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How Will You Welcome Back Students in 2018?

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." Neil Gaiman
I hope everyone is enjoying their breaks and looking forward to reconnecting with your students in 2018?

How will you start the new year with your students?  Will you jump right into the content? Reflect on the break or 2017? Something fun? Something different?

Please share your thoughts and ideas for 2018 in the comments below?
I've decided to do something new to welcome my students back. This year we will be working through a HyperDoc to start 2018. HyperDocs are not new for my students, but most of them are connected to our content. My welcome back HyperDoc will include:

A review of events and stories from 2017.Student creation of an Avatar conne…

Capturing Student Reflections in Google Slides - The Power of Exit Slips

"Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful." Margaret J. Wheatley
Exit slips or exit tickets are a type of formative assessment that can help both teachers and students reflect on the learning process. Students respond to a question the teacher asks at the end of class or activity. I also believe these reflective student experiences can help cement key concepts for all learners. When the teacher reads or discusses the responses there is also tremendous value for the teacher to learn and grow..

The web is full of tools that support communication and formative assessment. Today I want to share 3 resources that work with Google Slides that support quick and easy exit slips, including the Pear Deck Add-on for Slides, The Poll Everywhere Extension for Google Slides, and the Google Slides Q and A Presenter Tool. 

Pear Deck Add-on for Google Slides

This free Pear Deck Google Slides Add-on allows teachers …

Save Time Watching Long YouTube Videos by Speeding Up The Feed

If you know me, it should come as no secret that I watch quite a few webinars and tutorials on YouTube. YouTube has always been a powerful resource to help me to learn and grow.
I do have one problem with watching these videos. Sometimes I don't have enough time. This means I might sometimes skip something important or just not be able to finish.
Recently I discovered the power of YouTube Speed settings. Most people can listen and learn faster than people talk. YouTube has a solution for this. If you click on the Gear Icon when watching a video, you can choose to speed up or slow down the video. 

YouTube does a nice job of adjusting the sound so you don't feel like you are listening to the Chipmunks. 

I typically use the speed of 1.5 when watching. I would recommend experimenting to see what works best for you. Try it out and let me know what you think?
There is also a Chrome Extension that you can use to adjust on the fly.

Digital Resources to Support Math Educators and Students

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Albert Einstein
We are working on updating our web resources for different subject areas. This week the focus is on Math Chrome and G Suite Resources for K-12 teachers and students. This is the working document:
Digital Math Resources for K-12 Teachers & Students
If you have suggested resources or ideas can you share them with us? Add a comment to this Math Resource Document.Or post in this Collaborative Padlet.Or add a comment at the end of this post.

10 Great Hashtags Educators Should Be Exploring

Funny, but this is not the power of hashtags for educators! Hashtags for education are one of the most powerful tools connected to personal learning networks. 
What are hashtags?
Have you ever searched Google by using quotations to refine your results? Hashtags on Twitter work about the same way. A hashtag is the # symbol followed by a word of phrase. Two of the most popular educational hashtags are #edtech and #edchat.

A hashtag search will default to "Top" tweets connected to the hashtag. The top tweets is a good starting point, but I recommend clicking on "Latest" to get the most from your search. You can also click on "People" to connect directly with educators associated with the hashtag. 

Why use hashtags?
Hashtags allow Twitter users to narrow down results. When attached to your post they help other interested users to find what you are sharing. Educational hashtags have the power to connect educators to important conversations and educational trends.


Digital Literacy & Citizenship Resources

If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being inspired or not networking, then you are using it wrong.” ― Germany Kent
The only constant in this world is change. The world that many educators grew up in does not exist for our students today. We are connected to the world like never before, but the the world also has unprecedented access to us. 
It is important for educators, students, and parents to recognize that we all have a digital footprint. This footprint can be used for good or bad. I like to tell my students that the each are building a digital tattoo. I like this analogy because once we share something with the digital world it is very hard to erase it.
I believe all educators have responsibility to help our students become digitally literate and I my PLN has been helping me organize these resources. 
Featured Digital Citizenship & Digital Literacy Resources Be Internet Awesome - Google's Digital Safety Resources for the classroom and home.

