Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Small Group Hack, Remote for Slides, Create Templates, Rubrics, Free Recall, Google Trends, Flipgrid, AR in Edu, Face Blurring in YouTube, Share in Seesaw, A Plank a Day, Carbs 411, Less Expensive in 2018, Least Amount of Exercise, #EdTech

Did you know?
Instant Small Group Instruction Groupings in Google Classroom
For a quick way to create small groups based on their level of understanding on a topic, try this trick of sorting by the answer in Google Classroom, from Kelly Fitzgerald. +Google for Education
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“Remote for Slides” Chrome Extension
Click here to learn more about this great little extension to allow a presenter to use any internet-connected device (phone, tablet, another computer) to advance slides on a Google Slide deck AND see their presenter notes without having to be on the same wifi. Thank you @WandaTerral
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What if?
Create G Suite Templates with This Mind-Blowing Hack
This article from +Kasey Bell gives you the details and sheds light on the differences between Making a Copy, Forcing a Copy and Creating a Template Link ...then...goes into how to Create a Template Link, the “Use Template” Button and the G Suite tools this hack will work with. +Google for Education
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4 Rubric Tools for Google Docs
This in-depth post from +Eric Curts talks a little about the benefits of Rubrics and then goes into 4 options, how they work and how to use them. This post covers WriQ, OrangeSlice, docAppender, Doctopus and Goobric. Google Forms can also be used, if looking for more of a simplified option using the linear scale, multiple choice grid or checkbox grid question types.
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Something to think about…
“Free Recall” or “Brain Dumps”
As outlined in this article, brain dumps allow for recalling prior knowledge, organization of knowledge and what they’ve just been taught. How it works:
  • Pause your lesson
  • Ask students to write down everything they can remember (This should be done individually and should not be graded. Google Docs, Google Keep or Sketchnotes are great tools for this exercise! For tips and details on this idea see this post from +Matt Miller)
  • Continue your lesson
Image: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/vector-images/colorful-brain-map-vector-clipart.png.php
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Using Google Trends For Research or Current Events
A great tool for seeing trends, past and present. You can search by time, location and popularity. https://trends.google.com/trends/ To see the hot trends visualizer, click here. You can change the region in the bottom left of the screen. Thank you +Kasey Bell

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Resources…
How to Get Started Using Flipgrid - a video by +Richard Byrne 

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A Handful of Apps for Exploring the Potential of AR in Education
Here’s a short list from +Richard Byrne taking you from constellations, space, walking with dinosaurs and Disneynature to designing your own creature and finding their habitats.
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How to Apply Face Blurring to YouTube Videos
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How to Share Activities in Seesaw
To find out how to share with teachers or between classes, click here.
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In Addition…
7 Things That Will Happen When You Do A Plank Every Day
Click here to add to your New Year’s Resolutions from +Lifehack
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Everything You Know About Carbs Is Wrong
Diets are big this time of year...check out this post, from +Greatist for something else to consider. Image: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/774470

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8 Things That Will Be LESS Expensive in 2018
A list from Elizabeth Harper via dealnews
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What's the Least Amount of Exercise You Can Do and Still Be Healthy?
Check out this article from +Greatist. Part of the takeaway: “any exercise is better than none” and “Be stronger than your excuses!”


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