Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Emoji's? 🤫 Yes, please!

WEBSITE 👩‍💻 → https://www.emojicopy.com/
AUDIENCE ↬ everyone!
CONTENT ↬ non-specific

👏 This website is fun! So click on it, head off, and get lost in the world of emoji's!

Before you have too much fun, I do see academic use for it though ... could you allow students to substitute emoji's for characters and items in their story? Could they use emoji's to build math equations or even use them as variables? 💥 You can even paste them in titles of docs, sheets, folders in your Drive, etc ... I even pasted it in the title of this share!

Emoji's in titles can truly help with organization - especially for young students and those who struggle with reading. I even use them in titles of of my folders in Drive to help me quickly identify the contents. 

Love 💞 emoji's? Want to create your own? Yep! You can do this, too. 
WEBSITE ↬ https://phlntn.com/emojibuilder/ 

You're welcome. Have fun!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"One Minute Mysteries"

WEBSITE Buy on Amazon
AUDIENCE ↬ teachers
CONTENT  math, science, ELA
GRADE LEVELS  ALL, but written for middle school 

These two books would be great additions to your classroom or school library. I borrowed them from my public library to check them out and they didn't disappoint!

The authors have a pretty cool story (found right inside the front cover) - it's a father-daughter team.

Here's how the books work: there is a short narrative with a math or science mystery. Each one ends with a question that leaves the reader hanging ... and itching to figure out the answer! Don't worry - the answer is on the next page, so you don't have to go far.

I love how the books are organized, too! They are grouped in topics in each subject ↬ example: Life Science, Physical Science, etc.

POSSIBLE USES ↬ Read a story in the book and challenge your students to solve it. After awhile, you and your students can start writing and sharing your own short mysteries!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Google for Education - YouTube Channel

Link ↬ Google for Eduction YouTube

If you work in a school that utilizes GSuite, you really need to check out the YouTube channel Google for Education has. 

There are numerous playlists that serve as tiny chunks of professional development for you. (And don't hesitate to share with your colleagues near & far!)

I subscribed and I receive an email each time they upload a video. I find the EDU in 90 super helpful - they are 90 seconds long and cover something about GSuite. Tips/tricks/information and more.

Here are links to a few of the videos I've found to be helpful ↬

EDU in 90: The Latest, January 2019 is their most recent and covers Google Classroom, their computer science program "CS First", and more. 

EDU in 90: Teacher Center Resource Hub is another great video. The resource hub is fantastic place for teachers to learn more about GSuite.

EDU in 90: Our Favorite Chromebook Shortcuts is one of my favorite topics ... keyboard shortcuts! 

... and if these are appealing to you, be sure to check out the channel and be sure to click the red SUBSCRIBE button!!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Surprise! Chrome Canvas: Google's newest drawing tool

Google has very quietly slipped out a new web-based tool called Chrome Canvas! I came across this by accident and I've struggled to find much info about it, but it looks VERY promising! Are you like me and have wished Drawing or Slides had the ability to free-hand with a stylus/finger on a touchscreen or tablet? This just might be the answer!!

I'm super excited about this because as much as I 💖 Google Drawings & Google Slides, they do not allow for much 'free-hand'. As a bonus ... Chrome Canvas connects to your Google account, so anything you create will be saved, as well as accessible across devices. You can also export your drawing as a PNG file.

How Can You Use Canvas?

  • use on touchscreen devices to allow teachers & students the ability to free-hand notes - hello, sketchnotes!
  • save directly to your Google account. 
  • export canvas' to allow students to submit to their teachers via Google Classroom or other LMS
  • teachers can take groups of canvas' and create class collections of notes/ideas
  • annotate on top of an image (yep! - you can upload an image and use the drawing tools on top of the image)
I will be 100% honest ... I tried it out on both the Chrome & Safari browser tonight on both my iPhone & iPad, but Chrome Canvas didn't load on either. I was successful on my laptop and found using the trackpad quite easy. You can be sure I will check back tomorrow to see if it works!

This just might be the dream-come-true for all who have been asking for a freehand tool to draw and integrate with Google! 

Here is a quick video as I use each of the tools:

Articles with additional info:

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Day 15: Templates for Teachers

Templates for Teachers [LINK]

My last share of these 15 days is a very personal one. My colleague & friend, Beth Kingsley  (@bethkingsley13) & I created this site. We very much enjoy creating templates for activities that can be used in any classroom. This site is built from a love of teaching and learning. Please feel free to click on any of our templates, preview them and then click the "Use Template" to make it your own. You are welcome to modify as needed. Our hope is that you find something here that can serve you and or your students soon!

