Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PDFs to Google Docs, g(Math) Improvements, iPhone Shortcuts, Word Clouds and How To Use Them in Class, Blackout Techniques in Writing, Student Self-Management, Flubaroo, YouTube Math & Social Studies, Cupfakes! and What Burglars Say About How to Protect Your Home

Did you know?

The g(Math) Add-on Just Got Smarter - Launched in 2013, g(Math) has just gotten better and better, now a part of the Texthelp product line, it is said to be “a more simple and intuitive tool for creating digital, accessible math.” +John McGowan +Google for Education
To learn more about it and how it has improved, click here
For a guide on getting started and steps to using it, click here

The 7 Useful iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts - Shake to undo, caps lock, create your own text shortcuts, plus a few more from +Carley Knobloch http://carleyk.com/apps/7-iphone-keyboard-shortcuts/

What if?
Word Cloud Creator Tagul and Ideas On How To Use Them In Class - Create a word cloud for your students or let it be a choice for them to use as an assignment, for example:
  • To summarize (a book, speech, movie, mission, etc.)
  • Write a review
  • Visualize world or current events
  • Make a poster
  • Make a self-portrait or portrait of famous author, political figure, scientist, etc.
  • Dissect their resume (to see which words they use too often)
  • Create one to see if they can figure out the topic/title by just seeing the key words
  • Contrast literary characters or political candidates
  • Take the words from a class poll and put them in a word cloud to see what is mentioned most/least
  • For these and more ideas, see 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo Thank you +April Riley (Tagxedo isn’t available on chromebooks, but Tagul is)
How-to use Tagul - Google Doc with step-by-step

Something to think about…
Blackout Poetry (or Text Reduction) Gets an Update with Google Docs -  Help students with identifying main ideas, reading comprehension and their ability to summarize with the “blackout” technique. This article by +Eric Curts gives step-by-step instructions on how to use this with your students...making it easy and fast. It might give them a fun new way to approach and work on these skills. http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/11/docs-blackout.html @google

Tools for Student Self-Management - from +Edutopia, a short article with a few ideas for classroom management, such as Flexible Seating and Spaces, Time Management Logs, Task Lists and a few more, click here

3 Features of Flubaroo That Are Often Overlooked - 3 videos to show:

In Addition…
Cupfakes! That’s right, fake cupcakes that can be made into ornaments, gift toppers or just a fun decoration. Directions, tips and pics can be found here from +TheArtofDoingStuff Please note, her blog isn’t really written for children/students. This post is fine, but some of her other posts have colorful language. http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/christmas-ornament/?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d12a0ab296-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b431e4fc08-d12a0ab296-81907029


What Burglars Said Were The Biggest Deterrents, What Didn't Stop Them And How You Can Protect Your Home - This is a news segment with a video, if you scroll down beneath the video, there is a Q&A in text form you can read through. First seen via +Digg http://www.kgw.com/news/investigations/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344213396?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Day_195_-_Shut_the_burglar_out_(9293361460).jpg


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hour of Code, Free Google PD, Kahoot!'s Jumble, Sticky Notes, MadLibs in Google, Secret Santa Made Easy, 10 Rules, Class Tech like a Grocery Store, 3D Tours, Battlesheets, Google Forms Basics, Get Better Sleep, Recycling Rewards, Giant Dog

Did you know?
Hour of Code is Coming Dec. 5 - 11! - Code.org has several options for you to use with your students. Their activities have “been refreshed with new content, an updated look, and a filter tool that will allow you to find the best activity for your classroom.” https://code.org/learn  You can filter by grade level, educator’s experience, student’s experience, what kind of classroom devices you have, topics (content area), activity type (self-led or lesson plan), length and language (blocks, typing, etc.) Sign your class up today! If you’re in AISD, let me know if I can help you get started. +Code.org 

FREE Google Professional Development is Coming! - on Saturday, December 3rd, This online conference will offer around the clock sessions from around the globe. There are keynote speakers, as well as breakout sessions...all for free. +Google for Education +ShakeUpLearning 

Kahoot! Is adding to their products with Jumble - “Jumble questions come with a twist, by challenging players to place answers in the correct order rather than selecting one correct answer.” To see more and to try some of them out, go to https://getkahoot.com/blog/jumble-is-coming-and-we-need-you

What if?
Put Sticky Notes on Webpages with OurStickys - a chrome extension to help with productivity and note-taking. It does ask you to log in and has the Google login option to make things easy. Once you add it, just right click on your screen (on a web page), choose add note and there you are! Thank you +Richard Byrne +Google for Education 
  • If you go to a web page that was open before adding the extension, you’ll need to refresh the screen to make it available...but, it should have a pop-up to tell you that.
  • To customize fonts and sticky note colors, click the gear icon at the top of each sticky note.

