Saturday, March 28, 2020

Jamboard and The Suite Talk Together

I have been asked by many educators about what app to use to show work.  Of course, I suggest Jamboard!  

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Jamboard!!! There's no better time to learn and use it than now! So why not jump on the Jamboard train right NOW!!!

Jamboard is a core app that is included in the G Suite bundle.  It has to be enabled in your school domain, but once it is, it is wonderful!

On Monday, March 30th at 6pm EST, I will be teaching about Jamboard on my show, The Suite Talk.   Tune in Live on YouTube to watch me go over this awesome app!  After I process the live show, it will be available on my website. So don't worry if you missed it.  You can watch the recording at your convenience.  

Here is the episode I recorded about Getting started using Jamboard. 

You can visit my website, The Suite Talk, and click on the episode page to watch past episodes about Jamboard.  

In the meantime, you can visit my Jamboard YouTube playlist to get some background knowledge about Jamboard. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Pre-Order Setting Up to Google Classroom Book

Stepping up to Google Classroom pre-order is available now! If you pre-order, you will receive a link to a digital copy of the rough draft of the book, and when the physical book comes out, you will receive your copy too.  

In this pre-order purchase, you will have access to a classroom and experience it as a student while interacting with other educators, me and Alice.

We wanted to make this book available now instead of later considering the issues with school closures and remote learning. 

Here is the pre-order link:

We hope this book will be helpful in this time of need.  Thank you for your support and good luck.

Google Classroom Recommendation List

As educators are facing new challenges in teaching their students remotely or virtually, I came up with a few basic recommendations for teachers on using and setting up Google Classroom.  These are just my recommendations, and you may or may not find them applicable for your grade level or subject.  I am just trying to help educators in this time of need.  Thank  you!

Here ya go! 

  • Change your Google Classroom header banner with this one.  Alice Keeler created this header with a finger pointing up to the 'Classwork' page.  Customize the header and upload it to the theme in Google Classroom.  It will open up in Google Drawings.  Click here to access the template.

  • USE TOPICS!!!  Organize your assignments by creating a daily topic using the date.  Create assignments and tag them using the date topic.  For example: 3/19/2020.  Using Topics will organize your Classwork page nicely.  You can drag the daily topic to the top of the page.

  • Number your Assignments, include # - Number your assignments - continuously. For example: "#001 Science reading" 

  • Create a material post, attach a Google document to it, with reminders to click on the Classwork page, digital etiquette, and student/class expectations using this platform and marking done or turning in assignments. 

  • Optional You may want to consider allowing students to comment on posts in Google Classroom.  

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Digital Etiquette and Remote Learning

Don’t forget about Digital Etiquette!!

  • Now more than ever it is important for students to practice good digital citizenship through remote learning.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Remote Learning Awareness Website

I created a resource and I will be updating it accordingly, on remote learning awareness.  Please share it and use it as a resource for information on remote learning.  I hope you find it helpful.

Here is the website:

Here is the link:  It is case sensitive. 

You can visit The Suite Talk website for recorded shows and podcasts on implementing technology into the classroom. Many of my shows are how to videos and conversations to get you started to use edtech.  Also, you can visit The Suite Talk YouTube channel for a list of videos.

Friday, March 13, 2020

10 G Suite Apps to get started with Remote Learning

Get your lessons into Google Drive!  

  • Recreate your documentation, or upload it into Drive

For Google Classroom:

Middle School/High School users:
    • Create daily topics in your classroom using the date, ie 3/13/2020
    • For each topic,
      • create individual assignments for students to complete.  Due dates are optional.
      • create a check in assignment which will be for attendance. Instruct students to mark this as done, include a due date.
      • Be sure you number your daily assignments accordingly, ie: #001, #002, etc.
Elementary School users:
    • Create daily topics in your classroom using the date, ie: 3/13/2020
    • Create a check in assignment for that day for attendance
    • Create subject area assignments and for that day 
      • Topic 3/13/2020
        • #001 Check in
        • #002 History 
        • #003 Math
        • #004 Science
        • #005 ELA
    • Be sure you number your daily assignments accordingly, #001, #002
    • Utilize the grade book feature to keep track of your grades.

Create a Google Meet session to have a face to face, live presentation, Q & A, or discussion.
Be sure Google Meet is enabled in your domain.

  • Record the live session.
  • Add the link into Google Classroom.
  • A new update is available and will roll out to allow up to 250 people connect in a Google Meet session.

Create calendar events of a schedule to share with your students. Google Classroom automatically creates a calendar for each class a student joins. 

  • Students can access the Google calendar on the ‘Classwork’ page 


Use Screencastify or WeVideo to record your lessons. Create a playlist on your YouTube channel and share them in Google Classroom. If necessary, both applications will save the videos into Drive.

Use Google docs with students and provide feedback using in-document commenting.

Use Google Forms to create quizzes. 


Have students show their work using Jamboard. 
  • Go to Drive to access Jamboard.
  • Talk to your Google admin to enable it in the domain. 

Use Applied Digital Skills to find lessons that align with subjects and standards.  There are tons of lessons for K-12 students.

Use Google Earth or Google My Maps for geography, cultural, art, social studies, math, ELA, or science.
  • Google My Maps can be found in Drive.