Puzzle of Motivation - TED Education



Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.


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Writing Prompt Visuals: Future House


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 three features should your future house have? Why? 




Google Drive: Making a copy

Someone just shared a Google Apps file with you. It looks great however you want to make a change? Or maybe you just want to be able to share it with your class? You must know how to make an editable copy. This is an important skill for Google Suite users. This will help you when using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings.

Basic Make a Copy
1. Look for the File menu in the upper left hand corner
2. Select “Make a copy.”
3. You will be prompted with options
  • Rename the file: give the file a name that you can recognize it by. By default, it renames the file to “Copy of.”
  • Location: choose the folder where your editable copy of the file will be placed within your Google Drive. Click on where it says “My Drive” and select the folder in your Google Drive that you would like to save the file to.
  • Notes: You can add comments and notes to Google Docs and Google Slides. If you would like to have those copied over, then make sure to check the “Copy comments” box.

Sharing is Caring
If you want to share your Google Apps file, you have options.

1. Force Copy: Using the File menu allows people to manually create a copy (as mentioned above). However, if you want to force a copy when sharing a file you will need to modify the document URL. Your shared URL will end in "/edit". Change the ending to "/copy". This will automatically prompt the users to make a copy. This is a great way to share a single file to a large number of students all at once. They do not need to complete the steps above.

2. Disable Copies: Sometimes sharing isn't caring. You can actually disable the ability for others to make a copy. This is good if you want to provide an assignment to your students but do not want them to change anything on their own version. It is a way to limit the file to viewing only. 

Click on the blue share button in your Google Apps file and click on “Advanced” in the bottom right hand corner. At the bottom of the share screen are 2 check boxes. Select the option to “Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers.” Note that you can not prevent collaborators and editors from making copies of a Google Apps file.








6 Educational Offline Chrome Extensions


This collection of Chrome extensions all work offline, so you can still use them even when you do not have an internet connection. These apps allow you to perform a large range of tasks from record and save notes to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

1. 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

2. Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides: View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files -- without needing Office installed on your computer.

Once the extension is installed, Office files that you drag into Chrome, open in Gmail, Google Drive, and more, will be opened in Docs, Sheets, and Slides for viewing and editing. Download

3. Screencastify - Screen Video Recorder: The #1 screen recorder for Chrome. Capture, edit and share videos in seconds. Download

4. FlowTime: FlowTime works as a timer that with the help of some simple techniques boosts your productivity by making your mind go into the state of flow faster. Download

5. Kami - PDF and Document Markup: Kami is the #1 PDF App for Chrome. With Kami tools, you can annotate, markup, and collaborate on your PDF, document, or image files. Download

6. Sticky Notes - Just popped up: Sticky Notes - A perfect tool for taking quick notes. Its fast, secure, and private. A must tool for everyone. Download


8 Google Slide Game Templates To Use In Your Class



Learning should be fun. This collection of Google Slide Templates are great to use in your classroom. Have your students engaged while learning or reviewing content.

1. Baseball Review: This is a Google Slides editable Baseball Review game template. This review game is generic and works with any subject area. 
Links: Roombop - TPT - TN
2. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: This is a Google Slides editable Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game template. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is great for a fun and interactive way to review information. You can insert all your own information and all the slides are linked for you, ready to go. 
Links: Roombop - TPT - TN
3. Basketball Review: This is a Google Slides editable Basketball Review game template. This review game is similar to number one on this list, Basebell Review. It will work with any subject area. 
Links: Roombop - TPT - TN
4. Wheel of Fortune: This is an easy to use Google Slide Wheel of Fortune game template. It will play like the popular TV game show. This game is great to review before quizzes and tests!  
Links: Roombop - TPT
5. Tic Tac Toe: This is an easy to use Tic Tac Toe Review game template. This game is great to review before quizzes and tests! 
Links: Roombop - TPT
6. Connect 4: This is an easy to use Connect 4 Review game template. This game is great to review before quizzes and tests! 
Links: Roombop - TPT
7. Review Racer: This is an easy to use Review Racer game template. This game is great to review before quizzes and tests!  
Links: Roombop - TPT

8. Jeopardy Game Template: This is a Google Slides editable Jeopardy game template. Jeopardy is great for a fun and interactive way to review information. You can insert all your own information and all the slides are linked for you, ready to go. 
Links: Roombop - TPT

How Great Leaders Inspire Action - TED Education



Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers...


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.