Monthly Archives: July 2016

Use Print My Cal to Print a Google Calendar

My students like a paper calendar. I use Google calendar and our class calendar is embedded on my website and on my Schoology page.  Every year I threaten to stop printing the paper version, but the students always ask me to do it, so then I do. This creates a bit of a hassle because Google Calendar doesn’t print nicely, ...

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This week something exciting happened on A Lever and a Place to Stand! During this past week, my blog has had more pageviews from readers in Russia than in the US. This week marks the first time that any country other than the US has been the top of the pageviews list. Welcome, Russia!I can’t tell by looking at the ...

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Striking Coding Gold with GoldieBlox

Another new coding app entered the scene recently. This one is another app brought to us by GoldieBlox. If you aren’t familiar with GoldieBlox, this is a line of toys worth checking out. Founder Debbie Sterling is an engineer who cashed in everything she had to start this line to encourage girls to make and build and engineer things. When ...

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My Favorite Yes: The Answer Pad

During an inservice this past year, I was introduced to a strategy called My Favorite No. We watched this video about the strategy and I really liked it (video AND strategy!). If you don’t have time to watch the video right now, here is the gist: Give kids a quick bellwork assignment to complete on an index card. Collect and ...

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On Using Scientific Notation

This week I have been reading with great interest a discussion in a chemistry teachers’ Google Group. It started with a post about whether or not teachers find it acceptable when students give answers as 3.6e-4 instead of 3.6 x 10-4. There were a couple of back and forth ideas about whether or not this is acceptable practice on its face ...

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Even More to Flip For

I have written twice before about how much I love the templates at flippity.net. In fact, the first blog post I ever wrote was about the cool flashcards you can make from a Google Sheet when you grab the template at flippity.net. Then last July I wrote again about how more templates have been added. Well, here it is July, ...

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Need a Great Graphic: Try a Stencil

The best part about leading PD is finding great new tools and ideas by sharing with other people. During the past two days I have taught a Google class at a local college. When introducing Chrome, I talked about extensions and then we all sifted through some extensions to find some that we might like. One that I found was ...

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5 Quick Google Forms Tutorial Videos

I’m going to let you in on a secret. I sort of hate what happened this year to Google Forms. Until this week, I have tucked my head in the sand and ignored the new Forms. I have persisted with the old Forms because 1) there is more functionality and 2) the menus and processes are more consistent with the ...

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Testing out the NEW Google Forms

It’s never been easier to create a quiz using Google Forms. Now you can give a multiple choice quiz that is auto-scored without an add-on like Flubaroo or Super Quiz. Here is a step-by-step guide:When you create a new form, look for the gear icon in the upper right hand corner. Click it. This opens the settings for the Form. ...

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Finding My Way with Stoichiometry

Last month I read a post, “Your GPS is Making You Dumber,” by Dan Meyer with great interest. In it, Dan explores the dichotomy of providing steps for students to use in solving math problems vs. providing the problem without the steps to let students grapple with how to solve it. If you haven’t read it, the post and the ...

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