Tuesday, May 22, 2018

13 Activities to Try on The Last Class of the Semester or Year, End-Of-Year Google Classroom Steps, 3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer, Podcasts for Teachers, 10 Superfoods, Simplify Your Tech Life, The New Instagram Emoji Slider, 20 Fun Facts About Dolphins #EdTech



I'm keeping it simple this week as we wind down the school year. 
Thank you so much for stopping by!
DDGTK will return in the middle of August 2018.


Something to think about…
Year Enders
​Here are 13 activities from Todd Finley to try on the last class of the semester or year. Graph My Semester, Revise the Syllabus, Pop up Toast and The Word are some of my favorites!

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End-Of-Year Google Classroom Steps (a repost, just in case it’s helpful)
Taking these 6 steps at the end of this school year will help give you a clean start in the Fall. This post from +Eric Curts walks you through the steps ... with pictures!

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3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer
Expand beyond the walls of the classroom, from DailyGenius
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How Podcasts Can Make You a Better Teacher
Just something to think about...a great way to use that drive time and maybe find ideas for your classroom! In this post, Matt Miller shares the benefits and some resources for finding one you like. One of my favorites is the Google Teacher Tribe with 
+ShakeUpLearning and
+Matt Miller
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In Addition…
10 Superfoods That Make the Best Smoothie Ingredients
This is a nice list of what these are, what flavors they go well with and how best to use them, from 
+Greatist.
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6 Ways to Simplify Your Tech Life on Your Smartphone
Great tips from 
+Cool Mom Picks, I want to look more into the zero inbox trick!
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The New Instagram Emoji Slider!
Another fun how-to from 
+Cool Mom Picks.
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20 Fun Facts About Dolphins (because it’s almost summer)
Click here for more on everyone’s favorite coastal creature!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

EOY Google Classroom, EOY Seesaw, Quiz Updates in Google Forms, Gmail Offline, Geo Guessing, Tape Your Lesson, EOY Review Tools, Fake News Lesson, Flipgrid Explorer Series, Pattern Block Templates in Google Drawings, GCE Level 2 Task Cards, 8 Epic Ideas for EOY, 10 Google Tools for EOY, Mosquito Repellent Alternatives, Plastic Bag on the Kitchen Counter, Perfect Pool Bag, Dusting Hacks, 7 Appetizers That Aren't Just Chips and Guac, #EdTech

Did you know?
End-Of-Year Google Classroom Steps
Taking these 6 steps at the end of this school year will help give you a clean start in the Fall. This post from 
+Eric Curts walks you through the steps ... with pictures!
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End of Year To-Do List for Seesaw Users
Step 1: Archive Your Old Class

  • Tap your profile icon (top left) to choose the class you want to archive.
  • Then tap the wrench icon to go to Class Settings.
  • At the bottom, choose the "Archive Class" button. 
DO NOT remove students from your class or delete your class!
Next year, you'll create a brand new Seesaw class with new students.

Step 2: Tell Families About Export Options
  • Connected family members can download a .zip archive of their child's work from the Seesaw website. 
  • Share this link as a Family Announcement in your Seesaw class to tell families how. We'll also email them when you archive your class.
To sign up to view their Sprint webinar, 
click here.

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End of Year for GoGuardian Teacher
In the settings of each classroom, click the Archive button. (Thank you, Coby!)

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What if?
Coming Soon! 6 Ways Quizzes in Google Forms are Getting Smarter
These new updates will be rolling out in the next week or so. Look for quiz answer suggestions (as you’re creating the quiz), autocomplete answers (also as you’re creating the quiz), the ability to automatically grade checkbox and multiple choice grid questions, give decimal grades, give highly customized feedback with Youtube and the ability to see the total number of points as you create the quiz. For more, see this post from The Keyword
+Google for Education
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Turn on Gmail offline
To enable this feature, click on the gear icon in the upper right (above your list of gmails), click on Settings, Choose Offline in the list across the top, get the Gmail Offline app. To use this feature, you may need to have already changed to the new Gmail.
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Something to think about…
Time for Some Geo Guessing
Google Earth launched a multiple-choice quiz where you can test your knowledge of places near and far! Use the Google Classroom link to challenge your students. Click here to jump in! You can also check out Geoguessr - relying on clues in your surroundings to try to guess where you are! 
+Google for Education
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Tape up your lesson - Using tape a bit differently
Geared toward Social Studies content, but it may give you new ideas for other areas. Check out this video from Mr. Matera!
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A Plastic Bag on The Kitchen Counter at All Times
This makes so much sense! When cooking or cleaning, slip your phone into the bag for protection. You can still use it, but it’s now safe from spills and splatters! For more, check out the article from Apartment Therapy.

