Friday, March 9, 2018

New Feature Alert! Broadcast a Padlet

I try to keep up with all the latest features in programs you love.  Many of you use Padlet so why not make it even easier for your students to connect and share.  You can now broadcast a Padlet from mobile device to mobile device. (iOS, Android).  Simply open your padlet and click the 3 dot icon.  Then click Broadcast.

Anyone near you with Padlet open can then join in.  They do not have to login either.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Awesome Tools You Should Check Out

Looking for some fresh ideas of what tools can be used in your classroom?  Here is a great list in no particular order with descriptions.
  1. Quizziz- create your own quiz or copy others, hold individual or group contests for your next test review
  2. EdPuzzle- share videos and ask questions at just the right time
  3. Pear Deck- create an interactive slide deck within Google drive, question types include drag a dot, drag a line, drawing, text, numbers, and multiple choice, create questions on the fly as you present and make a Google Doc "take-a-away" of the presentation so students can review
  4. Mintimeter- make a poll/quiz with the following questions types:  multiple choice, image choice, word cloud, quiz, scales, open-ended, points, 2 by 2 matrix, and who will win
  5. Canva- create all types of publications easily including social media graphics, presentations, posters, blog graphics, cards, letters, certificates, etc.  Include a variety of layouts, fonts, icons, and photos
  6. Smore- quickly create newsletters, announcements, etc inserting text, pictures, RSVPs, maps and such
  7. Kahoot- create quizzes in a game-playing fashion
  8. Adobe Spark- make graphics, photo journals, and animated videos

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Crowd Source Your Student Certificates

Before you know it school will wrap up and the typical end-of-year ceremonies will start.  Of course, many ceremonies include presenting certificates to students for A Honor Roll, Citizenship, Most Improved, etc?  Have you ever been in charge of making the certificates for your entire campus?  It can be quite the task.  Regardless if you are making certificates for the campus or just one class, you might consider crowdsourcing the creation of your certificates.  Here are the steps to automate the process using Google Slides, Forms, and Sheets and then generating a .pdf file of the certificates.

  1. Create a Google Form to collect the data you want on the various certificates. (Example)
  2. Enter the information for each student receiving an award. (Share with your colleagues campus-wide if needed.)
  3. Export the data collected into a Google Sheet. (Example)
  4. Create a certificate in Google Slides.  (Example) 
  5. Mark the areas that have unique fields of data such as <<First Name>> <<Last Name>> to match what is on the column headings of the spreadsheet.
  6. Setup Autocrat in Sheets to create a .pdf of the certificates.
Sounds easy right?  Take a look at this video for all the fine details.  Seriously this could save you time in the long run.  Give it a try and let me know how I can help you.