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Getting ready for back to school? In my own classroom, I am preparing for more engaging digital interactive notebooks. My grade 9 English language arts classes always start off with a fun short stories unit. I love flip books (who doesn't, right?) In order to go paperless and take advantage of our technology, I converted the flip book to share in our Google Classroom. My students can now use it right on their chrome book or tablet. I cannot wait for them to dive in!

On July 25th we celebrate Innovative Classroom Technology Day. Teachers from all over the world are preparing technology infused lessons and activities. Here are some informative blog posts and engaging digital lessons to use in your classroom. I hope you enjoy them! 

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How to Build Vocabulary Lessons Using Digital Interactive Notebooks


If you’re students are anything like mine are, you understand the hassle and frustration of learning vocabulary. They absolutely hate copying vocabulary words and definitions. I absolutely hate hearing their complaints about it too. What exactly does just copying terms and definitions on a piece of paper really accomplish, anyway? I believe all that does is make our students master-memorizers. But is that really helping them? Are they really getting anything out of that, aside from boredom? No.

That's why today's blog post will showcase how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps.

Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

Why Vocabulary Instruction?

First off, let’s discuss why we incorporate learning vocabulary into our curriculum. Well, it’s obvious. It builds our own vocabulary. We sound smarter. We sound intelligent. We sound like we actually know what we’re talking about. We study the root of the word which helps us learn other related words.

Learning vocabulary allows our brains to think at a higher level, to be able to read more challenging text, and to understand the text more easily. Learning to build our vocabulary is essential for any mental growth, especially at the middle and high school level.

 Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

So, if my students hate copying terms and definitions, just to memorize them and forget their meaning after I test them on it, what else can I do? How can I be more efficient and effective at this?
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!
I have found that you can build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps. This is a fun and engaging way to get your students to actually LEARN definitions, not just memorize and forget them.

http://www.easydefine.com:

This website is awesome for learning vocabulary. When your students go to the website, it instructs you to type in all of your vocabulary words. Once completed, they click on GENERATE. This will provide a running list of all the words they have provided and a lengthy definition of each as well. On this tab, it gives you the option to download the definition list as a Microsoft Word document, if you wanted to keep it on a computer.


But what makes this website so awesome? It has EXTRAS! Who doesn’t love extras? You can get synonyms for each of the words provided, your students can quiz themselves in multiple formats, the website can generate flashcards to print for easy studying, and it also can generate worksheets for further enrichment.


That does sound great, but how can I incorporate this cool new style of learning vocabulary into my digital interactive notebook?  I have created 7 different pages that can be included in your notebook that help your students stay organized and engaged while learning at the same time.


The resource is called Go Interactive Notebook Google Edition Vocabulary. Within this resource you will find 7 files that you can easily share with your students through Google Drive. You students, upon receiving the shared pages, can make a copy of the files to add to their specific digital notebook for their current unit of study.

Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

I will break down each of the 7 pages and explain how it can be used:


  1. Your Words List: This file contains a basic working list of vocabulary terms and definition. The actual vocabulary word is given a specific color. The actual vocabulary word is located on the left and the definition and parts of speech are to be filled in by your students. Both sides are a textbook and is easy to complete.
  2. Vocabulary Organizer: This file resembles a 5x10 table. The first column is again colored and designed for imputing the working list of vocabulary words.  The rest of the table, which are text boxes, are for your students to input the definition, part of speech, synonym, antonym and an image or icon representing the word.
  3. The Roots: This file helps students understand how vocabulary words are related to a root word. Students input the root word and definition on the truck of the tree, which is the background image of the page, and find related words, which are located on the roots of the trees.
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

4. Definition Snapshot: This file helps students understand words, one at a time, and visually. In the center of the page, the student types the vocabulary word. In each of the four colored corners, they find a synonym, antonym, part of speech and create an original sentence  using that specific vocabulary word. Upon completion, students browse the internet for an image that represents that word.
    1. Need help with inputting images from the Internet? I’ll provide a tech-tip below
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!
5. Vocabulary Map: This file looks similar to the Snapshot file but the information needed is slightly different. The vocabulary word or concept is located in the middle. In the four colored corners, students must input important characteristics, wrong characteristics, an example and a wrong example.
6. Vocabulary Detective: This file requires the use of the textbook for completion. Students input the assigned vocabulary word, and search their assigned text for which page number the words can be found. Then they must create an original sentence using that word, and add the definition.
7. Vocabulary Tree: This file is very similar to the Roots example, of showing how different words can be all traced back to a root word.
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

Tech-Tip

You may be unfamiliar how to get images from the Internet and into a Google Doc or Slide file. At the top, locate the toolbar. You will find a tab that says INSERT. From INSERT, choose IMAGE. You can retrieve an image that has been saved to your computer, by copying the URL from the website, by locating the image in your own photo album on Google Drive or by completing a quick Google search directly from the INSERT IMAGE pop-up.

