Draftback Extension is Magical…

During a Google APPS workshop I tend to point out the “Revision History” Tool. Often stating how it allows the teacher to view a students work in ways they never imagined possible. Revision history permits the educator to see every step a student takes to complete a writing masterpiece. It is the closet an educator may come to understanding a student’s thought process. What makes this even easier to do is the Draftback Chrome Extension by J. Somers.

The Draftback Chrome Extension attaches to a Google Doc.  It allows the user to create a animation of the authors writing process. Like magic draftback displays every edit created up to the very last Google Doc sentence. This lets an educator view the writing process in ways they were never able to before. It allows the teacher to provide authentic proactive feedback to assist the student author with improving upon writing skills.


Google Cardboard Nurtures Student Creativity

Imagine sending students on a “Once in a Lifetime” adventure , and having them journal about the experience. Did you ever think it would be possible to have students travel to faraway places once impossible to reach from within the confines of a classroom? Thanks to Google Cardboard trips to places unimaginable can happen.

Google Cardboard can provide a powerful punch for nurturing creativity within the first five minutes of use. Imagine exploring inside of an Egyptian Tomb. What would your students journal about after such an excursion? One would hope a trip of such magnitude would provide students with new and exciting ideas for sharing in a Google Slide Journal.

A Google Cardboard Lesson Idea

  • Use Google Cardboard with the Egypt Chamber APP
  • Let student travel through the Egyptian Tomb
    • Limit the time to 5 minutes for journey
  • This will be followed by a writing activity using Google Slides

Video about Egypt Chamber APP

Google Slide Egypt Journal Template

Click here to make a copy

Group Work is Easy with Google Slides!

Slides Import


It was interesting to watch 6th grade students collaborate on a group project. Even after being told the rules about working on their own slide they couldn’t help but mess around with a classmates slide. This is when I realized the practicality of Google slides Import slide feature.

Ones immediate reaction may be, “But Oh! This will take time!” Really it doesn’t when you think about the time saved with correcting slides because a friend moved things around without permission. Another plus is creating a less stressing project environment for everyone involved. Teacher doesn’t become tense over student not adhering to the rules. No need for students getting upset by classmates messing around with their slides.


  • In Google Slide Click on File
    • Click on import slides in the drop down list

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  • Pick the file and click
    • Then Click Select

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  • Choose the presentation slide
    • Click import slide

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Creating Flashcards Using Flippity.net Google Sheet Template

Today during an Ed Tech Professional Development workshop I created a Flippity.net flashcard. You wouldn’t believe how simple this was to do using a Google Sheet Template supplied by the Flippity Website. This is what the flashcards looked like once published to the internet.

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I like how Flippity.net provides several different tools once the vocabulary list is published to the internet.


This view provides a listing of the vocabulary words along with the definition

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Print quiz option creates assessments from the vocabulary information entered into a Google Spreadsheet

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flippy copy template

  • Edit the Flippity Google Spreadsheet

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  • Publish Spreadsheet to the web ~ copy the link
  • Paste the link into the second sheet of the spreadsheet

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  • A link for the Flippity Flashcards will be generated for sharing

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Let the Creative Juices Flow with Peanuts!

Unleash your student’s authoring talent by letting them create a customized Peanut’s Avatar scene. The students first start by creating a character’s physical features, expressional emotion, and finish with selecting a fashion style. Once the character is complete the student picks a scene to place their character in. I see this as a springboard for creative writing.

The Peanutize Me website allows the user to download the picture or an avatar profile which can be  inserted into a Google Doc, Slide, Sheet, Blogger Blog, or Google Website. These are all tools the student can use to explore creative story writing.