Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Google Forms File Upload & Question Prediction, Find/View Responses in Google Quizzes, Capitalization and Punctuation Practice, My Maps Lesson, Search Tips, PDB Quiz, Photo/Video Activities, Chrome Icons, History of Immigration, Awesome Carved Pumpkins

Did you know?
Coming Soon! Google Forms will have a “File Upload” answer option - coming on or about Nov. 9th. This feature will only work in Forms that are restricted to your Education domain.
What else is coming?
  1. Forms will be able to predict the type of question you are asking and suggest response options.
  2. There are new voice typing commands, click here to see the VERY comprehensive list.

How to Find/View Responses in Your Google Forms/Quizzes - a short video to show your 3 options for viewing the responses/data. +Google for Education

What if?
A Capitalization and Punctuation Practice Activity with Google Docs - Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you set up a capitalization and punctuation exercise for your students. Quickly...with a Google Add-on to save you time from +Eric Curts. If posting in Google Classroom remember to “make a copy for each student”!

Lesson Idea using Google’s “My Maps” for World Geography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gIdoMPwWOI

Something to think about…
2 Great Search Tips for You and Your Students - From +Eric Curts, giving help to those trying to enter long URL’s and teaching us all how to search for keywords within a website. Quick and easy instructions! http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/10/simple-search-lifesavers.html

Take Ozy's Presidential Daily Brief Quiz to “find out whether your knowledge of current affairs is presidential … or worthy of an unpaid intern.”  http://www.ozy.com/wildcard/the-pdb-weekly-quiz/72605

10 Activities With Photos And Video - a nice list from +Matt Miller to help you or your students create “visually rich, personal ways to connect learning to our own lives.” If you’re looking for a few fresh ideas, check this one out. http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/10/20/teaching-through-the-camera-lens-10-activities-with-photos-and-video/

10 Chrome Icons (You and) Your Students Should Know - you may already know about these, but if your students are new to Chrome and/or Chromebooks here is a nice pdf you can download or share with them from +EdTechTeam http://blog.edtechteam.com/2016/10/10-google-chrome-icons-that-will-change.html

Animated Map Shows The History Of Immigration To The Us - From Business Insider, “Today, more than 1 in 8 Americans are immigrants, and almost all are descendants of those born in foreign lands.” https://youtu.be/Fe79i1mu-mc

In Addition…
Outrageously Awesome Carved Pumpkins - from +Cool Mom Picks http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2016/10/19/awesome-carved-pumpkins/

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One File in Multiple Folders, Shuffle Answers & Questions in Google Forms, Put Lessons in Google Tour Builder, Google Tools for Special Needs, 12 Election Resources to Use with Students, Unplug Every Saturday, Time for Meaningful Work

Did you know?
You can now put things in more than one folder at a time in Google Drive. Here’s how:
In your Drive, click on the file you want to copy to another folder (don’t double click, you just want the file to be highlighted). +Google for Education 

 Then, hold down the Shift key, while also hitting Z. This window should open up for you to choose where to copy the file to:

What if?
Shuffle Answer Choices and Question Order in Google Forms/Quiz

To shuffle the question order:
Choose Settings, then Presentation, then check the box and click Save
Quiz_shuffle question order.png

To shuffle the answer choices within a multiple choice question:
Enter the question, the answer choices, then click the 3 dots in the lower right corner
of that question window, then choose Shuffle option order
Quiz_shuffle answer choices.png

Special Note:
If using images and the shuffle option, you might want to view this post to make sure the images don't get shuffled separately:

Something to think about…
Make An Engaging Lesson That Can Take Place When a Sub is in Your Class - Google Tour Builder is an easy tool that allows you to put pins on a map, then add video, images and text to go with each location. User-friendly and quick to figure out, this tool is great for students! But, may be even better for teachers! One of our HS History teachers, Sharon Romero, used it to create a lesson for a day she would be out of class. She set up 6 stops on the map with each having text and a video. While the sub is there, the students will go into her Google Tour, watch each of the location’s videos, take notes and study for a quiz the next day. Genius! +Google for Education 
For a how-to video for teachers or students, go to https://youtu.be/aU-QeAKdSYcx

21 Chrome Extensions for Special Needs and Struggling Students from +Eric Curts  includes SpeakIt!, Announcify, OpenDyslexic and Readline, just to name a few! +Google for Education http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/10/special-needs-extensions.html

