Fun with Magnetic Poetry


This past weekend, I attended Edcamp Chicago and one of my sessions I proposed was Unlocking the Magic of Google Drawings and we created some Magnetic Poetry. Originally, Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning came up with the idea for some Halloween Magnetic Poetry. I lead a collaborative Magnetic Poetry during my session, which I am planning to do with my students later this week. It’s pretty simple to do, first create your template in Google Drawings. I used a slide from Slides Carnival and made it my background. Continue reading

Bitmoji and Google Drawings


Over the last couple of weeks, I have been using Bitmoji in my lessons with my students a bit more. The one thing I love about Bitmoji just like emojis is the wide range you can use them for. However, the last few days I have been using Bitmoji with Google Drawings for some very effective lessons and come up with some great ideas along the way.

bitmoji-action-figureIf you have read my previous posts about using Play like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins  you know I have been using both is LEGO and create your own action figures to heart. I found a great way to use Google Drawings to have students create their own action figures. It’s pretty simple to create an action figure case and import your Bitmoji into the action figure pack.


pop-funko-1If you want to take a more recent piece from Quinn is making your own Pop Funko. Which if you don’t know are a type of vinyl big-headed dolls about six inches tall, with big black eyes, a tiny nose, and usually no mouth. You can turn your Bitmoji into a Funko Pop by importing the picture and then using color picker Google Chrome Extension App to match the skin tone. By stretching and compressing the Bitmoji you can make it look just like a Pop. Make some alterations using the various shapes and tools in Google Drawings and you have your own Funko Pop. Take a note from Quinn and having students design Funko Pop! figures as simple biographies of characters they’re learning about in class. Historic figures, great inventors, characters in novels. In my case I made my own Agent Mulder that I can use for the history of the FBI.


steam-who-am-i-adobe-sparkYou know how I love to make Infopics and Memes from Bitmoji, and while Bitmoji has it’s own built in Memes (they are funny). You can have students or teachers make up rule posters, scene grabbers and more.



bitmoji-storyAlice Keeler recently posted on her website on how Matthew Farber author of Gamify your Classroom on how to use Bitmojis on story of Jamestown. You can something similar using Google Drawings, but what is nice I can use the crop tool to cut various Bitmojis and use photo resources like Pixabay to use clip art to make story cards or create my own with the various shape tools in Google Drawings. If I want to go a step farther, I can HyperDoc the various places in my story with the real places for a VR tour and it’s great for students to create geography presentation and history reports.


These are only a few classroom ideas and lesson you or your students can create using Bitmoji, Google Drawings along with Google Classroom. Give them a try today.



Don’t fear about being left behind


This past weekend, I hit a milestone, I actually had my 20th High School Reunion. Oh yes, back in June of 1996, I made the fateful walk and concluded my days of high school and moved on to the next stage of my life. Something about reunions in any form is when you see old classmates, friends or peers and play a game of catch up. The usual: “What have you been up to?” “How’s life?” “Who is this?” Something that many of my former classmates found amazing when I told them what I had been doing the last few years and how I’m working towards finishing up a PhD. Many were surprised, but very happy for me. Saying that sometimes it just takes a while to get where you want to go. Some very powerful words.

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How one compliment can make a student’s day


Last week, I was wrapping up first quarter on STEAM with my kindergarten class and something that was a big hit was having a compliment read to them or them reading one themselves. I had used one of Tony Vincent‘s random HTML compliment QR Codes since we were learning about how to use QR Codes in the classroom and I also used my own random compliment QR Code. Some of the students just wanted to keep scanning or hitting the reload button to get a new compliment. Taking a page from Master the Media by Julie Smith. Julie pointed out in Chapter 8 about teaching a person how to navigate the internet or use proper tools associated with the internet will help them understand more.

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Using Bitmoji in the Classroom


Bitmoji is a avatar creation resource that can be used from messenger to gmail. Hard to believe it’s been almost three and a half years since I discovered Bitstrips, which was the predecessor to Bitmoji. A firm believer with Comics in the Classroom, I use to use Bitstrips for several of my posters, presentations and even my facebook status. Since 2013, they have grown into a widely use creation tool that are now being used by teachers and students much like emojis or stickers. Here are a few ideas on how to use them in your classroom.

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Instant Relevance Review


Earlier this week on top of trying to complete three homework assignments and dissertation proposal updates, I was able to read Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran. The latest in awesome books from Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. Denis perfectly captures a book that looks at what is relevant today from pop culture to food and apply it to the classroom. An over thirteen year Math veteran, Denis instills humor, relevance and fun into his lessons, projects and resources in this book. Something that really stood out to me in the book was about when we aren’t in the classroom and discovering lessons that will not only make learning exciting by be very engaging to our students. I have found myself in the same boat many times and Denis perfectly shows that even when we aren’t in the classroom, there are so many ways we can create, teach and give our students opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

If you are into making lessons relevant to your students with real world ideas and projects, this is the book for you. Go get your copy today at Amazon. You will be glad you did.

What’s Under your Cape with Seesaw

Back in 2014, I read the book: What’s Under your Cape by Barbara Gruener. A fantastic book about student empathy any and Student Character of the Superhero Kind. I have used the book many times since reading it and I was able to use it great with my STEAM class this week. Using Seesaw, I had students take pictures of teachers and turn them into superheroes. Asking them to show what their super powers were and there were some great results. I then had students do the same to their classmates and using their iPads and some amazing innovation, created a Legion of Student Superheroes for the class. I love using Seesaw on iPads. It allows for not only a great digital classroom, but also allows my students to express their creativity, innovation and wonder. This is a simple activity, but it really opens the door to students. Give it a try today.