Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Goodies from Chrome, Santa Tracker, Hour of Code, Teaching Financial Literacy, Share Docs, Expii, 7-Day Digital Detox, PhotoScan, Tea Light Snowmen

Did you know?
Holiday Goodies from Chrome
Santa Tracker is back this year and they already have 3 code activities, along with videos and other games. This is a cute site...and I have fun with the coding activities. They aren’t hard, but fun. Don’t underestimate those secondary students enjoying this for a little while. A fun option for those finished early! https://santatracker.google.com/village.html (This site works on iPads, too!) A new game/item is added each day leading up to Christmas Day.

Here a few more from @EDTechTeam:
  • Holiday Feeling Countdown goo.gl/5BuXb0
  • Holiday Theme goo.gl/2nrjpQ
  • Zombie Holiday goo.gl/hXtKtt
  • Christmas Snow goo.gl/Jd6hIl (If you have an older computer or are low on storage, there’s a chance this one could slow your computer down)
  • Countdown to Fav Holidays goo.gl/YRhROz
  • Holiday Slides - use this one created by @preimers to send out to your class, each student with their own page and let them decorate their own Holiday Sheep...another possible “finished early” option.  When you open, it will be in “view only” mode, you’ll need to make a copy to be able to use it. goo.gl/RX6nDA

What if?
The Hour of Code Started Yesterday - and continues through this week. Join and get your students started by going to one of these two sites, it’s not too late!
Khan Academy - starting at age 8+, learn how to program drawings with JavaScript, learn how to make webpages with HTML tags and CSS or learn how to manipulate data and create databases
Code.org - easily filter by grade, experience, available devices, content areas, self-led or lesson plan, length and more!

Something to think about…
Teaching Kids Financial Literacy - Earn Your Future Digital Lab is a free, interactive site that has lessons for you to use with your students or children of your own. The first lesson in level 1 teaches students about risk, starting with things they can relate to..then moves on to talk about risk and how it can cost you money. There are videos, matching, multiple choice, etc. Students can earn badges as they go through the program. Teachers can upload students using a csv file. Thank you +amy mascott for the original post. The three levels are:
  1. Beginner - for grades 3-5
  2. Intermediate - for grades 6-8, looking at making smart decisions about money and planning for their future
  3. Advanced - for grades 9-12, looking at life after high school, careers, income, saving, credit, budgeting and more!

How to Share Google Docs With People Who Don't Have Google Accounts (parents, colleagues in other districts/companies, family members, etc) - Here’s a quick video from +Richard Byrne to show you. https://youtu.be/WxQPqhQWH28

Expii - a new, free interactive site to engage secondary students and take them farther in Math and Science. Expii is founded by Po-Shen Loh, a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and national coach of the US International Math Olympiad team. “While a standard textbook cannot adapt to each individual learner, expii.com was created to do just that.” Thank you +Richard Byrne for writing a post about this tool.
The Math areas are: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and Calculus
The Science areas are: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Earth Science
Ideas of how to use with your students: https://www.expii.com/faq/8

7-Day Digital Detox for Real People - not too scary or over-the-top...take a look and maybe give it a try! +Greatist http://greatist.com/grow/one-week-digital-detox-plan

In Addition…
PhotoScan - Scan your old photos in seconds with the new, free Google App.
Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, wherever your photos are.
– Get glare-free scans with an easy step-by-step capture flow
– Automatic cropping based on edge detection
– Straight, rectangular scans with perspective correction
– Smart rotation, so your photos stay right-side-up no matter which way you scan them”


Tea Light Snowmen - From Debbie Chapman, most materials can be found at a dollar store.  http://onelittleproject.com/tea-light-snowman-ornaments/2/


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