Monday, December 3, 2012

Some Seats Still Available for Google Drive and the Common Core

This morning I received a couple of email asking if there are still seats available for my new online course Google Drive and the Common Core. Yes, there are still six seats available for the December course that starts on Thursday. Eleven seats are currently available for the January course. Course highlights and registration information is included below.

Course Highlights
Creating and sharing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
Using Google Documents and Presentations for collaborative writing and reading exercises.
Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets for collecting and analyzing data.
Using Google Documents as a publishing platform.
Managing the flow of files in your Google Drive.
Registration is limited to 25 students per course.

This course is designed for educators who:
*Are new to using Google Drive/ Documents.
*Have previously used Google Drive/ Documents but would like a refresher course.
*Would like to learn how Google Drive/ Documents can be used to help their students meet ELA Common Core Standards.

Course Schedule
Google Drive and the Common Core is a three hour webinar series.
The December course will be taught in two 1.5 hour sessions beginning on December 6.
The January course will be taught in three 1 hour sessions beginning on January 9.
The original offerings have sold out. There is a third section now available starting on January 10. There are 5 seats available as of December 24, 2012

All students will be able to download PDFs of how-to guides, access the previous week's recorded webinar, and participate in a course discussion forum.
Registration is limited to 25 students per course.

The cost to register for either the December or January course is $87 USD per student.
Click here to register for the December course.
Click here to register for the January course. 
The original offerings have sold out. There is a third section now available starting on January 10. There are 5 seats available as of December 24, 2012

Payments can be made with a personal credit card, with a school district credit card, or with PayPal. Checks and purchase orders can be accepted however the cost of registration is $15 higher to cover additional processing associated with those payments.
Please contact me directly at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com with questions about course registration and or payment processing.

Google Drive and Common Core Flyer

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mysteries of Vernacular Explains Nuances of English

Mysteries of Vernacular is an interesting site that is developing a series of videos about the history and nuances of the English language. The concept is similar to that of Words of the World. Mysteries of Vernacular will eventually have one video for every letter of the alphabet. For now there is just a few videos available.

Applications for Education
Much like the idea I shared in my review of Words of the World, Mysteries of Vernacular could be an instructive model for your own lesson combining history and language arts. Have your students pick a word or two that they think is common and research it. Then have them create their own short videos in which they explain the history of those words. You might even have them research the dialect of the areas in which they live.

Mysteries of Vernacular: Clue from Myriapod Productions on Vimeo.

Verbling - Learn a New Language in a Google+ Hangout

Verbling is a language learning service that launched back in July. When it launched its purpose was to match native speakers of Spanish and English to help each other learn a new language. Since then it has added support for French, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Russian.

The most significant upgrade to Verbling is the recent addition of structured classes hosted through Google+ Hangouts. The classes are held at scheduled times and are taught by certified TEFL teachers. You can join the classes live or if you miss a class you can go back and watch it later on Verbling.

Verbling from Verbling on Vimeo.

Right Click to Save Images and More to Google Drive

Save to Drive is a handy Google Chrome extension that makes it easy to save images, links, audio files, and video files in your Google Drive account. With Save to Drive installed you can simply right-click on a file or link to send it to your Google Drive account. To do this just right-click then select "save to Google Drive" to send it to your Google Drive account. This works for images and links. Save to Drive also works for HTML5 audio and video files, but it does not work for Flash files.

Applications for Education
Save to Drive could be a handy tool for students to use when they're researching a topic online. Students can use the extension to collect links and pictures that they will use in their research projects. To send to Google Drive students will need to be signed into their Google Accounts when they're searching the web.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Week in Review - Waiting for Snow

Good morning from Maine where my dog, my new snowshoes, and I are waiting for some snow to accumulate so that we can go play. While we wait, I'll do some blogging.

This week I had the honor of keynoting the third day of the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is a wonderful annual event that honors the legacy of Christa McAuliffe. The video tribute to Christa McAuliffe that was played before the keynote was truly moving. If you live in New England and you haven't attended the conference before, put it on your list of "must attends" for the future.

Here are the most popular posts of the week:
1. 10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use
2. 6 Apps Students Can Use to Create Quick Audio Recordings
3. New Course - Google Drive and the Common Core
4. Create Trading Cards for Historical and Fictional People, Places, and Events
5. 60 of the Best Websites and Apps for Teachers
6. Manifest Destiny in 141 Interactive Maps
7. Create Your Own Interactive Primary Source Document Activities

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