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Today's guest post comes from Ashley Read. Ashley is a first-grade teacher at O.C. Taylor Elementary. You can follow Ashley at @OCTAshley, her class at @OCTRead and on her blog at

"We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." John Dewey

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App Smashing Made Simple with Seesaw
I've always been the kind of teacher that likes to try everything at least once and take risks. I keep what works and I throw out the things that don't work. Last year, one of my favorite teacher friends, Meredith Burns, shared theSeesaw app with me. I have to admit, I was skeptical. Could this be an app I fall in love with and later have to pay hundreds of dollars for? Will it work with Google Drive? Is it really worth the time investment? It took me a while to be brave and try it out. And…

Add a File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without Copying

Google Drive is a powerful tool for collaboration.  If you have been a Google user for long, you most likely have folders shared with you from your campus, your department, committees, and more. If you move items from shared folders, it can remove the document from other individuals who need access.  If you make a copy of the document for your own drive, then you no longer have a "live" copy to reflect the changes that others make to the document.

Shift Z comes to the rescue!  Navigate to the document that you would like to "move" to another folder.  Highlight the document and select "Shift Z".  A window will pop up that will allow you to select a new location for a linked version of the same file to reside.  This does not remove the file from its original location but places a linked version in a new location.  You can have the same file linked in multiple folders.  If someone makes a change to the file, your file will change as well since it is not a c…

Don’t forget about Google Drawing!

Google Drawing (or Google Draw) is a tool that allows students to create diagrams, mind maps, cartoon avatars, logos, info-graphics, timelines, hot spots on image (then inserted into Google SItes) and more!  And, as with most Google Tools, they can collaborate! TCEA Tech Blog (You may want to join their mailing list!) offers a few ways Google Drawing can be used in classrooms. Mind MapsThere are many easy to use mind-mapping tools available, but students might find it more interesting to create their own.  (A template could also be created and sent to students through Google Classroom.) Cartoon Avatar! Definitely one of my favorites!  Have students take a selfie and then transform themselves into a cartoon character! (It does take some time and patience!) They could place the image on their e-portfolio or blog!  There are tutorials available on YouTube.  The one I viewed was

Timelines Timelines can be created in Google Drawings.  Remember to select the Research…

Throwback Thursday: Easyblog

In this week's Throwback Thursday, I wanted to remind you about EasyBlog as an option for elementary students to blog and reflect in your classroom. We have K-5 students across the district using this tool!
Here are step by step instructions to get everything set up: The EasyBlog site also has a great collection of tutorial videos and help information
Watch this video about a simple way for students to blog about a creative process they might be going through. 

Please let us know if you would like help getting started with student blogs in elementary or secondary and stay tuned for some future posts on other blogging options such as Blogger for secondary and SeeSaw for elementary.