Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crash Course for Kids, NEWSELA + Google Docs, WriterKata, Parent Cyber Safety, Google Find & Replace, Tools for Writers, Hanx Writer, Never Give Up

Did you know?
Crash Course Videos now has a channel for Kids? ...greatness!  Crash Course for Kids provides animated videos of various topics - mostly science. +CrashCourse  (Thank you +Richard Byrne)
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NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading! - An article by Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher.org on how these two tools can work well together for elementary, middle or high school ... allowing the teacher to virtually be in multiple reading groups at the same time - this article tells you how to do it: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/newsela-google-docs-differentiated.html#.VWjAemRVhHw +Newsela +Richard Byrne 




What if?
You could improve your writing, or that of your students, with simple exercises (or katas)? WriterKata does just that! The kata cycle is a collection of random exercises divided into four stages: sentence, paragraph, sketch, and story. Upon completion of the kata cycle you will earn experience points and may begin another cycle. +WriterKata Sensei  http://writerkata.com/?ref=producthunt

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Something to think about…
How much do you know about Cyber Safety?  Take the CyberSmart Parent Quiz: http://www.bgca.org/cybersafe/Pages/cybersafe-quiz.aspx There are just 10 multiple choice questions. With every answer, you get quick, helpful feedback and tips.  Below is an example of the different feedback given for a “yes” and “no” answer:

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Resources…
Find and Replace: Search for words in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and replace one or all of them:  Under “Edit”, choose “Find and Replace”.





For Fun…
Hanx Writer app for iOS - created by Tom Hanks. Hanx Writer recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but with the ease and speed of an iPad and iPhone. I love the sounds ... and look of the end product! @hanxwriter @producthunt https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hanx-writer/id868326899?mt=8&ref=producthunt

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You might be closer than you think:
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