Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Add to Classroom, iPhone Tips, The Colbert Report, Groups in Classroom, QR Codes, Numbering Assignments in Classroom, Digital Citizenship, Economics, Science, Grants, Photos, Focus, Life Pro Tips

Did you know?
If using the “Add to Google Classroom” extension, you can now create an assignment, ask a question or make an announcement to a class(es) directly from within your favorite websites. 
To see a quick demo go to: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChristyFennewaldGCT/posts/HYArJbGBHxc?cfem=1
To get the extension, go to: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/add-to-google-classroom/oaobmlmjmhedmlphfdmdjpppjmcljnkp

iPhone tips:
Save Power in a Pinch (tip 4 of 17) - When you need a little extra battery life, Go to Settings, then Battery, then turn on Low Power Mode.

Maybe you don’t need the “Around Me” app anymore.  In both Google Maps and the Apple Map, just tap inside the search bar to find out what is close to you.  
  • In Google Maps, after tapping the Search bar, tap on the list for the types of services you’re interested in, or if you’re feeling adventurous, tap on “Explore nearby”.
  • In Apple Maps, after tapping the Search bar, tap on the icon for the types of services you’re interested in.

Take a screenshot - Press the “home” and “power/sleep/wake” button at the same time.  The picture is saved to your camera roll and to the Screenshots album in your photos. Images below will show you the buttons, the “power” button is either on the upper right side or on the top right, depending on your model.

What if?
How The Colbert Report changed the way this educator approaches History - In this intriguing article by Matt Levinson, he explains why he “vowed to incorporate at least one experiential learning exercise into each unit of study: debates, press conferences, mock murder mysteries, dinner parties, salons, general assembly meetings, or TV shows like The Colbert Report and Survivor.” http://www.edutopia.org/blog/to-teach-students-first-matt-levinson?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow http://www.edutopia.org/blog/simulations-can-change-history-classes-matt-levinson

Student Led Group Assignments in Google Classroom - There are a few ways to do this, but this method gives the students more creative control. This video will walk you through it, but a few key things to remember are below:
  • The teacher does not attach a template
  • Only one student creates the assignment (I’ll refer to them as the student “creator”)
  • To create the assignment:
    • the student “creator” will go into the assignment in Classroom
    • click on the name of the assignment
    • the choose “create” from the menu
    • then choose “Slides” from the menu
    • then share the Slides file with other members of the group
  • The group members will need to check their email or “Shared with Me” folder to see it and gain access
  • The student “creator” will also be the one to officially turn it in
  • The other group members will need to go into the assignment in Classroom and “mark as done” to prevent late reminders from popping up
In the video, as the teacher, he simply enters the name of the assignment.  I would recommend putting in some of the key items listed above in the assignment details, to prevent all group members from creating their own Slide presentation. @DavidWolford +TheGooru  https://youtu.be/QmtMtWOyFOU

Improve Writing with QR codes - This is a nice lesson that could be used for a variety of content areas.  This one was used with a 2nd grade class, using AudioBoom and QR codes. Nice steps, descriptions and pictures are included to get your started from Angie @MrsAOlson http://www.luckylittlelearners.com/2015/05/improve-writing-with-qr-codes.html

Something to think about…
Numbering Assignments in Google Classroom - I use to number my assignments, including semester and quarter information. It just made it easier when grading and when trying to go back and find those assignments. +Alice Keeler has a numbering sequence that will work in Google Classroom that may make grading/finding assignments easier for you and finding related resources easier for students.  Quick to integrate and oh so useful! Go to her page for more details http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/09/27/google-classroom-numbering-assignments/

Digital Citizenship - this video helps children understand what constitutes personal information. This is an assembly from CEOPs Thinkuknow education programme helping children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world. The information, towards the end of the video, on what to do and where to go won’t be accurate for U.S. students, but the content is nicely delivered and brings home the point in a way they can understand and may not have thought about before. https://youtu.be/_o8auwnJtqE Thank you SwissMiss.

A lesson idea to teach scarcity, collusion and property rights from Butler University student, Natalie Jacobs @natalienjacobs.  Using dinosaurs (you could use anything) scattered on the floor, Natalie leads her students on a dinosaur hunt.  For more details, go to https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1518c3973f389105 and scroll down to the story titled, “THIS is how you teach econ concepts.”  A video of her explaining the lesson can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmW3pEb3tmM&feature=youtu.be
Thank you +Matt Miller for sharing this in your blog!

Science Snacks by Exploratorium A collection of hands-on MS/HS Science lessons using inexpensive and easily acquired materials. These can be adjusted to fit lower grade levels as well. “Many of the Science Snacks activities could be conducted by middle school and high school students at home with the help/supervision of parents. Using the Science Snacks in that way could be a good alternative to typical homework assignments. Have students do one of the activities for homework and report their observations in Google Documents or as comments in Google Classroom.” A nice, short article with more details by +Richard Byrne can be found at http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/12/science-snacks-fun-hands-on-science.html#.VmBk3GSDGkp

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources by +EdutopiaGet a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!” http://www.edutopia.org/grants-and-resources

3 Ways to use all of those photos students take - this is a nice article by +Richard Byrne with some ideas of how to use student photos, I really like the first one and think students would enjoy contributing.
  1. Create a b-roll gallery. (student created gallery of images for other students to use)
  2. Create digital portfolios of physical work.
  3. Tell a story. He recommends these four free tools for the storytelling:  
    • Storehouse (ipad)
    • Adobe Slate (ipad)
    • Pic-Collage (ipad)
    • Thematic (website, can be accessed on Chromebooks)
For more details, his ideas and ways to use them in class, go to http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/11/three-good-byod-strategies.html#.VmmVM2QrLjC

For Fun…
"Deep Focus" playlist on Spotify is great for focus and getting stuff done For more, go to this short article, with suggestions, by BSJOBERG  @Perform LifeProTips http://anagilemind.net/2015/02/22/music-to-help-you-focus-daniel-san/


Take a photo of your valet parking/coat check ticket in case you lose them. @Perform LifeProTips https://lifeprotips.com/tip/368/general-advice/take-a-photo-of-your-valet-parking-coat-check


Clip purses into the shopping cart seat (where you would a toddler) when shopping to reduce the risk of it being stolen...or at least to prevent their quick get away!  Making yourself less of a target. I do this myself. @Perform LifeProTips https://lifeprotips.com/tip/272/general-advice/clip-purses-to-your-cart-when-shopping-to-reduce


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