Sunday, May 8, 2022

Create Location-based Reminders in Google Keep

Other than the Chrome web browser, Google Keep is the app that I use more than any other on my Pixel 5 phone (a phone I like, but don't love). I use it for bookmarking websites, creating to-do lists and shopping lists, and to set reminders for myself throughout the day. My favorite aspect of Google Keep is the ability to set location-based reminders. 

By creating location-based reminders for myself I can be reminded of things that I need to do when I get to specific place. For example, I use it to remind myself of things that I need to tell my daughters' preschool teachers when I drop them off in the morning. I've also used it to remind myself of the first thing that I need to do when I get to school in the morning. 

The value of location-based reminders is that they're not dependent on time. If I'm stuck in traffic and get to school a little later than I planned, the reminder doesn't appear when I'm still sitting in my car and can't act on it. The reminder only appears once I get to the place that I need to do the task that I've created in my reminder in Google Keep. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to create location-based reminders in Google Keep. 

For more interesting ways to use Google Keep take a look at the following videos. 

Two Webinars Coming Up This Week

The sun is shining, summer is so close, but there's still time to learn some new things to try in your classroom before the end of the school year. This week I'm hosting or co-hosting two opportunities to learn directly from me in live webinars. First, on Tuesday I'm hosting Blending Technology Into Outdoor Learning. Second, on Thursday I'm co-hosting Two EdTech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff

In Tuesday's webinar I'll teach you five ways that you can develop engaging activities for your students to complete as part of an outdoor learning experience. Learn more here and register here

In Thursday's webinar I'll join Rushton Hurley from Next Vista for Learning to answer any and all edtech questions you can throw at us. Register here to join us!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Drawings, Templates, and Deer - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we're recovering from the destruction of our tulip garden at the hooves and teeth of some whitetail deer. We'll be spending part of the day working on the gardens including planting some marigolds and other plants that are reported to be deer repellents (we'll see). 

Tomorrow is Mother's Day so my daughters and I have a little time to put the finishing touches on a surprise for tomorrow morning. Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, including my mom, who read my blog. I hope that you have a great weekend!

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Quick and Easy Ways to Remove Image Backgrounds
2. New Google Docs Templates for Project Management
3. How Not to Cite an Image Source - Eight Years Later
4. Book Widgets Now Offers Digital Rubrics
5. Three Registration-free Drawing Tools for Students
6. Mentimeter - Share Slides and Poll Your Class on One Screen
7. The Most Popular Posts in April

Summer Workshops for Your School!
I'm going back on the road this summer to host professional development workshops in-person! If you'd like to have me come to your school, please get in touch with me soon.

Spring and Summer Webinars
I conduct professional development webinars throughout the year. I'll host a free one-hour webinar for any school or group that purchases ten or more copies of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Understanding Perspectives in Primary Sources - A New National Archives Resource

Once they understood the difference between a primary and secondary source, helping students understand the context, meaning, and purpose of primary source documents was one of the things that I enjoyed the most when I taught U.S. History. To that end, I often used resources from the National Archives Daily Document RSS feed to spark conversations in my classroom. The National Archives recently published a new guide to help students understand perspectives in primary sources

Understanding Perspectives in Primary Sources (link opens a PDF) is a free guide that you can download and distribute to your students. The guide leads students through a series of questions designed to help them identify the type of primary source (writing, drawing, audio recording, etc.), who created it, and the context in which it was created (time, place). 

Applications for Education
One of the most important aspects of the Understanding Perspectives in Primary Sources guide is in the last section. In that section students are asked, "what evidences does the creator present that you should fact check?" This is important because, in my experience, a lot of students assume that just because something is an old primary source it is therefore infallible as a source of information. The question that I would always ask my students to consider was, "does what you're reading line up with what you already know about this topic?" 

Science Friday is a Must-bookmark for Science Teachers

Science Friday is a must-bookmark for teachers and students of science. As the name implies, every Friday a new batch of podcast segments about a wide range of science topics is released. Additionally, on Science Friday you will find interesting videos and articles about a wide array of topics in chemistry, biology, physics, space science, and much more. One of the segments that I liked from last week's Science Friday was this one about why a dog's breed may not be a great predictor of its behavioral traits

Applications for Education
Science Friday offers lesson plans, many of them hands-on, that you can find in the education section of the site. To find a lesson plan just head to the education section of the site and then choose a grade level, subject, and STEM practice. The lesson plans include links to the national science standards addressed in the lesson. Lighting Up Celery Stalks is one of the featured biology lesson plans that I think students will enjoy.