New Google Meet Interface

Coming in May, schools on the rapid release schedule will begin rolling out the new layout on May 3rd and schools on the scheduled release will begin rolling out on May 17th. Both releases could take up to two weeks to complete.

In the meantime, take a look at Eric Curts’ overview of what’s to come. Google listened to the needs of educators and other users and made some fabulous changes. After watching Eric’s 5 minute video, I think you will agree.

Solve Me – Who Am I?

Sharpen your math skills playing a game of “Solve Me – Who Am I?”. This interactive resource is good for number sense math concepts and algebraic equations. Play and solve puzzles at different levels. Build puzzles using coding blocks. Challenge yourself with a Bingo puzzle by solving each clue and selecting that number on the card before advancing to the next clue. Your goal is to fill in the blanks for the missing digits and solve the mystery.

This could be a bell-ringer activity or a 5-minute opening activity to start off your math class or as students log in for the day to get the gears turning in their brains. Click on the image tile below for a full view of the question type.

TeacherMade Converts Paper Files to Interactive Files

I have been asked many times, how can I make my pdf into a fillable form? Or, I have this worksheet that I want to scan and have my students digitally enter in their answers. How can I do that easily?

Well, Laura Bresko, a former K-12 school teacher has developed a free service for teachers that does that and even more. How about having those interactive, fillable forms be gradable? Yes, you heard right. These converted files can be graded for you. Imagine that! And all for free, too. Even after COVID.

Go to: and sign up with a Google account. Laura is currently working on having her service integrate with Google Classroom, therefore it is suggested you use a Google account to sign up. In 2021, Laura will likely be offering full integrations with LMS’s like Canvas, Schoology, itslearning, etc. Click features to compare TeacherMade to Google Slides.

Thanks Mel for sharing. This is a game changer!

Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom

Developed by the educational department of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s, his Virtual Classroom is a free online learning tool for K-12 students including engagement activities for families.

The Virtual Classroom combines real-world, fun lessons. Each STEAM focused lesson offers students its own variation of hands-on activities that build skills in critical thinking and creativity.

The 6 week series introduces a new lesson and corresponding video weekly, where one activity builds upon the other to culminate into a final project were the student creates a work of art.

Wizer for Blended Worksheets

Think of Wizer Worksheets as digital hyperdocs or online blended worksheets and you will provide a new way to assign students an assignment using a learning management system.

Create engaging, interactive worksheets that includes video, audio, images and a variety of question types that includes technology enhanced items (TEI). Audio features allow you to record your voice for differentiation.  Easily assign to students in any learning management system like Schoology, Google Classroom, or Edmodo.  You can also share your activity by embedding or providing a link or PIN.

Don’t have time to create your own Wizer?  Explore the collection of free resources created by other educators.  Use as-is or copy and edit them to suit your needs.

The free-forever Wizer Lite account gives you the worksheet creator, ability to assign worksheets via URL or LMS, access to thousands of worksheets in the collection, and one classroom roster.

The Moon Phases worksheet below is something I created on the fly in 30-40 minutes. Give it try.  It’s only a sampling of what you get with Wizer.