Google Add-On: Form Mule by New Visions Cloud Lab – E-mail Merge Utility

WHO: Teachers and administrators looking to have automatically generated e-mails from Google Form responses.

HOW: Create a new form with name/e-mail address, and all other information you are looking to collect.  Go to Form Responses spreadsheet, click add-ons, and add Form Mule.  Follow the steps to create various e-mail templates and set up triggers.  Then e-mails will automatically be sent when requested.  In the video below, I demonstrate how to use Form Mule for a workshop registration.

WHEN: This is also very useful for order forms, various confirmations, or student referral system.  Another great option would be for Parent-Teacher conferences.


IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera: Great Image Quality & Low Cost Make the P2V an Outstanding Classroom Option!

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DEVICE: IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera

COST: $69.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable) [Schools may qualify for bulk pricing]

INTERFACE: USB (Mac & Windows Compatible)


Cost: A high quality document camera for under $70 is very hard to beat.

Clarity: The Point 2 View (P2V) has a 2.0 megapixel camera, and while that sounds low by today’s standards, this device outputs a great picture! The autofocus feature is very easy to use as well. It works up to a 2″ extreme close-up.

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Footprint:  The P2V takes up little to no space on the teacher’s desk.  The sturdy, weighted, round base is a little over 2″ in diameter.  The arm on the base articulates very easily and allows the teacher to zoom in manually.  It is also worth noting that IPEVO offers a microscope adapter for this product for science classrooms.

Ease-of-use:  The included software is simple and straight forward.  Teachers can be up and running with this device in their classroom in under 10 minutes or less (depending on install time.)  Install the IPEVO software, plug in the USB cable, and start using this great document camera!  The camera is detachable from the base allowing the presenter to get exactly the angle they are looking for.

Multi-use: the P2V can also be used with the leading Internet calling applications.


Construction: It is hard to find something wrong with this device, and at a stretch, one could possibly question how well this document camera will stand the test of time and student interaction.  As long as the teacher takes care of it properly, it will last a significant time.

Connection: This camera is USB only, which means the teacher must use the computer in order for it to function.  Again, this is not a make-or-break feature.  Most teachers will want the document camera connected to their computer anyways, so that they can save pictures for later use or post to their classroom website.


I would highly recommend this device for anyone looking for a document camera in their classroom.  It is hard to imagine given the pricing of other document cameras, but a school could outfit ten classrooms with these devices for well under $800.


If you are interested in bulk purchase options for your school, be sure to contact IPEVO via email or phone (Email: TEL: 408-490-3085)

Tutorial Video – Actively Learn: Integrate questions, media, notes and more into text!

WHO: Teachers looking to use digital text in their classroom.

HOW: Teachers create an account on, find content, add questions/notes/polls.  Teacher then creates a class, adds students, and assigns work.

WHEN: This tool is great for any reading activity.  It is also beneficial for silent/independent reading.

Actively Learn engages students in reading activities while collecting the data the teacher needs to enhance their lesson and give proper 1-on-1 attention where the students need it the most.  Customer Support at Actively Learn is fantastic and their tutorial videos help first-time users tremendously.

Tutorial Video: Plickers – Tech Integration Formative Assessment Tool for the Low Tech Classroom

WHO: Teachers with limited access to technology in their classroom, but do have a smartphone.

HOW: Teachers create an account on, print off plickers cards, create a class (add students), create questions and go!  The teacher will then open the Plickers App on their cell phone, select a class and question, then scan the room with their smart phone camera.  The app collects the data and automatically records it on the phone and computer.

WHEN: This tool is great for a quick poll or formative assessment.  Even if you have a classroom with 1:1 technology access, the students will enjoy this option as a change of pace.

Tutorial: Socrative in the Classroom, Engaging Formative Assessment

WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging tool to collect formative data in an effective and efficient manner.

HOW: Teachers create an account on, create a quiz, then direct students to join their classroom.  Teacher then starts the quiz, students answer the questions, and watch the results start coming in!

WHEN:  This tool is create to capture the attention of students.  Teachers could use it at any point in class for quick questions, review games, quizzes, and exit tickets.


Tutorial: Kahoot! Formative Assessment in a Game-Based Form

WHO: Teachers looking to engage their students in interactive formative assessments.

HOW: Teachers go to, create an account, create an assessment, then start the game! The teachers then directs students to go to, enter in the game pin, and start playing.

WHEN: This tool is great at the end of a lesson to draw closure to the students and allow the teacher a quick snapshot to see which students understood the material, and who needs to revisit the lesson.

Kahoot! is an awesome tool to engage students in formative assessment.


Tutorial Video: – Quick, easy, live formative results in your classroom!

In this video tutorial, we take a look at how to create an account, set up a class, and create an assignment on  Then we take a look at how students sign up, join a class, and take an assignment.

WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging formative activity in their 1:1 classroom.

HOW:  Teachers create an account, create a class, and create an assignment.  Next the teacher directs students to create accounts, sign in using the class code, and then take the assessment.

WHEN:  This tool is great for formative assessment.  Teachers can use this at the beginning of a new chapter or at the end of a lesson to check for student understanding.


Tutorial Video: Google Forms with Flubaroo for Automatic Grading

This month I am hosting workshops each Wednesday for teachers throughout the Diocese of Toledo.  This video is a tutorial on how to use Google Forms with Flubaroo for formative assessment.

WHO: Teachers looking to move away from worksheets and would like instant feedback on students understanding of topics.

HOW: The video below gives step-by-step instructions on how to create a Google Form with the Google Sheets Add-On “Flubaroo” for automatic grading.

WHEN: Great option for formative assessment or to replace paper worksheets you may have used in the past.