Saturday, August 20, 2016

Padlet Adds a New Post Attribution Feature

It is a not a secret that Padlet is one of my favorite ed tech tools for all classrooms. From creating KWL charts to simple blogging activities to creating digital portfolios,there is not a shortage of ways to use Padlet.

This week Padlet introduced a new way to identify who writes what on a collaborative Padlet wall. Padlet's new post attribution feature allows you to automatically display user names on notes. Of course, your students will have to be logged into Padlet accounts in order for that feature to work. The post attribution tool will make it possible for you to ensure that each student gets credit for his or her contribution to your Padlet walls. It is also possible to turn off the attribution feature and let students post anonymously.

Friday, August 19, 2016

How to Get Started Using Google Forms for Classroom Quizzes

Google Forms can be a powerful tool for creating and delivering quizzes to your students. It also has a bunch of great features for gathering feedback from students in a survey format. To take advantage of any of the features of Google Forms, you have to know how to get started. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to get started using Google Forms to create, deliver, and grade online quizzes.

Science Bob Helps Students Start Science Fair Projects

Science Bob is a good resource for elementary school and middle school students in search of ideas for science fair projects. Science Bob has dozens of suggestions for science fair projects. Beyond the suggestions, Science Bob offers tips on how to build the projects and additional support resources. In the experiments section of Science Bob teachers and students will find printable directions for carrying-out more than two dozen experiments. If you're looking for videos about science concepts and science experiments Science Bob offers videos that may be of interest you.

Applications for Education
As Science Bob mentions, developing an idea for a science fair project can be a difficult first step. Even if students don't pick one of the ideas in Science Bob's list, they may be inspired to design a project of their own.

Two Graphing Tools for Google Docs

The question that I often hear from mathematics teachers about Google Documents is, "are there any features for me?" The answer is, "yes, but they don't always jump out at you." Google Docs does have a built-in equation editor that you can access from the insert drop-down menu. To create graphs in Google Docs you'll want to grab either the g(Math) or the Wizkids CAS Add-ons for Google Docs.

g(Math) for Google Docs offers other features in addition to a graphing. Besides creating graphs you can insert handwriting entries and statistical displays. g(Math) also supports voice input. Extensive tutorials for g(Math) can be found on the g(Math) Help website.

Wizkids CAS is another Google Docs Add-on that offers a graphing calculator feature. Wizkids CAS offers tools for solve=ing equations and plotting graphs, finding numerical and exact solutions, and simplifying and factoring expressions with variables. The video embedded below provides an overview of the features in Wizkids CAS.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Create Beautiful Presentations in Haiku Deck Classroom

Disclosure: Haiku Deck is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

Haiku Deck is a great visual storytelling tool that I have raved about since the first time that I tried it back in the fall of 2012. The features that won me over way back then were the integrated search for Creative Commons licensed videos and the automatic controls on font size and quantity. The font controls forced students to think about how they use images and words in presentations. Those core features still remain and more features have been steadily added over the years.

Last fall Haiku Deck introduced an option to share visual stories in Google Classroom. This fall they're taking things one step further with the introduction of Haiku Deck Classroom. Haiku Deck Classroom offers an online gallery that you and your students can use to showcase visual stories in private setting managed by teachers. Speaking of management, Haiku Deck Classroom offers teachers the ability to import users from Google Classroom. Students can sign-in using Haiku Deck accounts or Google Accounts without an email address. An overview of Haiku Deck Classroom can be seen in the Haiku Deck presentation embedded below.


Introducing Haiku Deck Classroom - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

If your school can't get Haiku Deck Classroom right now, there are still plenty of features available to you for free. The integrated Creative Commons image search, automatic font controls, and the ability to create and present from just about any platform have made Haiku Deck popular everywhere that I've shown it.

My friend Ken Shelton used Haiku Deck to demonstrate how make effective use of visuals in slide presentations. That demonstration is embedded below.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Disclosure: Haiku Deck is advertising on FreeTech4Teachers.com this month.