Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Google Forms New Image Quiz Options, Lesson Plan Add-On, GAfE4Littles, 3 iPhone Tricks, PBS Election Central, New Teacher Survival, Vocab & Spelling Sites, Google Classroom, Siri, Jellyfish, Ships

Did you know?
Google Forms... add images to questions or as answer choices!
As you are entering or hovering around the question and/or answer choice entry areas, the image icon will appear. It isn't always visible. +Google for Education  Here’s quick video by +Richard Byrne https://youtu.be/HTPJo8yJj7o

Google Forms...now has a quiz option built in!  
Though not as robust as the Flubaroo add-on, it may be good for quick and easy assessments. +Eric Curts has given us the great visual below. If you would like more, see his post "New Google Forms Quiz Feature vs Flubaroo" http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/06/forms-quiz-vs-flubaroo.html

Lesson Plan Add-on In Google Docs - what?!
This is a new resource for you by +OpenEd to use to find content. Lesson Plan Tool for Docs is searchable by terms, events or by standard and does have the TEKS (for ELA, Reading and Math) as one of the filters. +Google for Education  To see it in use, in a short 2-minute video, go to https://youtu.be/qb8eo9NCt7w … another quick how to by +Richard Byrne 

What if?
GAfE4Littles - Check out the blog of this elementary teacher who uses Google Apps for Education with students usually thought to be too young.  Christine Pinto has templates, login overviews, using GAfE on ipads, tips on the titling of your assignments and so much more! @PintoBeanz11 @google

Advice for using Google Apps with Elementary Students (great for older students as well)
Check out these 12 tips and 2 activities you can use with your students. A practical, doable and helpful game plan! Content by Christine Pinto and posted on the +Matt Miller website Ditch That Textbook. http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/08/22/12-tips-for-using-google-apps-with-young-students/

3 iPhone tricks when you’re too busy to answer that call
Includes setting ring tones, custom text responses and the “remind me later” feature, definitely worth a look! Efficient tips from +Cool Mom Tech along with the steps to implement them!

Something to think about…
PBS Election Central - Including an interactive map, virtual field trips and a classroom debate tool...tis the season! +PBS  http://pbseduelectioncentral.com/

New Teacher Survival Kit - Classroom Management
*Possibly blocked in our district, it may have to be viewed at home.

10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice

Google Classroom - info and links
These are just a few of the things I thought might be of interest and/or are one of the new features starting this 2016 school year. +Google Classroom  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1spyE1X1ocGttA-q83m8k8tyVxd2jgHF0TbeT8LTfh-c/edit

Get notifications as your Google Forms are submitted:
Choose Responses
Then click the 3 dots on the right side

In the pop up screen, select Get email notifications for new responses

In Addition…
Hey Siri - Here is a list of nearly 500 Siri commands, who knew she could tell you so much?!  Thank you +Tony Vincent https://hey-siri.io/


Jellyfish Could Help Cut Down on Screen Glare
This could sting a bit. "Jellyfish skin has inspired scientists to invent materials that could change how we use screens, made from a polyvinyl film that can change color, transparency, and consistency. Jellyfish skin has similar properties that allow the animal to frighten predators. The implications of this new "skin" could be huge: It could form patterns - or secret messages - raised by moisture, perhaps a "warranty void" sign upon fishing a phone from the toilet. More helpfully, it could greatly improve anti-glare screen covers." - http://www.ozy.com SOURCES: WIRED, GIZMODO


Photo by Chad Lyle


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Embed Charts, Headers in Google Sheets, Twitter Update, How Much Do You Remember, Note Taking, Parable of Polygons, Math Origami, Safely Connect, Writer's Block, Higher Ed Expenses, Post-it War, Quartz News App

Did you know?
How to Embed Charts from Google Sheets in Slides and Docs (And Update Them with One Click) - this is a new feature Google has opened up to users. In 4 easy steps, you’ll have it done in no time! +Google for Education  

