Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Email Member of a Team Drive, New Add-Ons for Google Docs, New Ways to Post to Padlet, Add Audio to Google Slides, Comix Tool, Quick Report Card Comments, Sugarcane, Sit With Us App, Dino on My Desk, Newspaper Templates in Google Docs, Science of Winter Olympic Sports, Backing Up Photos, Break the Price Tag Code, Screen Time, Habits Costing You Money, Categorizing Plants, #EdTech

Did you know?
Email Members of a Team Drive 

Google has added the ability to email your team drive members all at once, from within the Team Drive or within a file that is in the Team Drive. You can also customize who receives the email. For more, click here. +Google for Education

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New Add-Ons for Google Docs
Decode - Encrypt text like passwords or sensitive information in your document
Red Flag - Instantly check any document for problem words and phrases
Hanging Indent - Add and remove hanging indents within Google Docs
Unicheck - Check citations and references to avoid accidental plagiarism with Unicheck add-on for Google Docs
Writer's Highlighter - Highlight words or phrases (also available in Google Sheets)
Insert icons for Docs - Browse 1800+ icons available and insert them into your docs


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What if?
Delightful New Ways To Post To Padlet 
Padlet has always been one of my favorites, tried and true, easy to implement tools and now it’s gotten even better! They’ve added 7 new ways to post to your Padlet walls:
Draw, Voice, Film, Snap, Google Search, Map and Padlet within a Padlet (what?!) When you click on your wall to add a new post, simply click on the 3 dots to see all of your new choices. If you’re wanting a visual how-to, +Richard Byrne has one for you here.


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Three Ways to Add Audio to Google Slides
Students will be so glad to know there’s a way! Click here for how, tips and ideas from +Richard Byrne +Google for Education


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Redesigned Comic Making Site
Make Beliefs Comix is available on Chromebooks, iPads and more. On the iPad, you simply use the “Add to Home Screen” feature to make a quick button to access it. This site is free to use. It’s drag and drop, easy to move, resize, or delete the options. The kids pick it up rather quickly and have a blast with it. Also, the children don’t have to make an account. Thank you +Richard Byrne

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Something to think about…
Write Report Card Comments in Half the Time
For more, click here to go to the +Angela Watson blog and podcast. Listen over lunch or while in your car for tips on how to “only convey what really matters”. 

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Easily Create Up To 18 Different Games/Activities
With Sugarcane (from IXL) you can create games based on data sets for your content. Take a look at this example Cubed Numbers Guessing Game. This tool could be also useful for revision and differentiation. There are several games already created that you can use or modify. Topics are easily searchable by all traditional content areas in addition to Spanish, Art, Music, Careers, Sports, Food, Natural Disasters, Religions, Gemstone, Festivals and more! Thank you EduBlogger!

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How Kids Are Fighting Bullying One Lunch Table At A Time
To learn more about the Sit With Us app, the developer (a high school senior) and its impact, click here to listen to a 10-minute podcast with +Cool Cat Teacher Could this be a new club at your campus? Download their chapter welcome packet here

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Resources…
Dino On My Desk - Augmented Reality App for iOS

Download and watch this fun protocerotops come to life! (also available in the Google Play store, not available in our district)

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Newspaper Templates for Google Docs
Click here and remember that you’ll need to make your own copy. Thank you +Richard Byrne
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16 Videos About the Science of Winter Olympics Sports 
The National Science Foundation offers a YouTube playlist of sixteen videos on the science of Winter Olympics events. Thank you +Richard Byrne

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A Beginner’s Guide to Backing Up Photos
Good to know! Thank you Swissmiss

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In Addition…
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What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids 
See what rules are enforced in the homes of a research pediatrician, sleep researcher, anti-obesity doctor and media and violence researcher. A quick read! Thank you Swissmiss image: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5779/23631500890_7e0288a6c0_b.jpg

