Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2016 Election, Science and Facebook, Google Forms, Copyright 101, iPad Podcasting, Problem Finders, Google Templates, Mobile Manners, Better Sleep, Kickstarter for Babies and Toddlers, Wigs

Did you know?
PBS has a website to help your students understand the 2016 Presidential Election - Includes an interactive map to see where the candidates are, an activity for students to develop a campaign around the best characteristics of a president, another for the students to bring together a candidate’s personality and platform, along with several other resources revolving around a campaign, it’s strategy and getting the Nomination. +PBS  “It’s an Election year and PBS Education has created tools, resources and creative solutions to educate your students on the various facets of the political process….” Election Central can be found here http://pbseduelectioncentral.com/

What if?
According to Science, Facebook Status Updates Are Way More Memorable Than You Think - by Sophia Breene - scary, but maybe a good reason to think twice before we post … and to help our students do the same. The science reasons the style of writing in the posts is more of a “stream-of-consciousness, uncensored style of writing” that is similar to casual speech, making it easier to remember.  +Greatist  To read more: http://greatist.com/happiness/facebook-memory-study-011713?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2016-02-09_mails_daily_new_header

Something to think about…
Thinking about using Google Forms, but not quite sure how to work it into the classroom? Even if you’ve used forms for assessments, there might be a new idea or two in here that you’ll like.  Number 6 stands out to me. I would do this kind of grading in my Art classes and this would’ve been a great solution to my sheets of paper on a clipboard. This blog post by +Matt Miller +Google for Education  will get you on the right track with ideas, the add-ons you’ll need and a few tips for success.  The title of article mentions the New Google Forms, but most of this can be done in the Classic version as well. http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/02/12/the-new-google-forms-9-classroom-uses/

Copyright 101: A Simple Lesson in Licenses - a 15 minute video by +Cool Cat Teacher on the basics...I learned some valuable information myself. This would be great for students if you haven’t already covered it. https://youtu.be/JNqgxSWw02o

The 5 Best iPad Podcasting Apps for Students - from Jonathan Wylie - There are actually 6 mentioned and all but one are free. http://jonathanwylie.com/2015/12/27/best-ipad-podcasting-apps/?utm_content=buffer346e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Innovator’s Mindset: teaching students to be problem finders - great information, podcast (less than 10 minutes) and tools from George Couros and +Vicki Davis @VickiDavis - scroll to the bottom for a great infographic to use!  http://www.coolcatteacher.com/george-couros-problem-finders/?utm_content=buffer900cd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffe Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/86530412@N02/8231156853

Mobile Manners (5/6 of 10) ways to bring back phone etiquette and become more personal. I know I need reminders at times...this is one of my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ll include 2 each week for 5 weeks. Thank you +CyberWise1 http://www.cyberwise.org/#!10-Rules-for-Good-Phone-Manners-in-2016/c1aod/56a7c2750cf229630713ca99
5.  Use spell check:  The excuse of, "Sorry, I have big thumbs" is just a sorry excuse.  We have spell check, so slow down while typing and use it!
6.  Keep your messages short: If leaving a voicemail message, just leave necessary information and keep it simple.

In Addition…
Better sleep: a 2-minute guide - Adults need between 7-8 hours each night...but quality counts. There are a few natural things you can do to help enhance your sleep. Watch this quick video by +Vox  to get you started on better zzzz’s. https://youtu.be/7QlejFUpn78 A few of the tips include cooling down your room, dimming lights and turning off your devices an hour before bed and using Lavender. The video explains the how and why for each of these tips.

Why is sleep important?
Sleep refreshes and clears the mind. While we sleep, “the elegant machinery of the brain is quietly hard at work cleaning and maintaining this unimaginably complex machine” - Jeff Iliff in this 11 minute TEDMED Talk. +Google for Education +TEDMED  https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_iliff_one_more_reason_to_get_a_good_night_s_sleep#t-646026


Parents/grandparents of babies & toddlers, this is for you! Check out this Kickstarter by a friend of mine.... +Doug Gonterman @NumNumInc  http://ow.ly/Y8EB6 This is about their second project, they’ve already successfully launched their special spoons. They can be found on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Num-Dips-Set-2/dp/B00GM52N0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455052629&sr=8-1&keywords=numnum


Wigs from Paper - “This is not your everyday paper art. Russian artist Asya Kozina has been turning paper into high-art for years” Thank you SwissMiss and +Bored Panda  http://www.boredpanda.com/baroque-paper-wigs-hair-azya-kozina/?utm_source=swissmiss&utm_campaign=d06d1b94cf-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2660ad4d17-d06d1b94cf-393340477 This is one of my favorites!


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