Google Drive

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In A Nutshell

Google Drive is the digital file storage solution with unlimited space for P-CCS staff and students. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.

Ideas

Collaborate anywhere

Co-edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time.

  1. Color code folders: Color-code the names of folders.

  2. Insert bookmarks: Insert a link to another part of your document, like in a table of contents.

  3. Minimize: Star only the docs you want to see at one time, and minimize everything in the left pane for a minimized view.

  4. Annotate with footnotes: Insert annotations as footnotes to your document easily.

Notable Feature

With Drive, you can:
• View documents, PDFs, photos, videos, and more
• Search for files by name and content
• Easily share files and folders with others
• Set sharing permissions to view, comment, or edit
• Quickly access recent files
• See file details and activity
• Enable viewing of files offline

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District Subscription

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.

Google Drive is not only a storage tool, but it includes the following tools embedded within it:

Google Docs is a word processing tool (like Microsoft Word).

Google Slides is a presentation tool (like PowerPoint).

Google Sheets is a spreadsheet tool (like Excel).

Google Forms is a survey creation tool (like SurveyMonkey).

Google Maps is a mapping tool that has many classroom applications.

Google Drawings is a graphic design tool that is very versatile.

What is the value of Google Drive?

1. It’s free

2. It works on all platforms.

3. It’s perfect for collaboration.

4. It’s paperless.

5. It saves automatically.

6. It builds college and career readiness.

 

 

Flipgrid

Video

In A Nutshell

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD students, educators, and families around the world. Flipgrid brings the back row to the front and helps learners of all ages find their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others. -iTunes

Ideas

  • The new exit ticket – post a question like “what did you learn today,” or better yet, “what did you CREATE today?”
  • Number talks – have your students display their thinking around a math problem and critique others’ reasoning as they work through.
  • Advice to next year’s class or classes- Let your currents students speak directly to next year’s students!  What better way to do it? Use this hyperdoc to get you started or make your own.
Notable Feature

Safe Social Learning

  • Teachers spark discussion by posting topics and questions to a class, school, professional learning community, or the world. It is always the teacher’s choice, so the posted content is more safe and secure than using something like YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Students record, upload, view, react, and respond to each other’s short videos. Flipgrid students build and strengthen social learning communities as they discuss their ideas and experiences with their peers.
  • Flipgrid amplifies student voice and supports student development of global empathy as they immerse themselves in each other’s learning processes and perspectives. That’s what it’s all about!  -iTunes
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Free!

What is Flipgrid?

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled “grid” display. Grids can be classes, sections, groups of students, research groups, faculty groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number of responses. Questions are short, text-based prompts (think Twitter) that can include basic formatting (such as bold, italic) and links to websites or documents. -Common Sense Media

What is the value of Flipgrid?

Flipgrid’s teacher tools are stellar: Take a spin through the videos to get a sense of smart ways to use it with your students. The range of tips is astonishing; who would have thought you could use a tool like this in a physical education class? If all of your students have access to a device with a camera, this can be a great way to gather students’ responses at their own pace without kids feeling on-the-spot in the classroom.

Use Flipgrid to further classroom conversations by assigning questions as homework assignments and then continue the conversation in class the next day. Ask students to weigh in on a critical current event for a social studies or civics class; use it in a math class to ask students to describe the process they used to solve a complex problem. You might also use Flipgrid as an opportunity for students to post mini-reviews of books, movies, or television shows. Consider using a “grid” as a way to collect a range of students’ responses on a single topic: Perhaps ask students at the end of a unit or the end of a year to reflect on what they’ve learned and what they’d recommend to other students. – Common Sense Media

Nearpod

Video

In A Nutshell

Nearpod is a must-have platform that enables teachers, schools and districts to create engaging learning experiences by providing interactive presentations, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

-iTunes Store

Ideas

  • Use Nearpod as a blended learning tool to provide students with a personalized learning path
  • Use Nearpod to flip your classroom
  • Use Nearpod to create awesome sub plans that will assure delivery of content to your students even while you’re away
Notable Feature

Use Collaborate as a springboard to class debate and incorporate student voice into the classroom with ease. Learn more…

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Free for the Silver Version. Paid versions available via individual, school, or district subscription.  Learn More…

What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is the go-to tool for interactive presentations and assessments. At the Nearpod website, teachers create their own multimedia presentations or use an extensive and growing library of pre-made offerings (many CCSS-aligned and some at a cost). Teachers can create from scratch or drag and drop files to modify. They can upload videos, images, audio clips, and PDF files and can embed multiple-choice quizzes, slide shows, polls, Draw Its (students write directly on a slide), collaboration boards, and open-ended questions. Teachers launch the presentation and monitor progress either from the website or through the app. Using the Nearpod app on their devices, students input their names to access the content and submit responses.  – Common Sense Media

What is the value of Nearpod?

