Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Enable Night Shift, Word Count, Texting & Driving, Digital Poetry, To Round, Unfiltered News, Talking about Terrorism, Disney, Nine P's, Hologram Protest, Purchases Pay for Themselves, Average User Times, Clickbait

Did you know?
Enable Night Shift on your iPhone, using iOS 9.3 - This feature makes your screen warmer in tone as the sun goes down! That blue light is hard on the eyes...this is a nice fix. You can work with a custom schedule or choose “sunset to sunrise”. You can also choose your level of “warmness”.  To access:  click Settings>Display & Brightness>Night Shift. I had it up and running in no time, but if you’re having any trouble this article by BGR may help http://bgr.com/2016/03/22/how-to-fix-night-shift-ios-9-3/  An android option may be Twilight ow.ly/ZQPa9
Other great updates with iOS 9.3 are Multi-User Ids for Education (only available for schools and institutes) and Secure Notes. For more info, go to this article by TechNewsToday.com http://ow.ly/ZR8X8

To easily find your word count (and a few other things) In Google Docs:
Click Tools > Word Count to find out:
page count
word count
character count
character count, excluding spaces
For video and keyboard shortcut take a look at this one by The Gooru

What if?
“Gauging Your Distraction” - a game by the New York Times to help show the dangers of texting and driving to teens and adults. Read the instructions carefully...you’ll use your keyboard to play the game. You start out just changing lanes, but a short time into it, you’ll start getting texts on the “on-screen” phone. The game wants you to respond/text back...all the while being able to change lanes as instructed.  It can get a little stressful! This may be a good place to send students when finished with an assignment early. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/07/19/technology/20090719-driving-game.html?ref=multimedia&_r=0  For a short article on it, go to the blog post by +Richard Byrne  http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/03/gauging-your-distraction-game-to-show.html

Something to think about…
Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas - just in time for National Poetry Month! She has quick ideas for using poetry in most content areas. Under “Ideas/Students can” there are links, just hover over the words and they will turn blue for you. Same for her Resources. http://ow.ly/ZRSjU  image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern_art

A new “To-Do” list app
To Round has a fun, clean platform for visual thinkers...reminding me of Beats Music at first. “It is a simple yet powerful app, which turns a routine activity of getting tasks listed and scheduled into a delightful experience. Moreover, it has all you need to really get everything done.” Thank you SwissMiss https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/to-round-task-manager-spisok/id1044638681?mt=8

For Social Studies classes...Unfiltered News “Topics and places the world is reporting on right now. Explore what shapes our different perspectives.” Using an interactive cartogram, it has a nice visual feel to it. I could see it being useful for HS Social Studies classes. http://unfiltered.news Thank you +Richard Byrne  http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/03/an-interactive-cartogram-of-news.html

What the Experts Say About Talking to Children About Terrorism - a podcast with Dr. Steven Berkowitz, child trauma psychologist, with +Vicki Davis discussing what you may want to know to be able to manage these discussions with PreK to High School students. 11:17 minutes http://www.coolcatteacher.com/talking-to-children-about-terrorism/?utm_content=buffera98f5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer  For more resources he recommends going to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network http://nctsn.org/  

Disney Quotes to Live By - great for bulletin boards...as seen on the blog post by +Jessica Johnston @EdTechChic http://edtechchic.blogspot.com/2016/03/disney-quotes-to-live-by-thank-you.html 37 Disney Quotes That Will Inspire You to Remarkable Success by +bizzwriter  http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/37-disney-quotes-that-will-inspire-you-to-remarkable-success.html Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoquotes/14611706262

In Addition…
Hologram Protests
On April 10th, 2015, 17,857 people protested in front of the Spanish Parliament in the only way the Gag Law allowed them to, as holograms. http://ow.ly/ZRi4g Thank you SwissMiss


When Do These 10 Purchases Pay for Themselves? I’ve always been curious about the LED vs Incandescent light bulbs! http://ow.ly/ZRdBV


The average user will spend just over 15 minutes on Pinterest per visit. Facebook users spend about 12 minutes, while Twitter users spend about 3 minutes. http://instanerd.me/v/400


7 Key Reasons Why You’re Going To Click This Article ... or Clickbait 101 http://ow.ly/ZRaLY image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53801255@N07/7995656412



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