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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Fast & Fun Formative Assessment - Slides

I ended my day today at the 2019 MACUL Conference by giving a favorite presentation of mine, Fast & Formative Assessment. I always giving this presentation and, based on the level of audience participation, people who come to it enjoy it too. It's intended to provide attendees with ideas for fun assessment strategies and some hands-on experience with the tools. The slides alone don't provide the full experience, but you can get a sense of it by scrolling through my slides that are embedded below.


Resources & Ideas for Classroom Podcasting

The first presentation that I gave today at the 2019 MACUL Conference was all about podcasting. In the presentation I shared some research about the benefits of students producing podcasts. And as you might expect, I shared some tools and strategies for creating podcasts with your students. The slides from my presentation, Community Podcasting, are embedded below.


By the way, if you'd like to have me do a workshop on this topic at your conference or school, please send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com 

5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons - Slides

Today, at the 2019 MACUL Conference I gave three presentations. The second of those presentations was 5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons. This is a topic that combines two things that I enjoy, educational technology and being outdoors. You can take a look at the slides as they are embedded below. Some of the content from this presentation will be included in the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp where you can get some hands-on practice using some of the things that are featured in the slides.

Recording of Yesterday's Q&A

Yesterday afternoon I sat down to answer another batch of questions from you, my awesome readers! I broadcast the Q&A on my YouTube channel and on Facebook. If you missed it, the recording is now available here and as embedded below.


Here is the list of questions that I answered during the broadcast:

How can I change the name that appears on my Google Account?

~Sharon

Google add on to curve text - like in word art on MS Word

~Catherine

What are the best apps for VR, AR, and how should we be embedding those in the classroom?

~Liz

What do you think of apps like Pocket Points? Are there apps that are better? Thanks.

~Aimee

Is there away is g suite for a student to check off something from a their own list and it disappear? I know of form choice eliminator—-that’s for one form many access but that’s not what I’m looking for.

~JoyceAnna

Is there a free software program that I can use to monitor my students desktop computers? I want to see what they are looking at and be able to remotely control their computer from my own computer at my desk. Thank you for your blog!

~Anthony

Can you share about using Metaverse to create an "Amazing Race" activity? My first book is about creating mystery adventure quests "Amazing Race" style and this topic is of great interest. Thanks Richard!

~Kim

What is the best way to send you websites for you to possibly post? I don't want anything in return, just to give you the option of posting the sites if you have not before.

~Anthony

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A New Way to Add Images to Google Sheets

Frequent Google Sheets users got a bit of welcome news yesterday. Google has added a new way to insert images into Google Sheets. Previously, the only images that you could add into a cell were those that were hosted online and publicly available for hotlinking. That has changed because the latest update to Google Sheets allows you to upload images to insert into cells in your spreadsheet.

This new feature is available now for some Google Sheets users and will be rolling out to other users over the next two weeks.

Applications for Education
This update probably won't mean much to most students. But for those students who do use Google Sheets to create data visualizations or to maintain databases that have a lot of visual components, this update could be helpful.