12 Ways To Pull The Elections Into Your Class Now, from +Matt Miller … his list also includes the Win the White House game from iCivics.org http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/10/10/12-u-s-election-resources-to-use-with-students-now/

In Addition…
This Woman (and her family) Unplugs Every Saturday (and Will Convince You to Do the Same) - Such a great idea! Click and read about how this works, would it work for you? http://greatist.com/connect/tiffany-shlain-technology-shabbat?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=story9_cta&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2016-10-06_testA_20160817


First seen on SwissMiss

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Challenge Accepted, Google Drawings, New Geo Game, Deep Learning with Google Tools, Decoding the Civil War, iPad Periodic Table, 35 Apps for Classroom, Improve Your City, Real Size Comparisons

Did you know?
Spark Creativity, Imagination, And Problem Solving! ESC Region XI is holding classroom challenges once a month. You connect remotely (via Zoom or a Live Stream) and compete with other classes in Texas and around the nation. “Challenge Accepted” is the 3rd Thursday of each Month at 9am.  Each month brings a new challenge designed to spark creativity, imagination, and problem solving! October 20th is the next one. For more info, go to http://www.esc11.net/Page/6457

A Few Things You Can Do With Google Drawings - https://youtu.be/CPrMysklgDY
A how-to video from +Richard Byrne showing:
  • Photos:
    • Crop, add borders and filters
    • Adjust brightness, contrast and transparency
    • Edit and save as a new photo (jpeg or png)
  • Word Art
  • Create Charts
  • Image Commenting and Notations

What if?
A New Geography Game, Similar to Kahoot! - developed by a high school teacher and his student in Portland, Maine, it is meant to be a way to practice and learn more about geography. In it’s beta version, you can’t create your own trivia sets yet, but they hope to add that soon. It works by projecting the website in the classroom, one person starts the game from there. As soon as the starter chooses “Start a Game”,a game ID is revealed, then the starter chooses categories and regions of the world (click the gear icon to select the region). The other players in the room join the game using the given “game ID” for their class and their name. This can be played on any device. Thank you +Richard Byrne http://gameon.world/

Electoral College Infographic - a visual path from Kids Discover http://www.kidsdiscover.com/infographics/infographic-electoral-college-for-kids/

Something to think about…
Deep learning with Google tools: 20 ideas - an information rich post from +Matt Miller, this has the tools, and ideas to go with them, to take learning deeper. Use the mentioned Google tools to create a home base for a bigger project and then to start researching and creating. He has put a lot of time into this one to give you a big head start. There are some new tools in here that you may not have used before including Ngram Viewer,  Google Correlate, Google News Archive, Google Tour Builder and Google Story Builder, just to name (more than) a few! http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/09/26/deep-learning-with-google-tools-20-ideas/

Decoding the Civil War - access to transcribed and deciphered telegrams from the Civil War. Thank you +Vicki Davis https://blog.decodingthecivilwar.org/

The Periodic Table of iPad Apps - arranged in groups by creativity, teaching, demonstrating, collaboration, learning, numeracy, computing and literacy. I first saw this on edutech4teachers.edublogs.org inspired by Sean Junkins and remixed by ICT Evangelist Mark Anderson https://ictevangelist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/PTAPPS-ICTEvangelist.png

35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom as well as a quick note about how to use them from +Kasey Bell http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/20-awesome-apps-that-integrate-with-google-classroom/

Halloween Magnetic Poetry is Back! From +Kasey Bell ... make a copy for your students! +Google for Education  http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/halloween-magnetic-poetry-with-google-drawings/ Here’s mine:

In Addition…
101 small ways you can improve your city - By Patrick Sisson And Alissa Walker, one of my favorites is #35...more swings please! +Curbed http://www.curbed.com/2016/9/22/13019420/urban-design-community-building-placemaking


Real Size of Large Wonders of the World Are Put Into Perspective through Visual Comparisons - from MyModernMet, 10 to take a look at including the Titanic, Largest Radio Telescope in the World, The Breathing Scorpion (seen below) and many more! First seen via SwissMiss http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/kevin-wisbith-a-quick-perspective?context=featured&utm_source=swissmiss&utm_campaign=01a1c3eb16-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2660ad4d17-01a1c3eb16-393340477


