Sunday, August 17, 2014

How to Embed Remind (101) Messages Into Google Sites

On Saturday I shared directions for embedding Remind (formerly Remind 101) messages into a blog. Today, I received a handful of emails from folks wanting to know if they could do the same with Google Sites. The answer to that question is yes. The procedure for embedding Remind messages into Google Sites is slightly different from the procedure for embedding messages into a blog. The procedure is outlined in the screenshots below (click the images to view them in full size). 

Step 1: Sign into your Remind account and select "my widgets" from the drop-down menu. 

Step 2: Select Google Sites from the "My widgets" menu. 

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The Napoleonic Era Mapped

History Today offers a neat mapped timeline of the Napoleonic Era. The timeline matches events to a map and to History Today articles. Unfortunately, the full text of the History Today articles are only available to subscribers. None-the-less the timeline and map make a good resource for students studying European history.

Applications for Education
History Today's map and timeline of the Napoleonic Era is a good model of what students could create by using Odyssey JS to create a mapped timeline of their own.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Trendlines in Google Spreadsheets

Late last week Google Spreadsheets received a handy little update. You can now create trendlines in your Google Spreadsheets. Trendlines can be used to illustrate linear and or exponential change in data sets. Trendlines can be added to new and existing charts in your Google Spreadsheets. You can create trendlines by choosing a chart then selecting trendlines from the "customize" tab in the advanced editor. Click here for Google's step-by-step directions for creating trendlines.

Applications for Education
Using trendlines in Google Spreadsheets could be a great way for students to see how census data changes over time. Trendlines could also be helpful to students who need to create charts to include in presentations.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How to Embed Your Remind (101) Text Messages Into Your Blogger Blog

Remind (formerly known as Remind 101) is a great tool to use to reach students and their parents via text messages. But not all parents and not all students will want to opt-in to receive messages on their phones. If you embed your Remind text messages into your blog, those parents and students who choose not to receive messages on their phones can still see the information that you're sending through Remind. In your Remind account you can grab a widget to embed into your blog. Remind offers widgets for use in WordPress, Google Sites, and other blog and website platforms including Blogger. The screenshots below outline the process for embedding Remind messages into your Blogger blog.

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The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good evening from Montrose, Colorado where I spent the day exploring some rivers in the area after yesterday's workshop in Delta, Colorado. Earlier this week I spoke at the New Teacher Academy at Boston College. A big thank you to all of the folks at both events. It was great to see so many teachers interested in trying new tech tools and strategies in their classrooms this fall.

Thank you to all of you who make it possible for me speak at schools and conferences. All of your Tweets, Pins, and other sharing of the posts here mean a lot to me.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Two Good Random Name Selection Tools
2. Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons
3. Great Google Search Strategies Every Student Can Use - Infographic
4. PDF - A Round-up of Summer Updates to Google Apps, Drive, Maps, and G+
5. How to Have Students Practice Presentation Skills While Teaching You About Technology
6. Persuasion Map Helps Students Formulate Persuasive Essays
7. PDF - Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer

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