Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Explore, formRecycler, Gmail Shortcuts, Twitter Analytics, Kiddle Safe Search, Teaching How to Take Notes, rowCall, Blogging Platforms, Mobile Manners, 4 Keys, Useful College Websites

Did you know?
Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 1.41.00 PM.pngClicking the “Explore” button in Google Sheets will open several different graphs illustrating your information - the button is on the bottom right. +Google for Education 
There is a formRecycler add-on now available in Google Forms - Did you ever want to just reuse a few questions from a Form in your Drive? Now you can! Just pick the Form in the popup window and it will populate with the questions from the Form. Select the questions you want to insert and the formRecycler will automagically insert them at the end of the Form!” This works with the classic Forms and the new Forms. When I went to “get add-ons” and did a search, the tool didn’t show up. However, when I just scrolled down through all of the Forms add-ons, it was right there. Thank you +John McGowan +Google for Education  http://mathtechtips.blogspot.com/2016/02/formrecycler-is-live-in-google-forms.html

Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail - For those who like this sort of thing...it can save some time! I’ll put in one or two shortcuts each week. For me, I only want one or two at a time until I get used to using them. If I see a list of them, I just tend to move on. I think I get overwhelmed with the sheer number to remember. +Gmail 
#2 - The D key opens up a new compose window in a new tab. (Just the D key, no other keys needed)
#3 - The S key - When you’re in your inbox view, hit S to star an email.
To remove the star, hit S again.
If you hit S again and quickly after the first time, the yellow star will turn blue and you can key through several options.
For any of these to work, you’ll need to have “Keyboard Shortcuts” enabled in your Gmail Settings. To do this:
  • in Gmail, click the Gear icon in the upper right area of your screen
  • choose Settings
  • in the General settings window/tab
  • scroll down until you see Keyboard Shortcuts off/on
  • choose Keyboard Shortcuts On
  • scroll to the top or bottom of that screen to Save

What if?
You can check analytics, from all over the globe, using Twitter - Check out MapD’s Tweetmap. A great tool for social studies and current events! This video shows how it works and what it’s capabilities are: https://youtu.be/QhE3befmFSI  “Using the map you can search for any term used on Twitter and view where the word has been tweeted around the world. For example you can enter the word 'Trump' and view a dot map of all the locations where people have been tweeting the word Trump..” To reach the website, go to: http://www.mapd.com/demos/tweetmap/ +Christy Fennewald  @MapsMania

Safe Search - check out http://www.kiddle.co/ by Google (thank you SwissMiss). +Google for Education  A few key features:
  • Sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements
  • Safe sites and pages written specifically for kids
  • Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Big thumbnails
  • Large Arial font
  • They don't collect any personally identifiable information, and their logs are deleted every 24 hours

Something to think about…
Teaching our students how to take notes - necessary...you bet! +Vicki Davis  takes you through how she does it in her article Note Taking Skills For 21st Century Students,
Lesson Plans and Instruction Ideas for Teachers. Or you might want to go straight to How to take Cornell notes by Jennifer DesRochers. This is included in her article, but I wanted to list it separately, in case this is what you needed most. image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t_Vzeq5L3g

Sort Google Sheets Into Tabs with the Add-on rowCall  - by Jennifer Santini “Have you ever collected a large spreadsheet with information and wanted to sort the data with tabs? For example, a class completes the same exit ticket with Google Forms and you want to sort the daily results by student names.” +Synergyse +Jennifer Santini  +Google for Education  https://www.synergyse.com/blog/sort-google-sheets-into-tabs-with-the-add-on-rowcall/

7 Blogging Platforms for Teachers Compared and Ranked - a nice chart by +Richard Byrne  for those looking to dive into the blogging waters! **A note on Seesaw...It’s free for parents to view their student’s work. If parents want to maintain their child’s portfolio past the school year, it is $9.99 per year. Parents can save their student’s work to their own device at any time for free. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/02/7-blogging-platforms-for-teachers.html

Mobile Manners (9/10 of 10) ways to bring back phone etiquette and become more personal. I know I need reminders at times...this is one of my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ll include 2 each week for 5 weeks. Thank you +CyberWise1 http://www.cyberwise.org/#!10-Rules-for-Good-Phone-Manners-in-2016/c1aod/56a7c2750cf229630713ca99
9. Enjoy your own music, but keep it turned down and to yourself.  One of the rudest things to do is play music in a public place for all to hear.

10.  Only document things worth documenting--we over share EVERYTHING.  Its okay to enjoy a meal without taking a picture, or to play with kids without the video camera, or think you look pretty good without taking a selfie.

In Addition…
4 Keys to Fat Loss More Helpful Than "Eat Less and Move More" - a nice look at the changes in philosophy on what works and what doesn’t, by Jen Comas … guess what #1 is … sleep. +Greatist image: https://pixabay.com/en/diet-fat-health-weight-healthy-398613/


For our Seniors (or college students of your own) - 13 Useful Websites That Every College Student Should Not Miss - some of these will be helpful to your students now...like Grammarly, Quizlet, Khan Academy, Google Scholar, etc. +Lifehack http://www.lifehack.org/369361/19-useful-websites-that-every-college-student-should-not-miss?mid=20160225&ref=mail&uid=103833&feq=daily  Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/83633410@N07/7658305438


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