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10 Bad Habits that are Costing You Money
“Just putting one of these tips into practice saved our writer $58 per month.” Click here for the article from Apartment Therapy. Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/95/Studless_tire_2.jpg

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This Site Categorizes Plants In A Way I Can Relate To
Where has this been all my life? Check out The Sill to find plants for Beginners (me), Low-Light, Pet-Friendly, For Small Spaces, & more! Thank you Swissmiss

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Google Classroom Tips, Comment on Microsoft Files, iPad Magic, Highlighter Tool, EquatIO for Math, Dr. Seuss Fish Sorting in Google Slides, Topics in Classroom, Code/Create A Valentine’s Google Logo, Valentine's Day Magnetic Poetry, Google Challenge, Student's Guide to Google Sheets, Magnetic Poetry, Ambient Sounds to Focus, Secret to Staying Healthy, Blindfold Destination, Falcon Heavy Booster Landing, #EdTech

Did you know?
Google Classroom: 6 Tips to Level Up
Great ideas from +Alice Keeler, be sure to scroll down for an example!
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New Ways to Comment on Microsoft files (and more) in Google Drive
To find out more, check out this article from G Suite Updates!

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iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every Ipad Teacher Needs To Know
Click here to listen to this post on the 10 Minute Teacher (form the +Cool Cat Teacher) ... or...scroll down in the post to read the transcript. They cover screen recording, using the keyboard as a trackpad, re-organizing your home screen and more!
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What if?
Solving Story Problems with the Highlight Tool Add-on for Docs
A helpful strategy for Math, ELA and more from +Eric Curts

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Making it Easier to go Digital with Math: EquatIO

  • Teachers get the premium version for free, click here to get yours
  • Students get what was in gmath for free, students don’t have the prediction editor but there are quick keys they can learn and use
Helpful videos:

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"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" Sorting with Google Slides
Just in time for Dr. Seuss’ birthday...make a copy and put in your student’s hands! Click here for three free templates and instructions from +Eric Curts
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Something to think about…
Keep Your Google Classroom Organized with “Topics”
Here’s a quick video from Lance Yoder to show you how to use this category tool.


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Code/Create A Valentine’s Google Logo
A fun, different activity to get student’s designing and using the coding language Scratch. This site has lesson plans, flyers, sticker badges and more! Thank you Edutech for Teachers!

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Valentine's Day Magnetic Poetry
Another fun way to engage in National Poetry Month! This template has over 60 words and phrases to choose from. There is a word list included on pages 2 & 3. Students can also add images to their poems. For the blog post with more info from Edublogs, click here. Thank you Edutech for Teachers!


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Resources…
Stop the Battle of the Alamo - Mini Google Challenge
Save this resource from Cari Orts (@TechieCari) to use with students! You could also take this challenge and change it up to fit your content or unit of study.
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A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets
Share this guide from +Alice Keeler with your students. She has “created a Google Doc with 4 essential skills that if students can do just these 4 things they can use spreadsheets for assignmen
ts.”


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Collaborative Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings
This template from +Kasey Bell is ready to go or you can add to it. A fun way to engage in National Poetry Month!
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8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus
A nice resource from +Eric Curts image: https://pixabay.com/p-1781579/?no_redirect

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In Addition…
The Secret to Staying Healthy (Even When You Don't Feel Like It)
See this post from +Greatist for a way to “stay in the game” ... I like the micro-actions that are listed near the bottom...I can use those!


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Blindfold Destinations

When no one will make a decision on where to go: Add a little fun & mystery with the Blindfold Destinations app! I used this with my son and nephew (co-developer of the app) last week to choose a place to eat dinner. We had amazing food at a restaurant we would 
never have found or tried on our own! Answer a couple of questions & let the app direct you to an undisclosed location. The app ties into Yelp reviews to choose a location in your area. It works anywhere Yelp has access to.


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Seriously Cool Amateur Footage Of The Simultaneous Falcon Heavy Booster Landing

via +Digg Watch it for the sound as the boosters are about to land!


