Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to take Screenshots, Ideas for when Testing is Over, Image Permission, Students Give Feedback for Google Classroom, Formatting in Google Sheets, Kahoot! Team Mode, Quotes, Balance & Strength

Did you know?
Screenshots - how to take them?
On a Mac:
  • Press command, shift, 4 all at the same time.
  • Then drag your cursor to select the area you want.
  • Images show up as “screenshots” on your desktop

On a Chromebook:
  • Full screen: Press Ctrl + window switcher key 4_19 window switcher key.png
  • Select a portion of the screen: Press Ctrl + Shift + window switcher key
  • (the window switcher key is typically above the 6 & 7)
  • To locate them: click the magnifying glass, choose “Files” (blue circle with white file folder), click “Downloads” on the left side, from there screenshots can be moved into “My Drive”
  • This feature is disabled for students in our district

On a Windows Device:
  • Option 1: Press the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard
    • It will copy a shot of your full screen to your clipboard
    • You’ll need to open another application to paste it into
  • Option 2: Use the “Snipping Tool
    • Found by doing a search from your Start button, if you don’t see it in your applications/programs already.
    • Click the dropdown arrow next to the word “New
    • Select the shape of the Snip you want, most likely “Rectangular Snip” is what you’ll need
    • Use this method to select an area
    • In the new window that pops up, click the blue floppy disk icon to save it
    • From this same window, you can make notations on your screenshot with a pen or highlighter
    • Click “New” if you want to take another screenshot






What if?
As the Spring comes storming in, what kinds of things are on your agenda for after the testing is finished? +Vicki Davis has 5 ideas for this time of year:
1. Student Created Test Prep - if you have numerous concepts, formulas or vocabulary, split them up and let the class create games for each other.  Classtools has some games they can use or try TodaysMeet for them to all add to a class Review or have them use Kahoot! or Quizizz.

2. Try New Things - use the post-test part of the year to try new assignments, tools, procedures, classroom management techniques, etc. You get to do a test run to see if they’ll work for next year. Be open to feedback and ideas from your students.

3. Teach FilmMaking with a film glossary - have students draw, take photographs or create a video dictionary of the different kinds of shots. This visual “dictionary” can be helpful for students in younger grades or for your future students.  Depending on your content, this could be a fun way to close out the school year. Something similar could be done for math equations, vocabulary in other content areas, etc.

4. Test Gamification - Classcraft would be a fun one to try in preparation for rolling it out to your classes next year. “Turn class into an Adventure!” Classcraft gamifies classroom management, is used at over 20,000 schools and works with Google Classroom.

5. Plan a Portfolio Project






Something to think about…
Do you have permission to use that image? A quick infographic that may be good for you and your students by +CurtisNewbold … I first saw the image on EduTech4Teachers Click here for a larger version of the file http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/YouCanUseAPictureIf_V2.jpg


Get your students involved in making Google Classroom better. +Google for Education  Give them time to submit some quick feedback...get the ball rolling here: https://goo.gl/2fuHdy






Resources…
Use conditional formatting rules in Google Sheets - Cells, rows, or columns can be formatted to change text or background color if they meet certain conditions. For example, if they contain a certain word or a number. https://support.google.com/docs/answer/78413?hl=en


Kahoot! releases a new “Team Mode” - designed to nurture collaboration. +Kahoot! For a few pointers, go to: https://getkahoot.com/blog/kahoot-team-mode-boosts-collaboration








In Addition…
Quotes made easy! Use http://quozio.com/ to put in famous quotes or use your own words. This website puts it on a nice background and styles it for you. Simply right click to save the quote image to your desktop. Thank you +Cindy Tucker 

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Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth - You will not only improve your overall balance but you will strengthen your ankles. You can reduce sprains and general maladies with your feet and ankles due to the increased strength. @LifeProTips image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vivobarefoot/15359327455 https://lifeprotips.com/tip/268/health-fitness/stand-on-one-leg-while-brushing-your-teeth-to


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