Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rotate Chromebook Screen, Access G Suite Training Videos, 10 Sites For When Students are Finished, "Shark" Your Chromebook, Free Recall, Infographics: Getting Started, Solve Me Puzzles, Seesaw, 21 Things for Teachers, Clothes in the Freezer, Seed Calculator, iPhone Trick, #EdTech

Did you know?
How To Flip or Rotate The Screen on a Chromebook
Simply hit ctrl+shift+refresh. (The refresh key is the one with the spinning arrow.) It will rotate the screen 90 degrees. From ifixit.com image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMUK_Samsung_Chromebook.JPG

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Quickly Access G Suite Training Videos 
You can quickly get to the training site and search for how to videos by specific tools. You may have an icon to the right of your avatar within your Google tools. If not, you can click on the 9 squares and scroll all the way to the bottom. +Google for Education

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What if?
10 Sites For Students With Free Time on Their Hands 
This is a great list from +Matt Miller … 7 & 8 are no longer usable, but don’t let that stop you from checking one of these out! There’s an option for foreign language, science, civics, social studies and coloring with added augmented reality.

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“Shark” Your Chromebook - Classroom Management Idea
Once students get on a website and get it loaded, they are to “shark” their device, meaning to close the lid halfway (so it doesn’t go to sleep or turn off) and then focus back on the teacher for further instructions. This helps reduce the distraction of having the device open, but also keeps it “ready” to go and on the right page for when the teacher tells them to begin. From the book, Classroom Management In The Digital Age by Heather Dowd and Patrick Green

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Something to think about…
Free Recall (A Small Strategy with a Big Impact) in 5 Minutes or Less
“With the end of the semester within sight, we feature a small strategy that makes a big impact on student learning – based on decades of cognitive science research. In scientific lingo, we call it "free recall." ...Contrary to its name in the scientific literature, free recall improves students' inferential learning and metacognition, too.” For more on working this into your classes and four tips from Retrieval Practice, click here.

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How To Get Started Using Infographics
Infographics are a great way to give information or tell a story. They are more than a poster and can be a terrific presentation alternative for you or your students. Getting started may seem daunting, but +Alice Keeler has you covered in this post. It has several ideas, tips, and resources. One of my favorites is to have students copy an existing infographic to get the hang of it and to understand the basics. Image: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/other/infographic-about-infographics

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Resources…
Solve Me Puzzles - Play or Create Math Puzzles for Free 
Find out more about this free site provided by the nonprofit Education Development Center. Thank you +Richard Byrne

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Seesaw PD in Your PJs 
Check out the calendar for March webinars from Seesaw. They have some great lesson ideas in here and they’re free! Seesaw is free to use and works on chromebooks, laptops, iPads, and phones. Good to know:
  • To register for a webinar, click on the title. Then click "Show in my Time Zone" to view the time of the webinar.
  • If you are unable to join live, register. All registrants receive an email with the webinar recording the day after the live webinar.
  • “Sprint 🏃🏽‍♀️” sessions are quick, just 10 minutes and focused on one topic!

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21 Things Teachers Can Try
Looking for something fresh to add to your classroom, lesson or both? Teach with ICT has some ideas just for you!

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In Addition…
Why You Should Keep Your Clothes (and shoes) in the Freezer
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Click here for more from Apartment Therapy. For other laundry hacks, click here for a post from NX2. image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lwpkommunikacio/16501826895

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Try the Seed Starting Calculator
For the gardeners out there from The Art of Doing Stuff.
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iPhone trick: Store Your Recipes, Ratios or Frequently Searched Items as Contacts!
For more, click here for the post from Cool Mom Tech.
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