Educational Tech Tips and Tricks

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Science Experiment Demonstration: Students present a science experiment of their choice.

Individual/Partner Science Experiments

  • Description:

    1. In this lab students will design an experiment that keeps to the scientific method.  Students will gather data and share the experiment to the class.

    2. When presenting, students will call on a volunteer who hasn’t ever seen the experiment before.  The volunteer will perform the experiment in the fashion that was written in the presenter’s presentation.

  • Time: 1 class time for instruction, practice and brainstorm

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Earth Science Worksheet: Jobs in Earth Science

Jobs in Earth Science Investigation Activity

  • Description:

    1. In this assignment students will investigate one of the many job opportunities in a specific discipline of Earth Science.  They will fill in the attached worksheet or answer the questions in a Google Doc.

  • Time:  55 minutes

  • Whole Class instruction:

    1. I first discuss with the class that there are many different disciplines in Earth Science.  I show on the projector a list of potential

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Science Lab: Use the Magnus effect to practice measuring distance in the metric system.

The Magnus Effect: A practice in using a meter tape.

  • Description:

    1. This activity is excellent.  Students will have a very enjoyable day and learn something in the process.  Students will be practicing using a meter tape.  They will measure the distance at which they can “fly” a pen which will also demonstrate the Magnus Effect.  They will get multiple attempts.  

    2. Students will also learn how to create or practice creating a spreadsheet that will calculate averages.

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Science Lab: The Best Rock Climbing Shoe Lab

The best rock climbing shoe lab.

  • Description:

    1. In this lab students get together to try and discover which shoe in groups have the best rock climbing ability and then we discuss their conclusions and try to find out which person in the entire class has the best shoe for rock climbing.

  • Time: 55 minutes

    1. Time will depend on how your discussion goes and whether or not the groups got into the experiment and did multiple tests.

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Earth Science Concept Map Activity

Earth Science Concept Map Activity in Google Drawing

  1. Description

    • In this activity students are introduced to Google Drawing if they have never used it before. Google Drawing is a powerful tool that will allow students to create an image or diagram that can then be placed into a document or presentation.

    • Students will design a concept map with the keywords below.  They will do their best to place the keywords in a logical system.  I let the students work in partners where they either work on one computer

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Science Lab: Which shoe would be best for rock climbing?

This is the very first lab I complete with my Earth Science students.  

  1. The best rock climbing shoe lab

  2. Description

    • In this lab students get together to try and discover which shoe in groups have the best rock climbing ability

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Interjections: School House Rock Interjections Song

When introducing your interjections to your language arts class, this video by Schoolhouse Rock would be a fun one to show.  This song will probably put the word interjections into their long term memories.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Google Docs
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Google Drawing: How do I get a Google Drawing into a Google Document?

Getting a Google Drawing into a Google Document is easy, but it is not done in a traditional manner, like copy and paste.  You could download the drawing first and then re-upload it, but there is an easier and more efficient method.

  1. After you Google Drawing is completed and open, click on "Edit" and then hover your mouse over the Web clipboard option.  This will expand.  Click on
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Google Docs
Google Drawing
Question Tech Tip Description
Google Drawing: How do I get a Google Drawing into a Google Document?

Getting a Google Drawing into a Google Document is easy, but it is not done in a traditional manner, like copy and paste.  You could download the drawing first and then re-upload it, but there is an easier and more efficient method.

  1. After you Google Drawing is completed and open, click on "Edit" and then hover your mouse over the Web clipboard option.  This will expand.  Click on
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Google Drawing
Tech Tips and Tricks
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EdTech Tip: Quick methods of highlighting, copying and pasting text and images.

To be able to copy and paste is extremely important.  Highlighting what is going to be copied and pasted is a skill in itself. Almost everybody knows how to highlight, copy, and paste, but here are some tricks that will make it easier.

  1. The Triple Click Method
    • This method help you quickly highlight a word or the entire paragraph.
    • Double click on a word and it will be
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Tech Tips and Tricks
EdTech Tip: Screen Capture Images the Easy Way

I have used many screen capture programs throughout my 19 year career as a teacher and have settled on the program LightShot.  I find LightShot very easy to use.  You can save, share and print the images quickly.  You can also edit the images without having to go to separate image editing software.  If you are looking a way to capture images and add enhancements to the images in order to better engage your students and teach them, then LightShot is a great way to go.  In fact I use and currently am using LightShot to create this tutorial...Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Tech Tips and Tricks
Chrome Extensions for Teachers
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Google Chrome: How do I add an extension?

Google Chrome extensions can be a very valuable tool for teachers.  It is worth browsing the Google Chrome store where you can download many extensions that can make your job as a teacher much easier.  Below are the instructions on installing a Chrome Extension and three extensions worth knowing about.

1. Open up Google Chrome.

2. Click on the three bars at the top right corner.

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3. Click the "Settings" option.

Chrome Extensions for Teachers

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