Sunday, July 31, 2016

5 Tech Trends Shaping Education

Article written by Meg Conlan about Jason Ohler's Tech Trends that are shaping education presentation at ISTE 1016.  In the article 5 tech trends were presented that are currently shaping education...
1) Big Data
2) Augmented Reality
3) Semantic Web
4) Extreme BYOD
5) Transmedia

Friday, July 29, 2016

Benefits of Immersive VR

Great article about VR in the classroom including a piece about which I would love to get for my classes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Project Bloks can change the coding world

Great article about how Project Bloks can open the world of coding to kids
3 Ways Project Bloks Can Change the Coding World

GIF and animations creation

With the loss of Snagit, I have been looking for an easy way to create GIFs and animations.  My search landed me with a few options

There are free versions for all that have limits to length and what you can do with animations (embed only or share via social media) but they are in my opinion decent alternatives to snagit.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Innovative teachers want incr VR

Teachers want to see more VR(article)...  I have personally used VR, 360 images/vid, and augmented reality to increase student engagement and motivation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For those teachers thinking of integrating student devices!

When looking at implementing a BYOD program as I did this past school year there are many detractors but after its initial year the benefits certainly outweigh the detractors.  Yes there were bumps along the road but when taken as a whole it benefited those students that participated in the pilot program.  There was a learning curve and some very teachable moments with regards to digital citizenship but again the increase in student engagement and enrichment from student generated resources went far beyond the hurdles of student devices in school.  The upcoming school year I will hopefully be able to integrate student devices (phones) and a 1:1 concept with chromebooks in my sciecne class...
BYOD Article by Tom Mullaney

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Is 360 worth it?

Article from Think with Google by Jim Habig poses the question of is 360 ads/marketing worth it?  The article in my opinion is mixed but you can read the article here and formulate your own opinion.
Is 360 worth it?

My question to teachers who have integrated VR/360 into their lessons, is 360 worth it within the learning environment?  Does it increase student engagement, student learning, and/or student inquiry?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Filtering and Filter Views to optimize viewing of data in Google Sheets

Do you get overwhelmed looking at huge data sets in Google Sheets from Forms? 

There is an easy solution for you to manage viewing the data you want to see without deleting the original data.  

It is called a filter.  

Filtering does just what it sounds like - it shows you the data you want to see by inputting your parameters into the Filter tool options. You can filter by conditions such as "text contains," "cell is empty," or by values.  

You can also create Filter views if you have multiple filters that you want to save without re-typing the parameters.  Filter views are also good for large data sets for departments, grade levels, year long testing, etc. that various people want to view differently.  For example, I have a teacher that collected test data for all of her classes into a single spreadsheet. She wants to just view the data from her first class period without copying and pasting or deleting the original data.  The teacher can create filter views to view each of her class periods quickly. 

Watch the view to see how to set up filters and filters views in Google Sheets.

Monday, July 11, 2016

EdTechTeam Press Book Releases

The HyperDoc Handbook
The HyperDoc Handbook
The SpaceThe Space
Assessment that Matters
Assessment that Matters
I must say that EdTechTeam has created a library of book releases that is a game changer.  I have read 2 of 4 initial release books and currently in the midst of reading a third.  I can unequivocally say that the information, guidance, and knowledge contained within these books will allow any teacher, that embraces their ideas, to completely transform and personalize their student's learning.

Formatting and Sorting Data in Google Sheets

Many of us have used Forms with our students, and love the ease of collecting information into organized spreadsheets.  However, I know so many teachers that have not worked with or have not been trained on how to efficiently use a spreadsheet.  This first video will get you more comfortable working with the data in sheets by formatting the cells, columns and rows and also by sorting the data based of various parameters.  Imagine being able to just quickly scan your spreadsheet to see which students answered a question right or wrong based on the color of the cell.  You can also quickly organize data based on which students gave specific answers, alphabetically, etc.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Checkboxes in Google Docs

This is a simple little hack that can turn any bulleted list into a checks.  Right click the bullet and you can change the box into a check mark.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Introduction to Google Forms

Google Forms has undergone several major updates recently, with the addition of floating tool bar, incorporated drop down menu for settings, and most recently addition of autograde quizzes without an add-on!  I created this overview of how to create a basic google form with an explanation of the question types and settings.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Creating Google Docs from Google Forms/Sheets using Autocrat

This is a brief overview of how to setup autocrat to import data from forms/sheets into a doc or PDF.

Another great book to empower students!

Just finished reading the innovators mindset and it certainly helps to unlock the innovation mindset for creativity within teachers and students to enhance learning.
Innovators mindset

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Space: A Guide for Educators

Just finished reading and it has generated a different innovative mindset for designing learning spaces!  Decorate for learning vs designing to amplify learning?!  Design must include student input to allow them to personalize their learning space.

The Space: A Guide for Educators

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Using Comments and Suggesting Edits for feedback alerts

Person, User, Talk, Comment, ...
Do you leave feedback for your students in their google docs and they never go back and look at them?  Learn how to use the comment feature or suggesting edits feature so that they never miss feedback again.

Comments  (Docs, Sheets and Slides)

  • Select a portion of text in Google Docs or Slides that you want to comment on
  • Click the “Add Comment” icon on the right of the page or the “Comments” button in the top of the page next to the share button
  • Enter your comment
  • Type a + and then the email address of the person you want to read the comment.  This will automatically send that person an email alert for the comment.  

Note:  The person you are tagging must be able to view/comment or edit the document
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Suggesting Edits Mode
From the main menu choose:

View > Mode > Suggesting

  • Type suggestions for edits on the doc
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  • Edits will show up in a green box and also in a comment window in the right margin
  • To accept the edits and enter them into the doc click the check mark.
  • To reject the edits click the X
Note: The doc owner will receive an email alert
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Ideas for use in the classroom
  • Peer editing of docs
  • Teacher feedback on student work
  • Student self evaluation of work prior to finalizing edits on a draft to show the teacher their revision process