Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Docs has Columns, Keep Your Computer Safe, Cyber Safety, Bulb ePortfolios, Password Tips, That vs Which, Creativity using Chrome, Social Studies, Geosettr, Creation Apps, Charity Miles, Triple Spiral with Dominoes, Fall Veggies

Did you know?
Google Docs Now Has Columns! Under “Format”, across the top, choose “Columns”, then choose from the window popping up on the right. If you select “More Options”, you can specify the number of columns, spacing and if you want a line between the columns. +Google for Education 

22 Things You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer Safe - a smart video by +Vicki Davis about your home computer and how to keep you information as safe as possible. It’s 17:00 minutes full of detailed information. You may not be able to take all of these steps right away, but it’s a good list to start working on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfWjogit8YE

Cyber Safety - for students, parents and teachers. This is a tremendous resource covering vocab, students & social media, child predators, cyberbullying, thinking before posting, lost scholarships due to student posts, educators & social media, the apps every parent and teacher should know about, along with instructional materials. This is a one stop shop! +Janet Corder & @joangore https://www.smore.com/c8m6t

What if?
Bulb, for Digital Portfolios - The students can take it with them to use in college and their careers after that or even if they move districts.
A few notes:
  • Web based - device agnostic
  • 2 GB in the FREE platform, 10GB in the paid platform
  • Easily be shared and turned in, each page and collection has it’s own URL
  • Collections within your portfolio are kind of like folders
    • They can be for anything you need
    • You can bring in items from outside of school (activities, volunteer work, etc.)
    • You can have different pages within a collection/folder
    • Within a page you can embed images, text, video (youtube and vimeo)
  • Can be private, publish publicly or within groups only
  • For students and for teachers
  • Can resize and crop pictures within the tool, it also keeps the original photo information in there in case you ever need it in it’s original state (bonus)
  • Text wrapping
  • Probably fits MS and HS best (they do have k-12 users)
  • Continue to add and build in college and their professional career
  • Help resources: www.bulbapp.com/hellobulb
  • Does have an email verification, but it isn’t mandatory, but you can just “x” out
  • You can login with Google, for students, they’ll need to change that email before graduation (if the district doesn’t allow them to take their gmail accounts with them when they graduate)

Something to think about…
10 Important Password Tips Everyone Should Know by +Vicki Davis 
There are some good tips and reminders in this short article, including using a passphrase instead of a password, substitute numbers for letters and logging out when you leave your phone or computer.  http://www.coolcatteacher.com/password-tips/?utm_content=buffer17cdd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer image: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3781/9352323216_b3325b2e70_b.jpg

that vs. which
Which is which? What is that? Sorting out the relative pronouns from the Comma Queen via NewYorker.com http://video.newyorker.com/watch/whichcraft +The New Yorker Thank you SwissMiss

Chromium Creativity - Creation tools that can be used on Chromebooks from Christy Fennewald. Please note that there are free, freemium and paid tools listed. +ChromebookHQ +Christy Fennewald 

Also for Social Studies - Geosettr - create geography challenges for your students. GeoGuessr is a web site to test your skills and geography knowledge using Google Street View for your clues. As a teacher, you can create your own challenges for your students in GeoSettr. You can enter up to 5 locations by placing the yellow man marker/pin in the locations you choose, then click “Set round 1”, place the marker/pin in your next location and “Set round 2”, etc. +Christy Fennewald 

Creation Apps Are Where It's At (1st grade) - 12 tools listed in this blog post, as well as how this teacher has them organized on her iPads. http://malchowsreflections.blogspot.hr/2016/08/creation-apps-are-where-its-at-1st-grade.html?utm_content=buffer967e3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus from Larry Ferlazzo (games, quizzes, activities and more)

In Addition…
Improve The World With Your Smartphone - the items featured here are from an article on +Lifehack. I’ll be including one each week until the list runs out. This week's feature is:
“...rack up donations for your chosen charity by walking, running, or cycling. Each mile is worth .10 to .25, depending on the type of activity you choose, and you can change charities each time if you want to help several organizations.” To download the app and/or see the charities you can support (at least 40 to choose from) go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/charity-miles/id505253234?mt=8


The Amazing Triple Spiral (15,000 Dominoes) from Hevesh5. I first saw this via the SwissMiss blog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo6x4eulY9g&spfreload=5



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