Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Magnifying Feature on a PC, 2 Safari Windows on an iPad, Lesson Ideas, Digital Exit Tickets, Back up your iPhone, Write the World, Perception, Wonderville, Chrome Offline, Teacher Hacks, Donate a Photo, GizmoPal2, Jealousy

Did you know?
How to view two Safari windows side-by-side, on an iPad, using new iOS 10 features - Thank you +Tony Vincent  https://plus.google.com/+TonyVincentInc/posts/aG51nfUgeqN


How to use the Magnifying Feature on a PC by +Amy Mayer 
This is a quick video to walk you through the steps. https://youtu.be/SfD4jnx8Hfs







What if?
Having a sub anytime soon?
Here are two lesson ideas that don’t require the sub to use your teacher computer:
  1. “Collaborative Google Slides for the Win!” is a Google Slide project where each student has their own slide to work on. From +Alice Keeler and Christine Monge, it only took the teacher about 10 minutes to set up. http://christymonge.com/connect2tech/collaborative-google-slides-win/ image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/Crystal_Clear_app_ktip.svg/2000px-Crystal_Clear_app_ktip.svg.png @g
  2. Assign videos/assessments in Google Classroom. This will require that each student have their own set of earbuds. With this type of lesson, the sub doesn’t need to login to the teacher computer to show a video. EdPuzzle is a great tool that will incorporate questions into the actual video...the students answer the questions as they go through the video. EdPuzzle works well with Google Classroom and has chrome and iOS apps (with Android coming soon). In AISD, it is already available to students in 4-12th grades on their Chromebooks. They can go into the Chrome Web Store to add it to their personal list of apps. +Google for Education +EDpuzzle 


Five Good Digital Exit Ticket Tools - a quick list with brief descriptions from +Richard Byrne  http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/09/five-good-digital-exit-ticket-tools.html









Something to think about…
It’s Time To Get Better About Backing Up Your iPhone By +Carley Knobloch
A quick post to remind you to backup your phone, with directions on how to back it up to the computer and to the cloud. (always back up your phone before updating it) http://carleyk.com/gear/better-about-iphone-backups/ image: https://pixabay.com/p-153008/?no_redirect\
For more information on the differences in backup choices, go to this article by Tech-addict http://www.the-tech-addict.com/how-to-backup-iphone-to-icloud-and-itu


Write The World - (for ages 13 - 18) provides your writers with an authentic audience. You can have public and private groups and use for peer review (even with students around the world). This site also provides contests and writing prompts in a wide variety of styles (flash fiction, one sentence, advice and short story just to name a few). Originally seen in a post by +Larry Ferlazzo 
Also check out, The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” by Larry Ferlazzo http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/04/01/the-best-places-where-students-can-write-for-an-authentic-audience/








Resources…
Perception - If you cover the concept of perception with your students, this might be a good video to show and/or to have them take part in as it is presented in the video. From +Larry Ferlazzo  @larryferlazzo Video: “Take This Perception Test to See How Visually Intelligent You Are”




Check out Top 10 Google Chrome Google For Education Offline Tips! From the +EdTechTeam  http://ow.ly/Jvro302fbZg











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 weeks feature is:
Over 1,400,000 photos have helped over 89 causes so far. “...sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, accepts one photo per phone per day, and they turn these photos into donations for a variety of campaigns. One of the most interesting aspects of this particular charity app is that you can choose from very specific campaigns” to donate your photo to. I’ve had this app for about a year and donate from time to time. I need to do it more often. The process is quite easy and I do really like that I can pick my charity with each photo. The charities change as time goes by or as they hit their goal. Some you can choose from currently are healing a child’s smile with surgery, helping newborns breath, keeping a baby HIV-free, help a child succeed in school, help kids in their fight against cancer, etc. I don’t ever send in pictures of people,  I stick with landscapes, interesting patterns/shapes, our latest sandcastle/sand creature, etc.


