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Google Classroom Promo Video and Reflection

by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/17

For every three likes this video has, it also has one dislike. Why do you think that is? What do you think?

My feelings are mixed. Here are some reflective questions that I think the video begs:

  • Are you intimidated by all the devices coming into classrooms?
  • Do you feel like you should retire if you don’t “get it”?
  • What problems can devices help solve?
  • Can the use of educational technology help close the achievement gap?
  • Is it a waste of time to write on paper instead of typing something out?
  • Will students’ “beautiful thoughts just come out” because they are using Chromebooks and Google Classroom?

Beyond the video itself, I wanted to look beyond the likes and dislikes and see what people were saying about the video. I thought the negative comments about the video would be coming from teacher offended by the implied answers to some of questions begged by the video. What I found instead surprised me:

Reading stuff like that from kids really gets me thinking about a previous blog post I’d made about what kind of backwards planning needs to be done by school districts to lessen the likelihood of this unintended outcome on students when it comes to district and building technology initiatives. If this kind of planning does not take place, unfortunately, students are the ones that ultimately end up getting hurt.


Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

by Randy Fairfield, 1/11/17

Google Classroom just added the option today to allow teachers to differentiate assignments for students. This is a feature that teachers using Classroom have been calling for en masse, and it’s exciting to see the Google for Education team responding! Check out the details of the update here!


Push Websites to Students with Google Classroom Extension

by Randy Fairfield, 10/22/16

Did you know that you can get all your students on the website you want them to be on with just a few clicks? Here’s how you do it:

  1. Make sure your students are in a Google Classroom group you have setup.
  2. Install the “Share to Classroom” Google Chrome extension. – link
  3. Make sure the students are using Chromebooks.
  4. Go the link you want to push to your students.
  5. Push the URL to your students!


How to Send out a Google Form with a Link, Edmodo, or Google Classroom

Share That Google Form

by Randy Fairfield, 9/19/16

One of the most common questions I get from teachers getting started with Google Forms is, “Okay, I made a great form… now how do I send it out again?” Here’s a brief tutorial on how to send that form out there in three different ways: