How to Improve Your Students’ Research Skills with Google

Do you get frustrated when your students rely on their own knowledge to write a nonfiction text? Or, even worse…when they just make up stuff? Perhaps you need to make them accountable and introduce them to citing sources. Yes. Even in elementary school!   Over the years, I played around with Genius Hour, usually after state testing finished. I wanted …

Defeat the Desk Monster with Flashcard Machine

Elementary students need to practice material such as vocabulary words, math facts, and other essential information. Flashcards are a proven way to do that. But have you ever given out the cards only to find them scattered all over the room, or stuffed in the students’ desks looking like hamster bedding? If you told the kids to take them home …

How Google Drive Can Be Your Secret Weapon

Teachers are pack mules. We carry too much back and forth between school and home, quite often to turn around and take the whole thing back the next day, untouched.  I call it The Bag of Shame. Google Drive can fix that by making the pile become much smaller or disappear completely I think my favorite thing about Google Apps …