Monthly Archives: December 2015

Random Name Picker Game



Random Name Picker Guide

Random Name Picker is a free tool from  This game can be used to select students for class discussions, presentations, or group projects. English teachers can use this game for helping students with creative writing: choosing names for stories; creating character sketches based on names, writing scripts etc,.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for adding student names, playing, saving and sharing the game.

  1.  Click New to load your class names…



2.  Click Save this list as currently shown.

3.  Choose a Password

4.  Copy your unique URL address somewhere.


5.  Click to Spin to begin playing the game to select a name


6.  Share/Embed


Click on the link below to download a free PDF guide for using the Random Name Picker Game

Random Name Picker Guide



Google My Maps


My Maps Google

With My Maps, you can:

  • Create a map.
  • Draw lines, shapes, or placemarks on the map.
  • Import geographically-specific data including addresses and place names
  • Organize your map with layers to hide or show different kinds of content.
  • Style your content with different colors, placemark icons, and line widths.

Search for a place…example Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Add a line or shape…


Measure distances and areas…


Driving Directions…


Add Marker…





The Magic of QR Codes in the Classroom

Karen Mensing video

QR Codes stands for Quick Response code. When you scan a QR code, you are instantly taken to a website, video etc. Karen Mensing offers several examples of how she uses QR codes in this video including learning vocabulary words, scavenger hunts, for positive reinforcement and for assigning tasks. The tools to create a QR code are essentially free. Here are 2 websites that allow you to do it…

Flubaroo – New option to share graded assignments through Google Drive

Flubaroo is an add-on for Google Drive.  I have used Flubaroo several times this semester to grade multiple choice Google Form quizzes.  Flubaroo recently added a new option so that you are now able to share graded quizzes to students through Google Drive instead of just by email.  The screen shots below show the step-by-step process to share grades…


Internet Worksheet – Find the Computer Term Definitions


• Students will find the definitions for computer terms.  An answer key is included so that teachers can take up the definitions of the terms with their classes and/or mark student answers.  Great to leave for a sub or if students finish early.  A second Internet worksheet has been added for upper elementary and middle school students.


Internet Worksheet

Computers Lesson – Files and Folders


• This lesson explains how to Create, Edit, Copy, Paste and Delete Folders.  It utilizes screen shots and instruction bubbles to clearly show how to do each step.  I created this lesson because I am amazed at how many students I teach are not able to perform these relatively simple steps at the beginning of the school year.  Saving into folders helps organize files so that they can quickly be retrieved at a later date.

Click on the link below to download this free lesson…

Computers Lesson – Files and Folders

Search Engines for Kids Activity


• Students will use three safe search, search engines,, and (with SafeSearch).  SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit image from search results.  The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps to avoid most adult content.  Your students will look up different keywords on each site and explore 2 websites in the search results.  They will share what they found/learned with the class or another student in the class.  Students learn about and how to use safe search websites.

click on the link below to download this free activity…

Search Engines for Kids Activity


Google Safe Search

SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps to avoid most adult content.

Slide1Click on the link below for a Google Search results page for the Keyword Dinosaur with Google SafeSearch turned on….

Search results using SafeSearch 

To learn more about SafeSearch click on the link below…

Google SafeSearch