I don't say this easily, but Google Forms changed my life. Since I came across Forms 3 years ago, it has saved me hours and has taken the sting out of a lot of admin tasks. Over the past four years, I have introduced hundreds of colleagues to the magic of Google Forms. Here are my step-by-step instructions to not only create a form but to make a quiz that gets marked automatically.
Using Technology In The Classroom
Welcome to Butterfly Classrooms
A record of using technology in the classroom.
Here you will find lots of tips and ideas for any teacher that want to ensure that their classroom is still relevant in the 21st century. As well as my personal reflections, experiences and the lessons I learned.
Four years ago our maths department created a shared Google folder for all our resources. Today we have the most fantastic collection of maths resources, suited to our needs, right at our fingertips. Since we started, this Google has introduced Team Drives which make it even easier and better. A Team Drive is a must-have for every department.
Email has changed the way in which we communicate. And in schools specifically, giving both staff and learners email addresses is a gamechanger. But with it, it has brought the problem of how to keep up with your mailbox. Here is some practical tips to stay on top of your email.
I collated a cheat-sheet with all the most commonly used terms, abbreviations and lingo when it comes to eLearning.
Starting at a new school is difficult. Every school has a different culture and character. If that isn't enough, you now need to get login names, passwords and learn how some new platforms work. It is becoming essential that schools and ICT coordinators have a plan in place to make sure new teachers manage with the school's technology.
Are you looking for an app or program that will allow you to communicate with parents? In this post, we look at the most popular apps and tools that teachers use and consider the pros and cons of each.
After another parents evening where I could not put my hand on the evidence that little Johnny does not do any homework, I decided to create a straightforward Google Form to keep track of homework, and it works like a charm.
The start of the new school year is an exciting time, new classes, new learners, a fresh start. It is also the ideal time to introduce your learners to the technology they are going to use during the year while getting to know them at the same time. In this post, I share some of my favourites back to school activities, with free templates that are ready to use.
Let me take you through the basics of Google Classroom, one day at a time. This free online course is ideal for new teachers and teachers who have already attended Google training but still feel lost.
It is that time of the year, schools are doing their planning for next year, and you might have just realised that you will be expected to use Google Classroom next year. eLearning is exciting, very exciting, but it can also seem like a huge mountain that you have no idea how you are going to scale. But don't worry here are six easy steps that will get you going.
"Can we listen to music, please?" Teachers are getting confronted with this question more and more, but what is the correct answer? Let's examine the arguments for and against allowing earphones in your class and look for some practical guidelines to help you manage earphones in your class.
This is one of my most popular classroom activities. It includes a template with more than 50 writing prompts that will get your learners writing every week. Dit sluit ook 'n Afrikaanse weergawe in.
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Just because kids know how to use Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, doesn’t mean they know how to use technology to enhance their learning.
Training should be something you can use on Monday, not someday!
We need to make the positives so loud that the negatives becomes almost impossible to hear.
Shifting education begins with teaching students how to learn, instead of what to learn.
Don’t ask your students to learn, if you are not willing to continue learning yourself.
I am not a fan of technology.
I am a fan of pedagogy, of understanding how people learn and the most effective learning methods.
But technology enables some exciting changes.
Donald A Norman
In practice established curricula and teaching methods remain in place under a thin coating of technological glitter, and available technology is often underused and poorly integrated into classroom practice.