Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Default Fonts in Google Docs, Vocaroo, Google Classroom v Seesaw, FogStone Isle, Automated Peer Feedback, Ambient Sounds, Science & STEM Links, Flipgrid in 4th-grade, Holiday Templates, Grown & Flown, SafeTrek, TigerLady, Eyeque, #EdTech

Did you know?
Change your Default Font in Google Docs
Click here to see how with an animated GIF or written steps from @JakeMillerTech

Vocaroo is a Great Tool for Audio Recordings
Quick and easy to use, Vocaroo can be shared with a link or with a QR code. It could be great for students to add their voice in other tools, such as padlet or for teachers to use in creating content for students. Note: the voice recordings are only kept on their site for a few months. Before sharing, it may be best to download the recording, save it to your Google Drive and share from there. In the Share options after recording, you can choose to download directly as an MP3, Ogg, FLAC or WAV.
+Tony Vincent 

What if?
Google Classroom vs. SeeSaw
Thinking about either or both? Click here for a slide deck of comparisons from @EduBlogs They aren’t mutually exclusive, it’s possible that both could have a place in your classroom.

FogStone Isle - Like Minecraft with Math!
This site, https://fogstoneisle.com is similar to Minecraft and works on iPads and Chromebooks. This site focuses on key math topics for fifth through eighth grade. A teacher assignment editor allows teachers to direct students toward activities covering the specific material they want students exercising. Thank you @KevinDeForge
  • Free for students and teachers
  • Students can join with a code or thru Google Classroom
  • Meets TEKS standards

Something to think about…
Automated Peer Feedback for Student Presentations
Check out this article on how one 7th grade teacher, Meagan Kelly, uses this in her class. There’s a template you can copy and a 5-minute how-to video to learn how to use the FormMule add-on that does all of the work for you. When reading, my first thought was, what if students don’t give quality feedback? One fix to that is to have all of the feedback also go to your email, as well as the student’s who presented. Knowing you’ll also see their comments, students may be more inclined to take it seriously and put thought into their feedback. Granted, that’s a lot of emails in your box, but you may only need to skim them for the first go round or two.

8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus
Click here! (Including some relating to Harry Potter...i.e. Hogwarts Library, Gryffindor Common Room, etc.)  Thank you +Eric Curts 

Science and STEM Links of the Month
Click here for this great list from +Eric Curts 

4 Ways to Use Flipgrid in 4th Grade
This is a post from a 4th-grade teacher, Caroline Schaab via FreeTechForTeachers.com with ideas for Math and Reading.

Holiday Templates
Templates for Thanksgiving Creativity and Writing (all done in Google Slides):
Build a Turkey created by Beth Kingsley (@bethkingsley13)
Disguise a Turkey created by Kelley Costa (@costasecond)
And, since Christmas will be here soon, here’s a “Build a Snowman" template created by +Eric Curts 

In Addition…
For Parents Of Teens And College Students
Grown & Flown is a great blog with helpful posts for those who have teens and college students. If you like what you see, subscribe and when they post something new, you’ll get an email.  For instance, their last post they shared an idea for our older children who meet strangers via Bumble, Tinder and the like. “Have your kid tell 3 friends about the date and send a simple text to check in afterward.” This gives them freedom, but also a check and balance system to ensure their safety.

On The Safe Side
For those who frequently go places alone or after dark (maybe your college student, a parent or yourself):
SafeTrek - “A mobile app that bridges the gap between doing nothing and calling 911 when you feel unsafe.” “By holding down the SafeTrek safe button, a user is able to passively connect to police. If nothing unexpected happens, a user simply inputs their unique 4-digit pin to cancel an alert from being sent (to police). If a situation takes a turn for the worse, a user simply releases the safe button without typing in their pin number and is connected to police.”

TigerLady Hand-held Personal Safety - “TigerLady is small enough to fit in your pocket or your purse, and it's so lightweight you won't mind adding it to your everyday carry. Unlike other self-defense options, TigerLady will never need batteries, and it won't expire. TigerLady is lightweight, subtle, and effective. Best of all, TigerLady requires no training to use.”


Eyeque Insight: Fastest, Easiest Diy 20/20 Vision Screener
“Great for kids with developing eyes” … or … to see how well your current prescription matches your eye’s needs. A Kickstarter from EyeQue. Thank you +Digg


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