Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Month in Review - January's Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers

Good evening from Woodstock, Maine where we had a beautiful sunset on the last day of January, 2016. As I do at the end of every month, I've assembled a list of the most popular posts. The list is based on views and shares of posts throughout the previous 30 days.

Here are the most popular posts of the month:
1. Click to Spin - A Fun and Free Random Name Picker
2. 4 Helpful Gmail Settings for Teachers & Students
3. 10 Good Video Sources for Social Studies Teachers and Students
4. Google Books for Teachers and Students - A Guide
5. 16 Ways to Use TinyTap in Your Classroom
6. Ten Good Video Sources for Science Teachers and Students
7. 5 Great Things You Can Do With Google Sheets
8. Choosito - A Search Engine With Reading Level Index
9. 82 Google Tools Tutorial Videos
10. ClassDojo's Big Ideas Teaches Kids About Growth Mindset

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Create a Single Dashboard for All of Your Cloud Storage Accounts

If you're like me, you might have utilize more than one cloud storage service. I use Google Drive most often, but I also use Dropbox and Box too. MultCloud is a service that allows me to tie them all together in one place. MultCloud does more than just provide a single log-in for all of the cloud services that I use. It also allows me to move files between services with a simple drag-and-drop.

By connecting your cloud storage services through MultCloud you create a single dashboard page on which you can view and access the files within all of your cloud storage accounts. To move a file between the services you just select a file from one service and drag it to the other.


Applications for Education
If your school hasn't adopted a standard cloud storage platform for all teachers and students, MultCloud could be a great tool for organizing files strewn across multiple cloud storage services.

Two Easy Ways to Create QR Codes to Use In Your Classroom

QR codes make it easy to quickly share important information with students. Through a QR code you can share links to websites and Google Documents (provided you have set sharing permissions to "anyone with the link") for your students to open on their tablets or phones. You can share links to Google Calendars or to specific calendar events that students then sync to the calendars on their mobile devices. In the video embedded below I demonstrate two ways to quickly create QR codes.



The two tools featured in the video are QR Droid and Goo.gl.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Week in Review - A Week at Home

Good afternoon from sunny Woodstock, Maine where I've had a nice week at home with my dog Max. Max was very happy to have me home for the whole week after being on the road the previous two weeks. Next week I'll be Texas for the TCEA conference and to speak to at Texas A&M. But before then I'm going to soak up some fun with Max as we walk and romp in the woods. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you have some time for fun things too.


Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Choosito - A Search Engine With Reading Level Index
2. 5 Great Things You Can Do With Google Sheets
3. Click to Spin - A Fun and Free Random Name Picker
4. Tour Buckingham Palace In Virtual Reality
5. How to Set a Time Limit on Google Forms
6. How to Create a Classroom Blog on Weebly for Education
7. 5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons

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Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master's degrees in Instructional Media.
PrepFactory offers a great place for students to prepare for SAT and ACT tests.
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers graduate programs for teachers.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
EdTechTeacher is hosting host workshops in six cities in the U.S. in the summer.
KidzType provides a fun way to teach and learn typing skills.

Friday, January 29, 2016

How to Create a Multiple Part Test in Google Forms

Yesterday, I posted a video in which I demonstrated how to impose a time limit on a Google Form. In response to that post someone on Facebook asked me if there was a way for students to save their progress on a Google Form and come back to finish it later. Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to do that. My suggestion is to break-up long tests into multiple Google Forms. At the end of each Form include a link to the next Form in the series. For example, instead of giving one twenty question Form to students I might give them two Forms containing ten questions each. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to do this.


For more Google tools tutorials, check out my playlist of more than 80 Google tools tutorials.