Random Photo from http://www.dumpaday.com/


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Docs has Columns, Keep Your Computer Safe, Cyber Safety, Bulb ePortfolios, Password Tips, That vs Which, Creativity using Chrome, Social Studies, Geosettr, Creation Apps, Charity Miles, Triple Spiral with Dominoes, Fall Veggies

Did you know?
Google Docs Now Has Columns! Under “Format”, across the top, choose “Columns”, then choose from the window popping up on the right. If you select “More Options”, you can specify the number of columns, spacing and if you want a line between the columns. +Google for Education 

22 Things You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer Safe - a smart video by +Vicki Davis about your home computer and how to keep you information as safe as possible. It’s 17:00 minutes full of detailed information. You may not be able to take all of these steps right away, but it’s a good list to start working on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfWjogit8YE

Cyber Safety - for students, parents and teachers. This is a tremendous resource covering vocab, students & social media, child predators, cyberbullying, thinking before posting, lost scholarships due to student posts, educators & social media, the apps every parent and teacher should know about, along with instructional materials. This is a one stop shop! +Janet Corder & @joangore https://www.smore.com/c8m6t

What if?
Bulb, for Digital Portfolios - The students can take it with them to use in college and their careers after that or even if they move districts.
A few notes:
  • Web based - device agnostic
  • 2 GB in the FREE platform, 10GB in the paid platform
  • Easily be shared and turned in, each page and collection has it’s own URL
  • Collections within your portfolio are kind of like folders
    • They can be for anything you need
    • You can bring in items from outside of school (activities, volunteer work, etc.)
    • You can have different pages within a collection/folder
    • Within a page you can embed images, text, video (youtube and vimeo)
  • Can be private, publish publicly or within groups only
  • For students and for teachers
  • Can resize and crop pictures within the tool, it also keeps the original photo information in there in case you ever need it in it’s original state (bonus)
  • Text wrapping
  • Probably fits MS and HS best (they do have k-12 users)
  • Continue to add and build in college and their professional career
  • Help resources: www.bulbapp.com/hellobulb
  • Does have an email verification, but it isn’t mandatory, but you can just “x” out
  • You can login with Google, for students, they’ll need to change that email before graduation (if the district doesn’t allow them to take their gmail accounts with them when they graduate)

Something to think about…
10 Important Password Tips Everyone Should Know by +Vicki Davis 
There are some good tips and reminders in this short article, including using a passphrase instead of a password, substitute numbers for letters and logging out when you leave your phone or computer.  http://www.coolcatteacher.com/password-tips/?utm_content=buffer17cdd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer image: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3781/9352323216_b3325b2e70_b.jpg

that vs. which
Which is which? What is that? Sorting out the relative pronouns from the Comma Queen via NewYorker.com http://video.newyorker.com/watch/whichcraft +The New Yorker Thank you SwissMiss

Chromium Creativity - Creation tools that can be used on Chromebooks from Christy Fennewald. Please note that there are free, freemium and paid tools listed. +ChromebookHQ +Christy Fennewald 

Also for Social Studies - Geosettr - create geography challenges for your students. GeoGuessr is a web site to test your skills and geography knowledge using Google Street View for your clues. As a teacher, you can create your own challenges for your students in GeoSettr. You can enter up to 5 locations by placing the yellow man marker/pin in the locations you choose, then click “Set round 1”, place the marker/pin in your next location and “Set round 2”, etc. +Christy Fennewald 

Creation Apps Are Where It's At (1st grade) - 12 tools listed in this blog post, as well as how this teacher has them organized on her iPads. http://malchowsreflections.blogspot.hr/2016/08/creation-apps-are-where-its-at-1st-grade.html?utm_content=buffer967e3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus from Larry Ferlazzo (games, quizzes, activities and more)

In Addition…
Improve The World With Your Smartphone - the items featured here are from an article on +Lifehack. I’ll be including one each week until the list runs out. This week's feature is:
“...rack up donations for your chosen charity by walking, running, or cycling. Each mile is worth .10 to .25, depending on the type of activity you choose, and you can change charities each time if you want to help several organizations.” To download the app and/or see the charities you can support (at least 40 to choose from) go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/charity-miles/id505253234?mt=8


The Amazing Triple Spiral (15,000 Dominoes) from Hevesh5. I first saw this via the SwissMiss blog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo6x4eulY9g&spfreload=5