Innovative Notions By: Kayla Duncan

Bring Your PDFs to Life with Google Classroom and DocHub

Did you know PDFs don't have to be 'dead' documents? Using Google Classroom and DocHub, students and teachers have the ability to annotate on a PDF using a computer, phone, or tablet! Watch the two videos below to see how easy this process is.

Have you tried Breakout EDU or Breakout EDU digital?

Like the escape rooms, students (or teachers) are challenged to solve riddles of varying complexity to open a lock. Since we can't lock children in a room, (really...don't do it) Breakout EDU was developed to help students break into a box or digital lock instead of breaking out. The Breakout EDU kits are $125 but can be a DIY project. With the original Breakout EDU clues are put around the classroom and students work in teams to help solve each clue. Once all clues are solved they are able to break into a box (put whatever prizes you want). If you don't want to buy the kit, keep up with parts, etc try Breakout EDU digital. Under the same premise students solve different digital clues and riddles and enter their guesses into "digital locks" which are controlled through a Google Form. Either option is a way to boost the creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your classroom. Feeling fancy? If you're up to the challenge you can even create your own Breakout games! Get more information about both amazing options through the buttons below.

Find the Trend

Watch the video below to see Mrs. Harwood's class in action. Instead of providing the periodic table to the students and asking them to read through or memorize it, she had the students do an inquiry based lesson on "finding a trend." On the first day of the lesson (video below) students tried to find trends with candy and then moved to looking at elements. This activity was to get students to recognize how elements in the periodic table are grouped and placed. The next day students worked through a simulation that further helped them understand how the name of an element is determined and how the makeup of protons, neutrons, and electrons determine the charge. On the third day, Mrs. Harwood had a class discussion with students about trends they have noticed with the periodic table. On this day she filled in any misunderstandings students had and provided the actual periodic table.

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