Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Moments in Twitter, iPad & Google, FormMule, Quizizz, Anti-Bullying, Google Classroom, Secret Menus, Fun Facts, Boost Your Home Wifi

Did you know?
Did you know that you can “follow” events in the new Moments feature in Twitter.  I did this with Democratic Debate just to try it out.  The option to follow isn’t available with all of the Moments you see, just those that have frequent activity like sports, debates, award shows, etc. By “following” that event, I was able to see all of the tweets related to the event in my feed as it was happening.  After the event is over, those tweets don’t show up in my feed anymore.  It was a great way to see what others took away from the different topics in the debate, as well as seeing posts by SNL’s @theColinJost ...a favorite of mine to follow for humor.  For more on Moments, “the best of Twitter in an instant” go to https://blog.twitter.com/2015/moments-the-best-of-twitter-in-an-instant-0

How-to Log Out of Google on an iPad - if the ipads are shared by students, this might be helpful as there are no traditional “sign out” buttons to press - here are the steps by +Sarra Smith http://googletiptuesday.blogspot.com/2015/10/logging-out-of-google-on-ipad.html  +Google for Education  

What if?
Teachers, what if you could save yourself some time in the school day? @thornmath has two quick videos to show you how to use FormMule to create automated communication with your parents when assignments aren’t turned in, when students come to tutorials, when the student is disrespectful, when the student goes above and beyond to do well, etc.  Having a short, quick Google Form ready for students to fill out, then using the FormMule add-on to send automated emails can save yourself a lot of time, while still communicating with parents.  As with all forms, a spreadsheet is automatically generated so you’ll have running record of each email.  If a student puts in a wrong email address, you’ll be able to quickly scan the spreadsheet and see, you’ll also have a record (to show the parents if needed) of what the student entered and on what date. Thank you Janet Corder for sharing this at our last ITS meeting! Thank you +FormMule  I would recommend watching the “Demo” video first, then the “Set up” video. +Google for Education 
FormMule Demonstration for Teachers https://youtu.be/JUxbnqWFptA
FormMule Setup for Teachers https://youtu.be/CcNBNwJknhU

Something to think about…
Use the camera on your phone to quickly shoot a picture of your board after class. Then upload to Google Classroom or your website to keep students in the loop who are absent.

An alternative ... Quizizz is similar to Kahoot!, except the questions appear on the student device.  A few more features:
  • teacher can jumble question and answer order
  • works on any device with an internet connection
  • no need to show on your screen, especially great for teachers without a working projector
  • gives each student an avatar
  • not as competitive, since they take the quiz on their own
  • teacher can can turn off ranking info
  • it is right in front of the student, on their device instead of on the screen
  • it gives the correct answer at the end
  • teacher can download a spreadsheet with the results
  • add your own questions OR with a new feature - you can search for questions on your specific topic, just add the questions you like, from different quizzes, with a quick click of the “red plus” button
http://www.quizizz.com/ +Quizizz  Thank you Janet Corder, tech trainer extraordinaire!

Six Bulletin Board Ideas for Anti-Bullying Awareness Month - the themes are below from @education_world To find out more details, go to: http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/antibullying_bulletin_board_ideas.shtml
Stick it to the Bullies - using bumper stickers
We Will Stand Up -  using a pledge and name tags
Bully-Free School - using the big “no” symbol
The Key to Being a Good Friend - using keys
Bully-Free Zone - a different one using the big “no” symbol
Meet the Defensive Line - using jerseys and tying into the football theme

If students aren’t getting an email notification when new assignments are posted in Google Classroom here are 3 steps for them to do to set up those notifications: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VMbPQXqgTxWKAVSVFFH-AxRC3Wi2sMvyY9LkkW3NZDQ/edit?usp=sharing +Google for Education 

How students turn in work in Google Classroom +Google for Education 

How teachers view work in Google Classroom +Google for Education 

If you want to enable the “comment” only function for students on a document you share with them via Google Classroom (currently not an option in Classroom), +Alice Keeler  has a work-around for you.  Just visit http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/09/01/google-classroom-students-can-comment/

For Fun…
Just a few:
Peach Ring Tea - half passion tea and half Valencia orange refresher, no water, and add peach syrup
The Cold Buster - refresh (mint) tea and calm tea with hot water and half steamed lemonade.  Then add honey and a pump of peppermint.
The Nutella - cafe misto, add mocha syrup and hazelnut syrup and then add a few drops of caramel drizzle
Strawberry Coconut Lemonade - regular lemonade with strawberry flavor, add two pumps of coconut syrup, coconut flakes and add whipped cream on top
Fruit Roll Up Refresher - orange Valencia refresher, made with strawberry juice instead of water and just add orange slices
Red Starburst - lemonade and strawberry flavoring with vanilla bean natural powder and raspberry syrup
Pink Raspberry Passion - passion-iced tea (or black) then add raspberry syrup and add whipped cream on top
For this and other secret menus: http://hackthemenu.com/

Fun Facts:  
The first fielding gloves in baseball were flesh-colored so that fans wouldn't notice that the players were wearing them. www.mentalfloss.com

When he died in 1977, Elvis Presley had $1,055,173.69 in a non-interest-bearing checking account.

The U.K.'s police headquarters, Scotland Yard, is not (and never was) located in Scotland. Scotland Yard was originally a palace where Scottish royalty stayed when visiting London.


9 Simple Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi Network from +Mental Floss  - Don’t hide your router, keep your router away from appliances and resetting your router on a routine bases are just a few. Go to this link for the full list: http://mentalfloss.com/article/69926/9-simple-ways-boost-your-home-wi-fi-network


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