Mr. Zirkle

Got Google?

Use this Google Drawing to demonstrate what Google apps you know, love, and want to learn about. This activity will give you some experience with Google Drawings. As you participate in this activity, think of ways you can use Google Drawings with your students.


  1. Drag each Google app, that you are familiar with, to the board.
  2.  Describe how each app can be used to engage students, enhance your curriculum, and integrate the 4 Cs, or simply describe what the app does.
  3. Note your favorite apps.
  4. Add question marks next to the apps you need to practice using.
  5. This G Suite Presentation will go over some of the most common apps and their features.

Would you like to become a Google Certified Educator? You can prepare for the Google Level 1 & 2 exams by completing this self-assessment. In this resource, you will find links to the WCPSS boot camps, Google practice questions, and tutorials.


I produced this video to demonstrate that K-3 students can log into Chromebooks and Google. They can also use Google to create digital portfolios. If you would like PD about #KindersCan, contact me and my team will be happy to support you.

Developing Math Websites

Step 1: Set Up

In this step, you will get set up to build the website.
1. Open up the Google website for the grade level you are working with. Navigate to the unit page you are working with. If it does not exist yet, you will need to create it. 
2. Navigate to the Open Up Math website and navigate to the student materials page for your grade level.
3. Open Up Khan Academy for Illustrative Math. Navigate to your grade level.
4. Open up the YouTube Channel or source for your video.
5. Lastly, Open up the folder that houses all of the Google slides for your grade level.

Set Up

Step 2: Unit & Lesson Page Set up

These steps are suggestions. You may find a more efficient way to accomplish this goal. Goal: create unit pages that list all of the lessons for the unit. The lessons title on the unit page link to the individual lesson pages. 
1. Create the unit page.
2. Navigate to each lesson, one at a time, and copy the lesson title.
3. Past the lesson title on the unit page. 
4. Change the font to the subheading.
5. Change the background color on alternating titles. 
6. Now create a page for the unit lesson. 
7. Tile the page “Unit _ :Lesson _ 
7. Make the page a child to the unit page.
8. Hide the page from navigation.
9. Go back to Open Up Math and copy the title of the lesson.
10. Paste the lesson title in the lesson page. 
11. Change the font to subheading/heading

Step 3: Google Slides

In this step, you will insert the link to the premade Google Slides.
1. Open up the slide deck for the lesson your working on.
2. Click file/make a copy/delete “copy of “/save to your folder that will house all of the slides.
3. Exit out of the original slide deck. 
4. In your copy, click share/advanced/change/On- Public on the Web. 
5. Go to lesson page. Type Lesson _: Slide Show.
6. Highlight text and paste in the link to the slide deck. 

Step 4: Adding Student Resources

In this step, we will link to the lesson resources provided by Open Up Math.
1. Navigate to the Open Up Math lesson.
2. Copy the URL.
3. Go to the lesson page you created.
5. Type in “Lesson_: Student Resources.
6. Change font to the subheading.
7. Highlight the text and paste in the URL.

Step 4

Step 5: Khan Academy Practice

In this lesson, we will add the Khan Academy Practice to the math website.
1. Go to Khan Academy Illustrative Math website.
2. Select the grade level you are working with.
3. Navigate to the specific lesson your working on ( Sometimes there is not a lesson). 
4. Copy the link to the lesson.
5. Go to the lesson page.
6. Type in “Lesson_: Student Resources”.
7. Change the font to the subheading.
8. Highlight the text and insert the link.

Step 5

Step 6: Video Resource

This is a vital resource because it offers instruction. The instruction component is one aspect this curriculum lacks. Best practice is to embed the video in the website and to turn off related videos.
1. Navigate to your video source.
2. Click on the share button and select embed.
3. Uncheck the “Show suggested videos when the video finishes.”
4. Uncheck ” Show video title and player actions.”
5. Copy the embed code.
6. Go to lesson page, click on insert, click on embed, click on embed code, paste in the embed code, and position and size the video. It should be on the right-hand side of the links you inserted.

Step 6

Digital Portfolios

Link to Slide Show
A portfolio is a showcase of work samples and artifacts. You would use a portfolio to help you get a job, get into college, or get an internship. A portfolio would contain a wide variety of artifacts that demonstrate your skills and abilities. A digital portfolio is in a digital format and includes reflections about your artifacts. Here is an excellent example of a college student’s portfolio.

All student Portfolios will require the following components:

You will create a page for each class – English, Math, Health/PE, Arts, Extra Curricular, etc
Types of Learning (Artifacts)
Variety of photos of work, audio clips, videos, embedded documents (essays, presentations)
Describing your artifacts, discussing your accomplishments, your challenges, your learning
Formal Document ( High School)
A cover letter and resume

Sample Digital Portfolios and Evaluation Activity
Here are several digital portfolios. Take a look at some of these samples and evaluate them using the provided rubric.

Start Your Digital Portfolio
1. Write your Bio
2. Create a Weebly or Google Site.Sign in with your student log in.
4. Add your bio to your home page
5. Begin adding artifacts and reflections
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Quality Texts, Rigorous Questions, Digital Annotating & Paired Texts

I taught Language Arts for over 12 years. I know what it is like to be in the trenches. I know how challenging teaching is and the amount of time it takes to plan. As an ITF, I seek technology resources that can help lighten a teachers workload. Common Lit is an amazing resource. Common Lit provides free texts and discussion questions. These texts can be downloaded for free. There are a variety of ways students can access these texts. Upload them to your website, have students read the texts on their devices, convert the text to a Google Doc so students can answer the questions directly into the Google Doc.

Schedule a time with me to collaborate, develop, and implement Common Lit. Here is a brief video that will demonstrate the features and benefits of Common Lit.

Help Save the Northwestern Pacific Tree Octopus

Help save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. You can donate money to help build tree houses that will protect the Tree Octopus from weather and predators. Here is a reliable source about this fascinating creature. Here is a report about the future of the PNTO.

Website Evaluation Activity ( Check out these website and determine how reliable they are)
All About Explorers
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
The Jackalope Conspiracy
Dog Island

Reliable Resource Presentation
Here are a few search engines that provide reliable resources for academic research.
2. Google Scholar
6. Refseek

Additional Activities and Lesson Plan

At Your Fingertips

Here are a couple of samples of “At Your Fingertips” resources. These resources can serve a wide variety of functions, contain an array of content, and be housed in many different formats. The purpose of an “At Your Fingertips” resources is to provide staff members with everything they will need for a particular unit of study, lesson, or job function.

1. Math 7 & 7 Plus Course Content

2. Unit Content for 6th Grade EL

3. University of South Florida Technology Integration Matrix

4. Google File Job Aid


Technology Integration Matrix

The University of Sothern Florida has created an awesome “At Your Fingertips” resources for ITFs and teachers. I like to search the matrix by subject and grade level. Here is the link to TIM ( Technology Integration Matrix).