Tuesday, January 17, 2017

iPhone Tips, Video Dubbing, PixiClip, Google Classroom New Features, Khan Academy Apps, DriveSlides, Build a Snowman, Paul Klee's Personal Notebooks, Absurdity Video, Be Optimistic Sign

Did you know?
iPhone Tips:
  1. Quickly open the camera when the phone is locked - just swipe left
  2. Magnify the Fine Print
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then turn on Magnifier
When there is something you want to magnify (ingredients on a label, side effects on a prescription, a phone number on a business card, etc.) just triple-click the Home button to use the camera to magnify the item.
When there, tap the shutter button to freeze the image, from here you can even screen shot the frozen image if you like. By tapping the 3 gray overlapping circles in the lower right corner you can enhance the image (change the color combinations to make them easier to see)

What if?
New Class Project Idea … Video Dubbing!
Have students dub over an existing video to communicate a new idea, practice translation, solve a word problem, narrate animal or nature events, interpret a story, tell a new story, highlight scientific elements, practice commentary, summarize a book/speech, give an update on the economy, etc. The possibilities are endless! This article from +Eric Curts gives the details and tools to use … even taking you into a few of YouTube’s nice features. +Chromebook

PixiClip - a free whiteboard/online canvas video tool
Perfect tool to create quick instructional videos or for students to demonstrate their learning or to create instructional videos for other students.
A few things to know:
  • As with any recording tool, make sure the enable your computer’s microphone
  • There’s a 5-minute limit
  • You can use your Google account to sign in
  • You can create videos without signing into an account, but the videos must be “public” if you go this route.
  • By signing in, you and your students have the following publishing options:
    • “Private” - Visible only to you, on your profile page
    • “Hidden” - Visible only by people accessing it directly
    • “Password Protected” - Visible only by people accessing it directly and entering the passcode.
    • “Public” - Visible on their website
  • There is no editing option within this tool
  • There is the option to record audio and/or to use a webcam
  • You can upload images and make notes over them
  • Ideas for uses with students:
    • Explain math problems
    • Dissection explanations
    • Book talk/reviews
    • Vocabulary
    • Key word prediction
    • Read a story (with images of the book pages)
Click here for a short how-to video from +Richard Byrne 

Something to think about…
Google Classroom has added a feature where you can send assignments to specific students or groups based on their unique needs. As you’re creating an assignment, etc. you “can choose whether to share it with the entire class or just with a subset of students.”

They’ve also added another type of notification. One is when a student turns in work late, another is when a student has re-submitted an assignment. To see more on either of these new updates, click here for more from @googleforedu Keyword.

Khan Academy adds 21 iPad/iPhone apps from Duck Duck Moose to their collection...once paid apps are now free. Some of the titles include Moose Math, Park Math, Chatterpix, Duck Duck Moose Reading and more. For a complete list click here. +Khan Academy 

DriveSlides - a Chrome extension that can access a folder of photos and then automatically place them into a Google Slides Presentation, one photo on each page. Once they’re placed, you can go in and add text and other embellishments. Created by +Alice Keeler and +Matt Miller to encourage students to use images in their work and to reflect on lessons learned. For an article and video explaining it, along with 10 lesson ideas for using the tool,
click here … it will walk you through it step by step. +Google for Education 

Build a Snowman Template - for students who are finished early, this can be a fun activity on their Chromebooks. The template from +Eric Curts has several options for customization and is ready for them to get to create! There is a space to write about their snowman when they are done.  There are two versions, one with a movable snowman and the other where the base snowman can’t be moved...this one may be better for younger users. Article and explanation: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/12/build-snowman.html?m=1

In Addition…
Artist Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks - now online! Thank you SwissMiss


Preposterous - A Video Short About Absurdity Thank you (again) SwissMiss


Be Optimistic This Enamel Sign “...inspires conviction that no matter the storm ahead, there is nothing that preparation and perseverance can't overcome.” Portions of the proceeds from the sale of this product go towards supporting the It Gets Better Project. Thank you (again) SwissMiss


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SeeSaw Webinars, Check your Passwords, Useful Google Updates, File Converter, Gov. History & Writing via Pinterest, Exit Ticket Idea, g(Math) Support, Geography Videos, Winter Lessons, Boost Metabolism, Back Pain Relief, Psychology of Color, Pet Fence Window

Did you know?

