you use technology & Google in your classrooms? Please let me know. :)


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