Top 10 Education Tweets of October

Trends and Topics on Twitter

October is a busy month for teachers. It is also a hard month. We’re all looking for inspiration. These resources are being shared by teachers on Twitter. But you don’t have to join Twitter to click the links and read the hot topics.

Teaching Growth Mindset with these 10 Statements

The top sketchnote of the month is from Sylvia Duckworth. (Sylvia is a repeat leader on this list.) If you want to analyze your tweets, see how I did it at the bottom of the post.

While I hope you’ll join Twitter, some of you won’t. That is OK. It is your decision. You’re not going to get any guilt from me. The biggest question I think all of us teachers must ask is, “Am I leveling up a little bit every day?” Learning should be the only thing that is not optional for teachers.

This list inspires me to be better, but then again, all of you who are on Twitter made this list. Every time you retweet or reshare or click, it is like a vote. And, as always, you voted well. Some great resources made this month’s list of top tweets.

Top Education Tweets – October 2015

1- The Story Behind Kid President

Brad Montague, Kid President’s brother in law and producer, talks about the viral hit and how teachers are using it in the classroom. This show and blog post took the #1 and #7 spot. Just listing it once.


2- How to Teach a Growth Mindset in the Classroom

The tweet about how I teach a growth mindset in my classroom had the #2 and #3 and #5 spot! Sylvia Duckworth’s sketchnote helps us understand what we should and should not say in the classroom.


3- Understanding Twitter Lingo

Don’t assume everyone knows the language of Twitter. We must all welcome beginners by sharing the abbreviations we use.


4 – Teachers Matter Every Day

Teachers matter. We’ve got an excruciatingly hard life. We must shout from the rooftops the importance of teachers. We must encourage teachers. Many of us are a breath away from saying “I quit.” Please take time to encourage teachers. This a great one to print for the teacher’s lounge.


5 – Blog Post from Todd Nesloney from Parents to Teachers

The first one on the list makes me sniff. “As a parent, I wish you knew how much it means to me when you WANT to know about my child; about what makes him tick, about what makes him excited, about what makes him sad.” This blog post is a must read, my precious teacher friends. Share this one!


6- Quote from Dean Shareski from Every Classroom Matters Episode #183 on Student Feedback

We’re seeing a cry for joy in classrooms. Great teachers are coming back to the core of who we are: we must have great relationships with our students in order to teach them. As teachers, we must do the right thing even if the right thing is not asked of us. And that is to put our students first. Dean Shareski is just plain inspiring in this piece.


7 – Diigo Social Bookmarking Tutorial

Diigo has a new outlining tool. My students are using outlining to plan out speeches and papers before they start writing. I’ve included objectives and to-do’s for each video. Some teachers are using them — feel free to take them.


8 – Dr. William Jaynes talks about his study of more than 300,000 students and how parents can have a positive impact on their kids.

The unbelievable story he tells about a boy getting hit by a bat stunned and upset me. I think this show has resonated with many. Administrators tell me they are sharing this one with parents. The research shows results you might not expect.


9 – We Don’t Let Students Learn from Mistakes – article on Edweek

Wow. You’ll really think about this one. This piece shares why so many teachers are failing to teach a growth mindset. I’ve been standing back, waiting for kids to answer, and letting kids struggle a little more because of this well-written piece by Peter DeWitt.


10 – Padlet How-To Guide

I penned this when Richard Byrne came and taught teachers at my school. Padlet is easy for teachers to use. This step-by-step guide will get you started.


Do you want to look at your Twitter stats?

Reflect and learn by reviewing your own Twitter statistics. Click on your profile name and go to “Analytics.” Here’s a screenshot to help you find it. I seem to recall that when I activated Twitter analytics that there were a few things I had to do. If you try to use them and have trouble, will you let us all know so we won’t have anyone frustrated? We have to help each other.

Twitter stats

Here is how I accessed my Twitter analytics for October.

One other note, I intentionally call this top education tweets. While all of my top tweets this month were education related, there are times something innocuous might hit the list. The Cool Cat Teacher blog is focused on education, so I am only including education-related tweets.

NOTE: As I’ve shared before, this is for tweets I’ve sent. I don’t have a way to analyze everyone’s tweets on the web. Analytics also includes how many people CLICK on the link. It is hard to analyze the best tweets just on reshares and retweets.

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How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word

You can use Google AND Microsoft Together

how to link Google Drive and Microsoft Office

You can add Google Drive to Microsoft Office now. It can save you time, particularly if you’re saving files in Office formats inside Google Drive. I’ve tested the setup. Here’s a screencast to get started. Set up is quick, three steps in about two minutes. There are a few issues to know before you start using it, though.

How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word (and Microsoft Office)

The video above includes these steps.

STEP 1: Close Microsoft Office. (It cannot be running to do this.)

STEP 2:  Download the Google Drive Plugin For Office

Click here to download the Google Drive Plugin for Office. This plugin is only available for Microsoft Windows Computers. (Sorry Mac.)

STEP 3: Open Microsoft Office

It will have you enter your credentials for Google.

How to Open, Save, and Use Files Between Microsoft Word and Google Drive

Here’s where it gets a bit tricky, so I’m splitting this up for you into four ways you can use the files together.

