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Lessons from Student-Made Digital BreakoutEDU Games in “old” Google Sites

My students have successfully graduated from, "What are we supposed to do?" to "This lock was really easy!" A few weeks ago, I posted about my students' initial reactions to digital BreakoutEDU (if you haven't heard about it, go check it out!). I wanted my students to become more independent, self-directed learners who could collaborate… Continue reading Lessons from Student-Made Digital BreakoutEDU Games in “old” Google Sites

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Using Google Sheets to Teach Budgeting Skills to Students

I'm just the English teacher, but when I polled my students and asked how many of them knew how to budget, out of a class of 28, only 4 students raised their hands. This class was a mix of 9th-12th graders and only FOUR knew how to make a budget. I then asked them if… Continue reading Using Google Sheets to Teach Budgeting Skills to Students

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Independent Thinking with Digital Breakout EDU

I love throwing problems at my students and having them use their brain power to solve them. They are challenged and grow based upon these types of problems that are new to them, that they don't know yet how to approach. It stretches their minds and requires them to run trial-and-error like thoughts. I did… Continue reading Independent Thinking with Digital Breakout EDU

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Using Google Auto Draw for Artistically Challenged Teachers

I can't draw a straight line to save my life. Especially not with a touchpad or a mouse. SmartBoard lines are almost worse. Students often mock and jeer at any objects I try to project in 2D on the board. It truly is laughable. But NO LONGER! Now Google Auto Draw is here! I finally… Continue reading Using Google Auto Draw for Artistically Challenged Teachers