Purple Comet! Math Meet!

Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003.

The problems range in difficulty from fairly easy to extremely challenging. Compete with tens of thousands of students from nearly 60 countries.

  • Middle school teams have 60 minutes to work on 20 problems
  • High school teams have 90 minutes to work on 30 problems
  • Each problem has a solution that is a non-negative integer
  • Teams are comprised of 1 – 6 students
  • For more information, go to purplecomet.org

There are 421 registered teams from 25 countries. The contest will take place April 2 – April 11, 2019.

Writing Less to Write Better

You’ve probably heard the phrase “less is more” and wondered how could that be. Surely it isn’t true in all instances however with writing we can help students become better writers by writing less. Google Docs is equipped with a Word Count tool which also counts characters and/or spaces. What if you told your students to write a paragraph that contains 35 words or less to summarize a story read in class. You determine what the summary must include and then challenge your students to meet that goal with the help of the Word Count tool.

Eric Curts, Certified Google Expert explains this activity in his video below.

Google Work Collector/Dropbox

Google Drive and Dropbox… let’s combine them and call it Google Work Collector. This hybrid tool allows users to place items in your Google Drive without having to log in to their Google account. What better way to get files off an iPad that is used by so many students! It sure beats having to airdrop to an iPhone, then going to iCloud and downloading to a PC in order to use the file or media type you created on an iPad. Hot diggity! YES!

Watch this short video (2:50 minutes) to see how easy it is to set up. Once you have your special app link created, I suggest shortening the URL with Bit.ly or Tiny URL or create a QR Code you can readily scan we needed.

Video Notes

How handy would it be to take notes while watching a video that was assigned to you?

With Video Notes you can type in notes that are automatically synchronized with the video AND it integrates with Google Drive making it easy to share simply by managing permissions.

This open source tool works with Coursera, Udacity, EDX, Khan Academy, Vimeo, and YouTube videos.

Give it a try. Video Notes is a tool you will want to share with your students!

“Writing the Future” Contest

How Will Your Students Write the Future?
Ask your students this question through a writing lesson and contest about community and innovation. Your class will identify, analyze, and solve a problem through writing.


$25,000 in Prizes!

Grand Prize Winner:  (1 winner selected from all entries)
$12,000 school grant
$2,000 student prize
$2,000 teacher prize including
BIC and Scholastic products
Grade Winners:  (1 winner from each grade range: K–1, 2–3, 4–6)
$1,200 school grant
$1,200 student prize
$600 teacher prize including
BIC and Scholastic products