Tech Tuesdays: Google Keep

I'm a big fan of to do lists. The very act of creating one makes me feel productive (even if I don't end up checking much off). As I made all sorts of lists on sticky notes, I noticed that they got lost, or I had forgotten why I even made them in the first place. 

Google Keep is one of those resources that are simple, yet, very helpful in day to day tasks. Initially I've used it to just keep lists of things I had to do throughout the day. The color coding feature has allowed me to categorize my lists based on the type of work I have. The sharing feature is a great way to add collaborators. Google Keep also has an app, which means it can be used remotely and on the spot and syncs in all devices.

I began using it for personal tasks or grocery lists, but as I discovered the features it had (I just used it to keep a photo list of students during a field trip!), there are so many ways in which it can be used in the classroom as well:
Helps keep students organized and pace their…

Tech Tuesday: Google Classroom Updates

Each week I will highlight a technology tool or share anything ed tech related that may be helpful to use in your classrooms. Here are some new features through Google Classroom that can make life a bit easier:
Stream vs. Classwork Tab

In the old Classroom system, students would locate their work through the stream. Switching back and forth between old posts became confusing since the posts were organized chronologically. The Classwork tag is available as a folder of work posted within Classroom. The Stream is now available as a way to show any updates or announcements within the class. Students can now access old posts and assignments by visiting the Classroom page, instead of scrolling through the Stream.

Using Topics to Organize Posts

In order to best organize posts in the Classwork tab so that students may access them, I highly recommend adding a Topic to any classwork, assessment, or question you post in your Google Classroom (more of the difference between those are below).

How y…

A Book Drive for Haiti

A Book Drive for Haiti The Verona High School French Club, along with high school librarian Ms. Maria Mayo, will be hosting a Book Drive for children in Haiti starting on October 16th, 2017.

Children’s Library: Project Details
Mr. Evans Auguste, the sponsor for the building of a brand new library in Haiti, had reached out to Ms. Mayo in order to participate in fundraising to develop their children’s library. The French Club, Mrs. Eugenie Mordkovich, along with Ms. Mayo and the VHS community, has offered their support for Mr. Auguste’s mission.

Mr. Evans Auguste and fellow co-workers visited Haiti in January 2017 in order to provide necessities such as clothes, toys, shoes, and school supplies to underprivileged children. The volunteers began to realize that not only were their donations not addressing long term effects for Haiti, but also that the children’s interests seemed to gravitate towards books rather than any other items that were donated.

Mr. Evans Auguste and his co-workers dec…

Why Do We Read? To Know We Are Not Alone.

"What is your favorite book?"

I'm asked this question more often than not, and the more I read, the more difficult it becomes to answer. I must admit, I do not have a favorite book. When I delve into a book, it serves a different purpose every time. 
When I read Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer while I was backpacking through national parks, it gave me insight into the mind of those who have an insatiable need to wanderlust. Reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole drew me in with its detailed character descriptions, and allowed me to see pop culture through a satirical lens. Although I enjoyed all these reading experiences, many of which would be considered critically acclaimed, none of them are personally important enough to be awarded the best book I've read. 
I do remember, however, what book inspired me to read in the first place.
During my Sophomore year of high school, my English teacher had asked me to read a new fiction YA book. She was looking for stu…