Tuesday, February 28, 2017

iPhone TIp, Gradients in Google Tools, New Options in Google Sheets, Fluency Tutor, Alike, Scissors, Google Sheets Add-ons, Google Classroom Add-ons, Teacher Tax Deductions, Grading in Google Forms, Emotional Intelligence, Celery, DIY Desk Organizer, Life Lessons from Harry Potter, #EdTech

Did you know?
iPhone Tip: Announce Callers?
Open Settings > Phone >Announce Calls
You choose when the phone announces the caller’s name: Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only or Never

Gradients Now Available in Google Slides, Drawings and Docs
In Slides and Drawings:
Insert a shape, choose the paint bucket icon across the top to select the fill color, click on Gradient across the top of that pop-up window, then choose the gradient you like. You can stack shapes and remove the border to do a little more with the gradient choices they give you. I haven’t found a way yet, to choose my own gradient colors.
In Docs:
Click on Insert, choose Drawing, in the pop-up window choose the shape tool, choose/draw your shape, choose the paint bucket icon across the top of that window to select the fill color, click on Gradient across the top of that pop-up window, then choose the gradient you like.

What if?
New Options in Google Sheets
  • Align currency symbols using the Accounting format option (in addition to improvements made in the way numbers and decimals line up)
    • Click on Format, then Number, then Accounting
  • Link to a range of cells in a spreadsheet...making it easier to direct someone to specific data quickly
    • Select the cell you want to link
    • Click Insert, then click Link
    • Click Select a range of cells to link
    • Select the range of cells
    • Click Apply
  • Rotate the text in a cell, making it easier to fit in long header titles.
    • Choose your cell, click on Format, then click Text Rotation to see your options

Something to think about…
Fluency Tutor
A free tool (except for detailed scoring and data collection and comprehension questions) to transform student reading/dictating. Check out this video by +Cool Cat Teacher to get a preview and what she likes most about it. She briefly shows the student side and teacher side. Note: she highlights 15 tools in this hour-long video, so...for Fluency Tutor, jump to 31:04 and watch through 34:52.

Alike, An Animated Short Film
A great resource to let students watch and then have them interpret the meaning of the film in some way, i.e. writing, video, drawing, etc., followed by discussion. (And maybe...a good reminder to us, as teachers, to see and appreciate creativity in our students even though it may not always satisfy the requirements of a specific assignment.)
by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez via +The Kid Should See This @thekidshouldsee http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/alike-an-animated-short-film Thank you +Monica Isabel Martinez 
Another option for the same type of project:
Scissors Attempt To Make A Small Escape
Creativity & Animation...beautifully done! From Den Lilla Flykten and David Sandell via +The Kid Should See This http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/scissors-attempt-to-make-a-small-escape

5 Great Google Sheets Add-ons for Teachers
A quick list from +Richard Byrne with how-to videos for each. The tools in this article are Flubaroo, Online Rubric, Add Reminders, Attendance Sorter and Flippity. +Google for Education 

10 Add-ons To Google Classroom
A comprehensive list from +Matt Miller and +Alice Keeler with brief descriptions and links to “how-to” posts.

Teachers’ Tax Deductions That Can Boost Your Tax Refund (with Infographic)

Two Ways to Grade Short Answer Questions in Google Forms
This is a quick article from +Richard Byrne  that may clear up some questions regarding the “Quizzes” feature in Google Forms and introduce you to an add-on to automatically score assessments (Flubaroo, also mention in the first post in this section with a how-to for you). +Google for Education 

In Addition…
Emotionally Intelligent People Seldom Get Angry, Because They Follow This Rule


8 Amazing Benefits Of Celery (+5 Refreshing Recipes)
Take a look at this article to discover...“This often-underrated vegetable is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Almost every part of celery can be eaten and keeps your heart and your health perfectly well.” - Grishma Giri +Lifehack image: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/celery/


DIY - Make A Desk Organizer From A Picture Frame
Gift idea? From Jill Harness via +Lifehack


20 Life Lessons I Learned from Harry Potter
This should be a poster! Nice list from Nicole Mormann via +Lifehack


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

iPhone Tip, Easy Audio with Vocaroo, Know Recorder, Filter Bubbles, Tech Sketchnote, 50 EdTech Blogs, Animated Google Headers, Fake News Resources, TinkerCad, Social Media & Your Babysitter, Calvin & Hobbes

Did you know?
iPhone Tip: Finding/Using the Level on Your iPhone
Did you know you had one in there? I had heard about it somewhere before but didn’t know where in my phone it actually was. +Carley Knobloch to the rescue!
To find the level:
Open the Compass App > There should be 2 dots at the bottom of the screen (indicating there are pages you can scroll through), Swipe to the 2nd page and there it is! The screen turns green when level. It can be used horizontally or vertically. There’s a bubble level here for Android users.

