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If you’ve ever heard a variation of that question from your students—or asked it yourself—this book is for you. Bringing technology into the classroom is about so much more than replacing overhead projectors and chalkboards with Smart Boards. Unfortunately, as Stanford Professor Jo Boaler says, “We are in the twenty-first century, but visitors to many math classrooms could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time and walked into the Victorian era.” But that’s all about to change . . .
In Teaching Math with Google Apps, author-educators Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington reveal more than 50 ways teachers can use technology in math classes. The goal isn’t using tech for tech’s sake; rather, it’s to help students develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to apply mathematical concepts to real life.
Memorization and speed tests seem irrelevant to students who can find the solution to almost any math problem with a tap of the finger. But today’s digital tools allow teachers to make math relevant. Specifically, Google Apps give teachers the opportunity to interact with students in more meaningful ways than ever before, and G Suite empowers students to stretch their thinking and their creativity as they collaborate, explore, and learn.
Teaching Math with Google Apps shows you how to:
Create engaging activities that make math relevant to your students
Interact with students throughout the learning process
Spend less time repeating instructions and grading work
Improve your lessons so you can better meet your students’ needs
Packed with lesson ideas, links to downloadable templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources, Teaching Math with Google Apps equips you to bring your math class into the twenty-first century with easy-to-use technology. What are you waiting for?
Pre-K and elementary school-aged children are naturally curious about the world around them. They love to explore and play, in fact, that’s how they learn. That innate drive to discover and willingness to try is also what makes Littles great at embracing new opportunities.
In Google Apps for Littles, author-educators Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler encourage teachers to tap into their young students’ curiosity, particularly when it comes to technology. The authors share a wealth of innovative ways to integrate digital tools in the primary classroom to make learning engaging and relevant for even the youngest of today’s twenty-first-century learners.
Google Apps for Littles equips you with . . .
Practical ways to approach technology with young learners
Activities for integrating Google Apps in the primary classroom
Easy-to-implement ideas for using G Suite as an educator
Exercises that build important skills, such as critical thinking and collaboration
Children already know that they don’t need to wait for a grown-up to give them information, and many are already familiar with smartphones and tables. By helping them understand how to use these amazing digital tools to learn and create, rather than just consume information, you are equipping them for their future education.
Empower your Littles with experiences that place learning at their fingertips! It is time to shift your mindset and believe that the youngest kids on an elementary school campus can do more.
“Google Apps for Littles is jam packed with practical and innovative ideas and projects you can use with you littles tomorrow!” —Eric Curts, ControlAltAchieve.com
“Inside this book, created by the dynamic duo of Alice Keeler and Christine Pinto, you will find nothing short of transformation. No matter what grade you teach, you will gain new ideas and insight by reading this book. Add this book to your reading list now!” —Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning.com
“I love this all-encompassing guide to support teachers and students. Awesome!” —Lavonna Roth, creator and founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®
It can be challenging to add new technology to the classroom. Figuring out the equipment and software and deciding how to integrate technology into existing lesson plans are just a few of the learning curves teachers face. But adding technology to classrooms isn't optional; it’s a must if students are going to be well-equipped for the future.
In 50 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM, Keeler and Miller shorten the learning curve by providing a thorough overview of the Google Classroom App. Part of Google Apps for Education (GAfE), Google Classroom was specifically designed to help teachers save time by streamlining the process of going digital. Complete with screenshots, 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom provides ideas and step-by-step instruction to help teachers implement this powerful tool.
Google Classroom helps teachers:
• Encourage collaboration between students
• Seamlessly use other Google tools, such as Google Docs
• Provide timely feedback to keep students engaged in the learning process
• Organize assignments and create a paperless classroom
Google Classroom makes it easy to facilitate a digital or blended-learning classroom. 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom shows you how to make the most of this valuable, free tool. You’ll learn how to:
• Set up and add students to your Google Classroom
• Create a lesson
• Share announcements and assignments with multiple classes
• Reduce cheating
• See who’s really working on team projects
• Offer virtual office hours
• Personalize the learning experience
• And much more!
In this Stepping Up to Google Classroom, Google education experts Alice Keeler and Kim Mattina give you the tools you’ll need to ensure that your first foray into blended learning is a successful one—for you and your students. This book empowers educators to take the leap into the digital classroom with confidence and purpose. By guiding readers through 50 straightforward and accessible steps and offering a host of tips for customization, it ensures that teachers with all levels of tech comfortability can make the most of Google Classroom’s powerful tools.
Parents wonder if it’s worth the tears, frustration, and nightly arguments.
Teachers debate whether it’s really helpful or just busywork that consumes their precious time.
One thing everyone can agree on is that homework is a contentious topic.
In Ditch That Homework, Matt Miller and Alice Keeler discuss the pros and cons of homework, why teachers assign it, and what life could look like without it. As they evaluate the research and share parent and teacher insights, the authors explore some of the benefits for ditching homework:
* Better education for all students
* Reduced stress for families
* More intentionality with lesson planning
* Increased love of learning
* More time for teachers to focus on learning at school and enjoying their after-school hours
And that’s just the beginning. Miller and Keeler offer a convincing case for ditching—or at a minimum greatly reducing—homework. They also provide practical guidance on how to eliminate homework from your lessons. You’ll discover strategies for improving learning through differentiation and student agency and by tapping into the way the brain works best.
Are you ready? Read this book and you’ll understand why it’s time to Ditch That Homework!