Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Default Fonts in Google Docs, Vocaroo, Google Classroom v Seesaw, FogStone Isle, Automated Peer Feedback, Ambient Sounds, Science & STEM Links, Flipgrid in 4th-grade, Holiday Templates, Grown & Flown, SafeTrek, TigerLady, Eyeque, #EdTech

Did you know?
Change your Default Font in Google Docs
Click here to see how with an animated GIF or written steps from @JakeMillerTech

Vocaroo is a Great Tool for Audio Recordings
Quick and easy to use, Vocaroo can be shared with a link or with a QR code. It could be great for students to add their voice in other tools, such as padlet or for teachers to use in creating content for students. Note: the voice recordings are only kept on their site for a few months. Before sharing, it may be best to download the recording, save it to your Google Drive and share from there. In the Share options after recording, you can choose to download directly as an MP3, Ogg, FLAC or WAV.
+Tony Vincent 

What if?
Google Classroom vs. SeeSaw
Thinking about either or both? Click here for a slide deck of comparisons from @EduBlogs They aren’t mutually exclusive, it’s possible that both could have a place in your classroom.

FogStone Isle - Like Minecraft with Math!
This site, https://fogstoneisle.com is similar to Minecraft and works on iPads and Chromebooks. This site focuses on key math topics for fifth through eighth grade. A teacher assignment editor allows teachers to direct students toward activities covering the specific material they want students exercising. Thank you @KevinDeForge
  • Free for students and teachers
  • Students can join with a code or thru Google Classroom
  • Meets TEKS standards

Something to think about…
Automated Peer Feedback for Student Presentations
Check out this article on how one 7th grade teacher, Meagan Kelly, uses this in her class. There’s a template you can copy and a 5-minute how-to video to learn how to use the FormMule add-on that does all of the work for you. When reading, my first thought was, what if students don’t give quality feedback? One fix to that is to have all of the feedback also go to your email, as well as the student’s who presented. Knowing you’ll also see their comments, students may be more inclined to take it seriously and put thought into their feedback. Granted, that’s a lot of emails in your box, but you may only need to skim them for the first go round or two.

8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus
Click here! (Including some relating to Harry Potter...i.e. Hogwarts Library, Gryffindor Common Room, etc.)  Thank you +Eric Curts 

Science and STEM Links of the Month
Click here for this great list from +Eric Curts 

4 Ways to Use Flipgrid in 4th Grade
This is a post from a 4th-grade teacher, Caroline Schaab via FreeTechForTeachers.com with ideas for Math and Reading.

Holiday Templates
Templates for Thanksgiving Creativity and Writing (all done in Google Slides):
Build a Turkey created by Beth Kingsley (@bethkingsley13)
Disguise a Turkey created by Kelley Costa (@costasecond)
And, since Christmas will be here soon, here’s a “Build a Snowman" template created by +Eric Curts 

In Addition…
For Parents Of Teens And College Students
Grown & Flown is a great blog with helpful posts for those who have teens and college students. If you like what you see, subscribe and when they post something new, you’ll get an email.  For instance, their last post they shared an idea for our older children who meet strangers via Bumble, Tinder and the like. “Have your kid tell 3 friends about the date and send a simple text to check in afterward.” This gives them freedom, but also a check and balance system to ensure their safety.

On The Safe Side
For those who frequently go places alone or after dark (maybe your college student, a parent or yourself):
SafeTrek - “A mobile app that bridges the gap between doing nothing and calling 911 when you feel unsafe.” “By holding down the SafeTrek safe button, a user is able to passively connect to police. If nothing unexpected happens, a user simply inputs their unique 4-digit pin to cancel an alert from being sent (to police). If a situation takes a turn for the worse, a user simply releases the safe button without typing in their pin number and is connected to police.”

TigerLady Hand-held Personal Safety - “TigerLady is small enough to fit in your pocket or your purse, and it's so lightweight you won't mind adding it to your everyday carry. Unlike other self-defense options, TigerLady will never need batteries, and it won't expire. TigerLady is lightweight, subtle, and effective. Best of all, TigerLady requires no training to use.”


Eyeque Insight: Fastest, Easiest Diy 20/20 Vision Screener
“Great for kids with developing eyes” … or … to see how well your current prescription matches your eye’s needs. A Kickstarter from EyeQue. Thank you +Digg


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

iPhone Tips, TodaysMeet, Payback & the Cost of College, Gratitude, Autodraw, Inequalities Scavenger Hunt, Algorithm Visualizations, Workout Tips, 3D Crossing, Fall Leaf Crafts, #EdTech

Did you know?
Add Web Site Bookmarks to Your iPhone's Homescreen
  1. Open Safari and go to your desired web page
  2. Click the icon of a box with an arrow escaping from the top
  3. Choose “Add to Home Screen” (you may have to scroll to the right to see it)
  4. Then give it a name!
Thank you, Adam Dachis via Lifehacker

Quickly Scan QR Codes with your iPhone
With Camera in Photo or Square mode > point the camera at a QR code > when the notification drops down from the top of the screen, press it
iOS “Featured Tips” #5 of 8

What if?
20 Useful Ways To Use TodaysMeet In Schools
Great ideas, from +Matt Miller, for this quick tool that you can implement right away!  TodaysMeet, designed as a backchannel, creates a personal chat room you can set up for your classes to ask questions, have students give examples, create “rotating stories”, hold online office hours, practice digital citizenship, host committee meetings and so much more! This is a great tool to get those quiet or more reserved students to engage. To participate in one and see what it’s like, click here! It will be open for 2 weeks. This works on any device that has internet access. Most recent posts will be at the top. “Don’t raise your hand, I’m calling on everybody.” - Sam Patterson

Something to think about…
Help Your Students Understand the Cost of College
Payback is an interactive game that lets them make choices and see what the costs could be. Thank you +Cool Cat Teacher 

Attitude of Gratitude
Check out these 21 days of Gratitude sentence stems on a Flipgrid created by Sam Neal. I saw the post on the Diary of a Digital Learning Coach’s blog. This one is out there to participate in or create your own! Flipgrid is a great digital tool, but this could also be done on traditional sticky notes, a Padlet wall, or a Today’sMeet page, just to name a few!
To add to their FlipGrid, simply go to either:

Using Google AutoDraw for Sketchnotes, Infographics, Drawings, and More
This article from +Eric Curts includes a how-to and ideas for uses!

