Earth Friendly Classroom Tips For Going Paperless and Using Technology


Whether you are all in for going paperless, you plan on it, or you just can't seem to head in the paperless direction, Earth Day is typically the time when we all think about our environment, energy, recycling, preserving our resources, and eliminating waste. That's where our English language arts blog link up comes in. 

Whether you are all in for going paperless, you plan on it, or you just can't seem to head in the paperless direction, Earth Day is typically the time when we all think about our environment, energy, recycling, preserving our resources, and eliminating waste. That's where our English language arts blog link up comes in.

Your bank wants you to go paperless. You child's report card is paperless. Retailers want to email you receipts rather than printing them at the register. Your students want to use their mobile devices for everything. So what about your classroom? How are managing your teaching lessons? Are you paper or tech? Blended or 1:1? 

Using technology in your classroom will definitely cut down on your trips to the copy machine. Sharing an assignment with your students via a cloud storage system (Google Drive or One Drive), an educational app (Notability, MS OneNote, Edmodo) or a learning management system (Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Blackboard, Schoology) will allow you to explore auto-grading, self-calculating rubrics, opportunities for student collaboration, and increased student engagement. 

Paperless classroom facilitation is also very low-prep. Teachers are saving prep time by not photocopying or filing endless stacks of paper. Wouldn't all teachers love that? We've put together a collection of blog posts to give you some Earth Day inspiration for your upcoming lesson plans.






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Why Your Students Need Online Discussion Boards and How to Create One


It’s not a secret that your students LOVE using technology in their classroom, more specifically Google. What’s not to love? It’s engaging, fun and they can use their own devices! Perfect! However, there is more your students can do with Google than publish, engage in digital notebooks, make presentations, and complete assessments. Students and teachers can actually have analytical discussions and debates. 
Teachers can use learning management systems (Google Classroom, Blackboard, Edmodo, Canvas) to create an online discussion board for their students. Secondary classroom teachers should include online discussion boards as a part of the curriculum. Provide opportunities to learn a twenty-first century skill for higher education. All subjects, grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Teachers become facilitators. We evolve in our teaching practice throughout our journey. Facilitating a discussion is very rewarding and refreshing. As your students progress and improve in their discussion board collaboration skills so will the facilitators. Soon, the educator can be more "hands-free," all while sitting back moderating the board and assignments.

Most colleges and universities around the world are utilizing discussion boards as a part if their courses' requirements. Since 2003, every course in higher education that I participated in, there was a discussion board weekly assignment. Most of the topics supported the readings and lectures. The instructors derived questions from additional articles or short videos. I got to know more people through this type of interaction. I soon loved it.

This is why secondary classrooms really should include online discussion boards as a part of the curriculum. Schools will provide opportunities to learn a twenty-first century learning skill as well as a much needed skill for college.    
   
Let's get you started! Teachers can easily set up a discussion board/discussion thread on any topic you wish. Follow the simple steps below:

  1. You must be logged into your teacher account for Google Classroom.
  2. In the bottom right hand corner, click the + sign, then "create question."
  3. Create your question for your students. You can include a description as well, but that’s optional.
  4. Choose a due date and/or time. 
  5. Choose the correct format: short answer.
  6. Most important: choose the option that says “students can reply to each other." (Using this feature, student’s won’t be able to see their classmate’s responses until they have submitted their own.)
  7. Click “Ask” when complete.

Once the students have submitted their answer, all of their classmates’ responses will be listed. They can easily reply to their classmates by clicking the ‘reply’ button on a response. 

Using Google Classroom as a discussion board forum is similar to what a Facebook conversation on someone’s status or picture might look like. It has a continuous thread, and is time/date stamped. After some time, however, the time stamp will disappear, but the date will remain. This is helpful if you are assigning a discussion for homework or project when you need to see when a reply was posted. 
Don't know what kind of questions to post for discussion. Tip: Take journal prompts and re-purpose them. I choose reflective prompts based on our texts.This proves the student read the text and promotes originality.
Don't know what kind of questions to post for discussion? Tip: Take journal prompts and re-purpose them. I choose reflective prompts based on our texts.This proves the student read the text and promotes originality. 

