Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Ed Tech Challenge Summer 2016

As we wrap up another school year, I want to offer these 3 challenges.  Let's see how this can transform your instruction for the future.

Challenge #1- The 4Cs

Learn about the 4Cs for technology integration.  Examine lessons you have conducted and ask yourself, "What role has communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity played?  Have I incorporated the 4Cs in my instruction?  Has technology helped me do that?"

Action:  Modify 2 of your favorite lessons for the beginning of the year that include all 4Cs and share it with a colleague and/or post it on social media.

Challenge #2- Makerspace

Become a maker and prepare to provide your students opportunities to tinker next year.

Action:  Make a project this summer that you can share with your students.  Be prepared to teach them how different skills helped you achieve your goal.  (ex. building a bench requires some design skills, math, etc)

Challenge #3- Sketchnote

So many of us just take notes in sequential order with lists and paragraphs.  Try taking notes using pictures, graphic organizers, etc using some of these great tools. See how your thinking changes.

Action:  Take notes using pictures and graphic organizers that you draw by hand.  These tools may help.  Paper by 53, Penultimate

Have a lot of fun trying these challenges.  I look forward to hearing all about it.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Google Tip of the Day: Embed Linked Charts into Docs and Slides

Alright Google!  You can now take data you have in Google Sheets and embed linked charts into Google Docs and Google Slides.  If you update the data in the spreadsheet you can simply click Update on the chart in the Doc or Slide and the new information will be displayed.  Here are the steps for both.
  1. Add data into Sheets and create a chart.  (example below)

  2. Open a new Doc or Slides presentation and click Insert>Chart>From Sheets.

  3. Locate the Google Sheet that contains the chart.

  4. Select the appropriate chart.

  5. If you revise the data in your original chart, the next time you open your Doc or Slide simply click the Update button to get the latest data.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Google Tip of the Day: New Google Slides Q&A Feature

Google Slides now has a handy integrated method for your participants to ask questions during your presentations.  This is how it works on a laptop or desktop.

  1. Click the arrow beside the Present button and select Presenter View.

  2. Click the Start new button.
  3. A web address will appear on the slideshow for your students to visit.

  4. Once the students visit the website they can enter a question giving their name or by being anonymous.

  5. If other students have that same question they can upvote the question.

  6. As a teacher, you can read the question and then present it to the class to discuss.

Google Tip of the Day: Schedule Assignments in Classroom

You can now load assignments in Google Classroom and schedule the time they are released.  Here are the steps.

  1. On the Stream page click the plus sign and then Create assignment.

  2. Type your assignment details and then click the arrow beside the Assign button.  
  3. Select Schedule.

  4. Select the date and time you want the assignment to appear and click Schedule.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Yeah! Synergyse is Now Free!

Get up to speed with Google Apps for Education by using a great tool called Synergyse. This Chrome extension has become so popular the last few years they have officially become part of Google and is now free.  Synergyse is like having a virtual coach inside the Google Apps interface.  It provides voice and text interactive modules that are searchable by topic in the context of the apps you use.

  1. Download the extension here.
  2. Once installed, click the icon in the top right corner to activate it.

  3. This will display a menu of interactive videos from which to choose based on the app you are using at the time.

  4. Listen and follow along to the directions as you watch the video demonstration.

Here is the official announcement.