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I’ve been looking for more ways to engage my students recently. Google Classroom is a great tool that is useful for lots of things, even if it has a few issues, but it isn’t engaging. When I was in my masters program at Boise State I took a class in educational games and simulations. The class really made me think about my teaching and how I do things, but up until this point, I haven’t implemented large pieces of it. (more…)

5 Things Google Classroom Needs to Fix

I’m a huge fan of Google Classroom. It has saved me invaluable time, allowed me to make my classes more dynamic, and greatly helped me cut down on paper (and lost assignments). With all of that said, I believe there are a number of things that need to be added or enhanced in Google Classroom to make it a more powerful tool for students and teachers.

#1. Grading

For the 2015-2016 school year Google made a number of “enhancements” on how teachers can grade student work. Previously there was a list of students and their assignments with the newest submission being at the top. Teachers could easily add grades and see work that wasn’t completed yet. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked somewhat well. (more…)

Kindle iOS Page Numbers

I’m a huge fan of eBooks for a number of reasons (probably deserving of its own post) but there are a few things that make it difficult. The biggest thing that I miss from traditional books is having a real sense of where I am at in a book. Kindle is great at showing the percentage of where you are at in a book but that doesn’t always translate well. For instance 17% of the way through a 356 page book doesn’t mean a lot to me right away.

The Kindle app in iOS has a number of different ways that you can get a better sense of where you are at. In the video below I explain how to cycle through the four options; real page number, time left in book, time left in chapter, and blank. (more…)

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