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Tips for May 2nd, 2023

Revisitng Makerspaces in WCPS

"What is now proved, was only once imagined." — William Blake

Revisiting Makerspaces in WCPS

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Tips for April 18, 2023

Artificial Intelligence for Teachers

"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." — Maya Angelou

Advanced Chat GPT Guide for Teachers

This video is from Mark Dickson at the Digital Learning Consultant YouTube Channel. 

Mark described the content of this video about Chat GPT for teachers this way: 

"In this Advanced ChatGPT Guide for Teachers, we'll be focusing on how to engineer better prompts using prompt stacking to drill down more specific results with the ChatGPT model. You will learn how to use prompt stacking to train the model to understand and respond to more complex and specific prompts, resulting in more accurate and relevant responses. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or new to using AI in the classroom, this guide will provide you with the tools you need to take your teaching to the next level." 

Save Time with Chat GPT 

Is there a teacher out there who couldn't use more time?  

This video from the Etacude English Teacher YouTube Channel lists 50 ways that teachers might use Chat GPT to save time. 

Here are some time stamps in order to quickly find some great ideas:

1:26 Curriculum

2:07 Lesson Plans

3:08 Vocabulary

3:50 Resources

4:37 How to Teach

5:50 Worksheets

6:25 Reading Check

6:27 Explain Grammar

6:46 Examples

7:02 Assignments

7:37 Cloze Test

8:06 Rubric

8:43 Activities

9:10 Posters

9:35 Questions

9:42 Prompts

10:03 IEP Goals

10:26 Quizzes

10:58 Templates

11:32 Report Comments 

How Will Schools Respond to the A.I. Revolution?

This video from John Spencer's YouTube Channel @spencereductaion explores 2 potential traps that schools can fall into when responding to the use of A.I. by staff and students.  

He also discusses a third way which he calls "Vintage Innovation" as a potential framework for harnessing this powerful tool without minimizing the importance of low-fi tech, timeless skills, and best practices in learning. 

This blog article from teacher Amanda Werner focuses on 7 ways that Chat GPT and other A.I. like it might have a positive influence on how we teach writing ... for the better. 

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Teachers: Read These Articles to learn about Chat GPT 

John Sowash shared this curated list of articles for educators on the Chromebook Classroom Blog. 

This piece is a response to the unease that teachers in John's circle are feeling about the impact that A.I. will have on education. 

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Should A.I. be Stopped?

This article is from Vicki Davis' Cool Cat Teacher Blog. 

She explores some very thought provoking questions around the conundrums which inevitably arise when a transfomative and disruptive technology such as artificial intelligence begins to impact the world in which we all live. 

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Tips for March 21, 2023

April 2023 - National Poetry Month 

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. W. H. Auden

National Poetry Month 

The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 25th National Poetry Month this April 2023!

What will you read this National Poetry Month? What events will you organize, attend? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry online for the first time?

This year's National Poetry Month theme is JOY!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day – falling always sometime in National Poetry Month – is an international movement that encourages people to centre poetry within their daily interactions. On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.

This annual initiative is organized by the Academy of American Poets, celebrated with a free downloadable PDF booklet containing contemporary American and – since the League joined forces in 2016 – Canadian poetry to share.



Here are some ideas from the MiddleWeb site that can engage a love for poetry in yourself and your students for National Poetry month.  If you’re once again rushing to pull together some poetry lessons – or perhaps feeling a little guilty because you’ve put poetry aside in favor of more high-stakes ELA topics – take a quick look at these seven engaging resources.

AND – If you LOVE to teach poetry and always do, we’re betting you can find a fresh, fun activity here to add to your collection.

Why We Should Teach Poetry in K-2 

Susan Jones shares 4 ideas about why we it's important to be teaching poetry to our littles:

Susan has a great YouTube channel with video content for K-2 teachers. 

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Tips for March 14, 2023

Country Music STEAM Virtual Field Trip , Feedback, and Collaborative Culture

Virtual Field Trip with a Country Music Flair


The Country Music Association (CMA) and Discovery Education are partnering to immerse students, educators, and families in the instrumental STEAM skills and dynamic career paths that make up the Country Music industry. 



In this episode of the Class Tech Tips podcast, you’ll hear four simple steps to set the stage for your students to collaborate effectively in online spaces. You’ll also learn about how to create a collaborative culture as students work together using digital tools for consumption, creation, and conversations. 

13 Awesome Feedback Tools for the Classroom

To begin her FETC session, Susan asked the 25 teachers who joined her to discuss how it feels as a student to receive feedback, and then how, as a teacher, it feels when we hear feedback from an administrator. Often if that feedback is written, it can be misinterpreted. Hearing the tone along with the input can make a big difference. Susan shares 13 different options for teachers to share and differentiate student feedback. 