Have your Headers Scroll With You in Google Sheets - If you have several entries in your Google Sheet, you may want those headers to stay visible. +Google for Education Here’s how to do that:
On your toolbar:  View > Freeze Rows > Freeze 1 Row (or other as needed)

Twitter update - Within the next few months “links, photos, polls, quote tweets, @names, and GIFs will no longer count toward Twitter’s 140 character limit.” = Great News! For more on this, see the article on +BuzzFeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/twitter-effectively-makes-tweets-longer-with-handful-of-new?bftwnews&utm_term=.woXmzqB9r#.fvwPpV5Y0 image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaAFPWn3S9k

What if?
How Much of What You Learn Do You Remember? The Learning Pyramid in the 1960’s outlined it like this:
Humans Remember:
  • 5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture (i.e. university/college lectures)
  • 10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading (i.e. books, articles)
  • 20% of what they learn from audio-visual (i.e. apps, videos)
  • 30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
  • 50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
  • 75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
  • 90% of what they learn when they use immediately (or teach others)

Something to think about…
Note Taking Skills For 21st Century Students - You might quickly glance over this one, but take a second to rethink it. These skills have to be taught, too. This post covers the Cornell Notetaking System and Visual Notetaking. I think your students can get quite a lot out of this...long lasting skills they can take with them into and through college. Go ahead, take a second look! Thank you +Cool Cat Teacher  Lesson Plans and Instructional Ideas for Teachers

Parable of the Polygons - “A playable post on the shape of society...Equality is an unstable equilibrium. The smallest of bias can push a whole society past the tipping point.” An interactive web-based game to help students see “A story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world.” http://ncase.me/polygons/

Teaching Math With Modular Origami - listed as being for grades 1-12, geometry. A post from Alycia Zimmerman on +Scholastic 

How To Safely Connect Six-year-olds To The World - A podcast, featuring First grade teacher Kathy Cassidy. She shares her secrets for blogging and keeping kids safe online. Thank you +Cool Cat Teacher http://www.coolcatteacher.com/classroom-blogging-kathy-cassidy/?utm_content=buffer2e6df&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Writer’s Block - A Supercut - love the visuals and old typewriters in this one (and yes, there’s an Underwood)! Includes 53 popular films in only 4 minutes! Thank you SwissMiss and Ben Watts https://vimeo.com/165015837

Smart Summer Challenge 2016 - for your children, ages 4-14, this is a pre-designed program for them to "learn, play, create, and invent — on their own time". There is one for ages 4-7 and another for ages 8-14. For more information, check out the post on teachmama.com

In Addition…


Two Buildings on Canal Street Are Waging a Post-it War in Their Windows - look to the #canalnotes to see  more! Thank you SwissMiss and @joedelessio


News on your Phone? Thinking differently in their delivery, one of my new favorites is the Quartz News App. Imagine news topics that look like texts, from those “texts” you decide what to view more of or what to view next. It has great reviews in the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play store. If you want to learn more, check out this +TechCrunch article, “Why Quartz’s news app is so much bigger than news“ written by Tom Popomaronis on March 22nd of this year. It is free in both the iOS app store and Google Play Store


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Glide Typing, Wizer.me, iMovie How To, Resist Your Phone, Google Expeditions, JoeZoo Express, 10 Summer Reading Programs, Remind History, Doing Good Things, FB Settings, Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

Did you know?
Glide Typing and Google search right from your Apple iPhone’s keyboard - How did I not know about this earlier?! Search ... Glide Typing … hooray! By adding the Gboard app, you can save yourself a lot of time, in little increments. Thank you SwissMiss

I did get the app. It asks you to allow “Full Access” to enable the great Search feature. If you click allow, you’ll see the warning below. I have to admit, it is scary. At the time of this post, I opted not to enable this feature. I may change my mind later. It really comes down to what you actually type on keyboards in general. I'm really more excited about the Glide Typing anyway!

