Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Big Learning with the Library of Congress

Website Wednesday

I came across this gem while organizing my bookmarks in Chrome. I had forgotten about all the lesson ideas and activities that this website has to offer. 

The Library of Congress has so much to offer students and teachers. Once at the website, navigate to the Teacher tab.


Within the Teacher tab you can find:

  • classroom materials
  • lesson plans
  • activities 
All tied to K-12 Texas TEKs for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Technology.

  • Professional Development opportunities
  • Primary Sources and how to use with students *This one is awesome. 
  • News Articles Archive
  • Events


And this is in addition to the Library of Congress' digital collection and many other resources. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Navigating Tips for a Chromebook

Tech Tip Tuesday

Chromebooks are a wonderful tool for the classroom. In appearance, they look a lot like a laptop, but if you look close there are some differences. Here's a few tips to help you and your students navigate while working on a Chromebook.

To Move the Pointer: Move one finger across the touchpad. 

To Select/To Left Click: Tap the the touchpad with one finger. 

To Right-Click: Tap the touchpad with two fingers or hold down the ALT. key while tapping once on the touchpad. 

To Scroll: Move two fingers up and down the touchpad to scroll vertically and left and right to scroll horizontally. 

Move between Open Tabs: Swipe three fingers back left or right to move between all open windows. 

Drag and Drop: Click and hold down the item you want to move with one finger. With a second finger, move the item. Release both fingers to drop the item at its new location.

Take a Screenshot: 






Toggle Caps Lock Off and On: 





Delete Key: 





If you have a tip, please share it in the comment box. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Interactive Whiteboard Apps:Show What You Know

Mobile App Monday

Let students show what they know with these 4 easy-to-use interactive whiteboard iPad apps.



All of the whiteboard apps gives students the ability to: 
  • Record what is happening on the app 
  • Record Narration
  • Add images and graphics
  • Draw
  • Format text
  • Share with others


Explain Everything: While it does have a price tag of $4.99, it is one of our favorites. You can check it out for free for 30 days. Read about all the cool things this app has to offer from a past blog post: A Fun Way to Explain Everything

Doceri: Students can easily screencast record one or several slides and then load to their Google Drive. Teachers can easily screencast record lessons on one or several slides and then load to their Google Drive or their SAISD YouTube Channel. 

IPEVO: I think math teachers will love the tools that come with this app. Read all about it from a past blog post: Free Interactive Whiteboard App for iPads 

Educreations:  Explain any concept with this simple and fun interactive whiteboard. Students can create instructional videos and share with others instantly. *This app does have an $11.99 monthly fee that is required if students want to take the video out of educreation. Teachers can log-in for free with their SAISD GSuite account and send the video to Google Classroom. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free Templates for Google Slides

Website Wednesday

In our recent webinar on Google Slides, we learned about a new site that has plenty of free templates for Google Slides: Slides Carnival. And once again it's so easy to use. The hardest part is deciding on which of the many designs to use. I love that each template is editable and has a wide variety of slide styles and layouts to choose from. 
Here's an example: 
To add the slide template, click the Use as a Google Slides Template button. The template will open up in Google Slides. Next, click on the Add to my Drive icon. Begin using. 

Choose designs from the following categories:
  • Formal
  • Inspirational
  • Creative
  • Simple
  • Startup
  • Elegant
  • Playful
  • Business
So for your next presentation, WOW them all with slide templates from Slide Carnival.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I can put Google Draw where?

Tech Tip Tuesday

Laura recently  had a webinar showing all the cool things that teachers and students can do in Google Drawings. She shared ways to create posters, graphic organizers, and interactive activities. But did you know that you can quickly and easily move the entire drawing into a doc or a slide? Here's how: 

1. Begin by opening Google Drawings and creating your graphic organizer, activity, poster, etc. 


2. Click Edit>Web Clipboard>Copy entire drawing to web Clipboard. 
3. Open a Google Doc or Google Slide. 
4. Click Edit>Web Clipboard> Drawing *If more than one is listed, it will show a preview as you hover. 
And PRESTO! Your drawing has been added. 

*FYI: That above interactive math template can easily be made in Google Slides. We will share how to do that in next week's blog.