Easily Record & Share Audio
Vocaroo is a website where you can quickly and easily record audio and share it via QR code, link, popular social media platforms or download in 4 different formats, including MP3 and WAV. This could be a great tool for:
  • you to use with students who need accommodations, tests/stories read, etc.
  • students to summarize content and turn it in
  • quick instructions to be given
  • explanations of concepts to be given/created and so much more
The QR code option is built in for you, making it tremendously efficient.
Note: You don’t log in or create an account so it might be good to set up a google doc, folder or similar, to keep track of your links and QR codes.
Thank you, +Sarra Smith 

What if?
Free Whiteboard App That Will Record What You Draw/write and What You Say
Know Recorder is a great tool for your iPad or iPhone to demonstrate learning or give video instruction. A nice tool for students to use to record their thinking, understanding, etc. Finished products can be saved to the Camera Roll or to YouTube if you have an account. By clicking the gear icon, there is also a place to sign in to FB, YouTube or Dropbox...just something to be aware of. You can save projects as Public, Unlisted (anyone with the link can view) or Private.

Something to think about…
Beware of Online "Filter Bubbles"
An 8+ minute TedTalk about “filter bubbles” and our access to other points of view, from Eli Pariser. A great subject for our older students to understand, analyze and talk about. Thank you +Christy Fennewald +TED 

11 Tips For Keeping Up With Technology
A nice sketch note from Silvia Duckworth to help keep it all in perspective! Thank you @hilltopMriley
A few of my favorites are:
1. Don’t try to keep up with everything. You can’t. Nobody can.
4. Follow key people and subscribe to blogs (See a great resource for that below!)
5. Try new things little by little, one step at a time.
9. Manage your time. Take time to learn but don’t let tech consume you.

50 Fabulous EdTech Blogs to Follow
If you’re looking for a place to find new educational technology ideas, tools and resources a blog is a great place to start. +Eric Curts has a compiled a great list to get you started. Pick one, subscribe and let new material come to you! (I'm honored and humbled to be included in this list.)

Animated Headers for Google Classroom and Google Forms
Check out this post from +Jeremy Badiner for the step-by-step instructions for Google Classroom
Check out this post from Jeremy as well for the step-by-step instructions for Google Forms +Google for Education 

Resources for Teaching About Propaganda and Fake News
This Padlet by Shannon Miller is overflowing with resources for you! Thank you +Christy Fennewald 

In Addition…
Inspiring Ways Your Kids Can Design, Create And Invent Using Tinkercad, a quick article on this free, creativity tool from +Cool Mom Picks image: http://intergalacticrobot.blogspot.com/2012_03_01_archive.html


4 Tips For Creating A Social Media Policy For Your Babysitter/Childcare Provider


Calvin & Hobbes - Art Before Commerce


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

iPhone Tip, Insert Videos into Google Slides, iPad Apps for Elementary, Random Acts of Kindness Resources, American Presidency Archive, Copyright Explained, Creative Commons, Dr. Seuss, Cooking Basics and Home Safety

Happy Valentine's Day...

Did you know?
iPhone Tip: Do Not Disturb
If you use your iPhone as your alarm clock or want to be productive without hiding it in another room, try the Do Not Disturb feature.  This feature silences calls, notifications, texts, etc., but, your alarm will still go off and get you started on your day. There is an option to let those listed in your Favorites still get through or another to let repeated calls get through so, you don’t have to be completely unavailable in the event of an emergency. To access: go to “Settings”, click on “Do Not Disturb”, then choose the settings that work for you.

What if?
Insert Videos from Google Drive into Google Slides
It doesn’t have to be a Youtube video anymore! Now you can insert other videos as long as they are saved in your Google Drive. Another perk...if inserting a Youtube video if would insert the entire video….Within Slides, you can also select start and end times for the video to play, as well as, muting the audio, if needed. For a quick how-to video from +Richard Byrne click here.

Something to think about…
Awesome Apps For iPads In The Elementary Classroom
Click here for a podcast from +Cool Cat Teacher where two teachers talk about their go-to iPad apps. Great to listen to while doing lesson plans, eating lunch, grading papers, etc.! (Less than 10 minutes long.)

“Random Acts of Kindness Day” is Feb. 17th
For free K-12 lesson plans, to lead a kindness project or to form a kindness club, go to https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/for-educators - you will need to create an account and fill in a quick profile to get in and access the resources. There are generally 4 lessons per unit. Most grade levels have 4 units available. A lesson example can be seen below. Thank you +Cool Cat Teacher.  

American Presidency Archive
Original presidential documents can be found here. Thank you +Cool Cat Teacher.

Google Apps Tips Posters
A request form, click here to fill out a request form if you would like to be emailed several posters designed by +EdTechTeam with tips on using the tools in the Google Suite. +Google for Education 

Creative Commons (and Copyright) Explained In Simple Terms
A 3:37 minute video by +Common Craft to help students understand how copyright and creative commons work and why they are important. There is a transcript available on the site. Thank you +Richard Byrne https://www.commoncraft.com/video/copyright-and-creative-commons

How to Search for Creative Commons Images
A video on how to use the new search feature on the site, from +Richard Byrne https://youtu.be/8nZiWY4eODw

In Addition…
Dr. Seuss - Putting Rhymes to Good Use, thank you @SwissMiss https://youtu.be/uaQs1-bUG1U


11 Cooking Basics Every Grown Person Should Know from +Greatist 


15 DIY Things To Do To Increase Home Safety from +Lifehack