Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Math & Pixar, Gamifying, iPhone Control Center, Google Keep, Student Voice, Google Forms, Space, Why a Chromebook, Upcoming EdTech, Noisli, BoredPanda

Did you know?
There are lessons to find out what math it takes to make a Pixar movie?
Pixar in a Box is designed to help students answer an age-old question: "Why do I need to learn this stuff?" Our answer to this question is a series of interactive lessons, each of which show how a concept introduced in school is used for creative benefit at Pixar.  Lesson 1 is for all ages, Lesson 2 has prerequisites.  https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/start/introduction/v/pipeline-video?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Highlighted%20Content%20083015&utm_term=Stuff%20you%20might%20like%20After%20Test%20Cohort%20Made

There is an iPad app to Gamify creative thinking and problem-solving.  This free app "contains 3,000 fascinating, really well-curated educational videos around topics like science, riddles, DIY, sports, the world, or people. Then there’s a section featuring dozens of challenges and creative prompts that let kids use their own imaginations and natural curiosity to bring the subjects to life whether it’s designing a treehouse, building a bike or even putting away the iPad altogether to head to the kitchen and create a cool science experiment....every single challenge in WonderBox has been vetted by educators."  +Cool Mom Tech  +Duck Duck Moose .  For more of the app review go to http://coolmomtech.com/2015/08/wonderbox-app-review-duck-duck-moose/  for iTunes go to:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id949704805?mt=8

What if?
There were 8 smart ways to use your iPhone control center to make your life easier. ow.ly/RyCoR  +Cool Mom Tech 

There was a place to keep your notes and lists in Google? There is! 
Quick Notes and Check Lists using Google Keep - A how-to video by my friend  +Sarra Smith   https://youtu.be/HEGQKMNlF4g   https://keep.google.com/  +Google Drive 

Something to think about…
Student Voice
From +Edutopia - 3 vital things to consider when calling students to the front of the class edut.to/1NTebjX

Using Google Forms instead of Worksheets
Getting you started with +Alice Keeler  +Google Drive 
"Instead of asking students to annotate a PDF, type the short answer questions into a Google Form. This should be quicker for students to fill out than annotating a PDF. The turn in process for students is much easier as well. When the student is done answering the questions they simply click on submit."

Why a Chromebook? Online tools for these common tasks.
An 8-page list of projects with suggested tools by Peter Vogel...several webtools, as well as Google tools are included. 

10 Very Good iPad/iPhone Apps for Teaching Students about The Outer Space A list from @edtechfam.   buff.ly/1NThAze  All are free except for #8 and #10 (I couldn't get #9 to open with their link, but was able to with this one: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-lunar-electric-rover/id355542143?mt=8

Upcoming EdTech Opportunities 
For teachers, librarians, specialists, coordinators and campus administrators:

TCEA Area 11 Conference 
+Linda McDonald 
 “TechStock” - 1 day of Technology and Learning
 Sat. Sept. 26th at ESC Region XI from 8:00 - 3:15
 $35 for TCEA Members, $80 for non-members 

 DiG iN by Fort Worth ISD
 “Educating the Future"
 Saturday, Jan. 30th at Arlington Heights HS
 More information to come. +Fort Worth ISD 

For Fun…
Improve focus and boost your productivity.
Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment. +Noisli 


The creative side of the human spirit, when in a tough situation, can be seen in this post by Rafael Mantesso.  It made me smile and laugh out loud! http://www.boredpanda.com/author/rafael_1/


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