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Sphero SPRK+ in the Classroom

Posted on: January 23, 2017

8th grade Science classes at Timber Ridge are the first in our district to apply engineering skills while working with our new Sphero SPRK+ robots.   Learn more about these devices on our web page.



Free Webinar: Information Overload

Posted on: January 17, 2017

Newsela and PBS Newshour are partnering up to present a webinar this Wednesday at 3:30 pm to share best practices and resources that will help your students distinguish between real news and fake news.  Register for the free webinar here.  Not available on Wednesday at 3:30?  Typically webinars will share the recording link for all registered participants within 24 hours after the webinar.


Google Classroom Updates

Posted on: January 12, 2017

There are two new features in Google Classroom that we are excited to share.  Probably one of our most frequently asked questions is if there is a way to differentiate within Google Classroom by assigning tasks to specific students.  You can now select “All Students” or choose specific students when creating assignments.   Secondly, notifications can now be set-up so you are notified when a student submits an assignment past the due date or re-submits an assignment after fixing.  Read this article to learn more about the updates.  Matt Miller from Ditch that Textbook shared a tutorial and ideas for implementing the differentiation feature on his website.

Try New Things!

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Shake up learning is a great resource for new tools and resources to use in your instruction.  Take a look at the post below.  Several creative ideas to stir up some excitement in 2017!

17 Things to Try in 2017

Tables with Google and Picture Help

Posted on: December 6, 2016

2016-12-06-14_27_16-practical-ed-tech-tip-of-the-week-5-ways-students-can-find-free-images-_-practWe often get questions and complaints about the parts lacking from the Google Suite. One of the  most common issues is the lack of a built-in columns editor.  Make sure to check out this post from Practical Ed Tech for a few how-to videos that can help.

Have you ever wanted to help students use the internet to find pictures that are free and appropriate?  Another great post on how to do so from Practical Ed Tech.

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