Thursday, 9 October 2014

October 10, 2014 – Thanks for Giving

Happy Thanksgiving Friday everyone!!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who encourage me to continue writing the Tech Tidbits.  Although I sometimes find myself struggling to come up with new and useful tech to be used in the classroom, speaking with the many teachers and administrators who are reading, and using them J, makes the whole process worthwhile.  So, this week I’m giving thanks to you…

On that note, thanks to Karen Hayhurst for sharing with me how she is using Google Classroom in her grade 6 class.  By creating multiple Google Classrooms for her students, she can differentiate her assignments for all of her students.  Just as you would have a variety of guided reading groups based upon their reading and fluency levels, so too can you create levelled classrooms for your students and delegate assignments to them, which are at their academic level.  This way modified students will participate in all of the same classroom activities while receiving assignments, which are at their skill and grade level.  What a great way to differentiate for your students without centering anyone out!

Also, a big thank you to my little buddy Kristian, for sharing this tip with me.  When students are working with online websites they can still utilize Google Read & Write by clicking on the green Read&Write icon in the web address bar.  This will open the Read & Write tool bar and you can continue to highlight text and have it read aloud to you.  

Additionally, if you have a student who is distracted by unimportant ads and images on the screen you can click on the ‘Simplify Page icon’ (see arrow above) and it will re-open the website in another tab in a more streamlined version.  From here you can choose to click on the + or – sign at the top of the page to further reduce or enhance the information on the page.  A super easy way to restructure the webpage to make information students need much more easy to find.

Finally a BIG thank you to everyone for continuing to follow my blog and weekly tips. If you have an idea for a future blog topic or would like some assistance with a particular piece of equipment, please feel free to pass it along to me.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!


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