Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seesaw Task Cards, Take a Photo While Shooting Video, Book Creator, Alternate Colors in Google Sheets, Photojournalism, Google's Music Layers, What is Math For?, Flipgrid Rubric, Increase Classroom Efficiency, Kahoot! Math Games, Local Economy, Home Tips, Break Bad Cell Phone Habits

Did you know?
Seesaw Task Cards - Another Way They’re Making It Even Easier To Use
Our grade specific Seesaw Task Cards help students independently document their learning with Seesaw. Task Cards with easy-to-follow instructions are a great way to introduce Seesaw to your class….” Approx. 3 tasks provided for each: Pre-K through High School, Generic and Special School Days. Click Here



Take a Photo While Shooting Video on Your iPhone or Android
While shooting video, simply press the white button to take a photo at the same time. Thank you, +Tony Vincent



How To Create a Contact Group in Gmail
A nice step-by-step from +Jeremy Badiner, click here for video, click here for steps in a Doc









What if?
Alternate Colors in Google Sheets
To make viewing the data easier on the eyes, choose a color scheme and let it alternate the colors of the lines for you. In a google sheet, simply click “Format”, then “Alternating colors”, a window will pop up on the right, choose your formatting style and colors, then click “Done”. Thank you +Alice Keeler



Step Inside of Music
Google’s new interactive experiment letting you explore the layers of music. Works on a VR device, phone or laptop. Web-based with nothing to download. There are limited songs right now, but I imagine that will change quickly! Click here for the info, click here to go straight to the site. +Google for Education 








Something to think about…
Before Tackling Shakespeare, Students Analyze Puzzling Photos via The New York Times
How one teacher is using photojournalism to teach students to apply the same skill set of close reading, analysis and writing evidence-based paragraphs to a Shakespeare text. Click here


Book Creator is Now Live for All Chromebook Users!
An incredible iOS app is now available for Chrome users! This tool is for creating multimedia, digital books with videos, images, drawings, voice over and text. There are comic strip layouts as well as traditional. This tool is fun, easy and intuitive. Students and teachers can sign in with their Google account. Students join your “library” using a code, this enables you to see their books. The books can be saved as an ePub or published online in a private Book Creator link. Thank you +Richard Byrne Click here to get started.
Note: The free plan lets you have 1 active library which stores up to 40 student books. “Libraries can be archived at the end of a project or school year allowing more to be created within your quota. Books in archived libraries can be restored or downloaded by the teacher.” You could also have them collaborate on one book in groups.








Resources…
'What Is Math For? Why Do I Have to Learn This?' Teachers Share Their Answers



A Flipgrid Rubric
Something to get you started from @JoyceBronwyn



6 Opportunities to Increase Classroom Efficiency
A few ideas from +Matt Miller and Ditch That Textbook



Kahoot Launches a New Collection of Math Games
Click here for a little more from +Richard Byrne








In Addition…
Rebuild Your Local Economy
If you close “Amazon, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy”. Click here for more. Thank you at Swissmiss

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How To Make Your Home Look 10 Times Better in 10 Minutes Or Less  
Click here for that list from Apartment Therapy.


5 Ruthless Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering
Click here to help your decision process, #3 really did it for me! Also from Apartment Therapy.
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You & Your Phone - 10 Simple Steps To Break Bad Habits and Take Back Control
I’m using a couple of these strategies, but want to implement a few more...it’s a great list! Thank you Swissmiss image: https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5213/5516621911_161cd7dc2f_b.jpg

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If You've Had A New Roof Put On Recently Due To Storm or Hail Damage - What You Need To Check
If your hot water heater(s) are in the attic and you have recently had a new roof put on, you need to check and make sure the vents on your hot water heater(s) are still attached. Having a new roof installed can jar those around and they can easily become disconnected. This happened to ours and several neighbors around us. If your hot water heaters are gas powered, the dislodged vents can allow carbon monoxide to vent into your attic. Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Hot_water_heater_with_pipe.jpg

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Find Your Car, Google Calendar Tips, Present From a Chromebook, Version History, Pixel Art, Passwords, Jar of Awesome, Google Classroom & Forms Updates, Seesaw, Bedtime Math, Student Reflection, Permission to Blog, Create Certificates on Canva, Hurricane Relief - Adopt a Classroom, iPhone Icons, Hang Art Properly, Hide the Litter Box, #EdTech

Did you know?
Quickly Find Your Car with Your iPhone
Leaving the stadium, ballpark, concert, state fair or other big event and want to easily find where you parked...there’s a way! If your iPhone is connected to your car using CarPlay, or paired using Bluetooth, the Apple Maps app automatically marks where you park. When in the Apple Maps app, tap “Parked Car” to find your way back to your ride. You may have to swipe up from the bottom to see the “Parked Car” option. For more, click here.



