Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Work in Multiple Google Accounts, Google Docs & Slides Changes, URL Shorteners, QR Code Generator, How-To Create a Google From Quiz, NextVista Videos for Students, Snipping Tool, Seesaw for Math and Reading, Task Management Tools, Pixlr.com, Storytelling Podcasts, ABCya Animations, Send Amazon Your Stuff, Google Home Hacks, Smart Phone Filtering, #EdTech

Did you know?
Work in Your School Google Account & Your Personal Google Account Without Logging Out of Either
...here’s how from 
+Tony Vincent

8 Changes to Google Docs & Slides Menus
Click here to learn more, nothing major, but it may be helpful to take a quick look. Thank you 
+Richard Byrne

QR Code Generator & URL Shorteners
With goo.gl going away, +RICHARD recommends:
QR Droid Zapper as a different tool to create QR codes.
Here are 5 alternatives for URL shorteners, also from +Richard Byrne.

Delivr, “a great way to shorten a link complete with a QR code. ...the creator of the shortened link can head back to it at any time and change its destination URL. Perfect for having one shortened URL for something such as an Exit Ticket link that can have its destination link changed endlessly.” This is a Freemium tool. Thank you, Leslie Fisher

YellKey.com URL to common word shortener: “generates short URLs with common English words. The URLs only work for a short period of time, but they are always easy to pronounce and type.” You choose the time limit the shortened URL is good for, ranging from 5 minutes to 24 hours. For more, see this post from 
+Tony Vincent

The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms (updated 3-28-2018)
If you haven’t tried Google Forms yet, but are wanting to, this video from +Richard Byrne is a good place to start.

What if?
NextVista.org - Videos Specifically for a Student Audience
All videos in their regular collections are ‘for a student audience, highlighting the creativity of students and teachers around the world.” Their main collections are “Light Bulbs” - generating discussions and ideas, “Global Views” - to better understand the world around us, and “Seeing Service” - highlights good deeds large and small. Thank you,
+Richard Byrne

Windows 10 Snipping Tool Tips & Tricks
The Snipping Tool is the Windows device “Go-To” for screenshots. Click here for how best to use it.

Something to think about…
New Math Ideas for Using Seesaw
This webinar from Kara Brem is geared toward upper elementary and middle school classes but may give you ideas for using in high school and lower elementary. The actual examples start about 4 minutes in. You’ll see student work and get her tips and tricks!
Seesaw for Fluency Practice
Watch this short video for ideas on using this great tool for Reading Fluency. 

4 Ways to Use Seesaw in Your Reading Groups
Click here to see this post from “Reading in Room 11”.

Poetry Activities in Seesaw
Activities shown for 3rd - 5th and 12th grades. Click here to sign up and watch the 13 min webinar for National Poetry Month!


5 Task Management Tools for Students (and the rest of us!)
Nice suggestions from +Richard Byrne including Google Keep, Dayboard for Chrome and more! Image: https://pixnio.com/objects/mechanism-metal-gears-steel-iron

How to Use Pixlr.com to Cut From One Photo and Add to Another
Here’s a short how-to video for anyone new to using the Pixlr Edito

5 Fantastic Storytelling Podcasts for Kids
“Podcasts can promote your child’s creativity and imagination without spending more time in front of a screen. ...specifically, highlight storytelling podcasts. Think audiobooks, but in smaller portions, and totally free.” Check out this post from +Cool Mom Tech for some precious recommendations. This is a great idea for outings in the car as well as time in the classroom

How to Make Simple Animations With ABCya Animate
Learn how in just 4 minutes with this video from 
+Richard Byrne

In Addition…
Send Amazon Your Stuff
Amazon Trade-In: There are certain used items you can send to Amazon for credit to spend on their website. The categories and compensation vary... Click here to learn more.

Amazon Give Back Box Program: “When you get an Amazon shipment, you can ship the box back full of stuff to donate to Goodwill—Amazon handles the shipping and all the logistics.” (Thank you Apartment Therapy) I heard about this over Christmas and was glad to find out it’s a year-round program. Click here or here to learn more. Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/akiraohgaki/767297578

Top 5 Google Home Hacks (Inspired by K.M. at Hilltop! ;0)
https://youtu.be/1xR_t5gnOnY (hacks start at about 40 seconds in)

20 Helpful Google Home Commands to Try
A good list to get you started from Popular Mechanics.

5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options For Parents
A nice list from Mike Daugherty via +Cool Cat Teacher. Listen to the podcast or scroll down to read the transcript with links to Circle, Norton Family Premier, NetNanny, Qustodio and Open DNS. Image: https://pixabay.com/en/infographic-funnel-chart-marketing-2944842/

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