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

iOS Tips, Specific Audience in Google Sites, Search a Specific Folder in Google Drive, EdPuzzle PD, Response Validation in Google Forms, One Word Slides Activity, Preview in Docs for a Progress Check, Voice Typing Challenge, EdPuzzle Extension, Getting Started in EdPuzzle, Graphic Organizer Templates, Valentine's Ideas, Bubble Wall, The First 10 Minutes, Unclog, #EdTech

Did you know?
iOS Tips
  • Magnify the fine print: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Magnifier. Then triple-click the Home button to use the camera to zoom in on small details. Tap the shutter to freeze it. 
  • Quickly react to a message: Instead of typing a reply, express yourself with a tapback...double-tap a message bubble, then choose a response.
  • Remove webpage clutter: “Reader” in Safari makes articles easier to read. When you see the 4 lines in the search field, tap it to see just the text and photos - without ads.



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Publish Sites to a Specific Audience in the New Google Sites
Google has made it possible to specify exactly who can view your content in the new Google Sites. Read more here.  +Google for Education 


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You Can Now Search For Content In A Specific Folder In Google Drive
Do this by using the drop-down in the search bar > using the Location menu choose your Drive > then choose the folder you want. Shared folders must be added to your drive before they can be searched. Thank you +Eric Curts +Google for Education 



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What if?
EdPuzzle Online Professional Development
EdPuzzle has 14 videos, ranging from 30 - 90 minutes allowing you to “Learn at your own pace and get officially certified”. Starting with Level 1, Coach, Planning, Flipped, Student Hero, Tech Integration & more! Click here to see all offerings! 



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Creative uses for Response Validation in Google Forms
“Response validation is a way that you can create rules for users to follow as they fill out your Google Form.” Check out this post from Meagan Kelly for ideas of how to use this in the classroom, a video to learn more or a tutorial to get you started.



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Something to think about…
One Word Collaborative Slides Activity For Students 
See the post and get the template and teacher instructions from Meredith Akers here. Thank you +Eric Curts

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Use Preview in Docs for a Quick Whole Class Progress Check
A nice tip and how-to from Jake Miller on how to quickly check in on your student’s progress. Thank you +Eric Curts 

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The Voice Typing Challenge: Save Time, Get Things Done 
Looking for a way to improve your productivity? This challenge from +Matt Miller might be for you...sign up today!


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Resources…
EdPuzzle Extension
If you’re familiar with EdPuzzle, you may love the EdPuzzle Extension! (EdPuzzle is a tool that will allow you to trim the video and add questions, notes and comments directly into videos for your students.) To learn more about the extension, check out this post and/or video from i-heart-edu.
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Here's A Quick Video On Getting Started In Edpuzzle:
Guide to using Edpuzzle



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100+ Graphic Organizer Templates for Teachers and Students
Click here, then choose your content area from the list of red buttons across the top. Once you select, remember to select File > Make a Copy. Thank you, Michelle Parrish and +Eric Curts 



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In Addition…
Valentine Gift Ideas For Your Teens and College Kids
A list of 10 ideas from Grown & Flown!



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Large-Scale Bubble Wall
A floor-to-ceiling moving installation, by Japanese artist Rintaro Hara, inspired by the water-born aliens from sci-fi thriller The Abyss Thank you 
Swissmiss



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10 Things To Do the First 10 Minutes of Your Day
Click here for terrific ideas for starting your day off right! Thank you 
Apartment Therapy


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6 Ways To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger
Okay, I know ... no one wants to talk about this, but this is good information! Thank you Apartment Therapy!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Take a Snapshot, Screencasting and Youtube, The New Google Calendar, Overlooked Docs Features, Story Cubes, Add Voice Comments to Student Papers, Google Classroom Tips, Math Resources, Apps for Elementary Math, Move Photo Albums into Google Slides, Yoga, Kids Artwork, Get Better Sleep, Toothpaste in the Kitchen, Valentine Ideas, My Shark Adventure, #EdTech

Did you know?
The “Take a Snapshot” option in Google Tools has Reappeared as “Camera”
Click “Insert”, then hover over the “Image” option to see it as one of the choices. Thank you +Matt Miller


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101 For Screencasting, Uploading to Youtube and Videos in a Google Form
If you’re wanting to create short videos to use with your students and maybe even to add into a Google Form for assessment, here are a few short videos to help you on your journey.


