Saturday, October 14, 2017

Google Classroom, Grants, and Feedback - The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where it was a perfect autumn day for apple picking. Isla thoroughly enjoyed her first trip to the orchard. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you had time for outdoor fun too.

This week I hosted a webinar on how to create a great classroom blog. If you missed it, it is now available to stream on-demand. Click here to access How to Create a Great Classroom Blog. Next week I am hosting three free webinars. You can find those webinars listed here.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Enhance Your Google Classroom Experience
2. Grants for Teachers
3. How to Force Copy of Drive File and Shorten URL for Easy Sharing
4. How to Include Video Feedback in Google Forms
5. Current Events Sites for Students
6. Five Great Add-ons for Google Forms
7. Read&Write Assistive Technology App

Throughout the school year I am fortunate to work with many schools on their technology integration needs. I would love to help your school too. Click here to learn about my professional development services.

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Top 6 Resources to Teach About Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park made headlines recently after a meeting the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry where researches from Arizona State University presented evidence that geologic changes in the park might actually occur much faster than previously thought. However, it is still very unlikely that Yellowstone will have a major eruption in our lifetime.

Yellowstone National Park is a symbol of the American West and it continues to be a favorite place for students to research. Let's take a look at some of the best resources you can use to teach about the park.

How to Create a Video on Typito

Typito is a new-to-me video creation tool about which I wrote a short review last weekend. Typito sits comfortably between the simplicity of tools like Animoto and the complexity of tools like WeVideo. I received a few questions about Typito during the week so I made the following video to demonstrate how it works.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Five Great Add-ons for Google Forms

Google Forms are one of the most flexible of all of the tools in G Suite for Education. There are countless ways Forms can be used by teachers and students. There are a number of add-ons that can be used with Google Forms which can make them even better.

Before we begin exploring a variety of add-ons, let's take a look at where you can find add-ons. When you are in Forms, click the hamburger menu which is the three vertical dots on the upper right side of the screen. Select Add-ons from the menu. A selection of add-ons will open up. Once you install an add-on you will be able to access it by clicking the puzzle piece icon on the toolbar in Forms.

  • Simply Send- Easily send the results of a Form to a list of people that you specify.
  • formRecycler- Reuse questions from other Google Forms.
  • formRanger- Allows you to populate multiple choice, list, checkbox, and grid options from columns in any Sheet or Doctopus roster.
  • Advanced Summary- Generate charts and filters based on a Google Form response.
  • Form Values- Store and use selections for multiple choice, list, and checkbox questions that you find yourself using over and over again. 

Read about more popular Forms add-ons.

Next Week is Free Webinar Week!

Next week I am hosting three free professional development webinars. I hope that you can join me for one, two, or all three of them.

Help Kids Discover New Information
On Tuesday at 4pm ET I am hosting 7 Ways to Help Kids Discover and Analyze New Information. In the webinar you will learn how to help students form better search phrases, how to help kids analyze the resources they find, and how to collaborate on research. You'll also discover how online resources like webs and mind maps can lead students to information that they might not otherwise connect to their original search queries. Register here. (This webinar is sponsored by Kids Discover).

Understanding Copyright
On Tuesday evening at 7pm ET Beth Holland and I are presenting Copyright for Teachers. Some of what we'll cover in this webinar includes why teachers should care about copyright, common misconceptions about Fair Use, and how to find copyright-friendly media. Please join us to learn about this important topic that anyone re-using media from the Internet should understand. (This webinar isn't sponsored by anyone other than me and Beth and our passion for the topic).

Augmented Reality in Education
On Thursday afternoon at 4pm ET I will be hosting The Past, Present, and Future of Augmented Reality in Education. In this webinar you can learn what AR (augmented reality) is and how it is different from VR (virtual reality) and how AR has been and is being used in classrooms. Finally, we'll look at how you and your students can create augmented reality apps even if you have never coded before. Click here to register. (This webinar is sponsored by Metaverse). 

Each webinar will be recorded. If you cannot attend the live session, you will be able to see the recording posted on my YouTube channel the next day.