Monday, August 10, 2020

Get Organized With Google Classroom, Meet, and Calendar

Like a lot of you, I’ll be using Google Classroom, Google Meet and Google Calendar more than ever before this fall. I’ve been using these tools for years, but I know that many of you will be using them extensively for the first time. This Wednesday at 4pm ET I’m hosting a webinar for you!

On Wednesday at 4pm ET I’m hosting Get Organized With Google Classroom, Meet, and Calendar. This webinar is intended for those who are new to using Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Google Meet. It’s also a good refresher for those who haven’t used Classroom, Calendar, or Meet in a while and want to see what’s new and helpful.

Highlights of the webinar:

  • How to schedule and host Google Meet events.
  • Tips for keeping students engaged in Google Meet.
  • How to streamline your workflow through Google Classroom.
  • How to organize and share resources with students.
  • How to manage multiple course calendars without losing your mind.
  • How to save time when giving feedback on students’ documents and presentations.

What’s included in your registration:
  • Access to the live webinar and Q&A.
  • Recording of the webinar.
  • PD certificate.

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SciShow Kids Returns Next Week!

A little over a year ago SciShow Kids, one of my favorite YouTube channels, announced a hiatus. I thought that was going to be then end of the channel. Much to my surprise this afternoon I saw an update from the channel announcing its return. SciShow Kids returns next week with new videos for elementary school students.


Applications for Education
SciShow Kids offers great video lessons on a wide range of topics in science. Over the years I've featured their videos about sharks, thunder and lightening, and a whole playlist about simple machines. All of these videos are great on their own or when used in lessons on EDpuzzle.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

A Few Short Lessons About Sharks for Shark Week

This week is Discovery's annual Shark Week. All week long the Discovery Channel and it's affiliated channels will broadcast all kinds of shows about sharks. Those shows will range from serious and educational to ridiculous (Mike Tyson "fighting" a shark). If you find yourself looking from some short, educational videos about sharks to share with students, take a look at the following three videos.

Super Sharks! from SciShow Kids is a video for kids that explains the unique elements of a shark's body including cartilage skeletons, why some sharks will have thousands of teeth during their lives, and what a shark's skin feels like. The video also teaches students about the largest sharks (whale shark) and smallest sharks (dwarf lantern shark) in the oceans.




National Geographic's 101 series has a video about sharks. The video is simply titled Sharks 101. The video covers five key facts about sharks including the basics of shark size, the number of teeth a shark goes through in its life, the hyrdodynamic design of sharks, shark reproduction, and shark conservation. The video, particularly the section on shark conservation (staring at 3:43 in the video), does include images that some viewers might find disturbing.



Why Are Sharks so Awesome? is a TED-Ed lesson about sharks. This lesson is a bit more detailed than the National Geographic Sharks 101 video. The TED-Ed lesson delves into the physiology of sharks and the role of sharks as apex predators in the ecosystem.



On a related note, at this time last year my two year old's favorite book was Good Night Sharks. She wants it read to her every night. Now she's obsessed with Bug City.

Webinar Recording - Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions & Share Cool Stuff

Last week Rushton Hurley and I resumed our weekly webinar series called Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions & Share Cool Stuff. It was clear from the comments and questions that a lot of people missed our weekly series. A big thank you to everyone that joined us. If you missed it, you can watch the recording of the webinar here.

We'll be hosting the webinar again this Thursday. You can register here to join us for free!


If you have a question that you'd like us to tackle, please send me an email or just enter it into the chat during the live webinar.

All About Zoom Breakout Rooms

Breakout rooms is one of the best features of Zoom. If you're anticipating using Zoom this fall and you haven't tried the breakout rooms function, you need to try it. Breakout rooms will let you create small group work environments within your Zoom meeting. Breakout rooms let you start your meeting will all students in one meeting, split them into groups for discussions/ work, and then bring them all back together as one big group.

Last Friday my pal Rushton Hurley from Next Vista for Learning hosting a half-hour webinar all about using Zoom breakout rooms. You can watch the recording of the webinar here on his YouTube channel or as embedded below.