Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Google Classroom - Preparing for New Classes

With the quarter/semester coming to an end, here is a reminder  everyone how to archive or copy their class in Google Classroom to help prepare new classes.

Archive or delete a class:
  • When you’re done teaching a class, you can archive it. When a class is archived, it’s archived for all teachers and students in that class. If you don’t archive classes, they still appear on your Classroom homepage and on students’ homepages.
  • You can restore an archived class if you want to use it again, or delete it if you’ll never use it again.
  • Teachers and co-teachers can archive a class, but only the primary teacher can delete a class. Students can’t archive or delete a class.
  • Note: To delete a class, you need to archive it first.
When you archive a class:
  • It’s placed in a separate area to preserve the class materials, student work, and posts. You won’t see it with your active classes on the homepage.
  • You and your students can view an archived class. To use the class again, you have to restore it.
  • You and your students can still access any class materials in Google Drive. That includes any attachments for assignments or other student work.
  • Students can’t unenroll from a class that has been archived. This can limit how they can manage the classes they’re done taking.

Copy a class:

  • To reuse work you created in a class, you can copy a class. Copying also helps you save time when you have multiple sections of the same class.
  • Only teachers and co-teachers of classes with the Classwork page can copy a class. The teacher who copies the class becomes the primary owner of the copied class. To check if your class has the Classwork page, see Does my class have the Classwork page.
  • You can copy both active and archived classes. Copies of archived classes become active classes.
Items that copy
Course Subject
Classwork posts

Items that don't copy
Teacher announcements
Deleted classwork items
Students and co-teachers
Student posts
Attachments that you don't have permission to copy

*Classroom might take a while to copy your class. In the meantime, you can leave the page during the copying process to work on other things. When copying is complete, you’ll get a notification email. 

Directions to copy a class:

  • On the class you want to copy, click More Moreand then Copy.Note: If you don’t see Copy, either the class doesn’t have a Classwork page or you’re not the teacher for that class.Click Copy

Note: In the new class, the copied assignments and questions save as drafts .

Delete a class:
  • Warning: There's no way to undo deleting a class. If you click Delete, you no longer have access to any class posts or comments. However, you and your students can still access your class files in the class Drive folder.
  • When you decide you’ll never use a class again, you can delete it permanently. To delete a class, you must first archive it, then delete it. You and your students can still access your class files in the class Drive folder.
  • Only the primary teacher of a class can delete it. Co-teachers can’t delete a class.
  • If you’re changing the classes you teach or leaving your school, you can transfer a class you own to a co-teacher in the class.
  • At the top, click Menu Menu.
Click Menu
  • Scroll down and click Archived classes.

  • On the class card, click More More and then Delete.Note: If you haven’t archived any classes, this option won’t be in the menu.​Archived Classes
  • Click Delete to confirm.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Creating Assignments for Selected Students

With all the talk about differentiating instruction it is natural that we find times where we want students to complete individualized assignments.

Keep your gradebook tidy and your students on track by only assigning particular tasks to certain students both in PowerSchool & Google Classroom.

Recently our Spanish classroom got a Donor's Choose project funded.  I needed several students to write Thank You letters.   I offered this as an optional homework assignment.   I made a general announcement in class and as the letters came in I added students to the assignment in PowerSchool.  I really enjoyed the ability to list students from mutiple class sections and choose from an alphabetical list. 

**warning... I got a little carried away with the arrows in the following screenshot** 

Addtionally you can select students in Google Classroom.  Works great for groupwork and leveling projects based on student ability. 

How do you use these features with your classes?   Share below!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cultivating Curiosity with Technology

"Good Morning class.  Today you will learn _____________________________."

-  to identify and apply the Pythagorean Theorem
-  to name key people involved in the American Revolution
-  to determine the main idea of a text
-  to explain the rock cycle

Identifying learning goals and student objectives is certainly a "must-do" in our lessons.   Students benefit from knowing the target for learning.  However, for me, when a lesson starts with the objective followed by direct instruction, we have crushed a great opportunity to prepare the brain for learning.


Curiosity can prepare the brain for learning.  Giving students opportunities to question and gather tidbits of information related to the upcoming lesson can help to build file folders in their mind where new information can be sorted, stored and connected to previous knowledge.