Hopefully these files eliminate some of the boredom and frustration of traditional copying words and memorizing definitions. Good luck as you continue to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps!


What are your Digital Learning Options for Your Classroom?

In today’s world, technology is everywhere. Technology is everything. Technology is awesome! But, technology is also overwhelming and everything seems to sound and look alike, making what should be stress-free, stressful. As a teacher who is either interested in going paperless, or already paperless, you and your students have options, but sometimes those digital learning options are confusing and you may be referring to one thing but really mean another. As a blended learning/paperless teacher myself, I totally understand the frustration.

Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.

I have broken down four of the main cloud-based digital learning options you may use in your paperless classroom:


Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.
Google Classroom is a virtual classroom, set up by the teacher, filled with your actual classroom students. This website allows for your students to join their virtual classroom, receive assignments and documents from you, turn in assignments and projects and provide and receive comments from their classmates and yourself. Documents you create using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms can be easily linked to Google Classroom for your students to view and download to their own files. The teacher can grade assignments, leave feedback on assignments and provide notifications and alerts if needed. The teacher can also sync their classroom calendar to their student’s calendar so there are no more missed due dates.

Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.

Google Drive:

Google Drive is the central location where all of your Google-made documents are held. Your drive contains the folders you create for specific classes or specific topics. It shows you all documents that have been shared with you from other users. The “new” button links you to other Google Apps (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms) to start a new document. The trash bin shows you what files you’ve recently deleted. Google Drive is the starting place for you, as the teacher, to create your Interactive Notebook activities.

Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.

Microsoft365:

If you are not ready to explore the Google world and are more comfortable in the Microsoft world and the Microsoft programs, but don’t want to pay a lot of money for new editions, this one of the digital learning options is for you. Microsoft365 utilizes the Cloud technology, meaning everything is stored online. Microsoft365 offers the traditional programs such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, Access, and OneNote. They are available from any Internet-capable device and for a small fee updates annually.

Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.

OneDrive:

OneDrive is the central location where all of your Microsoft files are stored. All documents you have created using the Microsoft programs are stored on this website and are accessible from any device. They are kept within user-created folders and you are given the option to share documents with others.

Now that you’ve gotten a basic breakdown of each of the main types of programs available, let’s compare and contrast a few of them to erase some of your confusion.


Google Drive vs. OneDrive

Same:
  1. Holding spots for all of your files
  2. Links to documents for creation (Word processing, presentations, spreadsheets)
  3. Cloud-based
  4. Accessible from any Internet-ready device
  5. You can share documents between users
Different:
  1. Google using Google Apps only
  2. OneDrive uses Microsoft programs only
  3. Can not be shared between the two for storage

Google Drive vs. Google Classroom

Same:
  1. Utilizes all Google Apps
  2. Can easily transition between the two
  3. Share documents between each and to other users
  4. Cloud-based
  5. Accessible from any Internet-ready device
  6. Free for users


Different:
  1. Drive is the holding spot for all user-created, and shared documents
  2. Classroom is your virtual classroom for your students to use
  3. Drive is for the creation of folders and files to be sent to Classroom
  4. Classroom receives the files from Drive
  5. Classroom is designed for your students to complete and turn in assignments, receive alerts and notifications from their teacher, and receive feedback from their classmates.
  6. Drive is designed for collaboration on specific assignments such as an essay, report, spreadsheet or presentation.
  7. Classroom requires an education/school e-mail for setup

Microsoft 365 vs. OneDrive

Same:
  1. Cloud based
  2. Accessible from any Internet-ready device
  3. Both utilize Microsoft programs
  4. Documents can be shared amongst users


Different:
  1. 365 is designed for the creation of documents in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher, etc
  2. OneDrive is the main storage location for all created folders and files
  3. 365 documents are saved to OneDrive
  4. 365 is available for a fee

My hopes are that after reading this, your confusion with the digital learning options has diminished and you’re able to distinguish between the different programs. It may seem overwhelming, but that’s what I am here for!


Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.

Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.

Are you wondering what your digital learning options are for your classroom? Between Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft 365 - this post has you covered! Learn about the similarities of each through a detailed comparison of each one. Whether you teach primary students, upper elementary, middle school, or high school - this article will ensure you know what technology to use in your classroom to help your students find success with your online teaching.