Differentiate Learning Addition with a Google Sheet!

Prior to Google Educator Training I had a fear about using Google Sheets in that matter even a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. This fear is fading away since learning there is so much more one can do with a Sheet than I ever imagined. What I’m going to share is a support to help the elementary student with becoming independent as they learn how to add up to 1,000. Below is a screenshot of the Addition Practice Google Sheet Interactive.

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Please feel free to use this link for copying the template: Addition Calculator Practice

I’ve created the following video to share how this interactive support works


  1. It differentiates the learning so all students can successfully find the sum
  2. Students can work independently at their own speed
  3. Provides the student with multiple ways to check their answer
  4. Growth data is provided through the revision history
  5. Can be used in multiple ways
    1. Whole Group
    2. Small Group
    3. Individually
  6. Assessable from home provided the student has internet access

Watch for a followup post on how this Interactive Math Manipulative was created. You could build interactives like this using Google Sheets for subtraction, multiplication, division and ? Please share what ideas you come up with in the comment section. I’m looking forward to hearing how you have incorporated the Google APPS for Education suite in the classroom.

Google Slide as an Alternative for a Teachers Website…

Above is a “No Thrills” quick sample which I literally slapped together. It seems building a classroom website has become a popular way with teachers to integrate technology. Why not make the home school connection by using a Google Slide Presentation published to the web?

What are the benefits?

  1. Easy to use
  2. Embeds into an already established website
  3. Share as a public link & it is viewed by the world
  4. Automatically updates when you make a change
  5. Ability to move slides around
    1. Important announcements can be moved to the front
  6. Can be creative or just “Plain Jane” with the look of the presentation
  7. Can link out to Google Forms to collect information
    1. Example: Who can help with book fair
  8. Spreadsheets can be linked for signup sheets
    1. Example: Parent/Teacher Conference Day Sign up
  9. Easier to maintain than a website
  10. Can be a timesaver

I can easily go on and on with this list!

What ideas can you come up with? Please share in the comment area…