Here’s a link to Susan’s presentation

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Tips for March 7, 2023

AnswerGarden, Consensus & CA Recorder

Cloud Audio Recorder


Cloud Audio Recorder is a fun, simple and easy to use audio & voice recorder.

This audio recorder is a free recorder that can capture any sound, voice made by your computer microphone. You can save the recorded audio to the mp3, wav format.

Supports HTML5, Flash recorder. You can also save the audio file to your computer or Google Drive directly. Supports Chrome, Firefox, IE10+, Safari...

Note: No recording time limit. You can record more than 20 minutes. But, It may not work depending on the computer memory



Free online search tool that uses AI to analyze your research question and return key findings from hundreds of millions of peer-reviewed scientific papers. 


Free interactive feedback tool where you post a topic, students submit answers, and their responses form a growing word cloud. Great for audience participation, brainstorming, and classroom feedback. Includes settings for session management. 

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Tips for February 28, 2023

Cultural Influences on Alberta

Google Arts and Culture project tto preserve and celebrate Ukrainian arts and culture.

Francophone Art and Culture in Alberta

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Tips for December 6th, 2022

It's Beginning to Look alot Like Christmas!

Top 10 Christmas Websites for Students

Tech Crazy Teacher 

The 12 Days of Christmas Sites for Kids and Teachers

Ed Tech Ideas

Santa Claus and Christmas at the North Pole 

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Tips for November 29, 2022

Current Events: Listenwise, PBS Learning Media and DOGOnews



Listenwise has thousands of 3-6 minute current events podcasts for grades 2-12 students.  

Teachers can use Listenwise current events podcats for free.

This article provides an overview of what is included with a free teacher account and how to listen to the stories / podcasts with students. 

PBS Learning Media 


PBS has a huge variety of video resources on every imaginable subject, all of which are easy to share in your classroom. Each video includes suggested grade levels and support materials to help you make the most of it with your students. 


The kid-friendly news articles on DOGOnews make it easy to assign reading for current events discussions. Each article is marked with reading/interest-level guidelines and offers lesson plan ideas. It’s free to assign articles for reading paid plans provide discussion questions and quizzes as well. 

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Tips for November 8, 2022

Google Groups Changing, Chrome Apps Going Away, PALMS Backchannel and More!

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Tips for July 26, 2022

Digital Citizenship Institute, Diverse Classroom Books, and Genius Hour

Digital Citizenship Institute


According to ISTE, Digital Citizenship remains the number one topic for educators when it comes to helping our students learn to positively navigate a complex world in which they have pervasive access to technology, the web, social media, and other tools. 

The DigCitCommit movement was born out of a shift to focus on the opportunities of the digital world rather than the dangers. DigCitCommit breaks down digital citizenship into five focus areas: 

Inclusive: Open to multiple viewpoints and being respectful in digital interactions.

Informed: Evaluating the accuracy, perspectif and validity of digital media and social posts.

Engaged: Using technology for civic engagement, problem solving and being a force for good.

Balanced: Prioritizing time and activities online and off to promote mental and physical health. 

Alert: Being aware of online actions and their consequences and knowing how to be safe and ensuring others are safe online.

Diverse Classroom Books 

Instagram Account


This Instagram profile has been curated by teacher and includes some amazing book recommendations if you are looking to bring in titles that explore the timely and timeless concepts around diversity.  

Digital Drawing Tools for Creative Learning 

Tim Needles, art teacher at Smithtown High School East, shares tips for how to bring digital drawing into a wide range of subjects. It’s fun, engaging and doesn’t require special skills. His focus is on how to infuse art into STEM education. 

Though this video's context is remote learning, the tools and techniques can support the use of digital drawing as a learning support in any educational setting. 

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Tips for June 14, 2022

What's New in Google for EDU, Google Docs, and Google Maps

What's New In Google Docs Parts 1 & 2 from the

Hello Teacher Lady Blog

Google for Education 

YouTube Channel


The Google for Education YouTube channel is the go to location for finding information about new features in Google tools for education. Subscribe to the channel and watch for their regular update videos and also their great EDU in 90 series. 

5 Fantastic Google Maps Features from DottoTech


Just in time for summer these tips for  Google Maps are sure to come in handy in the months to come and also with your students when you start the new school year. 

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Tips for May 31, 2022

It's the End of the School Year as We Know It ... (and I Feel Fine :) 

Ctrl Alt Achieve Blog


Many of our WCPS teachers have been using Google classroom in order to support learning with their students. 

Eric Curtis has put together a tremendous blog article and video about what to do to clean up that Google Classroom at the end of the school year. 

Ditch the Textbook Blog


Matt Miller of the Ditch that Textbook Blog has compiled a neat list of ideas of how students and teachers can use Google tools in some fun and engaging ways at this (and any) time of the school year. 