For those of you who currently do not use Google Classroom but prefer to use other platforms such as Blackboard or Canvas, creating a class discussion board or forum is also doable. 

Blackboard:
  1. Once logged in, find the Course Menu.
  2. Click on Tools → Discussion Board
  3. Create Thread → Name your Board
  4. You will be presented with a variety of options for your students, such as allow anonymous posts, allow author to delete own posts, allow post tagging and allow file attachments. 
  5. Post Entry.
Canvas:
  1. Logged in as the instructor, locate the blue Discussions button in the top right hand of your screen.
  2. Enter a title and description for your new thread.
  3. You will have a variety of options available, such as allow threaded replies, users must post before replying and use for grading. 
  4. Click Save.
Whichever educational platform you use in your classroom, creating online discussion boards are a great idea. They promote greater communication and allow an outlet for introverted students who are reluctant talk in class the opportunities to develop collaboration skills and forge relationships.

Discussion boards are a great homework assignment or an easy low-prep lesson for a substitute teacher. Either way, your students will enjoy the freedom to express their thoughts and feelings with their classmates!



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Teaching Students to Comprehend Poetry in 7 Steps

Today I am excited to welcome Kim from English Oh My as our guest blogger. She has some great ideas for teaching students to comprehend poetry in a manageable way. Enjoy!

Teaching students to understand poetry does NOT need to be a challenge. Click through to see the seven steps that break it down and make it manageable. These seven steps will work great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade classroom or home school students. Use this for Literature lessons, a poetry unit, during National Poetry month in April, for test prep, and much more. {sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth graders - middle school & high school approved!}

Happy April, and Happy National Poetry Month!  Poetry is a timeless genre, and it is a part of most English Language curriculum.  When I tell my students they are going to learn, read or write poetry, a chorus of growls, grunts and eye rolls follows the introduction.  No matter how a teacher introduces the aspects of poetry, no matter how many handstands, cartwheels and balancing acts we do to try to make poetry fun and engaging, it is just not enough to get our students to buy into learning about and reading poetry. That's why today's post is about teaching students to comprehend poetry in a manageable way.

Many students tend to resist poetry because, “they just do not understand it.” In general, our students have a difficult time finding the theme and main of idea in ANY literature, and when a text is shortened to a few stanzas, this task becomes even more challenging.

I wanted to share with you some very helpful strategies one of my professors shared with the class when I was studying British Literature in college.   I have never forgotten his tips, and I have adapted them into my own classroom to assist my students with the comprehension of a poem and make the poetry journey, well, a little less grueling.

My grade eight students are currently in the middle of reading To Kill a Mockingbird and, throughout the book, I try to introduce a variety of media, texts, music and poetry to differentiate the learning experience, as well as help my students appreciate different parts of the novel.

Recently, we read the chapter when Cecil Jacobs calls Atticus a “n****r-lover”, and Scout experiences this derogatory phrase/term for the first time.  After this event, I love introducing the poem, “Incident” by Countee Cullen.  This poem is incredible in teaching students how one word or phrase can ruin someone or an experience for a lifetime. Take a look at the poem here:

Teaching students to understand poetry does NOT need to be a challenge. Click through to see the seven steps that break it down and make it manageable. These seven steps will work great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade classroom or home school students. Use this for Literature lessons, a poetry unit, during National Poetry month in April, for test prep, and much more. {sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth graders - middle school & high school approved!}

Step # 1: Setup the Poem

Before my class read this poem, I had my students complete a “Poem Setup”.  In the blank space to the right, I had my students write the following words: narrator, setting, and mood. You can have your students write this anywhere on the page, as some teachers like their students to annotate while they read in the marginal space provided.

Teaching students to understand poetry does NOT need to be a challenge. Click through to see the seven steps that break it down and make it manageable. These seven steps will work great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade classroom or home school students. Use this for Literature lessons, a poetry unit, during National Poetry month in April, for test prep, and much more. {sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth graders - middle school & high school approved!}

At the bottom of the page, I had my students draw two boxes: one for a summary and one for a picture.  See the picture below:
Teaching students to understand poetry does NOT need to be a challenge. Click through to see the seven steps that break it down and make it manageable. These seven steps will work great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade classroom or home school students. Use this for Literature lessons, a poetry unit, during National Poetry month in April, for test prep, and much more. {sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth graders - middle school & high school approved!}

Step # 2: Always Read a Poem Twice!

