Technology How To Videos for Teachers

Google help videos

Are you looking for short videos or tutorials on using Google apps or other popular sites? I have over 200 short videos on how to do so many tasks teachers need to do online. 
Below you’ll find a link to Google Folders with short how-to videos on various topics. The videos range from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Since they are kept in a Google Folder, you do not need to worry about advertisements as you watch. 
If you would like to know how to do something, but I do not have a video comment below or send me a tweet on Twitter @oodlesofteach.

Class Pictures

Click on the year to see the pictures!

2015-2016 Classroom Pictures
2014-2015 Classroom Pictures
2013-2014 ClassRoom Pictures
2012-2013 ClassRoom Pictures 

2011-2012 Classroom Pictures

Our class library!
The view as you walk into the classroom
Small group table
Smart board and front of the classroom
Student mail boxes
My desk and another group area. The table is full of student books. This is a week before school started this year. 
Computers and giant word wall! I painted the wall with chalk board paint. 
The view from the back of the room 
Another view of the back of the room. 

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30 Sweet and Simple Ways to Get Your Students' Attention

Classroom management tips for first year teachers

As a teacher, I know the importance of having a quick way to grab my students’ attention.  Check out the list of attention grabbers below that I have used in the past with my students:

  1. The teacher says “Soft kitty, warm kitty.” Students say “Little ball of fur.” 
  2. The teacher says “Winner winner.” Students say “Chicken dinner.” 
  3. The teacher says “Alright, stop.” Students say “Collaborate and listen.”
  4. The teacher asks “Ready to rock?”
  5. The teachers say “Hocus Pocus.” Students say “Everybody focus.”
  6. The teacher says “Class, class, class.” Students say “Yes, yes, yes.” 
  7. The teacher says “Quiet on the set.” Students say “Action!”
  8. The teacher says “Ready to listen.” Students say “Ready to Learn.”
  9. The teacher says “Macaroni and cheese.” Students say “Everybody freeze.”
  10. The teacher says “Peanut butter.” Students say “Jelly time.”
  11. The teacher says “Surf’s up!” Students say “Cowabunga dude.”
  12. The teacher says “Du na na na. …” Students say “Batman.”
  13. The teacher asks “Ready to rock?” Students say “Ready to roll.”
  14. The teacher says “Hands on top.” Students say “That means stop.”
  15. The teacher says “Eenie Meenie.” Students say “Minie moe.”
  16. The teacher says “Ready, set?” Students say “You bet!”
  17. The teacher says “Chicka, Chicka.” Students say “Boom, boom.”
  18. The teacher says “Chugga, Chugga.” Students say “Choo, choo!”
  19. The teacher says “That’s not spirit fingers.” Students say “These are spirit fingers.” (while doing spirit fingers) 
  20. The teacher says “Everybody in the house.” Students say “Is as quiet as a mouse.”
  21. The teacher says “Crew.” Students say “Aye, aye, captain.”
  22. The teacher says “Shark bait.” Students say “Hoo ha ha.”
  23. The teacher says “To infinity.” Students say “And beyond.”
  24. The teacher says “Holy moly.” Students say “Guacamole.”
  25. The teacher says “Hakuna.” Students say “Matata.”
  26. The teacher says “Marco.” Students say “Polo.”
  27. The teacher says “Who loves you? Students say “You do.”
  28. The teacher says “Cutie pie, honey bun.” Students say “You know that I love you.” 
  29. The teacher says “Red Robin.” Students say “Yum.”
  30. The teacher says “Oh me.” Students say “Oh my.” 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found something useful for your classroom. If you found it helpful, please share the post with a teacher friend!


Sentence Fluency Practices for 3rd and 4th Grade

In Tennessee, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade assessment will include a fluency section. The section will have 20 yes or no sentences and students will have one minute to read and answer them. Click here or on the picture to download the practice fluency set for the 3rd and 4th grade. You can find the 2nd-grade fluency set and information by clicking here. 

Free sentence fluency practice

Read aloud directions for teachers:  “Here are 20 sentences. Read each sentence and ask yourself: Is this sentence true? Mark YES or NO to answer the question for each sentence. Do not start until I say “Go.” Do as many as you can before I say “Stop.”

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Technology Resources

Parent/Teacher Communication sites: 

  • Remind– Remind provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents for free.

Classroom Management 

  • Class Dojo–  A classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators. 
  • Online Timers– A simple, fast flash online stopwatch and online countdown timers. 
Online Grading/Student Response 
  • Grade Cam: Turns your smartphone, tablet, webcam or document camera into a lean, mean grading machine.
  • Plickera powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
  • Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system and educational platform
  • TriciderCollect ideas, discuss and vote. That’s how tricider works. Your team will make decisions faster without meetings or calls.

Presentation Creation: 

Emazefree presentation templates to quickly create an incredible visual experience for your audience. Emaze features a proprietary state of the art HTML5 presentation maker that will create the slideshows, video presentations and even 3D presentations that you always dreamed of.

Testing Prep 

Academic Vocabulary 

Various State Practice Tests (Common Core) 

Online Reading Practice
  • Read Theory  (Online practice for students based on a placement test)
  • Moby Max (Online practice for reading and math based on grade you place them; there is a free version and paid version) 
Task Cards 
  • Pro-teacher  (Lots of free task cards on many different skills for ELA and Math) 
Typing Practice 

Video Sharing

  • Tube Chop – Allows you to clip and share cropped YouTube videos
  • View Pure – Watch YouTube videos without comments, suggestions, or ‘other’ things. 
  • KeepVid– Allows you to download YouTube videos
Lesson Plans with Resources 
Educational Videos 
Flash Card Generators

  • Cramberry– helps you study with online flashcards.Make cards on Cramberry, or choose from our catalog of free public flash cards. While you study, it analyzes your progress and focuses on cards you need to study.
  • Funnelbrain  –Build study teams, share scores, and challenge friends with a variety of quizzes and games!
Online/Mobile Communication

  • TodaysMeet TodaysMeet gives you an isolated online room where you can see only what you need to see, and your audience doesn’t need to learn any new tools like hash tags to keep everything together.
  • Poll Everywhere– engage your audience or class anywhere in real time

Free Teacher PD 

Free Clip Art for Teachers

Printable Worksheets

Math Sites 

Free Ipad/iPhone Apps

  • Screen Chomp Just – Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.
  • Splash Top– Control, Annotate, then Share a teacher’s PC/Mac with a students iPad or Chromebook, or PC/MAC running a Chrome browser.

Paid Subscription Sites I love 


    February 2018 Computer Desktop

    It is a new month and time for a new background for your computer’s desktop. I have created several designs for my readers to choose from below. Click on the picture to download your free  February desktop organizer!

    Be sure to come back in March for your new desktop organizer!


    Race Strategy for Better Open-Ended Question Answers

    race strategy examples pdf

    Answering open-ended response questions is an important task and often difficult for students.  To help my students answer open-ended questions we use the RACE strategy. 

    Steps to the RACE Strategy: 

    • First students restate the question,
    • Then answer the question, 
    • Next, find evidence from the text to support their answer, 
    • Lastly, they explain how the evidence supports their response. 

    I have seen such significant growth since we began using the RACE strategy. 

    You can download a free copy of the RACE Strategy posters with examples to use in your classroom or home by clicking here or on the picture. The posters have an example of each step and a completed response using the RACE Strategy. 

    The posters are color-coded to help students see each step. To help students who are struggling still, I will suggest they highlight each section. That usually helps them to see they are missing something. 
    If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below! 

    teaching race strategy

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