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Tips, Tricks, and Tech Tidbits: Progress Trackers, Librarian Toolkit, and More

by Lori Gracey

In surfing the amazing world of educational technology recently, I’ve found more treasures to share with you. (If you missed the previous three blogs on this topic, be sure to check them out here, here, and here.)

Digital Progress Trackers for Google Form Practice

If you’re looking for ways that your students can keep track of their progress, check out these free digital trackers. There is one version with 30 spaces already created for you and an editable table that includes 25 spaces. The site also includes how to best use these with your students.

Lexend Fonts for Increased Readability

These fonts “are research based and shown to increase fluency and readability,” according to Mr. Zielinski. You can add them to any of your Google documents.

The Epic Book of Web Tools and Apps

More than 200 pages of apps and ed tech tools crowd-sourced by educators all over the world, this free book is bound to have some new things for you to try. It also includes “user-friendly tips in its screen shots, cheat sheets, video tutorials and hyperlinks to lots of additional goodies.” You do have to register to receive the free ebook.

And For Librarians

If you’re a librarian, you will love the Digital Librarian’s Survival Toolkit, again with more than 200 pages and full of crowd-sourced goodness. You will need to register to receive the free ebook.

Differentiation for Remote Learning

This graphic from ASCD shares best practices for how to differentiate four ways (content, process, product, and learning environment) while teaching virtually.

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Morning Meeting Calendar

If you’re an elementary teacher who uses the morning meeting calendar to teach with, then you will love this resource. There are six slides included: yearly calendar, weather, season, and three on the days of school. Make a copy of it here.

Teaching Math Procedures with Social Distancing and Distance Learning

Elementary math teachers will love all of the work that teacher Ashleigh has already done for you in these resources. Based on the math workshop process, she breaks the learning into small chunks and provides details on how each section should work.

Interactive Slides for Any Content or Grade Level

And finally, Theresa Wills has shared (under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license) a ton of templates that you can copy and use for a wide variety of activities and learning strategies. She also offers math manipulatives and elementary math lessons.

Let me know if you found any of these tips and tricks helpful. And be on the lookout for part 5 of this series!

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DianaLyn G. Perkins September 16, 2020 - 10:39 am

Thanks for these resources. I am excited to share the tips for differentiating in remote learning with my educators.

Debbie Vann September 17, 2020 - 9:06 am

Thank you so much for these amazing resources. I so appreciate you putting these together.


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