I always reiterate to my students they will never understand a poem in one read. They need to read it twice, sometimes even a third time, and even then, they may not comprehend the poem completely.

Following the page setup, I read the poem aloud the first time, and then I had my students silently read the second time.

Step # 3: Use Investigative Skills & Identify the Narrator or Speaker of the Poem

One thing I stress to my students is the speaker of poem is NOT always the poet speaking.  Sometimes, they have to look at the narrator/speaker like a character in a book. The quicker your students recognize the narrator/speaker, the faster it will help them understand the context of the poem.

When we read the poem, I articulated to my students to think about the questions, “Who is telling the event/s of the poem, and how do you know?”  With this, I expressed that they need to show evidence in the poem where it revealed the narrator/speaker. Underlining key words or words shows evidence of their thinking.

Step # 4: Identify the Setting

Identifying a setting gives a reader visualization and imagery to the context of any literature.  The reader begins to form pictures in his/her mind of what is happening in the piece due to the time and place.

After my students identified the speaker, I asked them to find and identify the setting.  To show evidence of the setting, they needed to underline it in the poem, and then write it under or next to setting.  In addition, they were also asked to try to identify “where” and “when” the poem was taking place, and then try to specify if it takes place in the past, present or future.

Step #5: Identify the Mood

With any piece of literature, I find it very important for a reader to identify how a character is feeling.  This has the reader empathize and connect to a character or person.  Feeling for another causes the reader develop an appreciation for the character/person’s actions and behaviors, as well as understand why s/he is acting and speaking a particular way.

Therefore, I then asked my students, “Is the narrator excited, scared, thrilled, or terrified? How is the narrator/speaker feeling throughout the poem?” I instructed them to identify the mood in the poem, and I stressed that a mood can change over the course of a piece.

Step #6: Summarize the Poem

Summarizing the poem in one’s own words is a great way to show an understanding of a poem.  Normally my rule of thumb is a summary should not be more than 25 words, and when writing a summary, the should be able to identify the “who, what, where, why, when and how” of the poem.

In the bottom left hand side of the poem, I instructed my students to write the events of the poem in their own words.

Teaching students to understand poetry does NOT need to be a challenge. Click through to see the seven steps that break it down and make it manageable. These seven steps will work great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade classroom or home school students. Use this for Literature lessons, a poetry unit, during National Poetry month in April, for test prep, and much more. {sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth graders - middle school & high school approved!}

Step # 7: Put the Poem in Action by Drawing a Picture

If your students have a difficult time summarizing the poem, have them try to put the poem in action by drawing a picture of what they believe is happening.  For some students, visualization is essential for comprehension.
Teaching students to understand poetry does NOT need to be a challenge. Click through to see the seven steps that break it down and make it manageable. These seven steps will work great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade classroom or home school students. Use this for Literature lessons, a poetry unit, during National Poetry month in April, for test prep, and much more. {sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth graders - middle school & high school approved!}


I had my students both summarize and draw the picture of the events.

All in all, when you take a look at the final product of the seven steps, there is quite a bit of visual comprehension on the page-notes, arrows, evidence, drawings, etc. This shows teaching students to comprehend poetry is possible!

In the future, I hope these seven steps will strength your students’ skills with the comprehension of a poem.

 ***You do not have to replace these strategies with the skills you teach your students in analyzing poetry. These strategies can be added to other skills and techniques you review and teach (i.e. figurative language, vocabulary and structure). ***

If you would like a copy of the poem “Incident”, you can access it here.  You may want to use this poem in your classroom, and it has many important themes that tie into character, integrity, and racism.

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About Kim: I am a middle school English teacher on Long Island, NY.  I have been teaching for 17 years, and I absolutely love teaching middle school.  My passion is to ignite a love of reading, writing and to strengthen my students’ integrity and confidence as an English student, as well as a student who will make a difference in the world. Please follow me in the following ways: Teachers Pay Teachers, Blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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Women's History Biography Project: Great Bulletin Board Display Leading By Example

Today I am super excited to have Joely here to share about how she has used my Women's History Biography Research Pennants in her classroom. You'll see how these can be used for your biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part about a biography project like this one is that the selection of notable women all "lead by example." For educators promoting a growth mindset in their classrooms, a biography study such as this one is ideal. The women have all lead an extraordinary journey with challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety.

