Thursday, December 20, 2012

Great Gatsby Crash Course Part 2

Yesterday, I shared John Green's new Crash Course video about The Great Gatsby. Today, Green released part two of that course. You can watch the video as embedded below or on YouTube. If you watch it on YouTube, take note of the "spoiler alert" for students.


8 Handy Windows 8 Shortcuts

Learning to navigate a new operating system on a computer can be a stressful experience for a lot people. Fortunately, whenever a new operating system is released to consumers there are lots of people producing and helpful tutorials for new users. YouTube is my go-to place when I need help learning how to do something new on a computer or tablet. So this afternoon when I wanted to learn a bit more about Windows 8 I went to YouTube and found a bunch of short tutorials. One tutorial that I think a lot people can benefit from watching is CNET's Best Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts. The three minute video is embedded below.



Core of Education Vodcast #4

This afternoon Dr. Rod Berger and I sat down to record the fourth installment of our video series. In today's episode we talked about some apps and web resources that can help when talking with children about tragic events. The video is embedded below. You can watch and listen to a bunch of Dr. Berger's other interviews on Core of Education.


What's Your Strategy for Getting Comments on Classroom Blogs?

Earlier this week I received an email from a teacher that was looking for ideas on how to get more comments on her students' group blog. My usual suggestions are as follows:

1. Connect with and ask other teachers on Twitter if they will comment or have their students comment.

2. Submit your blog to the Edublogs community.

3. Connect with teachers on a network like The Educator's PLN. Again, ask if there are people willing to comment or have their students comment. You might also consider starting a group within the network just for the purpose of connecting classroom blogs for commenting.

What's your strategy for getting people to comment on classroom blogs? Please leave a comment. (Comments containing links are moderated and may not appear immediately).

Image Credit: cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by greggoconnell: http://flickr.com/photos/greggoconnell/49211953/

New Openings for Google Drive and the Common Core Webinars

Registrations keep coming in for the new January section of my online course Google Drive and the Common Core. For people who were interested in the first section a few seats opened last night due to some cancellations. The registration links for the both January sections of Google Drive and the Common Core are listed below. Both sections cover the same material.

Section 1 - Meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm (Eastern) on January 9, 16, and 23. Click here to register. (Three seats available as of this morning) SOLD OUT
Section 2 - Meets on Thursday evenings at 7pm (Eastern) on January 10, 17, and 24. Click here to register. (6 seats available as of December 22).

Whole staff option - I have had a couple of school technology directors contact me about enrolling a big group of their teachers in the course. If you have 15 or more from your school district I can schedule a section of Google Drive and the Common Core just for your school. Email me at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com for more information.

Google Drive and the Common Core is a three hour webinar series. While at $87 the webinar series is not free it is significantly less than the cost of flying me to your school for the day.


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.

Registration Cost
The cost to register for either section of the course is $87 USD per student.
Section 1 - Meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm (Eastern) on January 9, 16, and 23. Click here to register. (Three seats available as of this morning) SOLD OUT
Section 2 - Meets on Thursday evenings at 7pm (Eastern) on January 10, 17, and 24. Click here to register. (6 seats available as of this December 22).

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.