Been Thinking About Seesaw, But Want More Info?
SeeSaw - Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication...(also has a blog feature, if you're interested). For iOS, Chromebooks, Android, Kindle Fire and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. +Seesaw 

SeeSaw is offering several webinars starting today!
If you're not able to watch when it's aired, register anyway and they'll send you a link to the recording for you to watch when convenient.

They're offering 1 hour, 30 minute or 10-minute sprint sessions.
Below is what is coming up, click here to go to their actual page with live links.

Also helpful:
Seesaw Roll Out Plan - detailed 2-month plan to help you get started

Introduce Seesaw to students with the Student Challenge:
The challenges are an interactive way for your students to get going with Seesaw.  “The Seesaw Student Challenge is a detailed lesson plan with a series of activities that teach students how to use the Seesaw tools. After finishing the Student Challenge, students will have five entries in their portfolio!”

What Passwords Are Saved On Google Chrome - thank you Eagle Bits and Bytes https://passwords.google.com Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b2/Steal_password.jpg/1280px-Steal_password.jpg

Don’t Forget About These Useful Updates in Google Drive - thank you EdTechTeam
  1. File Upload Question Types in Google Forms - students/responders can now upload files as answers to your Form Questions.
  2. Add Page Numbers in the table of contents of your Google Docs (Go to Insert>Table of Contents then choose one of the formats displayed)
  3. Voice Typing with more voice commands, for a complete list click here
  4. The Explore feature in Docs, Slides and Sheets
    1. In Docs, it recommends images and topics
    2. In Slides, it will apply designs based on content
    3. In Sheets, you can ask a question with words, not formulas, about your data
    4. For more on these, with animated examples, click here

What if?
Free Converter For Video, Audio, Images, Ebooks, Etc. Using Zamzar - thank you +Cool Cat Teacher 

Google Classroom: Reuse A Previous Post
3 minute video showcasing this tool and what you can do with it. Hint: it’s also a great way to post an assignment to a class you may have forgotten.

Four Ways to Record Your Computer Screen (screencasting)
Great for teachers and students (more helpful info from Eagle Bits and Bytes)
  1. Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely - Fireshot (Chrome Extension)  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/take-webpage-screenshots/mcbpblocgmgfnpjjppndjkmgjaogfceg

Something to think about…
Classroom Ideas for Government & History via +Pinterest 

Explore Valuable Writing via +Pinterest 
Once on the page scroll down for several resources, including “14 Tips from Stephen King” and “Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling” https://www.pinterest.com/pin/68732103013/?utm_campaign=category_pp&e_t=7ea874e11eab40c7af6fe3aad7583734&utm_content=68732103013&utm_source=31&utm_term=2&utm_medium=2012

What Stuck With You Today?
Ideas on getting thoughts from your students - thank you +Cool Cat Teacher 

Every Country in the World

Brrr...Lessons on Winter Weather - 2 videos and a short post from +Richard Byrne in case these could be useful in your classroom. The videos are on the Chemistry of Snowflakes and lastly, one detailing why The Full Moon is Better in Winter. He also mentions a site with an Interactive Weather Maker (probably best for primary grade levels) … students can change the variables to create rain and snow storms!

In Addition…
11 Science-Backed Ways to Boost Metabolism - from +Greatist 


The 7-Minute Routine for Back Pain Relief from +Grokker and Pace & Go


The Psychology of Color, an Infographic via +Pinterest 


PetPeek Fence Window - What a great idea! Available on Amazon. Thank you SwissMiss!