If you’re like me, you find articles and primary sources all the time that you want to share with your students. Insert Learning is a free Chrome extension that helps you do this and turn it into a quality assignment. Click through to see how it works!

This week is a super quick tip about a free Chrome Extension that will change your life. Literally.

Remember back in the day, when we would clip an article from the newspaper, make copies, and write questions on the board for students to answer?

Well, you can do it all digitally now with insertlearning.com. It's so simple.

1. Find your article.
2. Click on the "IL" extension.
3. Pick a template if you want (all this does is give you questions and directions to copy and paste, which I love because it makes life easier).
4. Highlight, insert questions and sticky notes, and even insert videos!
5. Grab the link to share with your students or share it directly to Google Classroom.
6. Student responses will go to your dashboard.

If you’re like me, you find articles and primary sources all the time that you want to share with your students. Insert Learning is a free Chrome extension that helps you do this and turn it into a quality assignment. Click through to see how it works!

***A couple of things to keep in mind first--your students must have the extension and they must join your IL class (you can create as many as you want). They will join with a pin just like they do in Google Classroom.***

It's so easy and such a great tool to get our students reading and analyzing more current events and primary sources. And, since the internet is at your disposal, it's perfect for any subject.

Check out this video that shows you what it does:


Have you used Insert Learning in your classroom? Leave a comment and let me know!

If you’re like me, you find articles and primary sources all the time that you want to share with your students. Insert Learning is a free Chrome extension that helps you do this and turn it into a quality assignment. Click through to see how it works!

And don't forget to check out last week's Tech of The Week: Easily Keep Parents Updated.


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Teachers are insanely busy. One of the purposes of technology in the classroom should be to make our lives easier. In this post, I’ll tell you how I simplify my life by fulfilling administrative obligations and keeping parents in the loop all at the same time with Google Slides. Click through to find out what I do!

Our students aren't the only ones bombarded by information--their parents are swamped, too. And for high school students, it's likely that we as teachers spend more time with them on a week day than their parents do (between clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities, family face-to-face time can be sparse).

So parents are busy and students don't always communicate with them about what's going on in class. Many teachers communicate with parents through email blasts and weekly newsletters. But teachers, we're busy, too, and those newsletters can take time we don't have.

If you're like me, you have to turn in weekly lesson plans, anyway, so I simplify my life and keep parents in the loop by creating my lesson plans in Google Slides. Keep in mind that my weekly lesson plans don't have to be insanely detailed because I'm also required to hand in very detailed unit plans. Every system is different.

Here's what you need to do:
1. Save your lesson plan template as an image. 
2. Resize a Google Slide Presentation to whatever size you want.
3. Insert the image into the background of your Slide. Don't forget to select a blank layout.
4. Insert text boxes into the appropriate places on the slide and type your plans.

Teachers are insanely busy. One of the purposes of technology in the classroom should be to make our lives easier. In this post, I’ll tell you how I simplify my life by fulfilling administrative obligations and keeping parents in the loop all at the same time with Google Slides. Click through to find out what I do!
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5. Publish your slide show to the web.
6. Share the presentation link with the appropriate admin (I set it so the slides do not advance--then they are only looking at the current week's plans). 
7. Every week, copy a new slide to the top and type your plans. Since it's published to the web, it will automatically update--no new link required.
8. Every week, send an email blast to parents (I do this through Infinite Campus, but there are many ways--even creating an old-fashioned email list). I type a short greeting, upcoming due dates, and a link to the plans (the same one every week) so that parents have immediate access to it.

Teachers are insanely busy. One of the purposes of technology in the classroom should be to make our lives easier. In this post, I’ll tell you how I simplify my life by fulfilling administrative obligations and keeping parents in the loop all at the same time with Google Slides. Click through to find out what I do!
Grab The Cheat Sheet for Free HERE!

Tips:
- Place a link at the top of the slide to your class calendar.
- Create an email blast template for each class you teach so you don't have to retype everything (including the link).
- Make cards with a QR Code to this presentation and hand them out on parent/teacher night.

Here's what mine looks like:
Teachers are insanely busy. One of the purposes of technology in the classroom should be to make our lives easier. In this post, I’ll tell you how I simplify my life by fulfilling administrative obligations and keeping parents in the loop all at the same time with Google Slides. Click through to find out what I do!

How do you keep parents updated? Leave a comment and let me know.

Teachers are insanely busy. One of the purposes of technology in the classroom should be to make our lives easier. In this post, I’ll tell you how I simplify my life by fulfilling administrative obligations and keeping parents in the loop all at the same time with Google Slides. Click through to find out what I do!

And don't forget to check out last week's Tech of The Week: Use Learning Apps to Impress.


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