Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Cleaning Passwords, Open Middle, Quia, Math, Critical Thinking, Stop Checking Your Phone, Google Keep, Content Area Resources, Online Shopping, Instagram Albums, Qwertywriter, #EdTech

Did you know?
Spring Cleaning - Your Passwords
If you haven’t changed your passwords in a while...it’s probably time to do that. Check out this video from @Mozilla with 3 tips to creating strong passwords. Thank you, +Richard Byrne 

What if?
Easy Ways to Upgrade a Math Assignment from 1900 to 2017
This post by +Alice Keeler has 6 ways to update Math assignments, along with her philosophies on the subject. No. 6, on using Open Middle, might be my favorite! Image: http://robertkaplinsky.com/3steps/

Alice Keeler’s 892 Quia Math Activities
“The goal is to try to increase student understanding, number fluency and increase critical thinking.” Check out this post to get access to the activities along with her philosophies on teaching math. +Alice Keeler @Quia “Rather than assigning 30 problems whether they needed them or not, I asked the students to do 3 – 5 problems in a row correctly.” Image from Georg Nietsch via unsplash.com

Something to think about…
Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
A tremendous read for all grade levels and content areas from +MindShift introducing the:
  1. Ladder of Inference - a model for decision-making behavior
  2. Pro/Pro - working up the positives of two good ideas
  3. Integrative Thinking - how to deepen student thinking
First seen in a post from +Cool Cat Teacher 

How To Stop Checking Your Phone
Most of us need help with this and students may need help with it, too. Here are a few strategies to use to curb your unnecessary screen time. For more details and the science/reasoning behind the strategies, check out the full article from Eric Barker via +barking up the wrong tree 
  1. ““Don’t” say “Can’t”: You can always check your phone. But decide to be the kind of person who doesn’t.
  2. Proximity is destiny: Put your phone across the room and laziness becomes a superpower.
  3. Use a “stopping rule”: Leaving the house with your phone at 5% battery is extreme… but it’ll work.
  4. You don’t break habits. You replace them: Good apps up front. Evil apps must be downloaded.
  5. Dr. Jekyll, prepare for Mr. Hyde: Going over to a friend’s house for dinner and know you’re going to be tempted to rudely check your phone at the table? Leave your phone in your coat knowing future-you” shouldn’t go to the closet every five minutes.
Image from Rohit Tandon via unsplash.com

Using Google Keep for Grading Comments in Docs, click here for the video and step-by-step written instructions from +Eric Curts 

EdTech Integration Resources for Your Content Area
These resources from +Eric Curts and +SPARCC Online are bursting with tools and resources. If you have time, take a look and pick one to start with. There are lesson ideas, podcasts, videos and so much more! If you’re looking for one new thing...this could be your jackpot!

In Addition…
5 Tips For Shopping Online Safely


How To Use The New Instagram Albums Feature
A quick how-to from +Cool Mom Tech  If you're not seeing the "Select Multiple" option, you may need to update your Instagram app.


My latest find...a Qwertywriter!
A typewriter keyboard for my iPad! The best part...it clicks when you type, just like it should! @qwertywriter https://www.qwerkywriter.com/


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