Global Project Opportunity

Hello global collaborators,

The Time Train project starts in 2 weeks! Want to join?
I was wondering any teachers from other countries (other than the U.S. because we already have several US states) would be interested in joining an exciting social studies project (time, continuity, and change standard). All resources and description can be found here: A number of schools have already joined, but a little more diversity in regards to the geographical location of the participating schools would make the learning experience even more valuable.

Exciting global project, called the Time Train project. We are a 4th grade classroom Qatar, Middle East and we are looking for students from 5-6 countries to join us. It’s around Social Studies content (time, continuity and change), and basically, the students need to create 2 videos: one of their country long ago, and one of their country today). When all participating countries are done, they can create a Time Train route around the globe using Google Tour Builder just by embedding these videos; so viewers can “take a trip” back and forth in time and watch students’ presentations (Google Tour Builder provides the visual: showing the location of the students who created the videos). The Time Train project  can be found here and it also includes a sample Google Tour Builder project (the sample has just students’ written comments, but this project would be more lively since the students will be producing videos). So, the two videos are pretty much all you need; at the end, one school (and that can be us) can put the videos together and create the tour for all the participating countries.

We are looking for any teachers of grade 4-8th students from around the globe who would be interested in participating to join us; potential implementation time frame is mid-February-end of March. Please let me know. By accessing the link you can find the form that you need to fill out to express your interest (under the teacher resources tab).

Thank you,

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32. Google Expeditions- Emerging Technology

Google Expeditions is amazing! I learned about it this summer at the ISTE conference in Denver, Colorado, a conference that over 19,000 of people attended. In this post. I am sharing a Google Expedition presentation. This can be used as a proposal for a grant or just to learn about the amazing things that this instructional technology tool provides.

I am embedding below the presentation. You can also access the Google Expeditions- Emerging Technology presentation here.

A few pictures from this amazing conference:





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31. QR Codes Increase Productivity- 15 Uses and Step by Step Tutorials

I am very excited to share the resources I created for a presentation I delivered at the Teaching and Learning Forum, Doha, Qatar, 2016 on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, titled Using QR Codes to Increase Productivity in the Classroom.

Part 1: 15 Uses of QR Codes


Part 2: Step by Step Tutorial for Creating QR Codes.

Until next time, be productive, get inspired, and grow!


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30. Brain Breaks with Go Noodle Tutorial


Hello friends,

I have created the following tutorial a while back and even though I haven’t shared it on my website yet, it has quite a few views on YouTube. So, here it goes!

I love brain breaks, and you can also read about the reasons why they are great by reading one of my old posts, Brain Brakes with Go noodle and Just Dance Kids, previously published on this website.


Until next time, get inspired and grow! 🙂


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29. Google Forms (part 1)

(part 1)



Google Forms is a great tool for creating surveys, polls, or quizzes. It can have a great formative value in the classroom when used strategically. By watching the tutorial below, you will learn lots of tricks about the use of Google Forms. A future tutorial would talk about more advanced Google Forms features such as using it to auto-grade quizzes.

Until next time, get creative, be inspired, and grow!  🙂

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28. Young Readers and Writers

28. Young Readers and Writers

Young Readers and Writers
I. iPad Applications
II. Web-Based Instructional Technology Tools and Resources
Age range: 4 to 6 for the first 3 screenshots
                  2 to 4 for the last two screenshots
To help students practice their sight words, ABCs, phonics skills, reading and writing skills you can find apps with high instructional potential bellow. These apps are good for helping students transfer newly learned information into their long-term memory, for helping students develop automaticity, and can be used as opportunities for extra practice or remedial purposes. 
Three benefits of these instructional technologies: 
  • students get immediate feedback,
  • increase student motivation,
  • save teacher time.
Use your best judgment regarding what apps you want your students to use, when, for how long, and who would benefit from using them. Features to look for when choosing instructional software: Is it interactive? Does it keep track of students’ progress? Does it provide feedback? 
Apps that target the higher spectrum of the Bloom’s Taxonomy (analysis, evaluation, and creativity) will be published on a future post.
I. iPad Applications
1. Recommendations- free or low-cost apps all tested by me and and loved by my kids (4 screenshots)- excellent applications
Best sight word apps (apps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10)- the level of difficulty decreases from the first to the fourth screenshot. 
Apps 1 png
Apps 2 png
Apps 3 short png
Apps Lucas png
Apps 4 png
3. K-2
II. Web-Based Instructional Tools and Resources

