Tuesday, April 21, 2015

60 ways Math, Heat Map, Analyze My Writing, Tables in Docs, Fail Forward, Photo Websites, Leveled Reading, Google Forms Quick Start, Google Drawing and Jimmy Fallon, Cell Service

Did you know?
You can use Ctrl+Shift+v (PC) or command+shift+v (Mac), in Google Docs, to match the formatting of your document when you paste from another source? https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-GlVKrYXXoAY/VS0gFIBFtTI/AAAAAAAABBQ/ey1o_a8eMa4/w790-h486-no/paste_formatting.gif


There is a magnetic poetry template, (refrigerator included) for National Poetry Month already created and ready to go? Kasey Bell created one in Google Drawings you can use as an independent study tool or as a collaborative activity. Make a copy of her template, add more word choices to make it your own, etc. http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/collaborative-magnetic-poetry-with-google-drawings-national-poetry-month




What if?
There were 60 ways Math Teachers could use Google Classroom? http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/04/13/60-ways-math-teachers-can-use-google-classroom/ (They really start getting good at #8, pick one or two and give them a try!)


You had access to Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Heat Maps and Lesson Plans? Richard Byrne has it from Georgetown Univ. Professor Adam Rothman and undergrad comp. science student, Matthew Burdumy: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/04/trans-atlantic-slave-trade-heat-maps.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=freetech4teachers#.VS6WDJTF-BP




Something to think about…
Analyze My Writing -  a great web tool for high school and college students to use in editing  their work.  It will generate quite a bit of information about their writing including: most common words, frequency of punctuation types, a readability score/indices, estimated grade level, a basic word cloud and much more. (Thank you Richard Byrne!) http://www.analyzemywriting.com/



Using the table tool in Google Docs for students to work in specific sections, to prevent the bouncing around that happens when several are working in a google doc at the same time.  See a screencast of one Social Studies class using this method for Cooperative Research, the teacher Kevin Zahner is out of Denton ISD. https://youtu.be/IDr0mSCWPvE  (the Safety Mode within our district settings wouldn't let me view this one when logged into my district google account. To view it, you'll need to be in another browser or logged into a different account)



Resources…
Video Playlist:  Freedom to Fail Forward Failure is a part of life - a valuable way in which we learn. This video playlist helps to give courage to be creative and brave, even if it means failing. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-learning-from-failure-resilience?utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=fmff-learning-from-failure-resilience&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link

Photo websites for students to use (Thank you April Riley and Cindy Tucker!):  
Photos for Class is a powerful tool to quickly search for images licensed under creative commons and download a properly attributed image. The images can be used by teachers or students for class websites, projects, or reports.  http://www.photosforclass.com/
A few others:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Nat’l Digital Library: http://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/landingpage/collection/natdiglib



Chrome Apps for Leveled Reading (Newsela, Fluency Tutor and Books That Grow) For more information go to http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/3-google-chrome-apps-for-leveled-reading

Google Forms: Quick Start Guide by Alice Keeler http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/04/06/google-forms-quick-start-guide/





For Fun…
Time Lapse video - using Google Drawing to draw Jimmy Fallon https://youtu.be/kWcRa5-TZw0
Tutorial to see how the Joshua Pomeroy’s portraits in Google Drawings are done: https://youtu.be/oIhRTymNFBc


If you’re in an area where you should have cell phone service but don’t, put your phone on airplane mode and then switch back.  This will cause your phone to find all of the towers in your vicinity. http://1000lifehacks.com/



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