Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Your Connected Apps, Google Classroom Tips, ePortfolios, Story Structure with Pixar, Math in the Real World, Statistical Research PBL, Last Few Days of School, Google Profile Picture, Gmail Filters, Random Name Generators, iPhone Photography Tips, Group Gifting, Robocalls, Lightening Photography, Sunshine, #EdTech, Bug Repellent

The last post of the school year...see you in August!

Did you know?

Keeping Your Google Account Safe and Uncluttered
A quick task explained by +Lori Gracey from TCEA - just click on the red words in the article and it will take you directly to your connected apps. I wound up removing several that I tried at one time, but don’t use anymore.

Control Google Classroom Email Notifications
There are more options for customizing the notifications than there used to be.
  1. Go into Google Classroom
  2. Click the menu button in the upper left corner (the 3 stacked lines a.k.a. hamburger or pancakes)
  3. Scroll down to “Settings”
  4. Choose what you like.
They are all “on” by default.

Google Classroom Tip on Using Private Comments
If you use private comments in Google Classroom and would like a quick way to tell if the comment was yours or the student’s when looking at the roster of the left side of the screen, check out this solution from +Alice Keeler Another tip included in this post is asking the students to start their comments with “Keeler” if they want her to respond to a question specifically and are not just answering a prompt.

What if?
11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios
This article from +Cool Cat Teacher does a great job of laying out what you need to know to implement an ePortfolio program with your students, the decisions you’ll need to make and ideas for content.
Note: This was written in 2015, there are also other tools available now. I’m not discounting those mentioned in the article, It’s just something to keep in mind. For G-Suite districts, Google Slides, Google Docs & Blogger (if allowed by your administration) may also be an option. Two non G-Suite tools are Seesaw (free) & Bulb (freemium).

New Lesson on Story Structure from Pixar and Khan Academy
This is the 3rd installment in the “Pixar in a Box: The Art of Storytelling” lessons. This section has 3 Acts and 5 Activities, along with advice to storytellers.
So far, they have:
  1. We are all storytellers
  2. Character
  3. Story Structure
Coming soon:
  • Visual language
  • Film grammar
  • Storyboard your film
Don’t forget to also check out their Pixar in a box: Lesson Guides - quality content to close out the year or to use when planning for next year!

Something to think about…
Math in the Real World
This site has lessons, simulations, games videos and other interactive tools to use technology to teach math, social studies, economics and financial literacy. Most listings you see on the first page of the website are for grades 9-12, but click on the “Search by” Grade tab in the upper right to see listings for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Thank you +Richard Byrne 

Statistical Research PBL – A HyperDoc + Smashboard Project
Check out this lesson, from teacher Meagan Kelly, done with middle school students! This post is complete with objective, math concepts, extension, end results, important considerations, student samples, teacher reflection, 3 things to do next time and a link to the project (scroll way down...just above the student sample links). For those in my district, let me know if you want to collaborate on creating a smash board for your students!

What To Do in These Last Few Days of School...
...or in this 15 minutes after an assembly, etc. This post, from Jennifer Gonzalez via Cult of Pedagogy, has several ideas (30 in fact) in 3 different categories: Low-Prep, Medium Prep and High-Prep or Long Term. If you’re looking for something new, take a peek!

How to Change Your Google Profile Picture from +Richard Byrne 

How to Create Gmail Filters from +Richard Byrne 

5 Random Name Generators: The Modern Day Popsicle Sticks
A quick resource from Teachbytes

Kid-Friendly Tasks For End-of-Year Room Close Out
A nice list, mainly geared toward elementary grades from +Angela Watson 

In Addition…
How to Shoot Photos on iPhone 7
Check out these quick photography how-to videos, by category, from Apple on how to shoot a vertical pano, a close-up, a portrait, action, without a flash, a selfie with the timer, with street light, a unique angle, stills while filming, a bold and simple image, a one-handed selfie, during golden hour, a sunset silhouette, a group portrait and a backlit subject.


