TeacherThanks Activity

Over the last few days I have put together an activity for TeacherThanks.com.  It is now available as a free download on TpT…

TeacherThanks Activity

Rationale

• Share positive stories about teachers in order to foster a supportive classroom community
• Examine and learn strategies teachers can incorporate in the classroom to make a positive impact on their students
• To demonstrate to students that you are open to new ideas
• Foster a discussion about positive teacher/student relationships

Activity

• Encourage students to take a few minutes to check out TeacherThanks.com and leave a comment if they wish.
Note: If some students can’t think of someone or don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment, tell them that is perfectly fine but you would like them to spend a few minutes thinking about positive qualities good teachers possess.
• After 10 minutes, ask if there are any students who would feel comfortable sharing what they wrote.
• As a class, discuss what teachers can do to make a positive difference and/or be effective at their job.
• You may wish to develop a list of things students shared and let them know that you will try to do those things in the classroom.

Click on the link below to download this free activity…

TeacherThanks Activity

My new “Thank a Teacher” project…

I am excited to share a VERY NEW project my wife and I have roughly developed.  In case you are wondering…Yes, I am still going to continue building, updating and creating new content for TeachwithTech.  I love exploring and teaching about educational technology.  But I have an entrepreneurial spirit and teaching business and marketing really gets me jazzed about starting new things.  This new idea is very simple – provide a platform for students to share positive comments and stories about a teacher who has made a positive difference in their life.  The idea just came to me as I was watching my daughters dance class last week.

The domain www.teacherthanks.com was purchased from GoDaddy.com.  It was a premium domain and frankly cost a lot of money but we felt that it was the perfect name for the concept.  Over the last few days, a lot of work has gone into the idea and we now have a website (which needs to be tweaked, tested and probably completed changed by the time we are finished).  The biggest challenge so far was creating a form for students to fill-in and then a searchable database to retrieve teacher comments.  In doing some research, I found Caspio.com as they offer software for creating such things.  This weekend, we are getting a designer to develop a logo for TeacherThanks.  In future blogs I plan to Keep you updated on new developments so stay tuned.  Here is the website in its raw form.  Sometime when you have an opportunity, I would really appreciate it if you would introduce it to your class.  Encourage your students to leave a comment for a teacher they have had in the past.

TeacherThanks.com

(remember this site needs work!!!) Please email me at gavin@eastdalebusiness.com with any suggestions or problems you encounter with the form or search.

Here is a video I put together for Patreon.com about TeacherThanks…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exYea3_n4Vc

 

 

 

 

iStockPhoto.com For Amazing Pictures

Over the last few days I have been purchasing some photos again from iStockPhoto.com.  There are lots of eye catching pictures on this site.  They are not cheap as most prices range from $13 to $36 per picture.  You buy credits to purchase the images or you can buy a bundle which allows you to download 10 images per month for $100.  Here are some of the photos I have purchased for cover images…

Sharing within Google Drive

Collaborators within Google Drive

  • I often have students put together a Google Slide presentation for their group projects
  • One person from the group will open a Google Slide presentation
  • That person will then invite the other members of the group to collaborate
  • All members of the group can work on the same Google Slide from different devices
  • They will each see changes made by their group members in real time

Protecting your Work

  • If you are concerned about someone copying your work and submitting it as their own, then share your work in PDF format
  • This is the only secure way to protect work if you do not want people to be able to edit it
  • It is very important to know that recipients can always make a copy of “view only” files and just edit as they wish
  • Google Docs were designed to allow people to collaborate and edit shared documents. It was not created to “protect” products.

Google Spaces – New App For Sharing

  • Google Spaces is a new app for small group sharing
  • Spaces helps you get a group together quickly to share things about any topic and instantly start conversations
  • Invite classmates any way you like with a quick link
  • Teachers and students can use Google Spaces to share ideas and learn from one another
  • Students can use it to collaborate on projects, complete homework and prepare for tests

Source

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.social.spaces&hl=en

spaces.google.com

Canva.com Design Program

I have been working on creating a new promotional handout for trade shows and other events.  It will be a laminated, glossy 5 in. x 7 in. card (similar in size and look to a postcard).  I used a very user friendly and dynamic design program called Canva.   I found out about it last year while attending a conference in Rochester N.Y.  One of the speakers was from an advertising firm.  Companies pay her office big money to design ads for them and they use Canva to create the ads.  She laughed because you would think that they would use some really expensive, sophisticated program and instead they use Canva.  I now use it with all of my classes to design social media posts.

Canva

Here is the design I have so far for my handout…

Google Transformation Center

  • The Transformation Center is a hub of resources to help education leaders improve all aspects of their schools
  • A collection of ideas, stories, templates and guides from schools so that leaders can learn from each other
  • Find examples from real schools that are implementing the 7 Elements of Transformation
  • Submit your ideas to help the community of school leaders

7 Elements of Transformation

  1. Professional Development– Effective professional development and coaching
  2. Culture – Foster a culture of innovation and learn from failure and success
  3. Technology – Find, test and implement the right technology tools
  4. Funding & Sustainability – School leaders create a sustainable budget
  5. Community Engagement – Ensure school partners are able to support the school
  6. Learning – Develop curriculum and assessment that puts the student at the center
  7. Vision – Create a clear vision, all members work toward shared goals

To find out more about Google’s Transformation Center, click on the link below…

Google Transformation Center

Over 3000 Teacher Reviews and Ratings!

I would just like to thank all of you for your support.  TeachwithTech now has over 3000 Reviews and Ratings of our products!  I really appreciate hearing from you about how these products are working in your classroom.  Here is some of the teacher feedback we have recently received…

“Great resource to use with 1-1 classrooms to get students familiar with Google Drive.” (Karla M.)

“I love to use these in class. I am teaching computer technology for the first time ever this year and I can’t say enough great things about these lessons. They are even great to turn key information to my fellow teachers. I highly recommend these lessons.” (Mr. Fredericks)

“This is a great resource. Gavin makes my life so much easier!” (Lori Dupree)

“This is super helpful. I had not tried Kahoot until I downloaded your instructions. We have been having a blast using the game.” (Julie Graham)

“Wonderful tool to help teach my class and the teachers in my school more about Google.” (Sharon G.)

“Fantastic resource!! Thank you so much for creating this and putting it all in one place!”  (Karen A.)

“This is a great bundle and has given me a ton of ideas on some creative projects with my students. My students have especially loved the Drawings projects!” (Kirsten Shaw)

“This is my favorite thing! This really helped set things up! And was kid friendly for students to follow to get set up. LOVE IT!” (Buyer)

“This purchase is saving my life… I have spent hours online trying to develop a curriculum and finally bit the bullet and bought this. Best money ever invested.” (Mele Echiburu)

“This is going to be a “game-changer” for me!” (Tiffany A.)

“I really liked how this is explained! I can’t wait to put it into useful practice. Thank you!” (Alyssa B.)

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