Until next time get creative, be inspired, and grow!  🙂

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Best regards,

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27. Favorite 3 Google Chrome Extensions

27. Favorite 3 Google Chrome Extensions

These 3 tools are diamonds in a sea of instructional technology tools.
1. Draftback
3. Read and Write for Google


Draftback is a MUST HAVE Google Chrome extension. I absolutely love using it. It has tremendous value for English Language Arts teachers.

Draftback allows users to play the entire revision history of any Google Doc, even documents which were created before you installed this extension. After you install the extension, you just click the Draftback button, and a video will be generating showing the actual document being typed up. With this extension you get to take peak into your students writing process. Just make sure you are using the Google Chrome browser. You can use this link to install the Draftback Google Chrome extension and click on ADD TO GOOGLE CHROME.

In the classroom, I use it in conjunction with the feature offered by Google docs (go to FILE —SEE REVISION HISTORY). While this feature shows you different static versions of the document and the changes made to it, Draftback plays a quick video of the editing process. You can adjust the speed as you like. By going to FILE, and selecting SEE REVISION HISTORY, you can see who made what changes to the document, and also what time those changes were made. You can always select SEE MORE DETAILED REVISIONS (see this feature on the bottom right corner). Note that the screenshot below shows the Google doc feature “See Revision History”. This screenshot is followed by 2 short videos (1 minute each) which show Draftback in action.


When using Draftback for first time on a document it takes just a little bit longer because this extension needs to render the document (or create the short video). Watch this 1-minute demo to see how this happens:

Once, you did it once, the next time you just click on the draftback tab and play the video to see the whole editing process. Such a valuable tool!


Grammarly is another great Google Extension. It does a great job catching even small typos or grammar mistakes. See below a picture of my screen while editing this blog post and how it pointed out to me the need for a comma after “In the classroom”. I think this is pretty cool! I tested Grammarly by copy-pasting different content I created for academic purposes and I was quite impressed with the job it did. I can only say I wish I had this extension when I was in grad school. What a great writing tutor!

It provides a variety of features some of them for a fee including help to detect plagiarism. It is DEFINITELY worth a try! It even gives editing suggestions when you write emails (gmail).



In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, Read and Write for Google (Google Chrome extension) is free for educators. This extension is absolutely AMAZING. It provides comprehensive reading and writing support for Google docs, Web content, PDFs, and Pubs. It provides features such as: read aloud, dictionary, translator, picture dictionary, fact finder, highlighting tools, vocabulary lists. Users can use different colors for highlighting, and then they can collect those highlights by color, create lists and print them out. What a great way for students to create vocabulary lists! When using the picture dictionary the students can print out pictures along with those definitions.

The second article below details its functionality. It is a great tool for English Language Learners, exceptional students, or simply all students or GAFE (Google Apps for Education) schools.

Introducing Read&Write for Google
Using Read&Write for Google in Google Documents
Read&Write for Google Read the Web
Read&Write for Google-PDF and ePub Reader App

First, if you are a teacher and have a Google account (gmail), download the extension, and then, to get all the premium features that would require you to purchase them otherwise, go to and register by filling out the Teacher Registration form (it will ask you to type in your name, school administrator name, and other details to confirm eligibility). My suggestion is: Do this while this is still free for you, don’t wait too long. I wish students could use it for free, as well. It would be so great!

Time for a well deserved summer break now! Enjoy it!

Until next time get creative, be inspired, and grow! 🙂
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