Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Online Readers, Organize your Google Drive, Wings Motion Math, iPads with Geometry, Pin to Task Bar, Peeps, Omnibox Tricks, Abbey Road Studios, NYC time lapse, How to Jump a Car Battery

Did you know?
Google has recently added a new feature which allows you to download your search history into a file that is automatically saved on your Google Drive.  This could be a nice physical archive to have. Read this article for tips and things to think about. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/04/new-google-released-new-feature-for-dowloading-search-history.html

What if?
Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 1.04.28 PM.pngYour students could see a word cloud of their most used words while working in Google Docs?  A nice, visual tool for them as they write, this simple add-on will create a word/tag cloud in the side bar for any document with at least 50 words.  It is called Tag Cloud Generator, it is a Google Docs Add-on.

You could find the speed of light with Peeps? Bonus, you get to watch scenes from the history of the speed of light acted out by Peep Puppets. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/13/399391214/kitchen-science-we-used-peeps-to-calculate-the-speed-of-light?utm_content=buffercff78&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_source=swissmiss&utm_campaign=f24d2264b7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2660ad4d17-f24d2264b7-393340477

Something to think about…
Being a Better Online Reader by Maria Konnikova - a great article on reading digital content, the future of it, how it is different than reading from print, how to improve our digital reading and some thoughts on ways to help our students navigate it. http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/being-a-better-online-reader

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.32.01 AM.pngOrganization Tips for your Google Drive
You can color code your folders:
  1. select the folder
  2. right click
  3. choose “change color”
Organize folders that are Shared with You.  When they are shared with you, they are not automatically added to your My Drive Folder.  To add them to your My Drive Folder:
  1. click the “Shared with Me” (in the column on the left, under the red New/Create button
  2. select the file
  3. right click
  4. choose “add to My Drive”

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 9.02.13 AM.pngResources…
Wings Motion Math app for iOS: a multiplication tool based on a tilt-controlled, scrolling game where you steer the bird toward the correct answer.  Good graphics and engagement level.  It is the lite version, though.  To get to higher levels and access all content a purchase is required.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motion-math-wings/id508228412?mt=8

How one teacher uses iPads with Geometry in her elementary classroom (also using Padlet for them to turn in their projects)  Includes a 3D Scavenger Hunt, What Figure Am I, Making Riddles and Building a Skeleton. http://www.mrswideen.com/2015/04/geometry-ipad-activities.html

How one teacher is using Google Sites for student portfolios.  Step-by-step and helpful hints included. (This talks about a 4th grade class, but the step-by-step is helpful for all.) https://www.synergyse.com/blog/using-google-sites-for-elementary-student-portfolios/?utm_content=buffer7aa47&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer  More Google Sites Tips https://www.synergyse.com/blog/revolutionize-google-sites-with-these-google-icious-tips/

To pin Google Drive to your Task Bar: (Thank you April Riley!)
Google Drive Pin to task bar.png

For Fun…
Chrome Omnibox Tricks (The Omnibox is also called the URL box)

Type the RED text into the Omnibox for some nice results:

  • 12*88 (does multiplication for you)
  • 2013 in Roman Numerals
  • Weather 33445 (put your zip code here)
  • Movies 33445 (put your zip code here)
  • Timer 6 minutes
  • x*sin(y) (a nice 3D Graph is animated)
  • define allusion (or replace "allusion" with the word you want defined)
  • caesar chavez austin TX to verizon theatre grand prairie TX (for a map and directions)
  • Tilt
  • Zerg Rush

Thank you +friEdTechnology and Andreas Johansson +Synergyse ! For more, in more detail visit: https://www.synergyse.com/blog/tips-tricks-for-mastering-the-chrome-omnibox/

Google has opened the doors to Abbey Road Studios!  This is soooo cool, much more than just the Beatles. Learn about some current big names who’ve recorded there as well. Explore!
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The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show a 52 second animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today. http://www.nytimes.com/video/nyregion/100000003637210/sky-pods-show-rise-of-new-york-skyline.html?smid=tw-share Thank you @SwissMiss

How to Jump a Car Battery - This is a diagram you could print to put in your car and those of your teen drivers https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDSv_xZWMAEe540.jpg:large

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