Math: Solving Inequalities Scavenger Hunt: A Low-Tech Activity
Check out this lesson (complete with template and sample) from Meagan Kelley to get your students to problem solve, work together and move around the classroom while playing a game.
Objective: Students will use their knowledge of solving and graphing one-step inequalities to complete a scavenger hunt.

Simple, Brilliant Visualizations Of How Sorting Algorithms Work
These are quite nice to look at, even better that they serve a purpose! Click here for the post from +Digg

In Addition…
I've Spent 10 Years Motivating People to Work Out: These Are My Best Tips

This Painted 3D Effect Zebra Crossing Is Slowing Down Traffic
Found in Iceland. Thank you Swissmiss For a little more, click here.


Fabulous Fall Leaf Crafts For Kids


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Youtube in Google Slides, Screen Recording on your iPhone, Highlight Text in Padlet, Youtube Cues, Emojis as Visual Clues in Google Classroom, How to Respond, Elementary Idea for Using Flipgrid, K-2 and Google Tools, Possible Creative Options, Visual Notes, Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings, How to Get That Color Splash in Pixlr, Ideas and Prompts for Student Blogging, Flipgrid Instructions for Students, Youtube Read Aloud Book Videos, Clever Ways to Save Money, Join a Disaster Relief Team, If You Know How to Think, #EdTech

Did you know?
How to Add Youtube Videos in Google Slides, set the start and end times and create a playlist
Check out this short video to see how easy it is to use Google Slides to create a Youtube playlist and control the start and end times for each video. Another benefit is that when you insert the Youtube videos in Slides, it strips away all of the comments and videos on the side! +Google for Education 

How to Set Up Screen Recording for Your iPhone with iOS 11 (and How to Customize Your Control Panel)
This is such a cool feature!
  1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls (Here you can add several tools to your Control Center.)
  2. Look for the Screen Recording tool (white circle around a white dot) and click the plus button to add it.
  3. Swipe up (from the bottom, on any screen) to go to the actual Control Center
  4. Click the Screen Recording button to start (if you want to add voice to your screen recording, you’ll need to hold down that same button until a pop-up window gives you the option to turn your microphone on)
  5. When you’re finished, click the red bar at the top of your screen to stop (if you don’t see the red bar, go to your home screen).

You Can Now Highlight Text In Posts - in Padlet
And...while you’re here, check out this article on 30 ways to use Padlet in the classroom from Lucie Renard via bookwidgets.com. This versatile tool is one of my favorites!

What if?
YouTube Idea
Use YouTube videos as background cues for different routines in class (warm up, clean up, think time). Thank you @ChasGregory314! #DitchBook  image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Logo_of_YouTube_(2015-2017).svg

Use Emojis to Add Visual Clues in Google Classroom

How to Respond
How to Respond to Rude, Disrespectful Student Attitudes - a podcast interview with Robyn Jackson via +Angela Watson  (30 minutes)

Elementary Idea for Using Flipgrid
Use it to accompany a character book study! Thank you @MissBarbati

Something to think about…
What Can K-2 Students Be Expected To Do In Google Tools?
(...and some ideas and tips on using Google tools with K-2 students) Check out this 10-minute podcast from +Cool Cat Teacher and Lee Ann Yonker (elementary teacher) or just read the transcript for ways to get started using G Suite with littles. Image: https://pixabay.com/p-593313/?no_redirect

Possible Creative Options
“If we don’t give students a voice, we don’t get to see the possible creative options within our own activities.”  - Jacqueline Rose (from her presentation titled, “Beyond the Worksheet”)

How Visual Notes Helped a Student With a Learning Disability Thrive
Check out this article on sketchnotes and how they made notetaking a "treat in the middle of awful" for one student with dysgraphia. Be sure to take a look at the before and after images. This notetaking style could be a better fit for several of your students. By Sherrill Knezel via Education Week Teacher

Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings with +Kasey Bell  … So fun!  (Repost...since it is Halloween after all!) This template, created by Kasey Bell, is ready for you to make a copy of for your students! To be able to see the other words, just click and move them over to the side.  You can hold down the shift key and select several words to move at one time.

How to Get That Color Splash Using Pixlr

100+ Ideas And Prompts For Student Blogging
Even if blogging isn’t part of your classroom right now, the prompts section may have some new things for you! This extensive list from @edublogger is organized into sections making it easy to find what you’re looking for...from types and formats to connecting with others and using prompts...and more (including something for the different content areas)! Image: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Girl-Blogging-Woman-Typing-Writing-Blogger-791177

Flipgrid Instructions for Students
A great how-to for your students from @ClaudioZavalaJr.

YouTube "Read Aloud" Book Videos for Kids

In Addition…
16 Clever Ways to Save Money that We've Never Thought of Before
Click here for the list from Apartment Therapy


How To Join A Disaster Relief Team
This article from Karen via The Art of Doing Stuff can help you get started!
(Team Rubicon is one of the groups that received funds from the T-Mobile twitter campaign during this year's World Series.)