TIP: Here, we’re pretty much using Google Drive and Google Docs interchangeably, but there is a difference. Google Docs is the word processor for Google. So, Microsoft Word works with Google Docs. Microsoft Excel works with Google Sheets. Microsoft PowerPoint works with Google Slides. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are all part of Google Drive just like Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint are part of Microsoft Office.

A. Opening Files from Google Drive

  • In Microsoft Word, you click “open files.”
  • Then, when you click “Open from Google Drive,” you’ll see your Google Drive.
  • Google Drive files will look like a small blue square. Microsoft Word files will have the blue W.
  • If you open a Google Doc file, it will open on the Web in Google Drive.

B. Opening a Google Doc file into Google Drive

  • When it opens the file, just go to File –> Download As –> Microsoft Word (.docx).
  • Then, you’ll just open into Microsoft Word (If you’re using Google Chrome, just click the file at the bottom.)
  • When you open the file, you’ll want to click “enable editing” so you can work with the file.

C. The Google Drive Ribbon in Microsoft Word

After installing the plugin, in the 2013/2016 versions of Microsoft Office, Google Drive now has a ribbon.

Add Google Drive to Microsoft Office

The new Google Drive ribbon in Office after the plugin is installed.

In the video, I go over each of the buttons.

  • Save to Drive lets you save into Google Drive. It will be saved as a Word file. The sharing settings for the folder you save it into will apply to any new documents you save, so pay attention to where you’re saving your files!
  • You can Open from the ribbon.
  • Share. You can change sharing settings from the ribbon. (If you’re a school, it will pull up all the emails of others using Google Apps for education.)
  • Save As. You can save it as another name.
  • Rename. Just rename the file.
  • Move. Move the file to somewhere else in your Google Drive.
  • Settings. This powerful tool will help some of you. You can tell the ribbon only to show Microsoft Word files or to show Word and Google Doc files. This way, if you just want to use Microsoft Word files, you can set it up this way. (It may prevent confusion for some beginners at your school.)
TIP. Remember that if you’re saving in Google Drive, the file is NOT on your computer. It is in Google Drive. So, if you don’t have Internet access, you can’t open the file.

D. Google Drive and Microsoft Word Files

When you open the Microsoft Word files in Google Drive, remember that you just have two options: View Only and Edit as Google Docs.

  • View Only. You can only view the file, you cannot edit it.
  • Edit as Google Docs. This button makes a COPY of your file. You’re now editing this as a Google Doc file.


  • Add something on the end of your files until you get the hang of the two programs working together.
  • Practice moving files around.
  • You might want to add a folder for your Word files to separate them from your Google Drive files.
  • Be careful about sharing. When you share to a folder, it shares it with everyone who has access to that folder. Make sure beginners understand this.
What are your tips? Please share your tips and tutorials with the rest of us since this is very new. Leave a comment or ask your question below. How are you using Google Drive and Microsoft Word together? 

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Improving Your Teaching Through Student Feedback

Every Classroom Matters episode 183

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How can we improve our lessons? When do we know what works and what doesn’t? In today’s show, Dean Shareski talks candidly about student feedback and the role of self-reflection in teaching. Improve the craft of teaching by incorporating his suggestions in your classroom routines. Become intentional and level up a little every day.

Important Takeaways

  • How student reflections can help teachers improve.
  • A scary thing Dean found his college students weren’t comfortable doing.
  • The two-word question that made Dean a better teacher.
  • The problem with rubrics.
  • Vicki’s “a-ha” moment about student feedback from Dean’s inspiration.

Dean Shareski’s honest talk about grades, assessment, and student feedback apply to every level of teaching. Self-reflection is an important part of teaching. Dean helps us understand how we can reflect and how our students can help.

Today’s Sponsor Lesley University has an impressive line-up of online programs specifically designed for busy teachers. If you’re interested in strengthening your professional training, your resume or your career options, you’ll want to take a look at what Lesley has to offer. Lesley’s programs include: creative learning environments, experienced faculty, small classes, and the kind of supportive online community that we all value and want. 

Educator Resources and Links from the Show

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Great quotes from the show you can share…

student feedback - we need relationships with students

Dean Shareski joy - student feedback

Education is an isolated profession. Dean Shareski

Do we see joy as we look on student faces in our classroom?

We can always use student feedback. If we think we've arrived, we really have a long way to go. Those teachers who don't think they need student feedback often need it the most.

We can always use student feedback. If we think we’ve arrived, we have a long way to go. Those teachers who don’t think they need student feedback often need it the most.

Improve your teaching with student feedback.

Improve your teaching with student feedback.

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How to Get Kids Excited About Science: Carmelo the Science Fellow

Every Classroom Matters episode 182

Carmelo the Science Fellow

How do you fill your students with wonder? How do you help kids love animals? How do you engage students in science? Carmelo the Science Fellow (who is also a principal) shares his fun-tastic ideas for science and getting kids excited in this episode.

Important Takeaways

  • The unbelievable thing he puts IN his walls.
  • How he got students excited about science his first day of teaching.
  • Now that he’s a principal, what happened when he put his desk in the welcome area.

Carmelo the Science Fellow has cool science ideas but also exciting ideas for teaching. I found myself inspired with his can-do attitude and any means necessary methods of teaching. But his work is also grounded in the science research that we quoted in the show (referenced below). We can no longer PowerPoint kids into boredom in the science classroom. We can do better. Here’s how.

Educator Resources from this Show


Get kids excited about science with Carmelo the Science fellow

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