Create MadLibs in Google Sheets - a fun way for students to practice parts of speech and/or something students can create for others using a template from Flippity.net. Thank you +Richard Byrne for this how-to video: https://youtu.be/smz_3FCFe8I

Secret Santa Made Easy with Google Sheet Add-On - for those launching the annual Secret Santa tradition very soon...this may be a way to lighten the load for the coordinator. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/secret-santa/eoognkhkcdgmnhmlobgnehlpjmdcngkk?utm_source=permalink +Google  image: https://pixabay.com/p-311481/?no_redirect

Something to think about…

How class tech is like grocery shopping and how the SAMR Model is more like a swimming pool than a ladder. This is a nice, short article from +Matt Miller acknowledging the difficulties of integrating tech to reach the redefinition level, but giving you some ideas on how to get there. http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/11/08/how-class-tech-is-like-grocery-shopping/

Beautiful, 3D tours with AirPano - Students and teachers can access these via a web page or an iOS or Android app.  There are hundreds of locations to choose from in video or 3D panorama form. Once the image is loaded, you can hold down the arrow keys to move fluidly around. http://www.airpano.com/

Battlesheets - Google Sheets template for an online, interactive version of the Battleship game from +Eric Curts  http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/11/battlesheets.html creativity, collaborproblem-solvingsolving, communication, critical thinking...it’s all here! +Google for Education 
He also has game templates/instructions for students to play Chess and Checkers in Google Drawings!

In Addition…
Stop Crashing When Work Is Done – We’ve Got a Better Evening Routine


All the Popular Stores That’ll Reward You For Recycling - Staples, Apple, BestBuy, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Levi’s and many more! “Could be a coupon for future use, or it could be cold-hard reward points that you can redeem for significant savings.”


This Guy Photoshops His Dog Into A Giant In All His Pics (hmmm...Christmas card idea?)
Thank you SwissMiss


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Google Forms File Upload, Morning Work, Animation, Photo Lighting Tips, Get Things Done, Winter Magnet Poetry, Videos for ELL, iPad STEAM, Population

Did you know?
Google Forms: All You Should Know About The New File Upload Feature by Romain Vialard. This is a nice step-by-step, with images to show you what this looks like, how to add to any form, where to find the uploads once the forms are turned in...and...wait for it...how the ownership works! This feature is supposed to be available on Nov. 9th and as far as I know this feature will only work in Forms that are restricted to your Education domain. +Google for Education 

What if?
Morning Work Alternatives - from #ICGullatt, these are mostly for younger grades, but may inspire ideas for teachers of secondary students. If you’re looking for a change in routine or a way to freshen up mornings in your classroom, take a look at this article for 7 alternatives. Some teachers also include their procedures and how they are using them. http://icgullatt.blogspot.com/2016/11/morning-work-alternatives.html

Animation basics: Homemade special effects - from TED-Ed, a cute video to show students how to use people in stop motion videos, great to get them excited and get the creative juices flowing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq-3JfRrgRM

DIY Photo Lighting Tricks - from +Photojojo could inspire your student’s creativity.  3 problems and 3 possible solutions http://content.photojojo.com/diy/3-diy-lighting-solutions/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lume-launch&mc_cid=3ed98c51bc&mc_eid=a97d8903d6

Something to think about…
5 Different Ways to Schedule Your Day to Get Things Done - This article from Stephen Altrogge via +Zapier has a few options for you to use to keep the focus and be more productive. These may be good to share with your students who are taking on more and more!
Introduce and then let them find which of the Five Methods fits them best:
  1. Time Blocking
  2. MIT (Most Important Task)
  3. Pomodoro Technique
  4. 90-Minute Focus Sessions
  5. Polyphasic Sleep Method

Winter Magnetic Poetry Template - More fun from +ShakeUpLearning already set up for your students. If you liked the Halloween Magnetic Poetry, this may be for you! Go to the link and then scroll down to click on the link to get a free copy of the template. http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/winter-magnetic-poetry-with-google-slides/

Human Population Through Time - a 6-minute video map from the American Museum of Natural History

In Addition…
How Fast Would You Run A Marathon? This calculator can estimate how fast you’d run 26.2 miles:


Listen To What Chicago Sounded Like After The Cubs Won The World Series - from +Digg https://youtu.be/9x8nMbs2jRI