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Using PDFs with Google Classroom: Use any existing PDF right inside Google Classroom

Using PDFs in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is probably the most popular Learning Management System (LMS) out there. It integrates seamlessly with Chromebooks and is so easy to use connected with students’ Google Drive accounts. Google Classroom has gained in popularity over the years, but its potential is not always utilized. One of the struggles I hear most often is that teachers struggle to share PDF files with their students. There are a plethora of digital resources prepared for online

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Addition Bump freebie for Google Slides Digital Addition Game

Free Digital Addition Bump

When learning first went online this year I was just trying to tread water. As time went on, my lessons and my intentions changed. I quickly wanted digital games that I could play with students online, and that I could share with my families. I’m always looking for ways to build my students’ skills in fun and engaging ways and I like to use games in my classroom. I wanted to be able to give

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Multiplication Bump Google Slides Freebie with Computer and Game

Free Digital Multiplication Bump

I’m always looking for ways to build my students’ skills in fun and engaging ways. I like to use games in my classroom, especially in math. Bump is a super popular game that builds students’ fact fluency. Part of what makes it so popular is that there’s not many extra tools needed. Some people use a spinner to play and others use a dice. Or, a deck of cards. While we’re working through online learning

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Google Forms with Google Classroom: A video tutorial

Using Google Forms with Google Classroom

I have used Google Forms for years now. I’ve created them. I’ve answered them. I remember when quizzes weren’t a built in feature with Forms but something teachers started using them for it anyway.  But somehow I never really understood their magnitude until I started using them within Google Classroom.  And then, I really only understood their full power until I was thrown into full time online learning. Using Google Forms with Google Classroom unlocks

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A Video Introduction to Google Classroom

Google Classroom: A Video Introduction

Google Classroom is such a great learning platform. If your school district subscribes to G Suite for Education, Google Classroom is available for you to use with just a few clicks. While it takes some practice and getting used to for the youngest students, any age and grade can use it! I’ve used it with students as young as second grade, and I know younger students can use it with some initial guided practice. This

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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