I’ve since been told that any keyboards you install can see everything you type, in any app. This isn’t how Google has the keyboard set up currently. For more on this, regarding the Gboard app, go to Glenn Fleishman's article http://www.macworld.com/article/3070767/ios/googles-gboard-doesnt-send-your-keystrokes-but-it-does-leak-chicken-and-noodles.html @GlennF

Wizer.me for interactive lessons or a great place to store resources for your students - A few notes:
  • It integrates nicely with Google Classroom
  • Sign in with Google is an option
  • Create your own lessons or choose from a library set up by content areas
  • In our district, I tried it on a chromebook with a student account and was able to access the site
  • Make sure you hit “Save” from time to time...this isn’t an autosaving tool
  • There are 3 ways to get them to students  - Google Classroom, a link or a PIN code Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 11.13.04 AM.png
  • Here is a quick one I made to be used as a resource page. I just entered links for a few of the tools we’re highlighting in our EdTech Academy in June https://app.wizer.me/preview/n7UC8
  • Getting Started Video (6 minutes) https://youtu.be/VCRILjVjNqI

What if?
How to Make Movies with iMovie on Your iPhone! - iMovie is a free app (it hasn’t always been). This 6+ minute video, by Matthew Frattali @iMattFrat, will walk you through how to record and edit from your iPhone, with some good tips along the way. A good thing to know about iMovie is that it has a question mark icon that when clicked, will label what each of the tools/icons is for. 5_23 imovie question mark.png
These steps should work on an iPad as well. This could be a good resource for your students doing video projects. Published on May 15, 2016  https://youtu.be/Ur8JBQ66K6c

If you check your phone too much and want to change that - try changing your screen to gray. The bright colors are intentional draw us in. I saw this in an +Greatist post. To give this a try, go into Settings>General>Accessibility>Turn on Grayscale

Something to think about…
Google Expeditions - Our High School was lucky enough to participate in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program last week. These are virtual field trips taken via google cardboard devices, led by the teacher on a tablet. We were part of their beta testing. A Google Representative took our students to over 21 different locations through the course of the day...from Auschwitz to the Great Wall of China to Bikini Atoll and more! Around 500 students went through the program in 20-30 minute segments. They have over 200 expeditions to date. It is supposed to be available to schools in the Fall of 2016. It will include expeditions with sound and 360 degree video. Take a look and see if this would be a good addition to your curriculum, especially in the Social Studies/History area. +Google for Education #GoogleExpeditions https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/

JoeZoo Express Add-On for Google Docs - Three tools in one, JoeZoo Express is powerful, but may take a little time to understand all of its capabilities.  It is a rubric builder, grading tool and a writing feedback tool. It has the ability to save you time in the long run, but will take a little time on the front end. It does integrate with Google Classroom. +Google for Education 
If you would like more information, this will take you to a list of tutorial videos:

10 Summer Reading Programs for Kids - free printable included to make it easy to send home with students. I saw listings for up to 8th grade. Thank you Shellie Deringer and +WeAreTeachers  image: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=106698&picture=reading-a-book-on-the-beach

How to Download Your Remind History - a great little how-to video from +Richard Byrne on how to download a pdf of your Remind messages. https://youtu.be/KLB6p6_MFtk

In Addition…
Doing Good Things - “Raising Men Lawn Care Service” ...Rodney Smith Jr. started this project in Huntsville, Alabama to teach young boys to help the elderly, disabled, and single mothers in his community. All services are free and he relies on donations. If you would like to learn more, go to: http://www.inspiremore.com/rodney-smith-raising-men-lawn-care-service/
If you’d like to help him, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/raisingmenhsv2016


6 smart tips to help prevent distracted driving - ideas and gadgets to help avoid the temptation to multitask from +Cool Mom Picks http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2016/05/16/smart-tips-distracted-driving/ image: https://vimeo.com/155146311