Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Week in Review - Hot and Cold

Good morning from Maine where there is a light coat of snow on the ground with more snow in the forecast for this afternoon. I love this time of year in Maine! Earlier this week I was in Atlanta for three days for the Georgia Educational Technology Conference where there was no threat of snow as it was a good 50 degrees warmer than it was at my home in Maine. GaETC was a great event. Thank you to everyone who came to one or more of presentations. And a special thank you to Clint, Todd, Steve, Ashley, and Carrie who took me to experience Atlanta culture away from the conference center.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Literature Map Helps You Find Authors You'll Like
2. How JoeZoo Express Can Save You Tons of Time Grading in Google Documents
3. 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Music Online
4. Student Stories - ClassDojo Portfolios on Chromebooks, Desktops, and Mobile Devices
5. Three Good Tools for Collaboratively Creating Multimedia Books
6. Projeqt - Create Dynamic Presentations
7. Create MadLibs Through Google Sheets

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Friday, November 4, 2016

A Clear Explanation of Gamification

Gamification is one of the trendy words in education right now. In most education conference programs I find at least a couple of workshops or presentations about gamification. You've probably seen those too. What is gamification? Common Craft's latest video explains gamification in clear and concise terms.

Gamification is something that I had to experience first-hand in order to really understand why it appeals to so many students and teachers. I experienced it when I started using the Strava app to track my bike rides. Once I started using it, I realized why kids like digital badges. More of that story is found in my post, What Strava Taught Me About Why Kids Love ClassDojo and Digital Badges.

How to Find Google Docs Published by Others

Earlier this week in my post about finding rubrics to use in JoeZoo Express I mentioned the idea of performing a Google search to find rubrics that other teachers have made in Google Docs and Sheets. I've had a couple of readers ask follow-up questions about how to do that. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to conduct a Google search to locate publicly shared Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets.


The short version of the video above is to simply limit your search to the .docs.google.com domain by entering site:docs.google.com after your search terms.

All of my #GaETC16 Slides

This week I had the privilege to give six presentations at GaETC16 in Atlanta. Earlier today I shared my slides from the Best of the Web presentation that I gave there. The slides from my five other presentations are embedded below.





Best of the Web - Fall 2016 Edition

On Wednesday afternoon at GaETC16  I gave the latest version of my popular Best of the Web presentation. The room filled to capacity almost 20 minutes before the start time and unfortunately many people who wanted to see it were not allowed into the room due to fire code restrictions. While you don't get my commentary from the presentation, you can view my slides from the presentation. The slides from Best of the Web - Fall 2016 are embedded below.