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March Technology News
GOOGLE UPDATES: In case you missed it……
MOVIES: You can now embed movies from your google drive into your google classroom, slides or sites. No need to make the link from youtube or make it a shareable link. If you have your own iMovies you’ve created you can share with families via classroom, or link it to your google site if you don’t have kids in the photos.
SHEETS: So many people lamented that you couldn’t turn text in google sheets like you can in excel. Well now you can. This new feature is right in the tool bar on a google sheet.
NEARPOD: If you use Nearpod and love it like I do here is a new feature… It’s called “nearpod collaborate” you can add a slide to your presentation that allows students to collaborate on your topic. They can upload pictures from the web or from the device they are on and add to the pinboard type platform it offers.
Tech Cheat Sheets and general great ideas I often get great tips and suggestions from Educational Technology and mobile learning site. CLICK HERE I follow them on Facebook and get at least one to two great ideas a week!
Zero Noise Classroom provides a countdown timer and a noise meter into one convenient Chrome app. When you launch Zero Noise Classroom you can set the countdown timer and adjust the goal for the volume of noise in your classroom. You will also set a goal for a percentage of the time that can exceed the maximum volume. When the countdown timer expires a chime sounds and the percentage of time above the volume limit is displayed. Learn more about Zero Noise Classroom in my video embedded below.
February Technology Update
I have been completing the Google Certified Educator program. These lessons are amazing. I recommend you look through some of the lessons even in you aren’t interested in completing the certification and taking the test. I have learned so many things just in the training lessons. All online, all at your pace:
Some of the coolest things I have come across:
1. Google Arts and Culture:
I’ve mentioned this one before but it needs a second look. ( formerly Cultural Institute)
This amazing site has resources and up close looks at museums, art works, famous people and historical events. Use in a Virtual Field trip to take your students around the world!
2. Google Maps/My Maps/Tour Builder/Google Earth
MY MAPS: You are probably familiar with Google maps to find your way around, but have you used Google My Maps? My maps let’s you create a map of your own. You could map an area you are studying in the world, an area in your neighborhood, or a historical place.
You can share that map with your students. Also great to use in a virtual field trip.
Great Article on how to use my maps in the classroom
5 Steps to Design
Getting Googly with Maps
TOUR BUILDER: Using google earth you can create a tour for your students to go on. Perhaps you are building a tour around a famous city or place in history, or just creating a map between our schools to figure out mileage and distance. You can use tour builder to create this and share with your students.
GOOGLE LIT TRIPS: Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain "just in time" resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about "real world" references in that portion of the story. Our focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. very cool.
Virtual Field Trips:
I’ve given some resources before but found some new ones. If you haven’t created a virtual field trip, want to or want to learn how contact me!
Here are some ideas to get the juices flowing!
Hyper Docs and Multi-Media Text Sets:
HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH.
TECH SHERPAS: This is a great site. Kids have created tech lessons for teachers to use in the instruction and classroom. Go to the tutorials to see what they have to offer!