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Two New Google AI Experiments Connected to Language - Semantic Experiences

Google recently released two Semantic Experiences connected to language and artificial intelligence. Both of these resources have connections to education and could be worth exploring.

Play word association games powered by semantic search. There are two games right now.

Arcade: The goal is to connect words to target words so they can be removed from the stack. Reminds me a bit of the game Stack the States. Blocks: The goal is to connect words to blocks to reduce a stack of blocks. Reminds me a bit of the game Tetris or Candy Crush. 

Talk to Books
Type in a question or phrase and the site will search for books connected to the phrase. It is a unique search experience to say the lease. 

You can learn more about each of these resources here.

How or why would you use these resources with students? Please share in the comments below. 

Pear Deck Resources

Pear Deck is a tool that integrates with existing slide decks to add interactive elements that allow the viewers to engage during the presentation. Interactive slides include:  Multiple choiceText entry Numeric entry Drawing Draggable 
Curious about Pear Deck? How can you use this incredible resource with students? We've put together this post to connect you to some great resources and ideas.
Getting Started
Pear Deck FAQPear Deck Weekly WebinarsCreating and Presenting
Google Slide Add-on Knowledge Base (Help)Using Takeaways (Help)Lesson’s Over. What’s Next?
Using the Teacher Dashboard (Help)Reviewing Student Answers after Class (Help)Additional Pear Deck Resources
Pear Deck for Google Slides (Overview)Pear Deck Knowledge Base (Help)Student-Paced Lessons (Overview)What is Active Learning? (Pedagogy)Cool Things You Can Do (Ideas)Bonus: Pear Deck Vocabulary - Flashcard Factory
Explore Pear Deck Vocabulary (Quizlet Connections)More Great Pear Deck Resources
20 Ways to Use Pear Deck to Engage …

ClassHook - Popular TV and Movie Clips for Educators and Learners

I've been working on updating some of my YouTube resources for teaching and learning. (I'll start sharing these updates soon.) There are also many incredible posts connected to videos for almost every subject area that are just a quick Google search away. 

While I was spending more time than I should be exploring and watching videos of all types and lengths I stumbled on an interesting site called ClassHook. 

I wanted to share an interesting site that I stumbled on called ClassHook. The site has collections of clips from popular television shows and movies. The videos are organized by subject and topic. The site also has a great pedagogy menu with ideas and resources connected using video in the classroom. Here is a bit more information from the site. 
ClassHook is the best place to find educational clips from popular TV shows and movies TV shows and movies often contain scenes that discuss topics such as Science, Math, Art, Music, and more. While funny and amusing, these scenes a…

Exploring Google Applied Digital Skills - A Focus on Student Creativity

I've been curious about Google's Applied Digital Skills Resources for a while now and I've finally found the time to take the plunge with my students to see what it is all about. 

What is the Applied Digital Skills Curriculum?

I've decided to have students create a If-Then Adventure Story using the Applied Digital Skills Videos and Instructions.

Pollution Adventures Create an interactive, If-Then Adventure Story Connected to Pollution using Google Slides.
Learn More Google is hosting an Applied Digital Skills Workshop in Chicago on Tuesday, April 24th and EdTechTeam is hosting several live events during the week of April 23 - 27. I will share anything new I learn in the comments below.

Want to learn more? Sign up to participate in the EdTechTeam Applied Digital Skills Week to receive daily tips and challenges as well as access to live events and prizes for using the curriculum with your students!
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Student Voice and Flipgrid - Resources and Tips

"Tech Gives the Quietest Student a Voice" - Jerry Blumengarten
Flipgrid has become a favorite resource in my classroom and school to engage students. We use Flipgrid in my classroom in a variety of ways, including:

Student IntroductionsOnline DiscussionsFormative AssessmentReflective learningPersuasive TED TalksExit ticketsand more . . . 
This week we are sharing our love of Flipgrid with our Staff using a Lunch-n-Learn format. (Short sessions with lunch provided.) We have planned a brief introduction using Google Slides and Pear Deck and then plan to have staff respond to a topic to experience the student side of Flipgrid. (What is your favorite something?)
We need your help!
We've put together a Resource Document that we will share with staff after the presentation. The goal of the document is to connect staff to the incredible Flipgrid resources and ideas that my PLN has shared.
Can you take a look at the document and let us know if we are missing anything essential? What s…

ISTE 2018 Tips and Tricks - 10 Tips For The Engaged Educator

ISTE 2018 The Epicenter of EdTech - Chicago  June 24 - 27
I was lucky enough to attend my first ISTE Conference in 2017. It was an incredible learning experience, but I am haunted by how much I might have missed. I am excited to attend and present this year close to home in Chicago. Last year, I created this post before attending in 2017. Now that I have experienced the conference I wanted to share some updated tips for anyone who will be attending this year. 

I know there is a lot in this post, so my advice is to explore one tip at a time and not try to run through this whole post in one sitting. I hope there is something here that can help everyone make the most of their ISTE experience. I will also add additional resources in the comments as I discover new posts and resources. 

If you have any tips, events, or questions to share, please post in the comments below. 
Tip 1: Know Your Why Planning and organizing your days is important (Tip 3), but if you are only focused on the where and the…

I Am Not Giving Up on Padlet But It's OK To Explore Alternatives

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."
Bill Gates
"Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational."
George Couros
Padlet has become one of my favorite resources for collaboration and communication. I love the recent updates and we use it several times a week connected to classroom activities and HyperDocs. 
Padlet rather abruptly announced a change to their pricing structure on Tuesday, April 3rd. This has understandably upset many educators. 

Details are still sketchy about how Padlet will continue to support teaching and learning, but there will still be a free option with more limits. While I try not to rely on any single EdTech resource too much, but losing Padlet altogether would be difficult. I am not giving up on Padlet and I am hopeful that a plan and a pricing structure will be established that I can work w…

Where Are Your Favorite Places to Find and Share HyperDocs?

HyperDocs are powerful frameworks for teaching and learning. HyperDocs are also meant to be shared and remixed with credit. The best educators create HyperDocs for their students and then share them with other educators. 
We've organized some of our favorite places for HyperDoc Templates and Sample HyperDocs that can be remixed in this document. HyperDoc Creation Resources There are many great places to share and explore HyperDocs. Here are six of our favorites.  Teachers Give Teachers Sharing Site
(Teachers Give Teachers is where I always start!)HyperDocs Facebook GroupHyperDoc Google+ CommunityThe HyperDoc Online Course PadletThe Ditchbook HyperDocs Sharing ExtravaganzaShared HyperDocs Google Drive FoldersTwitter is another great resource for finding and sharing Hyperdocs. Here are some of the popular hashtags connected to HyperDocs. 
#HyperDocs#Give1Take1#HyperDoc#FileMakeACopy@TsGiveTsWant to learn more about HyperDocs? Please explore some of additional posts to learn more.