Here are the BEST Blog Posts and Podcasts of 2020!

The Best Teacher Tips and Lesson Ideas of 2020I have put together a list of the BEST and most popular Shake Up Learning blog posts and podcast episodes from 2020.

These posts are loaded with the BEST teacher tips and lesson ideas of the year.

To all of my readers and listeners, thank you for helping me learn and grow as an educator! I learn so much from all of you!

And thank you for dawning your superhero capes to carry our students through this tumultuous year!

After a year that we will not soon forget, let’s take some time to reflect on the positive. Let’s make 2021 the best year yet!

Reflection is a critical part of the learning process for teachers and students, so I like to take a look back.

I like to take a more in-depth look at what teacher tips, blog posts, and podcast episodes were the most popular and generated the most comments and traffic.

The goal of this blog has always been to provide teachers with digital learning resources, tips, and tricks, and help teachers find ways to integrate technology meaningfully in the classroom.

This list helps me decide what content to create and how to best help teachers in 2021.

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Drumroll please…Here are the most popular blog posts and podcast episodes of the year!

1. 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do

This is an updated post with an added 2-part podcast series. Take your Google skills to the next level and learn why I call Google Slides the Swiss Army Knife of Google!

Listen to Part 1 of this article.

Listen to Part 2 of this article.

2. The Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students

In this free download, you will get two PDF cheat sheets: (1) The Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers, a 40-page guide to help teachers make the most of this robust online learning tool. (2) The Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students, a 14-page reference guide to help students understand the platform.

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3. 70+ Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom

This is a post that I update every year, and it is always at the top of the list! Learn about 70+ applications that integrate with Google Classroom.

4. How to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

Wondering how to organize Google Classroom? This post will give you the most common organizational strategies for the Classwork page and topics.

5. Blended Learning with Google Podcast Series

In this 3-part podcast series (based on Kasey’s book of the same name), we will show you how you can use Google tools to create dynamic, blended learning experiences for your students!

Blended Learning with Google (Part 1: Do This, Not That!)

Blended Learning with Google (Part 2: Storytelling)

8 Reasons to Love Blended Learning with Google (Part 3)

6. 10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning

Remote learning has sent teachers and schools into high gear! We are all trying to figure out what works. In this episode and post, I’m going to show you 10 Google Tips for Remote Learning.

7. How to Integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet

As teachers across the U.S. prepare for online and blended learning, more and more schools are relying on Google Classroom and Google Meet to deliver online lessons and assignments. In this post, I will share how you how to integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet.

8. Google Classroom Comments–All You Need to Know!

With Google tools and Google Classroom, giving feedback on digital assignments has never been easier. The only question is, where? We have several options for leaving comments and feedback, and each can serve its own purpose. Let’s explore all the ways you can use comments to enhance the learning in your classroom!

9. 10 Google Docs Tips Every Teacher Should Know

Over the years, I have cultivated a laundry list of tips and ideas for using Google Docs in the classroom. In this post and episode, I will share with you 10 Google Docs Tips Every Teacher Should Know. We will cover basic skills, as well as, some tips to help you become a power user.

10. Grace is Greater Than Grades

In the midst of the coronavirus chaos, the anxiety, the fears, and the extra time at home, I would like to come back to an idea that Jennifer Pearson shared on a special BONUS episode of the Shake Up Learning Show–grace.

11.Back to School with G Suite (6 Online Activities)

Ready for Back to School? Google tools can help you kick off the school year, get organized, and have some fun–even when school is online! Here are six online activities for going Back to School with G Suite.

12. Fake Instagram Template with Google Slides (FREE)

In this guest post by Carly Black, learn how you can engage students with Instagram Stories and get a FREE Google Slides Template!

13. How to Create Google Classroom Blended Learning Lessons

In this post, Kasey shares how to create Google Classroom blended learning lessons, including best practices and Google Classroom tips.

14. Google Classroom Clean Up Tips for the End of the Year

I’ve put together some Google Classroom cleanup tips for the end of the year! Google Classroom can get quite messy throughout the school year, and you want to get everything cleaned up and set up for success in the next school year. Let’s go all Marie Kondo and tidy up this mess!

15. Coronavirus Closures? Online Learning Tips for Teachers and Schools [interview with an American Teacher in China]

This interview defined my views on remote learning! In this candid interview, I chat with Jennifer Pearson, a tech coach who recently evacuated from China due to the coronavirus. Jennifer’s school has been relying on home learning and online learning with their students in China. Jennifer shares tips, tools, and best practices for this special situation.

16. How to Package Your Digital Assignments

Don’t miss out on one of the BEST things about blended learning and managing assignments online! Save yourself valuable instructional time and that oh so elusive teacher sanity by packaging your assignments so that students have EVERYTHING they need in one place.

17. Home Learning with Choice Boards During School Closures

In this episode, Laura Steinbrink shares her choice board strategy for student home learning with both offline and online options. Learn how she is approaching this unprecedented time with grace and understanding, supporting all her students!

18. Google Classroom FAQ – Your Most Common Questions ANSWERED!

Many teachers are searching for help and tips, so I decided to put together a Google Classroom FAQ – your most common questions answered, based on the questions I receive from teachers. I see the same questions asked over and over again, so I hope this page is helpful to educators looking for help with Google Classroom.

19. How to Use Google Templates and Assign in Google Classroom

When you find a free or paid template that is in Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, or Google Drawings, do you know how to save that to your Google Drive and assign it in Google Classroom? This video will show you how! There are many different ways that files are shared. I will show you how to make your own copy and assign it in Google Classroom.

20. Online Teaching Best Practices, Tips, and Tools

In this episode, Kasey shares her best tips for teaching students online. COVID-19 has changed education forever, and now it’s time to regroup and redefine teaching and learning. Remote teaching and learning is different. As we begin to plan for the new normal, let’s take a closer look at some best practices to help teachers and students in the post COVID world.

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