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Showing posts from September, 2017

Quizlet Diagrams and Quizlet Learn - Something New to Explore

Quizlet has always been a great tool for vocabulary. I've always shared my vocabulary lists for my Environmental Science through Quizlet. 

Last year I fell in love with using Quizlet live with my students. I've written a few posts connected this wonderful collaborative tool for formative assessments. (Search Quizlet in the search box to explore my past Quizlet Posts.)

The most recent updates to Quizlet are now available for teachers and students. Check out Quizlet Diagrams and Quizlet Learn

"See what you're learning in a whole new way." - Quizlet Diagrams

"See how you're improving, get gentle reminders to study, and make progress with short, actionable study sessions." - Quizlet Learn

I am using Quizlet Diagrams with my students to explore Biogeochemical Cycles this week. You can explore some of the diagrams already be created by students and teachers here

How will you use Quizlet Learn or Quizlet Diagrams with your students?

Calendar Templates Using Google Docs

I am a huge fan of Google Calendars and the Google Classroom Calendars, but I occasionally have an educator ask me about creating a printable calendar using Google Docs. (They could always do this with Microsoft Word.)  Once upon a time, there were calendar templates in the Old Google Docs Templates, but I have not found one in the New Docs Templates. (Maybe by the time some reads this, there will be and you can ignore the rest of this post?)

I have even gone as far as manually creating a template in a Google Document. I used tables and entered the dates manually and shared this with staff/students as a template preview. You can learn how to share Google Files as copies or templates in this post if you are not using Google Classroom with students or as a PD tool. "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." ConfuciusI continued to explore this topic here …

Getting to Know My Students - The Learning Continues

I started the year with a series of activities designed to build a stronger classroom community.

Getting to Know My Students - Opening Activities Enhanced with EdTech
I have continued to get to know my students and I just wanted to share a followup activity that we really enjoyed.
I will typically share a short video that I find inspirational, motivational, or sometimes just fun on Fridays. The goal is to get conversations started about something that is more than just our content.
Today I showed the James Veitch TED Talk - The agony of trying to unsubscribe

I am still adapting to the personalities of my classes, so I was not sure where our conversations would go. It went much further than I could have already hoped. Long story short, we had an incredible conversation about boredom and learning that I did not know that my students had in them. 

I wanted to share this video today in case you are looking to have a creative conversation with your students on Monday? If you share this video wit…

What is Your One Small Thing? - Join the Movement

If you decide to join the #OneSmallThing Movement, please share your graphic with me. I promise to retweet each one shared with me. (@WickedEdTech) Source I stumbled on this wonderful idea today from the #OneSmallThing Blog
#OneSmallThing is based on the simple idea that a BIG impact comes from focusing on one small change at a timeSo simple, but so powerful. I immediately began to brainstorm ideas for my #OneSmallThing. I decided that taking at least one moment a day to find something that makes me smile would be my #OneSmallThing. I hope this is more than a selfish goal and it leads me to be a better person and educator.
The site has a quick interface to create a graphic and here is my first attempt at a small thing graphic.

Here are a few more that I loved on Twitter and I would love for you to share yours with me. I promise to retweet everyone. (@WickedEdTech)

What will be your #OneSmallThing this year?
20 Quotes to Inspire You To Take Small Simple Steps Each Day

Pocket Chrome App and Extensions - Organizing and Curating Your Digital Life

I am always looking for new ways to explore and curate new ideas and resources. Pocket is one of my favorite resources to support my learning habits. I love that pocket works across multiple devices. This means that I can save something to Pocket in my Chrome Browser and later read it offline on my iPad or iPhone.

The Save to Pocket Chrome Extension allows me to quickly capture and label web content in my Chrome Browser. 

One-click saving of any page with the toolbar button or keyboard shortcutRight-click menu item to save any link, no need to load the page firstQuickly add tags See related recommendations when you save to Pocket
The Pocket Chrome App allows me to quickly organize and share resources I've saved to Pocket.
Save articles, videos, recipes, and webpages you find online or from your favorite apps. VIEW EVERYWHERE, EVEN OFFLINE
If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet or computer, even when you’re offline. Perfect for commutes, travel, and curling up on …

Google Drive Add-ons for Teaching and Learning

Learn to add more functionality to your documents, spreadsheets, and forms by installing add-ons, tools built by third-party developers for Google Docs, Forms, and Sheets. Once add-ons are installed, you can manage each one individually, and turn them on and off at any time. This tutorial will guide you through the basics of installing and managing Google Drive Add-ons.
Recommended Add-ons Google + Collection of Drive Add-ons Recommended for Teaching and Learning
Google Drive Add-ons Tutorial
Find and Install add-ons
1. Open a document, a spreadsheet (using the new Sheets), or a form. Each will have different Add-ons specific to the tool.
2. Click the Add-ons menu and then Get add-ons. You will only see Add-ons connected to the drive resource you are using.

3. You can browse the entire Add-ons store, or a particular category using the dropdown menu in the top-left corner. Hover over an add-on to see a short description or to quickly install it. You can also search Add-ons. To see a full desc…

Countdown Timers in Google Slides

I have a confession to make, sometimes I struggle to keep track of time in my classroom or during a PD Session. The classroom clock just does not get it done.

A few years ago, someone showed me how to embed a timer in a Google Slide presentation. This has become a staple in my classroom. I embed a YouTube Video in the corner of the objective slide when I know that I want a visible countdown. 

Students like to know when an activity should be finished. Students who might finish early have a tendency to continue working/exploring when the timer is on the screen. It helps me keep track and not miss my transitions. Here is my process.
1. Create a slide presentation. 2. Add content. 3. Choose the slide that will display the timer. (Typically for me, this is my objectives for the activity.)  4. Open the "Insert Menu" and click on Video.

5. If you have preselected a YouTube countdown timer, you can paste the url. I typically just enter the terms countdown timer and the length of time. 
6. H…

Getting to Know My Students - Opening Activities Enhanced with EdTech

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” ― Charles Bukowski

We are back! It is awesome to see students again!
A week before school started, I discovered an Edutopia article about community building in the classroom. 
Relationships Matter More Than Rules - Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.This article inspired me to rethink how I start the year, so last week I welcomed my students to the 2017 - 18 School year with a collection of activities that I hope will help us build a more powerful learning community. Here are a few reflections on my first week of getting to know my students.

Day 1: Notecards, Seating Charts, and Riddles

Students chose their own seats as they walked in the room.
I enjoyed this more than telling them where to sit. It was also good to observe who chose which locations and which groups. It is taking me a bit longer to learn some names without the alphabetic…

Some of Our Favorite Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Chromebook keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys and clicks that can be used to perform specific actions, such as taking a screenshot. Knowing some of the shortcuts listed below can help enhance the efficiency of a Chromebook.

If you are using a Chromebook you can also press ctrl+alt+? to see a map of these shortcuts directly on the screen.

Explore These Keyboard Shortcuts Caps lock (On / Off) alt + Change screen resolution ctrl + shift and + or -
Reset to default ctrl + shift + 0 (zero) Copy highlighted text ctrl + c Cut highlighted text ctrl + x Delete alt + backspace File manager alt + shft + m Lock screen