Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Your Connected Apps, Google Classroom Tips, ePortfolios, Story Structure with Pixar, Math in the Real World, Statistical Research PBL, Last Few Days of School, Google Profile Picture, Gmail Filters, Random Name Generators, iPhone Photography Tips, Group Gifting, Robocalls, Lightening Photography, Sunshine, #EdTech, Bug Repellent

The last post of the school year...see you in August!

Did you know?

Keeping Your Google Account Safe and Uncluttered
A quick task explained by +Lori Gracey from TCEA - just click on the red words in the article and it will take you directly to your connected apps. I wound up removing several that I tried at one time, but don’t use anymore.

Control Google Classroom Email Notifications
There are more options for customizing the notifications than there used to be.
  1. Go into Google Classroom
  2. Click the menu button in the upper left corner (the 3 stacked lines a.k.a. hamburger or pancakes)
  3. Scroll down to “Settings”
  4. Choose what you like.
They are all “on” by default.

Google Classroom Tip on Using Private Comments
If you use private comments in Google Classroom and would like a quick way to tell if the comment was yours or the student’s when looking at the roster of the left side of the screen, check out this solution from +Alice Keeler Another tip included in this post is asking the students to start their comments with “Keeler” if they want her to respond to a question specifically and are not just answering a prompt.

What if?
11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios
This article from +Cool Cat Teacher does a great job of laying out what you need to know to implement an ePortfolio program with your students, the decisions you’ll need to make and ideas for content.
Note: This was written in 2015, there are also other tools available now. I’m not discounting those mentioned in the article, It’s just something to keep in mind. For G-Suite districts, Google Slides, Google Docs & Blogger (if allowed by your administration) may also be an option. Two non G-Suite tools are Seesaw (free) & Bulb (freemium).

New Lesson on Story Structure from Pixar and Khan Academy
This is the 3rd installment in the “Pixar in a Box: The Art of Storytelling” lessons. This section has 3 Acts and 5 Activities, along with advice to storytellers.
So far, they have:
  1. We are all storytellers
  2. Character
  3. Story Structure
Coming soon:
  • Visual language
  • Film grammar
  • Storyboard your film
Don’t forget to also check out their Pixar in a box: Lesson Guides - quality content to close out the year or to use when planning for next year!

Something to think about…
Math in the Real World
This site has lessons, simulations, games videos and other interactive tools to use technology to teach math, social studies, economics and financial literacy. Most listings you see on the first page of the website are for grades 9-12, but click on the “Search by” Grade tab in the upper right to see listings for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Thank you +Richard Byrne 

Statistical Research PBL – A HyperDoc + Smashboard Project
Check out this lesson, from teacher Meagan Kelly, done with middle school students! This post is complete with objective, math concepts, extension, end results, important considerations, student samples, teacher reflection, 3 things to do next time and a link to the project (scroll way down...just above the student sample links). For those in my district, let me know if you want to collaborate on creating a smash board for your students!

What To Do in These Last Few Days of School...
...or in this 15 minutes after an assembly, etc. This post, from Jennifer Gonzalez via Cult of Pedagogy, has several ideas (30 in fact) in 3 different categories: Low-Prep, Medium Prep and High-Prep or Long Term. If you’re looking for something new, take a peek!

How to Change Your Google Profile Picture from +Richard Byrne 

How to Create Gmail Filters from +Richard Byrne 

5 Random Name Generators: The Modern Day Popsicle Sticks
A quick resource from Teachbytes

Kid-Friendly Tasks For End-of-Year Room Close Out
A nice list, mainly geared toward elementary grades from +Angela Watson 

In Addition…
How to Shoot Photos on iPhone 7
Check out these quick photography how-to videos, by category, from Apple on how to shoot a vertical pano, a close-up, a portrait, action, without a flash, a selfie with the timer, with street light, a unique angle, stills while filming, a bold and simple image, a one-handed selfie, during golden hour, a sunset silhouette, a group portrait and a backlit subject.


3 Helpful Group Gift Websites That Make The Process So Much Easier
It’s that time of year! Would an online service make this easier? Here are 3 to look into! Thank you +Cool Mom Tech image:https://pixabay.com/p-570826/?no_redirect


Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them


Lightning Photography
With Spring comes lightening, here are some tips on getting the perfect shot from Photojojo. Image: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Storm-Dark-Thunder-Night-Clouds-Lightening-520160


So Much Sunshine


These 8 Bug Sprays Are Useless Against Zika
ConsumerReports tested dozens of sprays against mosquitos that spread Zika and West Nile viruses, as well as ticks carrying lime disease, for its annual insect repellent ratings. Click here for their Insect Repellent Buying Guide. Thank you +Greatist for sharing!

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