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Not ready for your younger children to have a smartphone just yet? The GizmoPal 2 may be just the thing to bridge the gap until that big day! I first saw this on the +Carley Knobloch blog.
The details:


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The 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Whenever You’re Feeling Jealous from +Greatist - This may be a good article to give you the tools to help your students, yourself or your friends and family. It tells how to navigate those feelings and how to find out what they might really mean, allowing us to turn the power of jealousy in a positive direction.  http://greatist.com/live/dealing-with-jealousy-five-questions-to-ask-yourself?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=story2_cta&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2016-09-13_testA_20160817 image: https://pixabay.com/p-36366/?no_redirect


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When to Charge Your Phone, Ask Siri, Reverse Image Search, 20 Ways to Use Google Forms in Class, Tasks Based on Location, Google Classroom and Your Mobile Device, Be an Apple Teacher, Math Google Apps, Kaizena, Walk for a Dog, Nutrition Labels, Painting Hack, Dorm Room Recipes

Did you know?
Why You Should Charge Your Phone When It Hits 50 Percent - We all want our phone batteries to last as long as possible and most of us believe that the best practice is to drain it completely and then give it a full charge. But for lithium-ion batteries, that doesn’t appear to be the case. If you deplete it and recharge you only get 300 - 500 cycles. If you go down to 50% and back up, you should get 1,200 - 1,500 cycles. That is a huge difference and makes me rethink my phone battery management!  The science and technical details can be found in the article by Jake Swearingen on Select/All. @nymag http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/09/why-you-should-charge-your-phone-when-it-hits-50-percent.html image: https://pixabay.com/p-1503703/?no_redirect


You Can Ask Siri To Pick A Random Number within a defined range. For example, “Hey Siri, random number between 1 and 25." Thank you +Tony Vincent 



A reverse image search can be done using TinEye
This is a nice, free website to use to check and see if a photo is actually available for public domain use or to find out more information on an image. You can search by uploading an image or by putting in a link. See TinEye in action in this video by +Richard Byrne How to Conduct a Reverse Image Search








What if?
20 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school +Matt Miller gives you ways to implement this tool in your classroom. He has ideas for using them with procedural tasks, assessment (of course!), as well as learning and creating. The last category is my favorite, and some are on the advanced side, especially the “Amazing Race, Google Style”! +Google for Education http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/09/08/20-practical-ways-to-use-google-forms-in-class-school/



Ask Siri to remind you of tasks based on your location - We’re all busy and I know I could use all of the reminders I can get. Siri can help you with that. This video shows you how it works http://www.apple.com/education/teachers/?CID=mkts-edu-appleteacher-ett#teacher








Something to think about…
Access your Google Classroom from your Mobile Device - you can do several functions in Google Classroom on your mobile device including: grade assignments, create and edit assignments and use a photo to create a post or assignment. For more on the mobile options see the Mobile app FAQ page from +Google for Education or the Create or modify an assignment and choose your device: computer, android or iPhone & iPad.


Become an Apple Teacher - Apple has a program you can sign up for. It is free and designed “to help you build skills and stay inspired.”  It will give you access to their Teacher Learning Center full of resources to help in the use of the Apple products and apps.  And, if you like, there are 8 badges you can earn, along with an official Apple Teacher designation. http://www.apple.com/education/teachers/?CID=mkts-edu-appleteacher-ett#teacher thank you +EdTechTeam  image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/Apple_Logo.svg/200px-Apple_Logo.svg.png








Resources…
Move from "Show your work" to "Show your thinking" - Teaching Math With Google Apps: Conversations in Slides from +Alice Keeler http://alicekeeler.com/2016/07/24/math-conversations-with-google-slides/



Getting Started With Kaizena - Voice Commenting on Google Docs from +Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/07/getting-started-with-kaizena-voice.html








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:

“Regardless of whether or not you are actually taking a dog for a walk, you can turn on the Walk for a Dog app to contribute to your favorite local animal shelter or rescue group. One of the best things about this particular app is that it has a long list of smaller animal organizations that may otherwise fail to receive a large influx of donations. You can also let your preferred local group know about this program so that they can get added to the list.” - By Holly Chavez This app does require that you change locations as you walk, it won’t track miles on a treadmill. The app does ask that you walk at least once a week. If you don't have a dog or walk a dog regularly, that's ok! You could turn it on each time you go to the grocery store and help a rescue/shelter while you shop! http://www.lifehack.org/428294/10-ways-to-improve-the-world-with-your-smartphone?ref=mail&mtype=daily_newsletter&mid=20160907_customized&uid=103833&email=jlyle%40argyleisd.com&action=click


