Tuesday, February 28, 2017

iPhone TIp, Gradients in Google Tools, New Options in Google Sheets, Fluency Tutor, Alike, Scissors, Google Sheets Add-ons, Google Classroom Add-ons, Teacher Tax Deductions, Grading in Google Forms, Emotional Intelligence, Celery, DIY Desk Organizer, Life Lessons from Harry Potter, #EdTech

Did you know?
iPhone Tip: Announce Callers?
Open Settings > Phone >Announce Calls
You choose when the phone announces the caller’s name: Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only or Never

Gradients Now Available in Google Slides, Drawings and Docs
In Slides and Drawings:
Insert a shape, choose the paint bucket icon across the top to select the fill color, click on Gradient across the top of that pop-up window, then choose the gradient you like. You can stack shapes and remove the border to do a little more with the gradient choices they give you. I haven’t found a way yet, to choose my own gradient colors.
In Docs:
Click on Insert, choose Drawing, in the pop-up window choose the shape tool, choose/draw your shape, choose the paint bucket icon across the top of that window to select the fill color, click on Gradient across the top of that pop-up window, then choose the gradient you like.

What if?
New Options in Google Sheets
  • Align currency symbols using the Accounting format option (in addition to improvements made in the way numbers and decimals line up)
    • Click on Format, then Number, then Accounting
  • Link to a range of cells in a spreadsheet...making it easier to direct someone to specific data quickly
    • Select the cell you want to link
    • Click Insert, then click Link
    • Click Select a range of cells to link
    • Select the range of cells
    • Click Apply
  • Rotate the text in a cell, making it easier to fit in long header titles.
    • Choose your cell, click on Format, then click Text Rotation to see your options

Something to think about…
Fluency Tutor
A free tool (except for detailed scoring and data collection and comprehension questions) to transform student reading/dictating. Check out this video by +Cool Cat Teacher to get a preview and what she likes most about it. She briefly shows the student side and teacher side. Note: she highlights 15 tools in this hour-long video, so...for Fluency Tutor, jump to 31:04 and watch through 34:52.

Alike, An Animated Short Film
A great resource to let students watch and then have them interpret the meaning of the film in some way, i.e. writing, video, drawing, etc., followed by discussion. (And maybe...a good reminder to us, as teachers, to see and appreciate creativity in our students even though it may not always satisfy the requirements of a specific assignment.)
by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez via +The Kid Should See This @thekidshouldsee http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/alike-an-animated-short-film Thank you +Monica Isabel Martinez 
Another option for the same type of project:
Scissors Attempt To Make A Small Escape
Creativity & Animation...beautifully done! From Den Lilla Flykten and David Sandell via +The Kid Should See This http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/scissors-attempt-to-make-a-small-escape

5 Great Google Sheets Add-ons for Teachers
A quick list from +Richard Byrne with how-to videos for each. The tools in this article are Flubaroo, Online Rubric, Add Reminders, Attendance Sorter and Flippity. +Google for Education 

10 Add-ons To Google Classroom
A comprehensive list from +Matt Miller and +Alice Keeler with brief descriptions and links to “how-to” posts.

Teachers’ Tax Deductions That Can Boost Your Tax Refund (with Infographic)

Two Ways to Grade Short Answer Questions in Google Forms
This is a quick article from +Richard Byrne  that may clear up some questions regarding the “Quizzes” feature in Google Forms and introduce you to an add-on to automatically score assessments (Flubaroo, also mention in the first post in this section with a how-to for you). +Google for Education 

In Addition…
Emotionally Intelligent People Seldom Get Angry, Because They Follow This Rule


8 Amazing Benefits Of Celery (+5 Refreshing Recipes)
Take a look at this article to discover...“This often-underrated vegetable is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Almost every part of celery can be eaten and keeps your heart and your health perfectly well.” - Grishma Giri +Lifehack image: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/celery/


DIY - Make A Desk Organizer From A Picture Frame
Gift idea? From Jill Harness via +Lifehack


20 Life Lessons I Learned from Harry Potter
This should be a poster! Nice list from Nicole Mormann via +Lifehack


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