[HOT TIPS] How Quickly to Create a Survey Your Students, Parents for Colleagues

googleforms hottips Apr 29, 2020

Think about it, how often do we need group feedback as educators? 

Like all the time right?!

The good news is there is a quick and easy way to get feedback from students, parents or fellow teachers and i am going to tell you about it now. 



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[HOT TIPS] How to Easily "Mark Up" PDF's Using Google

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2020

i've got another [hot tip] or you today.

PDF'S are common files. You'll see them used all over in online teaching from 
posters, to persetnations. 

But these files can not be be edited by the receiver. 

So what about when you want to provide some notes? 

"marking up" PDF's is actually quite easy and 
i'll prove it to you. 

If you use Google Classroom, this trick will save you hours 
of time and frustration.

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8 Practical Tips for a Smooth Transition to Remote Teaching

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2020

Every day, more and more educators are being asked to teach 
from home. 

The rush to get into teaching remotely has caused a lot of stress and 
frustration or both teachers and students. 

This is why we've put together a list of 10 practical tips for remote teaching 
to help you ease into this transition with more clarity and confidence. 

Let's dive in: 

  1. Less is more: Keep in mind, many students are in a house full of distractions. Other kids, adults working at home.  Consider assigning less work than you normally would. 
  2. Schedule your day:  Right now you might feel overwhelmed and be compensating by putting in extra hours. Make sure to schedule a hard stop time where you shut your computer. I recommend taking a walk each day at that time (i you can). So it feels like a new part of your day. 
  3. Utilize Scheduling Tools: Consider using Google Calendar to set up your office hours and mandatory meets and set...
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[HOT TIP] "Suggest Edits" with Google Docs Paper Correction Feature

Uncategorized Apr 25, 2020

If you are teaching remotely, you may be looking for ways you can 
correct papers electronically. 

The problem with MS Word is that it doesn't allow you to collaborate 
in real time. 

Meaning, if you edit a doc, the other person won't see it
until you send it back to them. 

And visa versa. 

But when you use Google Docs you can edit at the same time! 
Your changes will always be visible to both parties.

Google Docs has their own "suggestion mode" where you can 
edit and mark up docs. 

Don't go another min without seeing how this awesome feature works!

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How to Create Weekly Newsletter or Parents and Students

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2020

Good two-way communication between families and schools is necessary for your students' success.

Not surprisingly, research shows that the more parents and teachers share relevant information with each other about a student, the better equipped both will be to help that student achieve academically.

In these changing times, teachers must continue to develop and expand their skills in order to maximize effective communication with parents.

This is why i highly recommend using the tool Smore to create an informative weekly newsletter for parents and students. 

It can be easily customized to include important updates, photos such as class schedules, tutorial videos ect. 

You can send it directly to parents email or give them the link to view it on the web.

Here is an example:

Now its your turn, watch this video and go make your own weekly newsletter!





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How to Create Zoom Breakout Rooms Quickly and Easily!

zoom zoombreakoutrooms Apr 22, 2020

Have you heard of zoom "breakout rooms" but wondering how they work?

Meetings and pieces of training among a big group of contributors are difficult to handle hence you may need to breakout into smaller groups! ! Zoom breakout rooms bring multiple teams together to enable an uninterrupted video, voice and conference rooms meetings. 

Yep, start working together in smaller groups with ease. 

Step 1. Install and launch the Zoom controller on your PC or Mac. Create an instant meeting or start a scheduled one.

Step 2. Select the "Breakout Rooms" option to create sessions.

Step 3. Proceed to choose the number of rooms to create and assign participants to the rooms. This can be automatically done by Zoom or manually


Step 4. On creating the rooms, you will have to customize them further. Click the "Options" icon at the bottom for more Zoom Breakout Rooms options and check the options to use.

Step 5: In case you opt for the manual assignment, click "Assign" button on...

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[HOT TIPS] Part 3 of 3: How to design logos and zoom virtual backgrounds (in seconds!)

canva hottips Apr 22, 2020

I hope you are enjoying this series so far! You are in for a treat this time, I'm going to show you how to make logos (like the one you see above) and super fun virtual backgrounds in seconds! 

Who doesn't want to be the life of the next ZOOM party?

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[HOT TIPS] Part 2 of 3: Design fun class schedules, posters and more!

canva hottips Apr 22, 2020

I hope you are enjoying this series so far. How about we keep the party going? In this video i am going to show you how to design fun class schedules, posters, google classroom headers and more!


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[HOT TIPS] Sketchbook is like Writing on A Chalk Board, But Virtually!

hottips sketchbook Apr 22, 2020

Some times you just need to draw it out... right? 

Remember Microsoft paint?

(...feel old yet?!)

Well this is like Microsoft paint, without the Microsoft.

In this short training video, i'm going to show you how to use this awesome tool that is like writing on a chalk board, but better! You can mark up images, doodle or type all while sharing your screen. Or export your work. 

This is a great resource for live teaching, but also to give to students for creative assignments. 




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How to Prevent "Zoombombing" and Keep Your Meetings Secure

Uncategorized Apr 22, 2020

One of the biggest security issues facing Zoom is the surge in "Zoombombing," when uninvited attendees break into and disrupt your meeting. 

Zoombombing is possible, and while there are no guarantees against determined trolls, there are a few ways to hedge your bets and improve your overall privacy levels when using Zoom. 

I put together a short video to show you how to secure your account. 

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