• My Simpleshow

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 12/8/2016

    Use My simpleshow to get your message across in a simple and engaging way. Follow these easy steps:

    1. Login with your Google Account
    2. Click Create new video
    3. Select Write your own Script
    4. Select your Storyline (Professional, Educational, or Personal)
    5. Write: Write your information on each slide
    6. Visualize: Accept the images or add other images
    7. Choose audio: Record your voice or select a voice (James or Paul) from the website
    8. Click Finalize video
    9. Click Export and Publish
    10. Click Publish to YouTube



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  • Hour of Code

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 12/2/2016

    Plan an Hour of Code with your students next week. You will find all needed resources in the Hour of Code Participation Guide below. The Anderson Five School District goal is to have 100% of our students participating in an Hour of Code activity next week. Click the Comments link and share your plan for inspiring students next week during the Hour of Code. 





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  • File Upload in Google Forms

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 11/11/2016

    Google added the feature to upload files within a Google Form. Take a look at how easy it is to create the form with the file upload question.

    • Create a Google Form in your Google Drive
    • Click the + on the right and choose File upload for question type


    • Click Continue (be sure to only share the form with people you trust-not the entire world)


    • Select the file size (10 MB would be sufficient for most projects. CAD drawings, 3D printer designs, Videos would be larger)


    • Select the type of file you are allowing students to upload.  If you have given students a choice in their project, select Allow all files. 
    • Click Apply


    • See an example below of my form.

    Senior Project

    You will find a link to the file in your spreadsheet. A folder was also created in your Google Drive with the name of your Form. 



    When the student uploads the file directly from his/her Google Drive, a copy will be made, and the teacher becomes the owner of the copy.

    Try it out and post how you are using it below!


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  • Erin Gruwell

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 10/14/2016


    Powerful Practices


    I'm in Atlanta today attending a Powerful Practices event sponsored by Discovery Education.  Erin Gruwell was our keynote speaker this morning. She is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Freedom Writers Diary. Erin shares a message below to all Anderson Five teachers...Be Compassionate!



    Erin Gruwell



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  • Google Alerts

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 10/7/2016
    Google Alerts

    Interested in tracking a topic on the web?  Use Google Alerts to get email notifications on a topic you are following.  See the steps below to create a Google Alert.


    Search Terms



    • Click in the Search box to type in your criteria (Be specific, use quotes around your term(s), use (-) to exclude words, use site: to limit your search to a specific site)
    • Click How often to set the criteria for notifications


    How Often



    • Click Sources to select as many Sources as you like





    • Click Create Alert





    • After creating the alert, you can click the Edit button to make changes or the Delete button to remove the alert.


    Edit and Delete



    • Click the Gear to change the Delivery time and to receive a single email with all alerts.






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  • Columns in Google Docs

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 9/23/2016 7:00:00 AM

    Google announced Tuesday the ability to add columns in Google Docs. To insert columns in your Google Document, click Format from the menu and select columns. You have the options of 1, 2, and 3 columns.


    You also have “More Options” which allows you to select the number of columns, spacing, and to add a line between columns. 

    More Options    



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  • Sqworl: Visual Bookmarking for Educators

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 9/9/2016


    Sqworl is a free bookmarking tool for teachers and students. It's a great way to share links all on one page for your students. You can share your bookmarks with students via a unique URL. See an example I created for 3rd grade by visiting this unique URL: http://sqworl.com/i21ia6

    Sign up today for free by clicking this link. Review the video tutorial below to learn more about how to use Sqworl. 



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  • Newsela Pro

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 8/26/2016 7:00:00 AM


    Teachers and students in grades 3 to 12 have access to Newsela Pro. If you have an account, you can sign in with your Google Account.  If you don't have an account, you can create one.  Newsela provides over 1,000 current event articles written at five different Lexile reading comprehension levels. Students read articles covering a wide array of topics (War & Peace, Kids, Science, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports) then complete accompanying quizzes. Teachers have the ability to assign articles and monitor student progress through the Newsela Binder feature. Review the Quick Start Guides below to get Newsela up and running in your classroom today!

    Quick Start Guide for Teachers

    Quick Start Guide for Students

    newsela pro


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  • Add Images in Google Forms

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 8/19/2016


    Google Forms..."It's the greatest thing since sliced bread". As an educator, you can easily create, distribute, and analyze surveys/quizzes. Google added a new feature that I'm super excited to share with you today.  You can create even more effective forms by inserting images into survey questions or adding images as multiple choice or checkbox options in Forms on the web. I've created an example below to show you the new added features.

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  • The Crazy Ones

    Posted by Anna Baldwin on 8/12/2016


    Welcome back!  Be crazy enough to change the world this year...




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