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What if?
The Old Version of Google Calendar Compared to the New Version
No cause for alarm, the same features are there, just the look is different. If you haven’t switched over to the new Google Calendar yet, you’ll have to by the end of February. Here’s a short video look at the basic differences from +Richard Byrne


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Overlooked Google Docs Features
Click here for a quick list of 10 that you may have either forgotten about or are just now hearing about from
+Richard Byrne.


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Something to think about…
Fun and Creative Way to Gamify Showing Mastery of Content
Story Cubes in any classroom!” A video from one teacher sharing 4 ways he uses these in his classroom. Use Story Cubes to create a backstory, a rap slam, applying vocab terms within a time limit and in an assessment capacity. (The info in the video really starts at 1:08.) I used these in my class when I taught Art to 5th & 6th graders.



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Add Voice Comments to Google Documents with Kaizena

Here’s a how-to video for using Kaizena to add voice comments to Google Docs from +Richard Byrne


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Resources…
Google Classroom Tips
A nice post from +Tony Vincent to scroll through for ways to save time in Google Classroom.


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10 Good Resources for Math Teachers and Students 

Click here for the post with links, tips and ideas from +Richard Byrne


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10 Free Apps for Elementary School Math Lessons
“All of the apps are available in versions as free iPad apps, as Chrome apps, and for use in the web browser of any computer.” Click here for more from +Richard Byrne


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This Add-on Makes It Easy to Move Photo Albums Into Google Slides
Check out this post from +Richard Byrne if this sounds like something you can use. He gives you tips, ideas for use in education and things to look out for.



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In Addition…
A Different Area For Yoga 
Wrist Yoga for Carpal Tunnel - The first 7 minutes could possibly be done at your desk. Maybe a good brain break for your students as well! (11:35 min. video)

5 Yoga Poses and Stretches to Relieve Wrist Pain - For those who prefer an article! The second exercise with clenched fists feels good and could be done at your desk, at a stop light, etc.

Face Yoga - one practice to cover 3 areas (2:30 min. video)



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5 Smart Storage Solutions For Your Kids’ Artwork. Goodbye Clutter!
Check out this short post from +CoolMomPicks ...2 & 4 are my favorites for something tangible. I like Google's Photoscan app to take great pictures of the work to either put in a book or to create a collage as in the second idea listed. The app is also good for taking pictures of pictures already in a frame, i.e. those old family photos, etc. The app removes the glare from the glass!


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7 Tips And Helpful Tech To Get Better Sleep 

Because Being Tired Is So Last Year
http://coolmomtech.com/2015/01/tips-and-helpful-tech-to-get-better-sleep/

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Why You Should Keep Toothpaste in the Kitchen
Apartment Therapy gives us 5 uses to try in this short, but informative post! Image: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/769813


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Valentine (or Mother’s Day) Ideas
35 last-minute DIY ideas to please. The original site is in French, but if you’re using Chrome it should convert automatically. Or there may be a button to translate in the upper left of the screen when you open it.




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My Shark Adventure Last Week 
It has been a goal of mine to scuba dive with sharks for some time. I went snorkeling with the sharks in May while attending my oldest’s college graduation in south Florida, but I’ve always wanted to be on the bottom of the sea, with them swimming in the area. I’ve just wanted to be in their presence in that way. It was two years in the making with research and planning...and replanning. I was able to live that dream last week and just wanted to share one of the pictures. #SaveSharks



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