Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Night Shift, Vocab & Google Apps, Assessments - Review before submitting?, Ambient Sounds to Focus, Google Classroom Timesavers, Reduce Plagiarism w/Google Tools, Optimist, Crazy Forts

Did you know?
The Blue Light Coming From Your iPhone And iPad Wakes Up Your Brain, making it harder to go to sleep...or back to sleep. This handy feature can be setup to happen automatically and make the screen easier on your eyes at night.
Enable Night Shift on your iPhone (repost) - This feature makes your screen warmer in tone as the sun goes down! That blue light is hard on the eyes...this is a nice fix. You can work with a custom schedule or choose “sunset to sunrise”. You can also choose your level of “warmness”.  

To access:  click Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift. You’ll have it up and running in no time.






What if?
Vocabulary Lessons Using Google Apps - from Study All Knight, she’s created 7 pages that are for sale on TPT. Even if you don’t want to purchase, this may be a good source for ideas of things you can create for your students of all ages. For those in my district, if you want help creating something for your class, just let me know! +Google for Education  http://www.studyallknight.com/2016/07/vocabulary-lessons-using-google-apps.html








Something to think about…
Students & Tech Assessments in the Classroom - If you have students struggling on digital assessments that don’t allow them to go back over their answers before submitting, it might be worth offering them a paper version. They may never say anything, but sometimes students do better if they can process the information and go back over it before submitting. Sometimes the answer to #24 triggers their memory and knowledge on #12. On a paper test, they could back, reevaluate and possibly change their answer to the earlier question. Shouldn't that be available on digital assessments as well? Being able to take those steps in their thinking process aid in their confidence level. It might be worth offering a choice to see if it is beneficial to their success.


8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus - A list from +Eric Curts that may help individual students be more productive using one of these sites and their earbuds. Some allow you to create your own mixes. One that caught my attention is Ambient Mixer. Along with the usual nature sounds, it has some mixes that are Harry Potter themed, such as "Gryffindor Common Room" with a fire burning, a page flip from time to time, a little wind, etc.








Resources…
10 Google Classroom Timesavers For Teachers - From +Matt Miller - pick one or two to get started, then work in the others as you are ready. +Google Chrome  http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/10/31/10-google-classroom-time-savers-for-teachers/


Plagiarism and the Google Tools to Reduce It - by Jennifer Roberts...this is a nice article on plagiarism, her views on it and how she uses google tools (such as preview, Draftback and the “show more detailed revisions” button) to find it. +Google for Education  http://www.litandtech.com/2016/04/plagiarism-and-google-tools-to-reduce-it.html








In Addition…
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Crazy Forts - Christmas gift idea? When I saw this it made me think of the fun you could have adding this onto the table/chair/sheet tents we made when my boys were younger. https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Forts-Purple-69-pieces/dp/B001DNHYC0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&dpID=41y7dRPijDL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160,160_&psc=1&refRID=XYP5P711EB1BCGYKDPXE&linkCode=sl1&tag=dumpaday-20&linkId=6420d36993dc4358c505e614f2dc70fa

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