Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Turn in Screenshots, Twitter Chat, One Day App, ELA Editing, KidBlog, MultiMedia Quizzes, Tweetping, Pencil Dice

Did you know?
Students can use screenshots or a screencast to turn in work to Google Classroom when they’ve used tools other than Google tools.  This comes in handy if the tool they used doesn’t result in a URL or a compatible file they can attach in Classroom.  For more details and how-to’s see Alice Keeler’s article at: http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/03/05/google-classroom-submit-screenshots/
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You can now Pinch to Zoom in Chrome?  It is now possible to use the same pinching action that is used on tablets and smartphones to zoom in on a page in your chrome browser.  Simple, but helpful!  On your device’s trackpad use the motion below:
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What if?
You started using a Twitter Chat for some of your PD?  In the past few months I have started using Twitter for PD and resources. It is a tremendous resource that you can personalize in great detail.  Twitter Chats are just one way to use Twitter for that purpose.  Take a look at this article for a way to get started.  The Best Twitter Chat for Teachers in 2015 http://www.teachthought.com/technology/the-best-twitter-chat-for-teachers-in-2015/

You created the “Perfect Syllabus” in Google Docs?  The benefits: easily add a table of contents, page numbers, and comments and the students will always have access to most current and updated version.  To see it in action go to (If it is blocked due to “safety mode”, try watching the video in a browser other than Chrome.  There is some weird blocking going on with Safety Mode and the aisdapps domain.): http://www.thegooru.com/how-to-create-the-perfect-syllabus-in-google-docs/

Something to think about…
For Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day:  Use the free OneDay app to make them a special video memory.
OneDay app.PNGOneDay makes it fun to create short movies with a few simple steps. You open the app, pick a question from a wide selection of fun story sets, and record your answers. Then the app automatically stitches the recorded videos together, and adds music to make quality, priceless movies to share.
  • Great for journaling, use in class, as a project option for students or with your own family.
  • Easy to use right away.
  • There are prompts and storylines for all ages.
When it comes to sharing the video, there are a few options.  The one that worked best for me was to save it to my camera roll, then to email the video from there. It can be opened in the QuickTime Player.  It will be a .mov file.

Every-Day Edit - exercises to challenge students to find and fix errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation or grammar. For grades 4 & above.  Site also has tips on how to use the editing exercises in class. http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/edit.shtml
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KidBlog - newly designed publishing platform with some advanced features. For a quick video tour go to: http://media.kidblog.org/user/u6194320/xcoded/e2iatuv2lkpv0dx8x6lewiqm4-web.mp4 For the post about the new features go to: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/05/kidblog-released-new-publishing.html

5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes This chart provides an overview of the key features of five popular tools for creating multimedia quizzes and flipped lessons.

For Fun…
http://www.tweetping.net/  shows real-life stats of every tweet being sent - Twitter activity in real-time!

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