Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Schedule Forms to Close, FormLimiter, AutoDraw, Stop Motion, Schedule Assignments in Google Classroom, Fact-Checking, Student Recommended TED Talks, Global Day of Design, Adjust Share Settings, Sticky Notes, Kitchen Mistakes, Flip a Kid's Day, 20 Fun Jobs, #EdTech

Did you know?
Schedule Your Google Forms to Close
You can choose from two criteria. Have your form close on a certain day/time or after a certain number of responses. The add-on FormLimiter makes it easy.  This is the screen users will see if trying to access the form after it has been set to close:
You can customize the message they see. This is the screen where you choose your settings:
Note: If closing the form after a set number of responses, set the limit to one number lower than the limit you actually want. The closing of the form doesn’t occur until one entry after the number you set. @googl

Google’s AutoDraw is Ready for You and Your Students
This new tool can help us all save time and leave clip art behind. It pairs machine learning with drawings by other artists to guess what you’re starting to draw and then give you finished images to choose from. Try it out, then show it to your students! https://www.blog.google/topics/machine-learning/fast-drawing-everyone/


What if?
Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides
This might be a nice option to give your students...making use of this tool in a new and creative way! This post from +Eric Curts gives you project ideas as well as the steps to get it done. Put this in student’s hands and watch them run with it! He has two education-related examples for you to see, including images, text, and shapes. I tried it out with some existing photos from another stop motion project...not education specific, just to take this process for a test drive! See all three below. Note: It may be easier for the students using Chromebooks to take the pictures with their phones, put them in @google photos and then insert into Slides...instead of taking photos with their Chromebook cameras..just as another way to get them in there.
My Test Drive - example

Just a Reminder That You Can Schedule Assignments in Google Classroom
Having a sub? Planning ahead?...you can go ahead and put it all in Google Classroom! Enter the assignment, as usual, click the drop-down arrow next to the blue “Assign” button, then choose “Schedule”.

Something to think about…
I Taught My 5th-graders How To Spot Fake News.
Now They Won’t Stop Fact-checking Me.
A nice article from Scott Bedley via Vox on how he adapted his instruction to make sure his students could find sources they could trust. Students examine these 7 elements:
  1. Copyright
  2. Verification with multiple sources
  3. Credibility of source, i.e. History.com vs a random unknown source
  4. Date Published
  5. Author’s expertise and background with the subject
  6. Does it match your prior knowledge
  7. Does it seem realistic
Part of Mr. Bedley’s implementation is in game form...imagine “Simon Says” with 2-3 minutes to do research. The game has now evolved into one they can play with other classes using Skype, where 3 students present 3 stories, one of them is fake. It is up to the other class, working in teams, to find out which one that is. Image: Jon Tyson via unsplash.com

9 TED Talks Recommended By Students, For Students
These could be a great resource to have in your back pocket as we sail through the Spring! Compiled by By Annie Brodsky on March 16, 2017, in TED-Ed Clubs First seen via @Mindshift

The Global Day of Design - STEM-Based Activities For Any Classroom
The Global Day of Design (May 2nd) is about engaging students through design thinking. This article from +Jennifer Santini has more information and example activities with links. The Global Day of Design website has a link to sign up to participate (and receive a free Design Thinking Toolkit).

For Students - How to Adjust Your “Share” Settings in Google Tools
Feel free to share this link or this image with your students or post it in Google Classroom as a resource for them. If posting in Google Classroom, I would put it in the “About” section so it won’t get lost in the “Stream”...making any resources easier to find. +Google for Education 

Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides
A nice how-to from +Tony Vincent 

In Addition…
9 Common Mistakes You're Making in the Kitchen
Good stuff in this post from @greatist


10 Ways To Flip A Kid And Turn Their Day Around
In case you’re in need of a few new ideas, check out this article from +Cool Cat Teacher with sketchnote by Silvia Duckworth.


20 Fun Jobs That Pay Well (and You May Have Never Imagined)
Fun Facts from Jeffrey Lau via @lifehack


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