Removing a Calendar in Google
Click here to see how to delete/unsubscribe to “other calendars” and to see how to delete your calendars.



How to See a List of Your Calendar Items
Simply click the Agenda button in the upper right, when you’re in your Google Calendar. You can still turn on/off which calendar’s events you see on the left, just as you can in the traditional calendar view. This comes in handy if you need to print a list.



How To Present From a Chromebook
If you want students presenting from their own Chromebooks, here’s a quick shortcut to make it pretty painless. From OMG!Chrome!  "If you plan on connecting your Chromebook to an external monitor (or TV) at some point then the ‘Mirror Monitor’ shortcut is a neat one. Rather than add an additional workspace it simply mirrors the Chromebook’s screen."




What if?
Version History in Google Docs - How It Can Help With Writing
This post from +Eric Curts talks about & walks you through using Version History (“...whenever someone makes a change to a Google Doc (or Slides, Sheets, Drawings, etc.) Google tracks each change, who made the change, and when it was made.”) and how it can now save previous versions of writing that can be useful in the writing process. See also his post on 6 awesome uses for Revision (Version) History



Pixel Art Activities for any Subject with Google Sheets
This post from +Eric Curts has ideas, a template (and links to more templates), directions and a short list of other possibilities i.e. art, tech skills, characters, concepts, retelling, area, and mapping.




Something to think about…
A New Thought on Creating Your Passwords
As seen in a story on WFAA



Jar of Awesome
Celebrate student, class, campus and teacher success! See this post from +ShakeUpLearning for more on this idea.


10 Ways Google Is Making Classroom And Forms Easier For Teachers This School Year
  1. Single view of student work
  2. Reorder classes
  3. Decimal grading
  4. Transfer class ownership
  5. Add profile picture on mobile
  6. Provision classes with School Directory Sync
  7. New Classroom integrations
  8. Display class code
  9. Sneak Peek! Import Google Forms Quiz scores into Classroom
  10. Add feedback in question-by-question grading in Quizzes
Click here for more detailed descriptions. +Google for Education 




Resources…
Not Sure How To Get Started with Seesaw? They’ve got you covered!
Take their “Seesaw 101” online course to get you up and running in less than 30 minutes.



“Parents Know To Read To Their Kids At Night, But What About Math?”
Check out these two free iOS (iPhone, iPad) apps for elementary. Thank you @COOLMOMTECH
“Choose the Problem of the Day, or explore over 1600 additional math problems with various zany topics. Each has three levels of challenge ("Wee Ones," "Little Kids," and "Big Kids"), and many also have harder questions ("The Sky's the Limit") for really big kids, grown-ups, and anyone who's feeling brave!”


Pet Bingo, from Duck Duck Moose
“Come watch your child’s understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division grow with their very own pets! Pet Bingo is a playful game for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.”



7 Ideas for Student Reflection
#5 would be a great place to use Flipgrid, works on all devices (for iOS an app needs to be downloaded). Click here for all 7 from 4 O’Clock Faculty.



Obtaining Permission To Blog With Students
3 Steps to take, with examples of this teacher’s (Kathleen Morris) information and permission notes.



How to Create Certificates on Canva





In Addition…
How to Help Hurricane Irma Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)
Click Here  image from The US Navy Live Blog



Harvey Teachers in Need
Facebook page to connect with & adopt classrooms  Click here
Google Sheet to sign up to adopt a classroom  Click here
Information gathered from this EdSurge article, Teachers Nationwide Rally to ‘Adopt’ Classrooms Impacted by Harvey.



Harvey - Links to Give Help, Links to Get Help
Click here  (from The EduBlogger)



How Teachers Can Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief
Click here (from Education Week) image from Edublogs



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What Do Those Icons on Your iPhone Mean
Click here for a list and description of all the status icons.



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The Trick To Hanging Art Properly
A quick video from Apartment Therapy to show you how. Using the craft paper also works well when hanging a group of frames.


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8 Purr-fect DIY Ways to Hide the Litter Box
Apartment Therapy does it again! Click here.


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