We will be working over the next several weeks to provide a better organization to the site ... so for now, please scroll through. We look at this site as a work-in-progress for sure! There is even a place for you to submit a request for a template we can create & share. We 💖 this stuff!

We have templates for:

  • newsletters
  • class award certificates
  • magazine covers
  • "Who Was ...?" books
  • holiday themed activities
  • digital badges
  • "Who Would Win?"
  • social media
  • lesson plans

. . . . and more!

Finally, we are excited to announce we will be presenting at OETC (the Ohio Educational Technology Conference) on February 14. We'd love to see you there! We will spend some time sharing our site and then dive into "how" we create what we do, then provide some time for you to create!

Please click HERE for the collection of all 15 resources.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Day 14: Book Creator for Chrome

Book Creator for Chrome [LINK]

My first interaction with Book Creator was their iPad app. Our 1st graders used it each year for a small project. It was pretty cool, but it's use was isolated to the iPads. It's a wonderful app - we really did 💖 it! But for it to be widely used, it was tough. We had one cart for the entire building. Fast forward a couple of years and Book Creator now has a web-based version ... for Chrome ... and it's FREE!!!

My district is lucky enough to be 1:1 with Chromebooks from 1st through 12th grade. Book Creator provides all of our students to allow their creative juices flow in an e-book format and it's great! Book Creator also continues to be more and more robust offering additional features like an easier way to include images and allowing you to embed videos and other media.

Recently, a 3rd grade teacher in one of my buildings asked me to help a few of her kiddos present their "passion projects". Three of them wanted to make books. It would be easy to encourage them to use Google Slides (which I 💖), but I wanted to give them a different option. I showed them Book Creator and after about 45 minutes, they are well on their way to some pretty amazing books! We started off with a discussion of which was the best layout for their topic -- they had great questions -- and were a little timid to make their selection! When we "presented" their cover and first 2 pages, they lit up! It feels a lot like a real book turning pages.

I encouraged them to look at the mountains of books in their classroom to help them make their decisions. I loved the seriousness in their eyes when they evaluated whether or not to include an inside title page or not. Shortly before my time with them was up, I 'teased' the idea of including a video in their books ... at first, disbelief, then excitement! Book Creator is a very user-friendly program and these 3rd graders were able to pick up on it quickly. 

I look forward to continue this adventure with them and see what they create!

I can't say enough how rewarding it is to show students an idea, watch them make it their own, and then they dig in for more!!! From the very beginning, I could tell they were hooked! And I kept reminding them THEY are the authors so every decision is the right one 😊! 

Did I mention they are in 3rd grade???

Here are a few resources for Book Creator:
  • Book Creator Teacher Resources [LINK]
  • 50 ways to use Book Creator in your classroom [LINK]
    • literally packed with ideas for use in ANY/EVERY classroom!
  • Common Sense Media:
    • review [LINK]
    • lesson plan ideas [LINK]

Please click HERE for the collection of all 15 resources.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Day 13: The Kid Should See This

The Kid Should See This website [LINK]
I came across this website 100% by accident and boy am I excited!!! This is a curated website of random and AWESOME videos! The author of the site explains it like this:
The Kid Should See This connects busy teachers and parents to a growing library of smart, short, & super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom or together at home. Enjoy 8-12 new vids each week, and search 4,000+ videos in the archives, curated by me, Rion Nakaya, with help from my 8 & 10 year olds.
To really understand today's share - please visit the site. There are endless ways to incorporate into your class. Give students the title of the video and let them predict the answer - or try to figure out what the video is going to show ... let them browse & find one that is interesting to them and let them investigate that topic further ... it might just spark them into making their own videos! [Hey! My Day 1 share could be perfect for this - Adobe Spark for Edu.] 

Here are some videos I've got to highlight for you:
  • How does a cruciverbalist create crossword puzzles? [LINK]
  • An accidental toy inventor’s shapeshifting designs [LINK]
  • How can bananas make music? [LINK]
  • How to make a flipbook [LINK]
  • Revealing the true scale of the universe with VFX [LINK]
..... and SO many more!!!

Please click HERE for the collection of all 15 resources.