Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fun with Citations

On last night's PD in Your PJs Webinar, we shared a variety of citation resources for students. With all the available information that is out there for students, it is important for them to know how to evaluate the information and cite their sources whether that be for print or images. And it's never too early for a student to begin practicing and learning these skills.

Citation Extensions from the Chrome Web Store

Photos for Students
  • Pics4Learning - The photos can be saved to Google Drive and a citation can be found beside all photos.
  • EduPic Graphical Resource: Free Photographs and Graphics for Education - Website is done by William Vann, a photographer and teacher. Teachers and students can use all images without permission. 
  • Unsplash - Not for those under 13. No attributions are needed. There is an add-on for Unsplash in Google Slides. 
Citations are also made easy with the Explore feature in Google Docs. Click Tools>Explore.

If you missed our guest PD in Your PJs Presenters Mrs. Grover from Lee Middle School and Mrs. Hogg from Central High School, you can watch the recording on our Instructional Technology Website. With all the resources they shared (and citations are included in many of the resources) this should be the first place students go for quality information. 

If you and your students have other citation tools that you use, please share those by adding them to the comment box below. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Repost: Critical Thinking Skills with Google Trends


Google Trends is a search tool that allows teachers and students to see how often specific keywords, subjects, and phrases are being searched on Google around the world for a specific period time. The data is shown using visual graphics, charts and tables. Users are then able to see and compare trends(what's being searched). Trends can also be broken down in to categories. 

Google Trend is the perfect tool to spark discussion in the classroom and have student use their critical thinking skills. For example, simply ask students "iPads or Chromebooks? Which do you think is used more as a learning tool?" Go to Google Trends, type the keywords in the search boxes, use the category feature to keep breaking down the comparison, click enter, and a great visual will populate. Discuss. Infer. Predict.  Here's an example:
*This shows worldwide
*This shows for the US. 
*This shows for Texas. 
And underneath these graphs are even more visual charts and graphs leading to more discussion, questions, and research. I didn't include them here due to space. 

If you don't want to create your own, you can always use, explore, and interact with the google trend graphs and charts already created on the site. 

Use Google Trend in the classroom to...
  • Interpret Results
  • Analyze Data
  • Find Patterns
  • Make Hyphotheses
  • Predict Future Trends
  • Encourage further Questioning and Research
I'm curious to see how you and your students will use this tool. I look forward to seeing your comments and reading about your experiences. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Turned In, Missing, Late, or Graded?

Individual Views in Google Classroom for the Teacher and Students

Having several classes, subjects, and teachers, it can be a challenge for students to keep up with all the work, when it's due, etc. Google Classroom has several ways for students and teachers to quickly view an assignment(s) status.

Individual Student View Options
  • From the Classroom Dashboard: Click on the Clipboard, and a list will open showing what is missing, graded, turned in, or late. 

  • From the ABOUT Tab in Classroom: Click on Your Work. Students can view their assignment(s) status. 

Teacher View Options
  • From the STUDENT Tab in Classroom: In the roster, click on the student's name to view the student's work page. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Padlet Features

I absolutely LOVE padlet. It is so versatile. Padlet is an online discussion board in which you can display information on any topic. You can post text, videos, links, and images. You can even leave a comment or rate a post.

Teacher/Students uses:

  • Curate Resources
  • Classroom/Student web page
  • Online Information Board
  • Class Syllabus/Lesson Plan
  • Classroom Discussion
  • Present information
  • Portfolio of Work
The new features make it even more user friendly, and it's all FREE!

AND... Click the 3 dots to view even more New and Improved Options.

  • Add video from your Camera
  • Add audio straight from your mic.
  • Add your own drawings or doodles
  • Add a map location.
  • Link to another Padlet.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tech Badge Leader Board

Another Change!

Congratulations to the Mighty Goliad Eagles! They take second place honors this week on the Leader Board. Lamar still holds strong to 3rd Place. And Lake View High School is rock solid in first. 
Shout out goes to Mrs. Cuevas at Belaire. She's put the Belaire Eagles into the hunt for a place on the podium.