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
In my classroom, an inner-city district in Northern New Jersey, I want my students to be proud of who they are, whether that be as young women, as part of the Hispanic culture, as athletes, or as future leaders.  
When I came across Danielle Knight’s Women’s History Biography Research Pennants, I knew that this project would spark my student’s interest, open their eyes to some very accomplished women in our country and from their own cultural background, and teach them about women that they’ve yet to encounter.  And they could have fun doing it! Who would’ve thought?  So the printing of the pennants and the planning for our biography project began.


Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!

Meaningfully Pairing Students

I think the most important part of this biography project, and perhaps the hardest part, was giving out the distinguished women to my students.  Was there a method? Several people have asked me this question.  While some teachers might randomly hand them out and others let their students choose, I put a little more thought into it.  I thought of it this way, “If all of these notable women attended my school as 7th graders, who would they be friends with?"

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
My thinking was if my students knew that they had something in common with their designated woman, they wouldn’t just do the research and complete the biography project for a good grade, they would do the research and complete the project because they genuinely were interested. I wanted to promote a growth mindset in my students by pairing them strategically.

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
And so like a matchmaker connecting a couple, I started to pair my students with one of the women from the pennant activity. Reluctant readers and at-risk students showed a genuine interest when paired with someone who had a commonality with them.

One particular student of mine, let’s call him Steven, has a love/hate relationship with me, and in that I mean he loves to hate me. Steven’s life revolves around basketball, so I made sure to pair him up with Pat Summit, a college and USA basketball coach. I wanted to spark his interest from the very beginning. I wanted him to WANT to do this assignment and learn that success takes a lot of hard work.  

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
When he saw Pat Summit’s picture holding a basketball, he said, “Ohh! I don’t know who this lady is, but she’s holding a basketball.” I thought, “YES! I got him!” He completed his work and did it well. It is those moments when we know, as teachers, that we won.

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
This painting was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe in that it has a blue curtain, which was her favorite color, and the student artist included nature outside the window, which Georgia O’Keeffe is known for.   

I continued to pair up students. Georgia O’Keeffe was matched with an art student, who later painted a picture inspired by her. Indira Gandhi was paired with a new student from India, who jumped out of his chair with excitement when he saw her name. A die-hard Trump supporter was paired with Hillary Clinton, giving all of us a good laugh, and I matched up a boy with Gloria Estefan because he posts amazing video clips of himself dancing on Instagram; they’ve both got the moves!  
Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
While the students were doing the research on these authors, I casually placed the books on their desks.  They were very excited to see that I had the books written by the authors they were researching.  They were paired with authors because they have a love for reading and writing so it came very natural for them to just pick it up and start reading, especially after getting to know the authors.  

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
I also paired my best readers and writers with some great noteworthy authors, and the effects were astounding! One girl is now reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings because she became enamored with Maya Angelou after researching her.  I matched two of my best writers with exceptional authors from their same cultural background. On their own, these girls are now reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.  


Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!

Are there some students that don’t seem to have anything in common with one of these important women? YES! But even something so simple will spark their interest.  For instance, I was having trouble assigning a woman to one boy, but after looking at his recent report card, I realized he had the highest average in Science in the 7th grade. Lightbulb moment! I gave him Marie Curie, a scientist, and I told him why. He was glowing for the rest of the day.   

Watch the Magic Unfold

Once all of my students were paired up with their designated women, the rest was easy.  A chromebook for each, some crayons and markers, a spool of ribbon, and a sprinkle of inspiration, and a small activity grew into something so much more. My students fully embraced it; they were interested, inspired, and having fun!  
My students didn’t just learn about the woman they were assigned; they were inspired by women of their same ethnicity, by women who have the same passion as them, and by women who they want to be like.  And I learned more about my students, which is the best lesson a teacher can ask for. Who would have thought a simple biography project could elicit such results?!

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!

Looking for another biography lesson to help promote a growth mindset? This post will help your students get excited about online research while learning.

Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
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Joely Serios is a 7th grade ELA teacher in inner-city New Jersey. She's been teaching for 15 years and has experience with Special Education and ESL students. Always looking for new and innovative strategies to experiment with in the classroom, Joely has written curriculum and given professional development on literature circles. She also has a passion for anti-bullying and kind classrooms.
When she's not bouncing teaching ideas around with her special education teacher husband, Joely loves to read and write. She also has two mini dachshunds that keep her busy, and she loves traveling to tropical places. Visit her on Instagram to see an inside look at her classroom, or follow her on Pinterest.


Use this biography project with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom or home school students. The best part? Your students will be excited to learn based on these strong women who all lead by example. You can promote a growth mindset by showing students the challenges, obstacles, criticisms, controversy, achievements, and notoriety these women faced. Use it with your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students. It also makes a great bulletin board!
I grouped them and hung them up by category. The categories included: Historical Heroines, Prodigious Presidents, Accomplished Authors, Grand Government Workers, Sharp Scientists/Doctors/xzcNurses, Awe-inspiring Athletes, Aesthetic Artists, Awesome Activists, Enchanting Entertainers, &  Fetching First Ladies.
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How to Move Your Google Drive Teaching Lessons to the Top Education Apps

In many classrooms today, students are being exposed to the wonderful world of Google and all that it has to offer. Google apps are available basically everywhere there is an internet connection - whether it be the classroom, your living room or the car. 

As awesome as Google may be, there still are other educational platforms that are being used today. But don’t worry, if you are a GOOGLE drive fan, and you are implementing other technology tools in the classroom, I have the solution! Today I share how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons over to the top education apps. 

Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}


First, let's talk about Google, baby! Often, educators think Google Drive and Google Classroom are the same things, and to use Google Drive you have to use Google Classroom. This is not true.
  • Google Drive is not Google Classroom. Google Classroom is the learning platform for schools. It is very popular due to it being simple to create, distribute, and grade assignments.
  • Google Drive is a cloud sharing platform. It is an awesome file storage space and synchronization service. It is a great solution for educators to store files in the "cloud," sync files across different devices, and - the best part - share files.
Now that you understand the difference between Google Drive and Google Classroom, I'm here to help you connect your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Let's get started! 
Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}

The next time you are in Google drive,
check out the different ways you can export your files.

Below, I have compiled easy ways to integrate Google apps with the most popular educational programs today.
  • Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive:  OneDrive is the ‘Google Drive’ of Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. For those students who use OneDrive in the classroom but also have files in their Google Drive they wish to add to their OneDrive account, the exchange is easy. 
  1. From whichever Google app the teacher or the students are in, Docs or Slides, students should go to ‘file → download as’ and they can choose the Microsoft equivalent, such as Word or Powerpoint. 
  2. This will save the file to their actual computer, not a cloud anymore.
  3. Once the file is saved to their computer, they can easily upload that file back into OneDrive as they normally would.
*In Microsoft OneNote: Additionally, teachers can share PDF files or image files. OneNote has the capability to annotate with a stylus and a type tool. Very versatile!


  • Google Drive to Notability: Notability is a wonderful program for those students who wish to annotate and markup documents. Notability and Google apps work seamlessly with each other, making the use of the both in the classroom convenient and successful. 

  1. From the Notability account, the teacher or students should go to their settings and find the ‘manage account’ feature. 
  2. From there, they are to turn on Google Drive access. This will automatically create a folder in their Drive called "Notability ." 
  3. Teachers and students can upload/import their Google documents to Notability this way.

Shown here are sketch journals from Danielle Knight  


  • Google Drive to Schoology: Teachers who are utilizing Schoology in the classroom, the first thing they must do-

    1. From their Schoology account is to ‘sync’ their Google Drive to their Schoology account. This is found under the ‘Resources’ tab. 
    2. Then, locate the Apps section to find Google Drive. This will be added to "My Resources."
    3. Once the sync is approved by the student, files such as Docs or Slides found in their Google Drive can easily be uploaded and attached to the appropriate assignment in Schoology. 

    • Google Drive to Nearpod: Teachers who wish to utilize their Google Drive with their Nearpod account should register/sign in to Nearpod using their Google account information. This allows all Google docs and presentations to easily be available through the use of Nearpod. Syncing these two tools together is very easy and effortless. 

    Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
    Nearpod photo credit: MYRANDA DOERING, from Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade

    Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
    Nearpod photo credit MYRANDA DOERING, from Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade

    Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
    Nearpod photo credit MYRANDA DOERING, from Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade

      • Google Drive to Canvas: Utilizing Canvas your classroom? 

      1. The first thing you must do from your Canvas account is to find the User Settings.
      2. From the settings, find the option for adding services, in which teachers would select Google Drive. 
      3. Once Google Drive is authorized to be used with Canvas, teachers will have the option to import directly from their Drive.
        Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
        Photo credit for Canvas by Ashley Bible from B's Book Love 
      • Google Drive to Edmodo: For those teachers and students who utilize Edmodo in the classroom:
      1. The first step in Edmodo is to locate the “backpack” tab at the top of their screen. This will let them ‘sync’ to their Google Drive account. 
      2. Once their Google Drive login information is entered, turning in assignments is easy. For each assignment, when the students click ‘turn in’, they will locate the Google Drive symbol.
      3. This will allow them to attach a Google file to upload directly to Edmodo.



      • Google Drive to Blackboard: Teachers who use Blackboard to deliver lessons in the classroom for their students to complete assignments, the integration requires a few extra steps. Teachers using Google Docs, Slides or Sheets, they need to ‘download as’ a Microsoft equivalent. 

      1. Teachers can go to ‘file-->download as’ to find the app equivalent, such as Word, Powerpoint or Excel. 
      2. Once the file is properly named and saved to the computer, Teachers or students can upload the file directly to Blackboard for completion.

      • Google Drive to Pic Collage: Teachers who want to use Google slides as an image, collage, or to make various edits, they must first save the Slides as an image. Ideally, the image size should be 8x10 or 8x11. To do so, on their screen, Teachers should view the specific Slide that they want to save.
      1. Once that slide is on their screen, they should go to ‘file-->download as’ and choose the file extension called. PNG. 
      2. This will save that slide as an image on their computer. They can import that image now into either the web site or the app on their iPad called Pic Collage. 
      3. Then their students can use their imaginations with their saved images.


      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
      Pic Collage photo credit Erin Flanagan from Erintegration 

      • Google Drive to Padlet: If students are using the Padlet program and they wish to import that Padlet into their Google Classroom, this feature is located under the SHARE option. They will have the option to link Padlet to Google Classroom. 


      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}


      • Google Drive to EverNote:  Syncing to the Google Drive is very easy. 

      1. Once teachers are logged into their EverNote account, in the bottom left side of their screen, they should locate the icon for their account. 
      2. At the bottom of the screen and on the left, they will see an option that says "connected services."
      3. This will allow them to link their Google account to their EverNote account for easy integration between the two. 

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
      Evernote photo credit Stephanie Upton of  The Marvelous Middle 

      • Google Drive to SeeSaw: Are you using SeeSaw with your students? Incorporating files from their Google Drive is simple. The easiest way to get a Google Doc or a Google Slide folder into SeeSaw is to go to:

      1. ‘file-->download as’ and save that file as a PDF. That PDF will save to the computer your students are working on. 
      2. Once it’s on the computer, students can easily import that PDF into the SeeSaw program as usual. 
      3. Another way students can do this is by viewing the Google file they wish to import, clicking on the share button on the top right corner, copying the share link from Google, and pasting that specific link into the ‘Link item’ option in SeeSaw. 

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}
      SeeSaw photo credit: Mrs. Beattie's Classroom
      I hope you have found these tips and directions for connecting Google Drive teaching lessons to be helpful! Being paperless is now even easier to incorporate into your classroom and your students will love the endless technology!

      Now that you have read how to use these cool apps alongside your GOOGLE Drive, check out some of these digital notebooks for your blended learning or 1:1 teaching lessons.


      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}

      Learn how to move your Google Drive teaching lessons to the top education apps. Great for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You'll learn how to work with Notability, Microsoft One Note, SeeSaw, Nearpod, EverNote, Pic Collage, EdModo, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard, & Padlet. These great teacher lessons utilize paperless technology in amazing ways! {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade}


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