Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ClassCraft, Google Classroom Header, Steve Jobs Quote, X Ambassadors, Student gMail Inbox, Burnout, The Cube Kickstarter, Sport Science Archive, Roll the Dice Veggies

Did you know?
Did you know there’s a new classroom management game in town?  This looks like a great option for students in 6th grade and up.  When you register, it will give you an introductory walkthrough. There are also video tutorials if needed. Thank you +Classcraft 

"Classcraft is like Classdojo meets World of Warcraft."
- Timonious Downing, 7th Grade English/Language Arts, 
Capitol Heights, Maryland

"When I started Classcraft, my AP Biology scores were
in the C range.
The average increased to an A in a month. "
- Rebecca Osborne, Biology, Anaheim, California

Things to know:
  • It’s free for unlimited students
  • You need a computer and a projector, if students have their own device they can log in to enhance the game experience
  • It can last for a semester or for a year
  • Each student has a character for the duration of the game, but also belong to a team with 4-5 other students (you create these)
  • Each player has 4 different kinds of stats
    • health points - they loose these when they misbehave in class, if they lose all of these points, they fall in battle
    • action points - this is their energy...spent when using their powers
    • experience points - measures a student’s progress, this is where they gain powers when the behave positively
    • gold pieces - they use these to customize their avatar
  • They earn powers and these give students real privileges in the classroom (you determine these)
  • If a student falls in battle, they receive a real consequence in the classroom (you determine)
  • Falling in battle also negatively affects their team members

Winner of the NSBA’s 2015 Technology Innovation Showcase
Winner of EdTech Digest’s 2015 Academic Gaming Solution

What if?
What if you used your Google Classroom header space as a bulletin board?  
“The ability to change the class header photo in Google Classroom is not that new. But this may be a new way to use it! Use a tool like Google Drawings to create an image the size of your class header photo. Type reminders and important information on it. Save it as an image file (probably a JPEG or PNG … try 1500 x 400 pixels under File > Page setup > Custom …) and upload it as your class header photo. Change it regularly to keep information updated and interest high!”
On my test run, I had to download as a png, to be able to use it.  Of course the spacing and placement of the text/announcements is up to you.  It can be more bold and across the middle, either up high or down low. A quick little how-to video coming soon.  In the mean time, check in with +Matt Miller  - for 11 other Google Classroom ideas: http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/08/27/12-ways-to-use-google-classrooms-newest-features/ +Google for Education 

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Something to think about…
You may have the next big innovator in your class!

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels the round pegs in the square holes...the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." 
- Steve Jobs

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After reading that quote, I can’t help but think Steve Jobs would like the song “Renegades” by +XAmbassadorsVEVO 

Help students manage their email inbox in conjunction with all of the Google Classroom emails they get.   This would be a great video to show in class, pause and let them take the steps along with the video.  (Will also be helpful for teachers to know this info as well!)  Thank you +Michael Fricano II  +Google for Education 

For Fun…
This Cube Is Made From Every Collectible Element on Earth
A Kickstarter campaign, ending Nov. 10th, with 
a cube, necklace and bracelet available.
The necklace and bracelet are available for around $30 each 
and should ship in time for Christmas!
A nice article by Michele Debczak on @MentalFloss


ESPN’s Sport Science Video Archive http://espn.go.com/video/archive/_/channel/sport-science

For those with young children...Let your child roll the dice to decide how many more bites they have to take.  A game hack for the dinner table and the (sometimes) struggle with those healthy veggies.  
As a bonus, they sharpen their counting skills!


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