The presentations provide opportunities for skill development across the curriculum and multiple ways to improve student learning. As an assessment tool, Nearpod provides immediate feedback and opportunities for re-teaching. When students receive quiz scores, they can ask questions to clarify errors in their understanding of the content instead of waiting for a paper copy to be handed back. As a presentation tool, students move through content at their own pace, which allows for differentiation. Teachers may also choose to provide students with different presentations to further personalize instruction. Using it as an engaging interactive tool, students complete polls or post ideas and images to a collaboration board, and results are immediately available for classroom discussion and up-voting. Using it as a homework tool, students can access the assignment outside of the classroom on their own device using the free app or the website. They respond to open-ended questions that the teacher can review online and use to prepare follow-up lessons based on areas of need. Finally, teachers can use it as an instructional tool, projecting student work for the class to discuss, review, or evaluate individual responses.

When direct instruction is a necessity, Nearpod offers a fantastic way to increase student involvement. It would be nice to see some additional collaborative features like a back channel or group annotation capabilities. It would be great if students could create presentations as well. – Common Sense Media

Edmodo

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In A Nutshell

Edmodo is a free learning management tool that merges classroom content, safe communication, and assessment with students’ social media savvy.

– Common Sense Media

Ideas

  • Assessments – Utilize the Edmodo quiz builder or poll feature to assess students’ learning during or after a unit of study.
  • Role Playing – Help students understand key historical and literacy events by reenacting them through role-playing activities in Edmodo.
  • Peer Reviews & Critiques – Place students in small groups and have them post their work to their group for peer review and feedback.
Notable Feature

Safe Social Learning

  • Edmodo does not require private information from students. Students join Edmodo at the invitation of their teachers using a unique code the teacher generates within their Edmodo account.
  • Once invited to join Edmodo, students can only access groups to which they have been invited by their teachers.
  • Students cannot be “friended” or contacted by anyone outside of their Edmodo group.
  • Students in Edmodo can post messages to their teachers, or to their entire Edmodo group, but students cannot send private messages to each other.
  • Teachers maintain full control of their Edmodo groups and can delete posts, monitor all activity, review student posts before they go live, and even set individual students or groups of students to “read-only” access.
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What is Edmodo?

Edmodo is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network and refines them and makes it appropriate for a classroom. Using Edmodo, students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips. A teacher can assign and grade work on Edmodo; students can get help from the entire class on Edmodo.
It is a safe environment. There is no bullying or inappropriate content because the teacher can see everything that is posted on Edmodo. Also, parents can join the class to bring a level of transparency that is difficult to achieve without technology. All in all, Edmodo is a great companion to just about any class.

What is the value of Edmodo?

Students and parents can get quick answers to questions as well as stay current on class assignments and happenings via the student planner and discussion threads. Post a warm-up question, or take a quick poll to get student input on the day’s topic or to quickly assess understanding. Save time by using teacher-created assessments, and let Edmodo do some or all of the grading for you. Go paperless by collecting, grading, and returning student essays digitally, perhaps using an outside rubric tool for even more efficiency. Help students become more organized by using the teacher and student planner feature to manage assignments and deadlines using Edmodo’s blackboard-like platform. Monitor student progress and personalize learning using the Snapshot feature, and use apps and badges to support student learning and increase engagement. – Common Sense Media

Google Classroom

In A Nutshell

Seen as a lite version of an LMS(Learning Management System). Teachers can assign students work, assess students, communicate with parents, and other blended and flipped approaches. Used in typical blended/flipped classrooms.

Ideas

  • Use Google Classroom to assign differentiated work that students can work on both in school and at home.
  • Create and distribute an assessment that grades itself using both Google Forms and Google Classroom.
  • Allow students to give each other appropriate and academic feedback on their classmates work.
Notable Feature:

Organize and Track student progress with submission history.

Price:

Free!

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create, collect, and grade assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.

What is the value of Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is ideal for a school district such as ours due to all of our students having devices with Google accounts. The system allows the teacher to communicate effectively with other both co-teachers and students.

How do I use Google Classroom?

Seesaw

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In A Nutshell

Teachers on all grade levels and across all content areas can use Seesaw in their classes to keep digital portfolios of student work, including commenting on student work.

Ideas

  • Have students record themselves explaining a picture and sharing with class
  • Have students take a picture of their work and obtain feedback from their peers through comments
  • Safe space to teach social media skills to kids
Notable Feature:

QR Code Sign on!

Price:

Free!

Evaluation Score:

17/18

Link to Scoring Rubric

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a multi-platform app (iOS, macOS, Windows, ChromeOS, Android) through which students can create a portfolio to document the things they have learned. Students can add artifacts to their portfolios by taking pictures of their work (in the case of a worksheet or other physical item), by writing about what they’ve learned, or by shooting a short video to record something they have learned. Students can add voice comments to their pictures to clarify what their pictures document – similar to a screencast.

What is the value of Seesaw?

Use new activities feature to assign students particular work. Can be individuated or work off of a single template.
Great for primary students with QR code integration.