Something to make you think...
Lockdown and beyond: Learning in a changing landscape
Have you been wondering just how COVID may have actually affected your students this year?
If so, then you might just be interested in this report. It looked at schools in the UK, US and Australia and presents a summary of original research into the disruption of the education system due to COVID.
It makes for some really interesting reading - check it out and see if any of it rings true for you in your classroom or your school.
What does it make you wonder? Share your ideas with us on Twitter (@Usingtechnbetter) or if you're part of our Facebook group you could share your thinking there.
Preview another document from inside the one you're working on.
This has got to be one of our favourite updates from Google recently - being able to preview all the slides within a presentation without having to actually open it if it's linked in my doc..
Have you noticed that if another Google Doc, Slide or Sheet is linked within the one you are working, on you can click on the link (but don't open it ) and you get the option to preview it.
Click on the preview icon and it will open in a preview box to the right of the doc. If it's a presentation with multiple slides you can scroll through and preview each one. You can pop it out to its own tab from there if you want to.
This is such a great timesaver! If you haven't noticed it - give it a go. We're guessing you'll love it too 😉.
Classroom / Lesson Idea
Do your younger learners love frogs?
Here's a fun Level 1 maths activity that is focused around counting frogs.
Read the story and then help your learners count the frogs, make sets of frogs and even tell stories about frogs.
There are lots of ways you could tie this in with other learning - and the activities suggested involve a bit of computational thinking as well.
If there is anything in particular, you would like us to help you plan or something you would like ideas for - just ask us here.
Website of the week
Maths Learning Centre Home Learning Resources
If you haven't discovered the Maths Learning Center then we strongly recommend you do so (after you've finished reading our newsletter of course 😂)
They are the wonderful people who created the series of maths apps that work across all platforms and allow your learners to 'show' what they know. In fact, we're sure we've probably shared them before - but this month we also want to highlight their very useful 'Maths at Home' page. While it's intended for helping parents it's also great for in class.
There are teacher resources linked and if you want to link an activity for your learners to use straight from the web, it reads it out for them - making the learning accessible for all.
You can filter by grade (but keep in mind it's American year levels), and it even gives possible solutions.
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