Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Change Confirmation in Forms, Calendar, Big Metal Bird, Tech Neck, Chrome, Peanuts, Better Email, PD, iPhone Settings, EdPuzzle, PicMonkey, Camera Batteries, Sunset Times, Creative Duvet Sets, Netflix & Lemony Snicket

Did you know?
You can change the submission confirmation in Google Forms
The default message is “Your response has been recorded.” You can edit this to give participants/students more specific directions on what to do next. At the bottom of the Google Form edit screen is a box for “Confirmation Page.” Delete the default text of “Your response has been recorded” and you can replace it with a message of your choosing. If giving more direction for students or If you are putting in a website they should go to next, consider using a site that will create short URL’s for you, such as http://goo.gl   Thank you +Alice Keeler 

Put live links in your Google Calendar - a nice how-to video by Katie Aquino

Here’s a fun way to teach and educate about the behind the scenes of an airline -  The Big Metal Bird Show!  Thank you +Leslie Fisher  https://bigmetalbird.united.com/

Tech Neck...it's a real thing.  What you need to know by +Carley Knobloch  http://carleyk.com/wellness/prevent-tech-neck/

What if?
You can sign out of Chrome remotely - Go to the bottom right of your Gmail and click on “details” (under last account activity). Thank you +Christy Fennewald  Fennovation.org

How a teacher influenced the integration of the Peanuts cartoon - “LA Schoolteacher Harriet Glickman corresponded with Charles Schulz after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Soon, Franklin joined Peanuts. Teachers are leaders. Here’s yet another example.” - Vicki Davis Thank you +Cool Cat Teacher and +Mashable http://mashable.com/2014/11/26/franklin-black-peanuts-character-history/#uISDYHEKBiqo

Something to think about…
Better Email - a concise article by +Carley Knobloch on being more effective and efficient with your email. Inbox tennis is a sport I’d rather not play” a few of her suggestions touch on the subject line, formatting, length and how many questions you should ask in an email. It’s a quick read and makes a lot of sense. http://carleyk.com/work-travel/gytt-better-email/

Professional Development Opportunity:
Fort Worth ISD Educational Technology Conference is coming up! Saturday, Jan. 30th at Arlington Heights High School. Early registration is $35. Registering on Jan. 25th or after, it is $40. For session descriptions go to http://fwtcreg.fwisd.org/Course.aspx

More tips on iPhone settings...can you ever have enough? A few of the areas covered in “How to Set up Your New iPhone: 13 Settings You Should Change Right Now”, by David Poque, are:
  • joining networks
  • apps using cellular data
  • wifi assist (turn that off if you’re worried about it tearing through your data allowance)
  • Do Not Disturb vs Airplane Mode (useful info here)
  • increasing your text size

How to send EdPuzzle lessons out using Google Classroom - A nice, short how-to video by +Richard Byrne on using EdPuzzle with Google Classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOcKBo-4hpg  (EdPuzzle is a way to assess student learning as they are watching a video you assign.  You generate the voice or text questions that appear throughout the video. For more on using EdPuzzle see his video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGjP7QrNo7U) +EDpuzzle “Make any video your lesson”

Intro to designing with PicMonkey - PicMonkey is an online photo editing tool, this is a nice step-by-step to make the most of their site. There is also a link in the upper right of this page for their tutorials. +PicMonkey http://www.picmonkey.com/blog/design-tool/?utm_content=buffera5f38&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

For Fun…
When travelling, “keep your camera batteries in your pockets/close to your body heat to avoid them losing their charge” - +Chris Burkard Studio 


How to know sunrise and sunset times - all you need is the Sun Surveyor app!  There is a lite version and a paid version. It predicts sun, sunrise and sunset positions, and times, with a 3D compass. A useful app for film and photography location scouting, solar panel positioning, architecture, gardening, real estate, Earth Science geekery, and more!” https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sun-surveyor-lite/id552754407?mt=8

Creative Duvet Sets! From trampolines to pools, pirates to astronauts to princesses...all from @Snurk (my favorites are the toast, breakfast and trampoline) Thank you SwissMiss https://us.amara.com/shop/brand/snurk

But, I’m most excited about them bringing Lemony Snicket novels to life! +Netflix US & Canada 

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