Resources to Support Creative Student Voices #StudentVoice

Student Voice is no longer relegated to the traditional methods and pedagogy. Powerpoints, class discussion, writing, and drawing still have an important place in our classrooms, but they cannot be the only way Future Ready Teachers and Students engage in content. EdTech today provides students and educators with incredible resources to engage Student Voice

Today, Student Voice needs to be connected to a range of skills and connected resources including images, text, audio, interactive components, and video. The web and Google Apps for Education can provide students and teachers with a wealth of resources to flip the traditional a presentation model on its head.

The resources connected on this page are commonly used in education and are typically free. This is by no means a complete list. We’ve selected and categorized some of our PLN's favorite resources to support Creative Student Voice.
Most of the resources in this document have interactive help tutorials built into the resourc…

The ISTE Standards and the 4 Cs of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity

Developing a Future Ready Classroom With the 4 Cs Connected to Learning "The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. These are not the typical boxes educators need to check. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy.International Society for Technology in EducationISTE Standards for Teachers and Students
I know that for some educators the word standard has become a bit of a dirty word. I totally get it, too often we feel like we are teaching to a test connected to standards that we don't like or don't understand. If y…

Digital Resources to Support Social Studies Educators and Students

"We are not the makers of history. We are made of history." Martin Luther King Jr
We are working on updating our web resources for different subject areas. This week the focus is on Social Studies Chrome and G Suite Resources for K-12 teachers and students. This is the working document:

Digital Social Studies Resources for K-12 Teachers & Students
If you have suggested resources or ideas can you share them with us?

Add a comment to this Social Studies Resource Document.Post in this Collaborative Padlet.Add a comment at the end of this post.

Digital Shopping Guide for Educators

The Holiday Season is just about upon us. I have more than a bit of experience shopping online, so each year a share some Holiday shopping tips we’ve put together to help teachers, their families, and just about anyone save a little green this holiday season.We put this guide out once a year and we think there is something in this post that can help just about anyone regardless of your online shopping experience.
Online Cashback WebsitesThere are many sites that take advantage of online advertising to provide the consumer with coupons and cashback for major retailers when you shop online. They are free, secure, and incredibly easy to use. Combine these with rewards on a credit card and it the cashback can start to really add up. Mr. Rebates and Ebates are two great resources for online shopping.

Click here to explore Mr. Rebates - Cash Back Shopping
Click here to explore Ebates - Online Coupons and Cashback Technology PurchasesAppleiPad, iPod, Apple Watch, or Macbook? Apple typically ru…

Brain Breaks - Critical Thinking with Google's New Mystery Animal

At some point in our lives we've all played some version of the Game 20 Questions, right?

Recently Google released their own 20 Question Game Called Mystery Animal for Google Home. It also works in Chrome.
"Mystery Animal is a new spin on the classic 20-questions game. The computer pretends to be an animal, and you have to guess what it is using your voice. Ask any yes-or-no question you want, like "Do you have feathers?" or "Do you sleep at night?" Play it on a Google Home by saying "Hey Google, talk to Mystery Animal," or try it on the site."I am a big fan of Brain Breaks for students. The best brain breaks are collaborative and get students thinking. This new resource could be used by small groups of students or as a whole class activity.  Get them thinking critically about the best questions to ask! Get them collaborating. 

We've added this resource to our Google Secrets Document. What other Google Tools do you use in unique ways with y…

Chrome Browser Tab Shortcuts to Enhance Productive Workflow

Enhance your browsing experience by know some of the essential shortcuts connected to Chrome Tabs. For example, if you right-click on a tab in Chrome, you open a tab menu that allows you to manage and recover tabs. You can also pin tabs you use frequently, recover closed tabs, and rearrange the order of tabs. Here are a few more top tips.

Chrome OS Tabs & Windows Essentials
New tab ctrl + t Reload ctrl + r Duplicate Right-click on tab Pin Tab
Right-click on tab Mute tab Right-click on tab Close Tab Click on the x or ctrl + w Close other tabs Right-click on tab Reopen closed tabs ctrl + shift + t Bookmark all tabs ctrl + shift + d