Thursday, January 17, 2019

Spreadsheets to track

In these days of Standards Based Grading, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to track specific behaviors on a spreadsheet?  Alice Keeler has taken that a few steps further with her Progress Bar Of Objectives Template.  Here you can just check off the boxes and watch the progress bar (you can set your own targets).  If you use this in conjunction with her Template Tab- and life will be good!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Remove the background




Ever wanted to put your students in a photo?  Now you can easily remove the
background from a photo with In the sample above, I took the photo at my desk
then removed the background (step 2).  Then I created a Google Slide (with the
background I wanted) and placed myself in the photo. These could be
interesting for all types of digital projects.

Want to know how?  Read Richard Byrne’s blog post here.  He’s even included
a short video to walk you through the process.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

More Top Ten SOS!

More top ten from Discovery Education- this time the focus is on higher order thinking skills.  Did any of your favorite SOS make the list?

Top Ten SOS for Promoting Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Welcome to the SOS Top Ten series. In this edition, we highlight ways
to use Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) to promote higher-order
thinking skills.
The Partnership for 21st Century Learning identifies four areas of skills,
knowledge, and expertise that students should master to succeed in
21st-century work and life: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking,
and Creativity.
Critical Thinking specifically focuses on effective reasoning, systems thinking, making judgments and decisions, and solving problems, all of which are higher-order functions. Many of the strategies in the Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) collection provide a framework to help students practice and perfect their higher-order thinking skills.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Verizon and Remind- not perfect together

If you have a Remind account, your email this morning probably included an email
from Remind.  Effective the end of this month (1/28), your Remind text message
on Verizon based accounts (only) will not send.  While this is due to a Verizon
pricing issue with Remind, your students/parents have other options.

In both your Remind email this morning (and in this blog post from Richard
Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers), you will see that you can still send
messages via the app or email.

If you are going to continue to use Remind, I would start sending messages now to encourage folks to switch to the app.  If you want to switch to another option (not my first choice since we are the middle of the school year), here’s a list of options.  To this list, I would also add Google Classroom.
(Note- 1/15- Here's another update from Richard Byrne)

STEM Human Body Ideas (from DE and Siemens STEM Day)

Several new lesson ideas  
And the Ears Have It!

Topic: Sound, hearing, and the human body

Students will explore the nature of human hearing by

attempting to determine the location at different locations

in a room. Then, they will design a hearing device to

increase their sound-locating success.

Addresses: NGSS
Level of Difficulty: 3
Grade Range K-2

Body Systems in Space
Topic: Healthcare
Students will learn about the upcoming planned
missions to Mars from various space companies.
They will then design a product that could be used
to help astronauts as their bodies face the rigors of
 space on the long journey to Mars.
Addresses: NGSS
Level of Difficulty: 2
Grade Range - 9-12
Perception Deception
Topic: Optical Illusions
In this activity, students will gain an understanding of the structure of the human eye and analyze and classify optical illusions.
Addresses: NGSS
Level of Difficulty: 2
Grade Range: 3-5

Download these and more here!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Need a tab for each student?

Ever have a spreadsheet with each student’s name at the bottom?  How about if you could just enter the roster on one page and it would automatically make you a tab for each student?  If you are interested, please check out the Template Tab Add-On from Alice Keeler.  If can make your life easier!  Think about using it with a graphic organizer- you can quickly create a tab for each student!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Search Tricks for Google

From the Google EDU in 90 folks comes a quick video with some search options for both you and your students.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Your pass to the Big Game!

Join Discovery Education for their virtual field trip (along with the American Heart Association and NFL Play 60) prior to the Super Bowl in Atlanta.  Sign up information is here (the live event is Wednesday, January 30, 12:00 PM ET). Register and you will get access to the archived session.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Unhappy with the new themes in Google Classroom?

With the recent Google Classroom, there are now changes in the themes.  I noticed most of them are right justified (guess that is so the class name and the access code don’t get lost in the image!).
Rather than using one of the these, you can upload your own image and make it custom.  Please see Alice Keeler’s blog post here for complete directions (including one of her templates!).

2019 Updates to Google Classroom

While these updates were announced a few days ago, I just saw the changes in the district this morning.  While there are a few cosmetic things (changes in the location of the class code in Stream, more theme choices, and a cleaner view in Classwork), the biggest change is the ability to drag and drop material on the Classworks page.  This includes topics as well as assignments! For additional information, please see the Google announcement here. Interested in the new Drag and drop feature?  See Alice Keeler’s post here.