Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Apple Tips for Search and Notes, Creativity Tools for Google Classroom, Hour of Code, Basic Quick Keys, Questions for Writers, Download Speed, Animated Biography of Steve Jobs, A Father's Open Letter Regarding Technology

Did you know?
Get the score...Apple Tip #12
To quickly find out how your team is doing, Search for the team to get the latest stats and scores. To get to this Search bar: from your home screen, starting in about the middle of the screen, just swipe down.

Easily Make a Note...Apple Tip #8
In Safari, Maps and several other apps, you can save information about what you’re looking at without ever having to leave the app.  Tap the up arrow share-alt-120 copy.png, then tap Notes.

What if?
What if you needed a few creative tools to use with Google Classroom? Nicholas Keith @NKeithBlend has a few you may not have thought of.   He highlights each tool with a quick, informative how-to video. Some of these tools/apps will probably need to be added to the district’s list of available apps before you can have students use them.  +Google for Education  +Google 


Something to think about…
The Hour of Code is coming up in a little over a month.  Do you need help getting started?  This is a great list of resources by Christy Fennewald Learn to Problem Solve with Code … she has the applications, games and products listed in the following categories: All Ages, Elementary, Middle School and High School. She also has learning and teaching tips, articles, etc….links galore! Thank you @christyfenne https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WNn7l0HM2Ke9iYono_aHTyuL1SgBnB2-M5CpkdW_E8w/edit#

Basic Quick Keys for you and your students.  These are just basics for everyone using a PC or Chromebook.  If you have time, take a few minutes with your classes to make sure they know these shortcuts…or maybe post them in your room.  +Google Chrome  (On a Mac, to zoom in and out use the command + and command - ... the other quick keys are the same as below)
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“Writing can make a difference. Write to make a difference.”
4 Simple Questions for Writers...and why they’re important by Seth Godin @ThisIsSethsBlog

For Fun…
Do a quick check of your computer’s download speed at http://www.speedtest.net/ Note: Many variables go into this measurement.  It would be good to test it a few times, at different times of the day.


Animated Biography of Steve Jobs https://youtu.be/yyospJyVyjw 
Thank you +QuartSoft and @nsqsdkv


An Open Letter to My Boys regarding Technology (and their use of it) 
from author Charles Martin @storiedcareer

“Based on our not-so-positive experience with technology, and the resulting potholes and speedbumps experienced at the intersection of Father’s Way North and Son’s Trail South, I thought it healthy to put some rules in place -- and in writing -- and then nail them to the door.  If you object, roll your eyes, and state that I can’t change the rules of the game once its started, please see rule #1.”

For his ground rules and stressing the use of technology for good and not evil, go to http://charlesmartinbooks.com/blog/entry/an_open_letter_to_my_boys


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