Animate Google Classroom!

Google Classroom comes alive!  Customize and Glitter your Google Classroom theme with an animated gif.

We have so many great header/borders available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store here! 

We even offer bundles so you can bring your Google Classroom to life or spice it up for the holiday season!

If you are looking for ways to make your own theme:

First,  find the upload picture button on the upper right hand side of your classroom.

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Next, find a gif file that you like in the proper size.  The minimum is 800 by 200 pixels.   Upload just like any other picture file.

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Now, you can adjust the size.

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My Curse of Knowledge Moment

When the videos began to fill my inbox, I began to realize the power of the assignment.

Originally, my classroom video project was meant to entertain jaded older students in the post spring break period.  I was tired, they were bored – OK, let’s try something different.  I have been using student videos as exit tickets this year and students seem to enjoy it.  See my post The Power of Student Voices!

As a teacher, I suffer from the Curse of Knowledge.  I’ve presented the same material over and over to hundreds (thousands?) of students and I have forgotten how hard it is for a beginner to understand it.    My course videos look and sound pretty good, but it is far more effective to have students explain concepts.    My students sang, danced, graphed and animated!    They enjoyed showing their work in class and loved helping others learn the material.

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The Mannequin Challenge – for the Classroom

I have been waiting all year to try out the Mannequin Challenge in my classroom! Finally I had the opportunity this week to get my students to “freeze in time” for this awesome task.

The Mannequin Challenge was a trend that spread across the internet asking people to freeze in a particular moment in time usually while a camera captures the moment. I chose to participate without the camera. Here’s how you can too.

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Got the Homework Blues?

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It’s time for Back to School organization!  One thing I absolutely hate doing is collecting homework.     See my earlier post here:  No HW assignments for 2016? Can it be done?  Assuming you assign homework, what should be done with it?  Collect, Grade, Every day?  The paper piles up!

If your bag is stuffed with student work,  you may want to check out BerryWing’s Scan to Spreadsheet smart phone app which sells for a few dollars.     This could be your new workflow:

  1. Walk around the class, verify assignment completion.
  2. With your phone, scan a QR code taped to each student’s notebook to record credit.
  3. Email the created excel spreadsheet to your work account.

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