Sunday, October 6, 2019

Online Safety Tip Sheets, Posters, and More

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Stop.Think.Connect. has a large collection of posters, tip sheets, and videos that you can use to promote good online safety practices in your school or office. You can find all of them in this gallery which can be sorted according to resource type (poster, tip sheet, video, meme).

The Stop.Think.Connect. tip sheets can be previewed online then downloaded as PDFs to print and distribute to students and adults. Many of the tip sheets are available in Spanish, French, and Turkish in addition to English. Likewise, the posters in the collection are available in multiple languages.

Here's a couple of the videos from the Stop.Think.Connect. resources gallery.


Lesson Plan Submit - A Handy Tool for Reviewing Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Submit is a Google Docs add-on that is designed to make it easy for student-teachers or teachers to submit lesson plans for someone else to review. That other person could be another teacher or a supervisor.

Lesson Plan Submit is easy to use. Once the add-on is installed you simply click the "prepare submission" button in the add-on, answer a couple of short questions, then enter the email address of the person who is going to review the lesson plan. That person doesn't even need to have a Google account because he or she will receive an email that has a Google Docs copy and a PDF copy of the lesson plan to review.

Watch my short video that is embedded below to see how Lesson Plan Submit works from the perspective of the lesson plan writer and the reviewer.

How to Find and Edit Thousands of Halloween Games for Your Classroom

As I write this there are two mini pumpkins on my desk courtesy of my daughters. If you're an elementary school teacher, I bet that there are plenty of visual reminders of fall and or anticipation of Halloween around your school. As Halloween gets closer and you think about reviewing trick o' treating safety or Halloween trivia, take a look at the thousands of games on the topic that are available in Kahoot's public gallery.

Playing Kahoot games is a fun way to review almost anything including Halloween safety. That's why I made the following video to demonstrate how you find and modify Halloween safety games in Kahoot. This video is an update from a similar one that I created last year.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Week in Review - It's Pumpkin Season!

Good morning from Maine where it is looking and feeling like fall a little more every day. Last Sunday afternoon I did my first round of leaf removal and I'll be doing another one this weekend. You have to stay on top of these things when you live in a place where a foot of snow in October isn't unheard of. The other sign of fall is that my daughters have been decorating pumpkins all week.

In business news, this week I published six on-demand webinar options over on Practical Ed Tech. And I planned a live webinar for later this month. Stay tuned for details about that.

 These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Google Forms Features You Should Know How to Use - Video
2. How to Randomize Question and Answer Sequences in Google Forms
3. Get Your Copy of the Free Practical Ed Tech Handbook
4. Math & Science Halloween Lessons
5. Creative Bridge - A Next Vista for Learning Video Contest
6. Common Craft Explains Incognito or Private Browser Windows
7. A Halloween-themed Physical Education Program

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Win Chromebooks and ISTE Registration in Book Creator's "A Better Future" Contest

Book Creator is a popular tool for creating multimedia ebooks on an iPad or in the Chrome web browser. Students can use Book Creator to create ebooks that include pictures, text, voice, video, maps, and drawings. I have a couple of tutorials on it here.

Earlier this week Book Creator announced a contest through which schools can win Chromebook tablets, registration to the annual ISTE conference, and more. The competition is open to schools anywhere in the world. The theme of the competition is "A Better Future." The contest asks students to create short ebooks (minimum 3 pages, maximum 11 pages) that address the following questions:

  • What are the issues facing the world today? 
  • How can we address them? 
  • What will the future look like? 
  • How can we make the world better for everyone?
There is a category for students ages 4-11 and one for students ages 12-18. The contest submission deadline is January 10th. Read the complete contest rules and FAQs here


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