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7 Good Tools for Surveying Your Audience

Games like those you can make on Kahoot and Socrative are great for review activities. However, you don’t always need to play a full game to gauge your students’ understanding of a topic. And other times you just need a quick wa...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from...

Swift – Poll Your Audience Via SMS or Web

Swift is a new polling service that lets you collect responses through text messages or through a simple webpage. The free version of the service allows you to collect responses from up to 50 people per poll. That limit is adequate for most...

5 FAQs About Whisper for Google Classroom

Whisper is a free Chrome extension that was featured in last week’s most popular post of the week. During the week I received a bunch of emails about the extension. Here’s a short run-down of the questions most frequently asked ...

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”—Booker T. Washington, 1901 The season of giving is nearly upon us, and in our experience, writers can be a challenging crowd to shop for. That’s why we’ve collected a...

3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking

There are few things my students hate more than taking notes—and I don’t blame them. Hardly anyone enjoys taking notes. No matter the energy of the teacher or the diligence of the student, it’s extraordinarily easy to lose focus while...

3 Assumptions Teachers Should Avoid

Assumptions. We all have them. We carry them into the car, into the classroom, into work. Some assumptions operate to save cognitive space: We plan for a working LCD projector, for example, or we assume the copy machine will work. (Not alwa...

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Portfolios have many benefits: They can aid students in metacognition, reflection, and ownership of learning. But if they’re handled poorly, students and teachers may feel that portfolios are a waste of time. And while some see portfolios...

What to Do Now So You’re Not Broke in the Future

Whether you want to go to college, buy a new car or get a mortgage, you need some dinero. A lot of students believe that solely getting a job will help you achieve these goals, but a job is only part of the financial success equation. As a ...

25 Useful Search Engines Beyond Google

Before we dive in, here’s a quick glossary of terms: Semantic searches: Semantic searching was invented in the never-ending quest to offer more relevant search results. Basically, a semantic search engine uses semantic networks, or re...

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