Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gmail Group Contacts, New in Classroom, Ditch Worksheets, Email Etiquette, SAS Writing Add-on, Special Ed Apps, Math Hacks, Writing Resources, Chatterpix, Brain Building with Daily Vroom, Stolen Camera?, Perfect Eggs

Did you know?
How to share a contact group you’ve created in gmail - sharing a gmail contact group isn’t as easy as sharing a Google Doc, but it can be done! This doc shows the process of sharing a group and what the user needs to do to import it. It’s a pretty easy process. +Google for Education  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ts1H2YA6g4kxz0JHe7SmP3MsmjiTbXJB19pfRSxQ2Bo/edit?pli=1

New in Classroom: saving time while grading with four new features. Take a look!
  • Export Grades to Google Sheets
  • Easier to update grade point scale
  • Keyboard navigation for entering grades
  • Sort by name on grading page

What if?
20 ways to ditch those worksheets - a great list of ideas by +Matt Miller 
“We can do better, and sometimes, doing better doesn’t take much extra effort - if any at all. If you want to break the habit, assign fewer worksheets and engage students like never before….” http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/12/15/20-ways-to-ditch-those-worksheets/

8 Great Email Etiquette Tips For Educators & Everybody A well thought out guide by +Cool Cat Teacher with examples and suggestions to get you in and out of your inbox with lightening speed! She has a quick list at the top of the post, but scroll down to get the specifics and examples. http://www.coolcatteacher.com/email-etiquette/?utm_content=buffer9f40f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer  image: http://wozmarketing.com/blog/

Something to think about…
The Google Doc Add-on, SAS Writing Reviser - a totally non-judgemental writing reviser? See the video by +Amy Mayer on how this tool works. Would it help your students? If nothing else, it provides data/details to help you look at your writing differently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncFA3CR25oo

Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed - Nice article on helping students self-regulate from +Jayne Clare and +Edutopia listing nine skill building apps with a brief description for each...even one for tweens/teens. Most are free, some are websites. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-emotional-apps-special-ed-jayne-clare?utm_content=buffer43dd3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


Favorite Writing Resources from +WeAreTeachers 
“Lesson ideas, advice from real teachers, free writing units, classroom posters and printables—everything you need to help your students become more confident writers!”

15 Ways to Use the Chatterpix App in Science
Grades specifically mentioned: Kinder, 1, 2, 3, 8 from +WonderBox App 
Topics covered:
  • adding digital components to their Science posters with Chatterpix & Aurasma
  • matter
  • Insulators/Conductors around the classroom
  • to explain what different scientists do
  • share their science research
  • facts about reptiles
  • learning about lab safety
  • talking spiders to share their knowledge
  • demonstrate the difference between living and non-living objects   
  • solids, liquids and gases
  • the physical features of various animals
  • solar systems and talking planets
  • persuasive text about saving our Earth’s resources
  • the science and math behind baseball  
**Make sure to choose the Chatterpix for Kids app, not the regular version

Email Each Student an Individualized Note Using Google Sheets
A nice step-by-step article from +Alice Keeler 

For Fun…
Brain Building - a little each day for our toddlers to age 5.  The iOS app Daily Vroom is a perfect tool to make the most of everyday routines and expand their thinking! Thank you +Cool Mom Tech  “Daily Vroom delivers a personalized brain building activity for your child every day. Each tip is paired with a science-based Brainy Background explaining how the activity supports your child’s brain development. Whether it’s counting cars at the bus stop, learning about textures at the grocery store, or talking about shapes during snack time, Daily Vroom offers imaginative ways to make the most of your family’s everyday routines.” http://coolmomtech.com/2015/12/daily-vroom-app/



How To Make A Perfect Fluffy Scrambled Egg from a post @SwissMiss … half & half, who knew! “Great scrambled eggs require finesse….” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbR6504SgY


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