Writing Prompt Visuals: Becoming a bully

This is a series of blog posts that turn our Writing Prompts classroom activity into a visual image. Feel free to save them for your classroom.

Prompt: What contributes to someone becoming a bully?

8 ways to use Google Classroom

1. Push links out to students: You can push out a specific website, and student’s computers will be redirected to that website automatically by google.

2. Make your own “delicious”: A class collection of websites visited frequently is very handy.

3. Keep a calendar: Google Classroom now makes a google calendar for each class you create. When you created an assignment, it appears on the calendar

4. Share your class with another teacher: This way, when you put an assignment online, not only does the other teacher have access to due dates, but also any attached material/directions.

5. Set due dates/times on assignments: When students turn in an assignment it becomes yours. They can unsubmit, but if they unsubmit and alter the assignment after it is due, the assignment will be marked late.

6. See who has been diligently working: You can see a somewhat real time shot of all of the students work attached to an assignment. This will allow you to encourage those who are falling behind in the assignment

7. Refer absent students to Google Classroom: You can simply point absent students to Google Classroom. Or, if you have that student who would rather be at school, he/she can be working on assignments at home while you are working on them in class

8. Reuse posts from previous years/classes: Not very useful for everyday stuff, but if you have a big assignment with lots of attachments, this will be handy.

4 Classroom Technology Ice Breakers

The first few weeks of school are challenging as everyone starts a new beginning. Using these 4 Classroom Technology Ice Breakers will help ease the beginning of a new class.
1. Social Media Profile Ice Breaker: This ice breaker is great to use with all your students for ANY grade! Students fill out Social Media styled profiles. It is a great way to learn about your students in an interactive way.   
LinksRoombop - TPT
2. Get To Know You - Ice Breaker (Editable on Google Docs): This Ice Breaker is based on the students using Google Docs/Microsoft Word. It is editable on Google Docs so you can change around the Ice Breaker as you see fit.
LinksRoombop - TPT
3. Google Maps Ice Breaker Activity: This Google My Map Ice Breaker will help ease the beginning of a new class. It will also help build a relationship with the students. It is a GREAT icebreaker for all SUBJECTS and GRADES! 
LinksRoombop - TPT 
4. Phone App Icebreaker: Have your students draw pictures that represent themselves as phone apps.  
LinksRoombop - TPT - TN

3 Rules to Spark Imagination and Learning - TED Education

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

Ready-to-use set of TED Talk handouts. 
They can be used with ANY TED Talk!

This is a series of blog posts that share the best Ted Talks for Education.

6 Chrome Extensions: Enhance Teachers Productivity

Technology provides us with great opportunities to enhance our learning however at times it can be counter productive to our productivity. Distractions and procrastination occur more often when combined with the internet. The purpose of today's post is to share 6 Chrome extensions that will help you stay focused and be more productive while browsing the web.

1. Print Friendly & PDF: Save Paper and Ink When You Print

Print Friendly removes ads, navigation and junk before your print. Pages are optimized for the ultimate print reading experience.  Download

2. Prioritab: A new tab page that emphasizes setting priorities.

Set your priorities for the day, week and month, and be reminded about them every time you open a new tab! Download

3. Google Keep Chrome Extension: Found a webpage, image, or quote that you want to save for later? With the Google Keep Chrome Extension, easily save the things  you care about  to Keep and have them synced across all of the platforms that you use — including web, Android, iOS, and Wear. Take notes for additional detail and add labels to quickly categorize your note for later retrieval. Download

4. Add Tasks to Do It (Tomorrow): Using this extension makes it way faster to add simple tasks to your Do it (Tomorrow) todo list. This simple extension adds a button to your browser to quickly jot down a task to do. Download

5. Wunderlist New Tab: Ideas can strike like lightning. Now when they come to mind, you can instantly capture them just by opening a new tab. The Wunderlist New Tab extension replaces your stock “New Tab” page, so you can easily create and check-off a to-do from your Wunderlist Inbox. Download

6. OneTab: Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. Download

Writing Prompt Visuals: Villain's Perspective

This is a series of blog posts that turn our Writing Prompts classroom activity into a visual image. Feel free to save them for your classroom.

Prompt: Rewrite any story from the villain's perspective.