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7 Hacks for the Perfectly Packed Pool Bag
How to be ready for summer, summer, summer … from The Good Stuff

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Dusting Hacks
Another set of time savers from Apartment Therapy!
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7 Mexican Appetizers That Aren't Just Chips and Guac
Click here for more from 
+Greatist
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Class Dojo, Making QR Codes, Gmail Redesign, Comments and Google Classroom, Keyboard Shortcuts, Undo Send, Seesaw Photo Booth, New Ways to Play Quizlet Live, Supercharge Docs with Drawings, Epic Review Olympics, Smartphones in the Classroom, Seesaw PD, iPad Generation, Fluency Tools for Languages, Exercise Isn't Working, The Right Amount to Tip, Revive Your Cordless Tools, Laundry Tricks, #EdTech

Did you know?
Class Dojo Has New Tools
This classroom management site’s new Toolkit has some helpful features, including Group Maker, Time, Noise Meter, Think-Pair-Share and more! Click here to see all of the tools and their functions.
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Create a QR Code for Anything in Drive
  • Make sure share settings are open
  • Copy the URL 
  • Go to http://goqr.me/
  • Change the type to URL (that’s the globe icon/image) and paste
  • Download the QR code
Thank you, +Tony Vincent
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Gmail’s Biggest Redesign is Now Live
Snoozing, nudging, hover actions, and a new sidebar — it’s a mobile app on the web! Click here for more on the new options. There are a video and article in this post. I liked the video for a more visual walkthrough. They didn’t take anything away...they just added more. Special Note: After I enabled the new Gmail, I had to restart Chrome for things to work properly. Before the restart, it wouldn’t show the whole screen or let me open an email.
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What if?
Copy Comments When Sharing in Google Classroom
The CopyComments for Classroom extension could be a great tool for elaborating on or leaving instructions within a Google Doc or Google Slide. How-To: Create your assignment first in Google Classroom, then go into the Doc or Slide, enter your comments, then click on the CopyComments for Classroom extension to choose the assignment and class in Google Classroom.
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Keyboard Shortcuts for Adjusting Font Sizes
Thank you, 
+Tony Vincent for these quick ways to adjust sizes!
Windows or Chromebook:
  Control + Shift + > (increase) or Control + Shift + < (decrease)
Mac: 
  Command + Shift + > (increase) or Command + Shift + < (decrease)
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Sent an Email You Want to Take Back?
There’s a way! When you push send on an email, a notification pops up in the bottom area of your inbox with the option to select “Undo.” You can also dictate how long you have to un-send a message. Go to Settings > General > scroll down to “Undo Send”. Thank you to the Google Keywor
d!
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Something to think about…
Helping His Students Get Their Seesaw Photos Just Right
See how one teacher set up an iPad photo booth to help with photos in Seesaw.
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6 New Ways To Play a Quizlet Live Game
Click here for some fun variations from 
+Matt Miller
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Resources…
8 Ways to Supercharge Google Docs with Drawings +Eric Curts

End the school year with Epic Review Olympics (free templates!) from 
+Matt Miller

Using Smartphones in the Classroom [20 ideas] from Bright Classroom Ideas, If the phone battle is making you weary, here’s how one teacher decided to implement it.

Seesaw PD in Your PJ’s Calendar of Sessions

What Generation of iPad Do You Have?
Click and then scroll down a little.