This is fun activity that gets students to reflect on their year and leave some fun and useful advice for next year's students about how to achieve success.  

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Tips for May 17th, 2022

Science Buddies, Sora and Art Hub for Kids

Science Buddies 


From the "About Us" on the Science Buddies website: 

Science Buddies mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages with hands-on STEM explorations that reflect their unique personal interests. By providing highly personalized educational experiences, we drive student discovery, engagement, and learning in STEM subjects.

Our vision is to develop high-quality scientist-authored explorations covering all key areas of STEM, from the classics to the cutting edge, in formats tailored for the needs of the audiences having the greatest potential to impact student STEM learning, students themselves, classroom teachers, informal educators, and parents. Free and open to everyone, we level the playing field, making STEM learning possible for students of all demographics.


SORA - Shared K-12 Digital Library Alberta Public Schools

WCPS is a member of a shared collection of digital books and audio books through the Alberta K-12 Shared Digital Collection. 

The app that allows us access to these titles is known as SORA. 

Here is a link to info. on how to access these digital books in WCPS. 

Art Hub for Kids 


Art Hub for kids has a number of resources for students and teachers looking for some fun and engaging drawing, origami, painting and holiday art projects. 

Click on the link above to be taken to the How to Draw menu area on the Art Hub for Kids site.  

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Tips for May 10th, 2022

Google Drive Organization and Clean-Up

Organizing & Cleaning Up Your Google Drive from the Edu Gals

The Edu Gals have a great podcast episode and show notes blog post detailing some ideas and their approach to keeping their Drives organized. 

13 Tips to Organize Your Google Drive from Kasey Bell 

Kasey Bell from the Shake Up Learning Podcast and Blog has both a podcast episode and a blog post with 13 fantastic tips for organizing your Drive.  

12 Tips for Organizing Google Drive for Students 

If your students are looking for some advice about how to organize their Google Drives, Mrs. Shaw has some great tips and trick in this video. 

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Tips for April 26, 2022 - All tips are from the blog

Lucky Little Learners:

Splitting a PDF File in Your Drive

Do you have .pdf documents in your Google Drive that you wish you could split and save into smaller sections?

Click on the video to learn how!

How to Create a Spinner in Google Slides 

Spinners can be used in a whole variety of ways! 

Spin for a paragraph topic assignment!

Spin for a random group number!

Spin for a random student name!

Click on the video to learn about how to use Google Slides and Wheel of Names to create this fun classroom tool. 

How to Add Voice Type Notes to Google Slides 

Want to know how students can add voice typed notes to the Google Slides?

Click on the video to learn how!

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Tips for April 12, 2022

Criterion on Demand 

Homepage Link 

Criterion on Demand is a streaming media tool that all WCPS staff and students have access to through a district license.  This site allows users to access a large collection of feature films which have been made available for use in an educational setting in a copyright compatible format for the classroom. 

Many of the feature films are available with French language audio and subtitles for our French Immersion students who may be looking for more practice at listening to language in a real world context and at a real world cadence and speed. 

Through the Criterion on Demand site we also have access to a large number of titles from the National Geographic streaming service. 

Due to the nature of the licensing model Criterion on Demand has entered into with film publishers, this resource is available from inside of the WCPS network only. It is not currently available for homes use. 

WeVideo Chrome Extension

WeVideo is a browser based video editing platform that is licensed for up to 600 users in Wolf Creek Public Schools. 

Recently, WeVideo launched a Chrome extension that allows staff and students to create video content via screen and webcam recordings. 

According to this extension's page on the Chrome Web Store:

"With WeVideo for Schools - Quick Recorder you can record:

✔ Presentations and mini-lessons

✔ How-to videos and tutorials

✔ Read alouds

✔ Feedback for students

✔ And more!

Download this extension today and:

✔ Record your screen and webcam individually or at the same time

✔ Record your microphone for voiceovers

✔ Use your cursor to highlight what’s important

✔ Draw on your screen using marker tools

✔ Download your video and share wherever you’d like

✔ No watermarks!

✔ Save directly to Google Drive and OneDrive

✔ Send directly to the WeVideo editor to add music, crop, use green screen and more!"

LGBTQIA+ Glossary 

LGBTQIA+ Language Project

This site is a partnership between VideoOut, the Google News Initiative and Men's Health Magazine was originally intended to help journalists respectfully and correctly navigate language and terms connected to the LGBTQIA+ community. 

This resource also has a graphic organizer that shows connections between and amongst terms and helps anyone seeking a deeper understanding and this evolving area of literacy. 