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Are Nutrition Labels Too Much to Take In? Try the free Weight Loss Coach by Fooducate App. Rated “Apple’s Best of the iPhone Health & Fitness” category and 1st prize in the “US Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge”, it could be just what you need! This app will let you track your food and exercise, track the quality of calories and track your sleep, mood and hunger levels. But, my favorite feature is that it will scan nutrition labels and analyze the information for you. It will scan over 250,000 products and assign it a personalised nutrition grade. It looks for added sugars, tricky trans fats, MSG, GMO’s, artificial sweeteners, controversial food colorings and more. +Fooducate https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weight-loss-coach-by-fooducate/id398436747?mt=8


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Why Didn’t I Think of That?
“Place a rubber band around the open can so you can wipe the excess paint off the brush and not the side of the can every time you dip.  This keeps the can’s lip clean – no build up of paint to have to clean up.” http://inmyownstyle.com/2011/05/staging-or-decorating-tips-and-tricks-part-3.html


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22 Healthy College Recipes You Can Make in Your Dorm Room - for those college freshman everywhere...have a great year! +Greatist http://greatist.com/eat/healthy-dorm-room-recipes?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=story7_cta&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2016-09-07_testA_20160817


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quiz Feature in Google Forms, I Can Animate, Google Street View for SS, Tips for Educators, First Secret of Design, TesTeach, Flubaroo, Free Things, Shine On and Central Park's Lamp Posts

Did you know?




I Can Animate - this app for iOS is a great tool for stop motion animation and time lapse. With a clean design, it is easy and intuitive to use. There is a free/lite version and a paid version for $2.99. In the free/lite version you can’t adjust the speed of the stop motion video and you’re limited to how long it will film in the time lapse feature, but most other features are the same. It is a great tool for elementary grades. I especially like the onion skin element on the display, making it easy to see where objects were in the frames you’ve already captured. Can be exported to camera roll, Facebook, Dropbox and Youtube. For a nice intro/how-to video go to this Stop Motion Animation and Time Lapse in Primary Education - Video Tutorial I first saw this in a post by +Vicki Davis 









What if?
Social Studies Teachers, this could be for you! In this article by +Richard Byrne he talks about how to use Google Street View images in the classroom. Having images in a Google Form to see how well they know the area of study, is a new way to mix it up a little bit! A Simple Way to Make Your Own Google Maps Street View Game +Google for Education 









Something to think about…
The First Secret of Design (and creativity) is … Noticing - A nice TED Talk by Tony Fadell, creator of the iPod and the Nest thermostat, sharing “his tips for noticing - and driving - change.” This would be great for students to see, as these tips can also be used in developing problem-solving and questioning skills. Look broader, look closer and think younger! https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_fadell_the_first_secret_of_design_is_noticing?language=en
Thank you SwissMiss


Google Classroom - good to know before starting...or a little housekeeping to do after you've started - includes how to delete class calendars from last year and how to archive/delete Google Classroom classes. +Google for Education https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cfeH6giRWod278F3_jUS2q3lxS3Pd8ucttLjDDNBO3Q/edit#heading=h.eztguorcp77a


10 Life Hacking Tips for Educators - In this post by +Matt Miller he talks about habits, cues, smart goals, stretch goals and more.






Resources…
TesTeach - similar to TPT for interactive and technology integrated lessons. It is supposed to integrate with Google Classroom and connect with your Google Account. They have free and paid lessons available. +Kasey Bell https://www.tes.com/lessons?utm_campaign=RES-1457&utm_content=kasey-post&utm_source=external-site&utm_medium=email



New Flubaroo Video Tutorials by +Richard Byrne - helpful with different aspects of this tool for grading assessments created in a Google Form. Each is around 2-3 minutes long.
To get Flubaroo, you’ll need to be in a Google Sheet and choose to go get the Flubaroo Add-on.









In Addition…
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Shine On Lapel Pin Comes from the Pink Floyd song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, thank you SwissMiss


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Central Park's Lamp Posts Have a Hidden Trick To Help You Navigate, “Even a seasoned New York navigator can get lost in Central Park.” thank you SwissMiss


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