3 Helpful Group Gift Websites That Make The Process So Much Easier
It’s that time of year! Would an online service make this easier? Here are 3 to look into! Thank you +Cool Mom Tech image:https://pixabay.com/p-570826/?no_redirect


Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them


Lightning Photography
With Spring comes lightening, here are some tips on getting the perfect shot from Photojojo. Image: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Storm-Dark-Thunder-Night-Clouds-Lightening-520160


So Much Sunshine


These 8 Bug Sprays Are Useless Against Zika
ConsumerReports tested dozens of sprays against mosquitos that spread Zika and West Nile viruses, as well as ticks carrying lime disease, for its annual insect repellent ratings. Click here for their Insect Repellent Buying Guide. Thank you +Greatist for sharing!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Google Calendar Tips, Clickbait, AR vs VR, Classroom Video, Google Drawings, Setup an FAQ Page, Finding Your Beautiful Moment, End of Year Ideas, Level Up ELA, Old Maps, Tips for Every Grade, Digital Life, Moon Stamp, Sleep, Brain Pump and #EdTech

Did you know?
Google Calendar Tips
To see your events in a list view, click on “Agenda” (located in the upper right of your screen)

To change your default calendar view, click on the gear icon in the upper right, click on “settings”, scroll down to “default view”, set to your desired view and then, the most important part...scroll to the top or the bottom of the page and click “save”.

Teaching Kids (and Adults) about Clickbait
A nice post from TCEA explaining what clickbait is, why it’s so dangerous, what you can do and lesson ideas for teaching students about it. Image: https://pixabay.com/p-304097/?no_redirect

Augmented Reality v. Virtual Reality v. Mixed Reality
A 3:35 minute video to describe the differences from +Richard Byrne 

What if?
Google Classroom: Record Video Straight to Classroom
“This is a game-changer, from your mobile device you can record video straight to Google Classroom.” (from +Alice Keeler) And...students can do the same to turn in a video recorded directly in Google Classroom. This is currently a mobile feature only. Check out Alice’s post for a how-to.

Google Drawings is the Hidden Gem in the Core G Suite Tools For Education
Think of it as a digital drawing/poster board! This post from +Matt Miller will give you tips and tricks for using this tool as well as ideas for using them in the classroom, such as interactive posters, infographics, timelines, collaboration, comic strips, annotation and more! Check out his post on 10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes for a little bit more. +Google for Education 
For a great video on using this tool and learning how to draw an avatar at the same time, check out “Doodle Yourself with Google Drawing

Something to think about…
Set Up an FAQ Page For Your Students To Address Questions You Get Repeatedly
In addition to “Ask 3 and then me”, this is a great way to eliminate repetitive questions. “You want to cover the basics that could be stopping your students making progress. Try making a list of the questions you routinely answer again, and again.” For more, check out this post from Dr. Liz Hardy @SimpliTeach If using Google Classroom, the “About” tab is a great place for resources like this. Creating your FAQ in a google doc (and sharing the link/doc) is a great way to make sure students always see the latest version. Padlet would also be good...meeting these same criteria.

5 Ideas To Level Up Language Arts
A great 10-minute podcast to listen to while eating your lunch, entering grades, etc from @Alex_Corbitt via +Cool Cat Teacher. They cover:
How to scaffold reading
Making use of classroom spaces
Some cool project ideas including “talk show host”
Using picture books even with older kids
Establishing benchmarks for students
Advice for new teachers

How to Find Old Maps Online
You can view online, download or print...and they can be used as overlays in the Google Earth layers. Thank you, +Richard Byrne 

50 Tips For Every Grade from +WeAreTeachers
New to the classroom, new to a grade level or in your grade level for the long haul...they’ve “canvassed the web to bring you the best and brightest grade-specific advice from your peers”. Check it out here! Note: They currently have PreK - 7th grade, GT, Sub Plans & School Supplies with more coming soon.

In Addition…
Protecting Your Digital Life in 8 Easy Steps
You may not do all 8, but give a few in this article a try! I’ve had my computer’s camera covered for a while...though I do get a little teasing about it. By Jonah Engel Bromwich via The New York Times


A New Postage Stamp Reveals A Rare Astronomical Phenomenon When You Touch It
To mark the first total eclipse of the sun in 38 years, “the United States Postal Service is issuing an inspired postage stamp with a special trick.” To learn more about it and the map on the back, click here for the article by Anne Quito via Quartz Thank you Swissmiss


Surprising Things You’re Doing To Mess Up Your Sleep
6 things to look into and be on your way to better sleep...and who doesn’t need that?!
From making the room colder to getting your thoughts down to stopping the late night TV … and a few things in between, check out this quick article from @carleyK


Brain Pump: A Place To Learn Something New Everyday
Spend more time here and less on Facebook. For more sites check out this post, “Ditch Facebook And Make Yourself Smarter With These 10 Hottest Learning Sites” from Chloe Chong via +Lifehack