Showing posts with label Peter Vogel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peter Vogel. Show all posts

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Teachit Timer - A Slick Classroom Activity Timer

I've tried a bunch of online timers in the past. Until now was my favorite. Yesterday, Peter Vogel introduced me to an online timer that will be my go-to timer from here on. The Teachit Timer is a free online timer that allows you display a countdown timer and a count-up timer on the same screen. The Teachit Timer also allows you to choose an alarm sound.

Applications for Education
Whenever I have long blocks of instructional time I like to break it up with short breaks and or timed hands-on activities. One tool that can help to prevent the students and me from stretching the "break times" is to use a countdown timer like Teachit Timer.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Need Google Product Use Tips? Visit Google Tips

Thanks to Peter Vogel sharing examples on Google+, this morning I learned about the Google's new Tips website. Google Tips is collection of Google product use examples and tips. You can select a specific product to learn about or scroll through the whole gallery of tips for all products. Most of the tips are things that I would categorize as "beginner" tips. Beginner tips are great for schools that are just getting started with Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, and or Android tablets.

When you need a little more information about a Google product or you encounter an unexpected error, the Google Products Forum is a good place to search for help from other Google Apps users. For example, I turned to the Google Drive Forum to find out if other users were encountering unexpected errors with the Google Docs Template Gallery this morning.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Reminder - If It Doesn't Look Legit, Quit

This evening Peter Vogel shared a screenshot of a phishing attempt that he had received in the form of an email attempting to look like a Google Documents shared document. If you receive one like the one that Peter shared, don't complete the request for information. This is a good time to remind your friends, students, and colleagues that may be new to using Google Drive that if something doesn't look right, it probably isn't it.

While we're on the topic of phishing scams, Common Craft offers a great explanation of what they are, what to look for, and how to avoid falling for a phishing scam.

Phishing Scams in Plain English.