Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Emergency Health Info, Mobile Security Mistakes, Share to Classroom, Google Search, Future, Expiration Dates, Scribble Maps, Newsela, New Forms, Pixar, Salaries in Real Time

Did you know?
You can set up valuable medical emergency information in your iPhone, that can be accessed even when the device is locked.  This could be a better option than the "ICE" (In case of emergency) in your phone's contacts.  You can include blood type, medications, several contacts, age, etc.  You choose just how much you want to enter. Manage your info by clicking on the "Health" app (a default app that can't be deleted)

8 Mobile Phone Security Mistakes (and how to fix them)
These had me thinking and taking another look at how my phone is set up +Carley Knobloch 

What if?
What if you could send all students to the same website with two clicks? With this extension and Google Classroom, you can! The "Share to Classroom" Chrome Extension is an easy way to send all students to the same website. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/share-to-classroom/adokjfanaflbkibffcbhihgihpgijcei

What if you could get more out of your Google Searches! An infographic for you ...and...to share with your students: http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html

What if you could use bookmarks to organize your Google Classroom classes?
Here's a workaround/hack from @EdTechVanguard 
If you have already set up your classes in Classroom, there isn't much that you can do.  "If you click on a card and open one of your classes, it has a unique URL that you can bookmark. When you bookmark this class, you can edit the name that shows up on your bookmark. Make it as specific or as short as you want. ...If you want, you can put all of your bookmarks in a folder to free up space on your bookmarks bar." http://edtechvanguard.blogspot.com/2015/08/google-classroom-home-screen.html

Something to think about…
Preparing them for their future?A great read to understand what our students will face as they enter college and careers. Good to share with the teens and young adults you know! "Failure Is An Option And Other Advice From Millennial Marketing Genius Everette Taylor" http://onforb.es/1OnrQQy @Everette +Forbes 

Set Expiration Dates for Shared Google Folders in 6 easy steps!

For Social Studies: How to Create Custom, Multimedia Maps on Scribble Maps - No Account Required Thank you @RichardByrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/09/how-to-create-custom-multimedia-maps-on.html

Newsela is compatible with Google Classroom
Newsela (Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.) is compatible with Google Classroom. Assign any Newsela article to your classes in Google Classroom. Newsela automatically presents the articles you assign at the just-right reading level for each of your students. If your school uses Google Classroom, just click “SHARE” on any Newsela article to get started. https://newsela.com/

The New Google Forms - important to know:
What's new?
  • Simplified design meant to be viewed and responded to on all device types
  • Brand new colors and themes
  • A quicker way to view the summary of responses
  • Better mobile editing and viewingWhat features aren't available in the new Forms?
At the moment, the following features are not available but are coming soon:
  • Data validation
  • Add-ons (Flubaroo, SuperQuiz, Gmath, etc.)
  • Question or answer shuffling
  • Date or time questions
These are important for teachers...it may be good to wait until these are back in there!  Just continue using the old version...more information can be found here: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6281888?hl=en&ref_topic=6063584&vid=1-635774196126780517-3190766850 and a teacher's guide with steps and images: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/09/teachers-guide-on-how-to-use-new-google-forms.html

For Fun…
How far does Pixar go to get a movie made correctly? 
Far! Hint...everyone on the Nemo team got certified in scuba diving...Enjoy this 25-minute documentary (plus a few extras) on how Pixar made Finding Nemo. These are a few quotes from the video that may be good for students to hear from the pros at Pixar ..."you cannot do enough research" - "rewrite, rewrite, rewrite" - "talk it out" - "the process is so incredibly collaborative" - "it takes a tremendous amount of effort to create something that looks effortless" ...this reveals great real world information to students. There is more after the 25 minute "ending"...it has more to do with artistic elements and details. I can't wait for "Finding Dory" in June 2016! 
https://youtu.be/neJFuTKWzfc @Pixar (Thank you @Swissmiss)


Salaries in Real-Time "provides a nice starting place for conversations about purchasing power. The calculator isn't without flaws. It only accounts for the time it would take to earn the money to purchase house or car if you did nothing but save 100% of the salary. I would take these numbers and ask my students to generate more realistic projections of the time it would take to earn and save enough money to buy a car or house in cash. That assignment would require them to account for taxes, cost of living, inflation, and other variables impacting earning and saving rates." - +Richard Byrne


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