According to Jordan Reeves, Founder and Executive Editor of VideoOut: 

"The LGBTQ+ Language and Media Literacy Program is more than a glossary, though at its simplest, it can function that way. It’s a way to understand the LGBTQ+ community, and hopefully, it will transform the way journalists — and all of us — write and talk about LGBTQ+ people."

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Tips for April 5, 2022

Flipgrid is a tool that allows teachers to communicate through short video responses to topics. One way to allow students who wouldn't normally speak up or share their perspectives in class to share their voices. The customizable built-in rubrics are a great way for teachers to set expectations and provide feedback on student videos 


Formative is a web- and app-based interactive student response and assessment tool that's compatible with almost any device. After sign-up, teachers can add classes via class code, QR code, or URL or through integrations like Google Classroom. Teachers can then choose whether to take advantage of detailed tutorials and a library of user-created content, or they can upload or create assignments on their own that let students type, record audio and video, enter numbers, draw (with a mouse or their finger, depending on the device), upload an image, answer multiple-choice questions, and more. Through teacher-paced or independent means, students complete assigned tasks and submit them for feedback. Students need accounts if teachers want to track their progress over time, but there's also an option to respond as a guest without logging in. 

Floop helps teachers provide formative feedback efficiently by allowing students to photograph written homework.  Teachers can then comment on this homework directly, as with Google Docs, but with this tool, it extends to all work a student completes in class whether written, typed, or a combination of both. Thanks to the just in time nature of the communication between teachers and students facilitated by Floop, students can submit work either when they complete it or when they get stuck and need to know the next steps.    

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Tips for March 22, 2022

National Geographic Kids 

National Geographic Kids 

What could be cooler than learning about animals?

 On National Geographic Kids, students of all ages can enjoy science experiments, animal watch cameras and a ton of activities to keep them engaged and learning for hours. 

How Stuff Works 

How Stuff Works is a comprehensive articles-based site that introduces and informs on a variety of topics like culture, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos are also available to supplement the articles. 



Exploratorium (yes, the same one as the museum in San Francisco) has a website that teaches students about science and art. Help your students go far into the galaxy or deep down to the bottom of the ocean on this site.    

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Tips for March 15, 2022

Common Sense Media - Free Digital Citizenship Lessons  

Free Digital Citizenship Lessons

Form the Common Sense Media Site: These lessons are "designed and developed in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education -- and guided by research with thousands of educators -- each digital citizenship lesson takes on real challenges and digital dilemmas that students face today, giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners, leaders, and citizens tomorrow. Read about the research behind our curriculum.

Media Literacy Article from ISTE 

This article asks important questions around how do we teach our kids to tell fact from fiction when seeing something online or in other forms of media doesn't necessarily mean we can trust or believe the information. 

Provides a 6 R framework for evaluating false information online. 

Making Digital Citizenship Stick 

This is an article co-written by Mike Ribble and Marty Park authors of the book The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders: Fostering Positive Interactions Online.. 

This article goes over their 9 elements of Digital Citizenship and a 3 S Framework of being safe, savvy, and positively social in our online interactions.

The article also has a link to a collection of free digital citizenship lessons, sites and activities.   

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Tips for March 8, 2022

Ditch That Textbook Site

This is one of Matt Miller's many contributions to using technology to support teachers and students in today's dynamic classrooms. From the DTT site you can access Matt's Blog, YouTube Channel, and other free resources.  

Free Google Graphic Organizers 

One of the posts on the Ditch That Textbook site has a collection of graphic organizers, made with Google Draw, that are free to copy and use. If you love KWL, Fishbones, Venn Diagrams etc. check this resource out!

Interactive Google Slides Activities 

Another excellent post on the Ditch That Textbook site has to do with what Matt Miller calls the "Swiss Army Knife" of the Google Suite, Google Slides. Follow the link above to read about 30 different and exciting learning activities that you can use Google Slides to make awesome.  

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Tips for March 1, 2022

Virtual Math Manipulatives

A site with free to use browser based  virtual manipulatives.  

The Math Learning Center 

Has a collection of free apps are based on the visual models featured in Bridges in Mathematics. Apps are available in multiple versions: a web app for all modern browsers, and downloadable versions for specific operating systems and devices (such as Apple iOS for iPad). 

Google Slide of Math Manipulatives by Angie Olson

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Tips for February 8th, 2022

Shake Up Learning Site by Kasey Bell

This is a great site with loads of resources for anyone interested in the Dynamic Learning Framework and how to supercharge your use of Google Apps for Education in the classroom. Kasey is an engaging speaker, prolific sharer of educational technology ideas and also hosts a great podcast. You can find it all at:

How to Add a Folder to the Chrome Bookmarks Bar

This comes from a series of posts and videos about how to leverage the Chrome Browser to save time. 

Using folders in the Chrome Bookmarks Bar is one way to help organize and keep handy the URLs to those sites you visit all the time.