5 Fantastic Fluency Tools for Speaking World Languages from 
+Eric Curts
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In Addition…
Why Exercise Isn't Working (and What to Do About It) - According to Science
Check out this article from 
+Greatist to learn about the benefits of mixing it up!
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The Right Amount to Tip for Food in Every Situation
Just in case you were wondering...click here for the post from +Greatist
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Have a Cordless Tool Battery Won’t Charge? You Can Fix That.
I have to admit, this may be a little out of my comfort area, but I know I may need it one day! Click here for the post from The Art of Doing Stuff.
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Clever Laundry Tricks
You can unshrink clothes? Some nice tips for you or those who recently left the nest from Apartment Therapy. Image: https://pixabay.com/en/toast-white-bread-slices-of-toast-74375/
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Personal Dictionary, Clear Your Cache, Interactive Checklists, Branching, Creaturizer, Seesaw Reading Logs, Blog Ideas, Collaborative Google Slides, Math PD, Google Keep for Research, Transparent Images, RhymeZone, Math with Google Drawings, Enable These Google Form Settings, Better Mood, High-Paying Jobs in DFW, Make Your Furniture Last Forever, #EdTech

Did you know?
Adding Words to Your Personal Dictionary in Google Docs
Are there words, student names, etc. that keep that red line despite you’re knowing they are correct? Just add them to your Personal Dictionary in Google Docs to make a simple but helpful change. This is great for students as well! Click on “Tools”, then “Spelling” to find it.
Click here to see post and video from Brad Dale.
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How to Clear the Cache in Chrome

If a device is running slow or not going to usual websites, it may help to do a little housekeeping. Click here for the steps.
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Create Interactive Checklists in Google Docs
This may be a helpful tool for you or your students. This post from +Eric Curts walks you through the easy steps. Another tool great tool for checklists is Google Keep. +Google for Education
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What if?
Go to Sections Based on Answers in Google Forms
If you’ve been curious about how to do this in Google Forms, check out this nice Intro to “Branching” from Jennifer Shafer.
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Creaturizer iOS App for Elementary
(repost, since Spring is the perfect time for this)
Students create wild creatures, then take the iPad outside and photograph the creature in different environments to satisfy 4 different missions, in which the students have to consider their animal’s needs (habitat, diet, and adaptations). Creaturizer, from PBS, is free and doesn't require students to login or create an account. Their creations are stored in the Camera Roll on the iPads. Thank you, +Richard Byrne
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Seesaw for Reading Logs
Click here to see how 1st-grade teacher, Melissa Campbell, uses Seesaw for a more robust reading log, how she has launched it with her students, student examples as well as a few tips! Video is 16:58 minutes of helpful information
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Blog Ideas Generator
Enter three nouns in this HubSpot web page and you'll be given 5 ideas you can tweak. Thank you Edublogs.
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Something to think about…
Collaborative Google Slides
This can resemble a class blog, create an environment where students can work together, create a class space to comment on each other’s work and so much more! Check out this post from +Matt Miller to see how to use this, as well as ideas and a few “Ninja tricks”. He includes a video, along with time stamps so you can skip to what you need to know. 

An additional tip:
When using collaborative Google Slides (as in having a class work within one slide presentation) +Alice Keeler has students put their name in the speaker notes, with that, using “Control F” their name jumps her quickly to their slide.
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The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How To Use It)
Check out this 10-minute podcast (or transcript) to see how Twitter is a great resource for Math teachers (all teachers, really) specifically. +Cool Cat Teacher
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Resources…
Using Google Keep to Research from +Cool Cat Teacher

Finding, Making, and Using Transparent Images for Learning from +Eric Curts

RhymeZone - Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus

11 Ways to Teach Math with Google Drawings from +Eric Curts

Enable These Google Forms Settings to Save Time Making Quizzes - a 1-minute video from +Richard Byrne

Financial Football is an interactive game to teach money management skills (ages 11 and up) from +Cool Cat Teacher
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In Addition…
Small Actions That Will Put You in a Better Mood Instantly
Click here for easy tricks to use from +Greatist image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericajoy/3514023697
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25 High-Paying Jobs in Dfw That Don't Require a Degree
Click here to find out what they are. Thank you WFAA and the Dallas Business Journal.
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Make Your Favorite Furniture Last Forever
Click here to find the right polishes for the different types of wood furniture from Apartment Therapy.
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