Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PDFs to Google Docs, g(Math) Improvements, iPhone Shortcuts, Word Clouds and How To Use Them in Class, Blackout Techniques in Writing, Student Self-Management, Flubaroo, YouTube Math & Social Studies, Cupfakes! and What Burglars Say About How to Protect Your Home

Did you know?

The g(Math) Add-on Just Got Smarter - Launched in 2013, g(Math) has just gotten better and better, now a part of the Texthelp product line, it is said to be “a more simple and intuitive tool for creating digital, accessible math.” +John McGowan +Google for Education
To learn more about it and how it has improved, click here
For a guide on getting started and steps to using it, click here

The 7 Useful iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts - Shake to undo, caps lock, create your own text shortcuts, plus a few more from +Carley Knobloch http://carleyk.com/apps/7-iphone-keyboard-shortcuts/

What if?
Word Cloud Creator Tagul and Ideas On How To Use Them In Class - Create a word cloud for your students or let it be a choice for them to use as an assignment, for example:
  • To summarize (a book, speech, movie, mission, etc.)
  • Write a review
  • Visualize world or current events
  • Make a poster
  • Make a self-portrait or portrait of famous author, political figure, scientist, etc.
  • Dissect their resume (to see which words they use too often)
  • Create one to see if they can figure out the topic/title by just seeing the key words
  • Contrast literary characters or political candidates
  • Take the words from a class poll and put them in a word cloud to see what is mentioned most/least
  • For these and more ideas, see 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo Thank you +April Riley (Tagxedo isn’t available on chromebooks, but Tagul is)
How-to use Tagul - Google Doc with step-by-step

Something to think about…
Blackout Poetry (or Text Reduction) Gets an Update with Google Docs -  Help students with identifying main ideas, reading comprehension and their ability to summarize with the “blackout” technique. This article by +Eric Curts gives step-by-step instructions on how to use this with your students...making it easy and fast. It might give them a fun new way to approach and work on these skills. http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/11/docs-blackout.html @google

Tools for Student Self-Management - from +Edutopia, a short article with a few ideas for classroom management, such as Flexible Seating and Spaces, Time Management Logs, Task Lists and a few more, click here

3 Features of Flubaroo That Are Often Overlooked - 3 videos to show:

In Addition…
Cupfakes! That’s right, fake cupcakes that can be made into ornaments, gift toppers or just a fun decoration. Directions, tips and pics can be found here from +TheArtofDoingStuff Please note, her blog isn’t really written for children/students. This post is fine, but some of her other posts have colorful language. http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/christmas-ornament/?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d12a0ab296-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b431e4fc08-d12a0ab296-81907029


What Burglars Said Were The Biggest Deterrents, What Didn't Stop Them And How You Can Protect Your Home - This is a news segment with a video, if you scroll down beneath the video, there is a Q&A in text form you can read through. First seen via +Digg http://www.kgw.com/news/investigations/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344213396?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Day_195_-_Shut_the_burglar_out_(9293361460).jpg


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