Monday, August 19, 2013


Infographics are exploding! If you haven't created one yet, put it on your TO DO list.  Infographics are 30% more likely to be read than text alone!  I used Piktochart and had my students create one.  Why? My students are future teachers and they will be creating for their students. Did this take some of my students outside their comfort zone, yes! But they were glad to have had the experience and I was proud that they developed new skills!

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Why and where do they fit for you?

1. Search infographics on a subject or theme for your class

Infographic of the day websites:

2012, Infographic Style!  This link includes amazing interactive infographics.

2. Have students demonstrate understanding by creating infographics

BUT feel free to try your own!

Sara Wickham has a lesson plan and scoring guide dedicated to infographics on her blog!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Google Spreadsheets: How and Why

There are many great reasons to share a Google spreadsheet with your students!  To name a few practical applications....generate a list, brainstorming, student generated feedback, formative assessments, etc.

There are also many positives implications that benefit students with this collaborative approach
  • Students who need time to think have it with this approach
  • Students who need to see the information again later have access to the link
  • Students will reflect as the spreadsheet populates and Think!
  • Every student has a voice
  • Parents can see the link and gain understanding


Housekeeping Tips!
  1. Always a great idea to have a sample model of your written expression expectations i.e. is a list ok or do you want complete sentences?  Common Core Connection: College and Career Ready Standards
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  2. Remember that students may appear to be typing in one cell and it moves, that is ok, when they are finished and hit enter it will land in the correct cell.
  3. Students learn in different time frames, some will type quickly and others will take more time, think about the complexity of the questions and include some that are higher level and will challenge your students.
  4. Check out the tutorial site for extra support