Most of you already know that I am a HUGE fan of HyperDocs.  (Bought the book, took the course, got the certificate, presented it at PETE & C, etc)  HyperDocs are a great way to start packaging blended lessons to guide you and your students through the learning process.  One of the reasons I love HyperDocs is that they are a reminder of how pedagogically we should be developing our instruction in each lesson or unit plan.  Click HERE to see a template. 

Now this post is specifically inspired by the 2nd phase of the Basic Hyperdoc Lesson Plan: EXPLORE.  And, before I begin, I want to point out how EXPLORE comes before EXPLAIN.  Yes! Students need time to explore the topic and develop questions and curiosities and activate what it is that they already know before you teach it.

"Curate a collection of resources (articles, videos, infographics, text excerpts, etc.) for students to explore a topic. "

A collection of resources. By having a collection you are now embedding student choice and differention in the exploration process!

*please note you do not have to use a HyperDoc lesson to incorporate "explore" into your teaching

Explore: Multi-media Text Sets (MMTS)

- Gather a list of online resources related to your topic.  Include a variety of means for input.
  • Web Articles
  • Videos
  • Audio
  • Infographics
  • Tutorials
  • Images: Artwork/Photographs
  • Flashcards
  • Games (e.g. Quizlet/Gimkit)
- Prepare the links in a Google Doc

  • Create a Table 
  • Use Image Thumbnails to increase curiosity
  • Highlight text or image > Ctrl K > Create Hyperlink
- Define parameters
  • How many of the options should each student explore? 
  • Should they do one from each row?  

- Design a Reflection Process
  • How will the students record and share their new findings and curiosities? 
    • Class or Small Group Discussion
    • Google Form
    • Google Classroom Question
    • Padlet
    • Notes on the MMTS itself
- Deliver

  • Post to Google Classroom,or use a QR code 
  • Decide when / how you can create time for your students to "Explore"
    • after an assessment from the previous unit
    • small group work after your lessons "hook"
    • HW a few days out before the start of a lesson
- Reference & Reuse!
  • Be sure to get the most out of your MMTS use the resources in your lessons!  After the content is "explained" they will be looking at the resources through a new lens.
    • Send students back to resources based on Formative Assessment
    • Use games to review
    • Use images & video to spark writing prompts
    • Part of a differentiated station rotation

Interested in adding MMTS and/or learning more about HyperDocs?   Contact me to schedule a series of visits.  
In 2 or 3 visits we can have you up and running with an MMTS and/or HyperDoc for a new lesson in the new year! 

 jtamburlin.youcanbook.me or jtamburlin@smasd.org 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Control your Tabs!

More than ever, as teachers we are opening tons of tabs a day in Google Chrome.   

By lunchtime our browser can look like this...

Upon entering a classroom in the morning the average SMASD teacher probably has any to all of the following tabs open:

  • PowerSchool
  • Google Drive
  • ClassDojo 
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Slides
  • Quizlet/Kahoot
  • Gmail

+ More depending on your content area and your lesson plans for the day! 

Opening & managing all these tabs can be frustrating and time consuming. 

In today's  Tech Tuesday, I want to show you how I manage my tabs with 3 clicks: 

- One Tab Chrome Extension

- Pin All Tabs Chrome Extension

- Close all tabs to the right / Close all other tabs

Check out this video tutorial to see how you can open all the tabs you need in the morning in 2 clicks! 

Click HERE to get the OneTab Chrome extension. 

Click HERE to get the Pin All Tabs Chrome extension. 

Want a one-on-one session to help you set your tech goals? 


Monday, November 19, 2018

Hour of Code

Don't Forget...Hour of Code is coming December 3rd-9th!

If your students participated in the past, then you know how much they enjoyed it!
If your students haven't participated before, now is the time to try it out!

Follow the participation guide below to get going!!

If you have any questions about the Hour of Code or Code.org, feel free to contact a tech coach!

Google Forms Quick Ideas

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Check out Flippity - a series of web apps that can easily turn a google spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities.  

 Go to Flippity website
Click HERE to visit Flippity