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.






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Repost: Custom Graphics with Canva

Website Wednesday


Canva is a website (and an app) that helps you create beautiful graphics to use in social media, slide shows, blog posts, documents and more.

You can also log in with your Google account so that makes it easy to remember your user information. :)

From the website, just select the type of graphic you want to create - it's ok if you don't see the exact thing you are looking for, you can do a custom size graphic as well. Also remember, just because it says social media as the graphic type don't let if fool you. You can still use that graphic for many things. Click the + sign to see more graphics options. Finally, there are free tools and paid tools. I've never paid for a graphic, but if I need to, they are very inexpensive. I encourage you to take a look at this site - you won't be sorry.

Want to see Canva in action? Join us today at 4 PM for our EdTech Talks webinar. Laura will guide you through the set-up and all the cool features that Canva has to offer. Begin today designing professional quality graphics. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Keyboard Shortcuts for YouTube

Tech Tip Tuesday

Hope you can join us for our YouTube Webinars today. 

EdTech Talks at 4PM


When you log in and if it asks for an Adobe Connect Add-in, you can find that in the Software Center.



And now here are a few keyboard shortcuts for teachers and students to use when watching a video on YouTube that can enhance the viewing experience. 

Space bar or k key = to start and pause video. 

m key = to mute and unmute the sound

down arrow = to decrease volume

up arrow = to increase volume

c key = to turn Closed Caption on and off

f key = to turn Full Screen Mode on and off

l key or right arrow = jump ahead a few seconds

j key or left arrow = jump back a few seconds

0 = to take you to the beginning of the video

5= to take you to the halfway mark of the video (50%) *This works with the other numbers as well. 

If you or your students use any other keyboard shortcuts when viewing YouTube videos, please share them in the comment section. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Google Arts and Culture

Forgetful Friday

Driving home yesterday and reflecting over the awesome technology ideas discussed and planned at Alta Loma, I realized that I didn't send out a Website on Wednesday. And now I notice that I missed Monday, too. I apologize to all our Blog readers out there. Better late than never. Right?

This cool tool can be accessed as a mobile app from the itunes store or google play store or from the Google Arts and Culture website. Whether on a screen, big or small, art from over a thousand museums across 70 countries are a click away.

In Projects, pick a topic and immerse yourself in art work, articles, stories, videos, online exhibits and 360 virtual tours. Here's a few that caught my eye:

In Experiments, explore art with machine learning created by coders and artist. 
  • Free Fall uses mathematical formulas to place pieces of art into a 3D environment. *Cannot be used on phones. 
  • T-SNE Map uses Machine Learning algorithms that lets you explore an interactive 3D landscape of art work. *Cannot be used on phones
  • X Degrees of Separation uses Machine Learning to connect 2 random works of art by analyzing features, finding patterns, and creating a chain of art work. 
  • Curator Table lets you search a topic, compare works of art and see how they've evolved over time all in a 3D setting. 
You can also search Arts and Culture by
  • Artists
  • Mediums
  • Art Movements
  • Historical Events
  • Historical Figures
  • Places
Keep up with the latest and greatest that Google Arts and Cultures have to offer at their YouTube Channel.

*This is not a site that I would let younger students just explore on their own. As with all things online, it is always best to preview before allowing access in a classroom. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

GSuite Training is SWEET!

Tech Tip Tuesday

While EdTech with Howard and Feck has shared this seriously sweet training tool from Google in their face-to-face trainings and webinars, I couldn't believe that we hadn't blogged about it. Well, wait no longer; here it is.

G Suite Training is an absolutely free must have extension for all Google users. It is interactive training that walks users step by step on how to set-up and use Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Drawings, AND Classroom. 
What's great is this tool should already be available for use on the school chromebooks. If you cannot see the extension icon located in the top right- hand corner of a doc, slide, form, drawing, sheet, or classroom, just follow these easy steps to add the extension:

Go to Chrome Web Store>Search: G Suite training> click the blue Add to Chrome Button> Allow for extension to be added> Open a Google App Product and begin training. 

Example of what it will look like once activated in Google Classroom.

Check out all the short interactive training videos offered for Google Classroom
Learning how to use Google Apps like Docs, Slides, Forms, Sheets, Drawings, and Classroom has never been easier for teachers or students. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Critical Thinking Skills with Google Trends

Website Wednesday


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. 



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Google Classroom - Add-ons and Extensions

Tech Tip Tuesday

Google Classroom offers so much more than just helping classes go paperless. It is a tool that fits perfect with TTESS since it's all about the students. Google Classroom can store vital classroom resources, is appropriate for diverse learners, and offers students a way to think critically, be creative, collaborate, and communicate. 

Here are a few extensions and add-ons to help teachers and students get the most out of Google Classroom. 



Share to Classroom is a Chrome extension that makes it easier for students and teachers to share web sources with each other. 




These next add-ons and extensions are from Alice Keeler. If you haven't visited her website, do so now. It is a must. She is a Google Classroom guru. Mrs. Keeler has also co-written two books on everything Google Classroom. When she realized Classroom didn't do all that she needed it to do for her and her students, she learned to code and started scripting add-ons and extensions. Here are a few that are specific to or work well with Google Classroom. 

Extension: 
Screen Split - It will split the Google Classroom and student work into side-by-side screens enabling students to view assignment directions and resource links while working. 
QuickShare - Screenshot: Enables teachers to quickly give feedback to students. 

Add-On: 
RubricTab - *Mrs. Keeler also has a rubric template that can be used with this add-on. 
Group Maker - Randomly assigns students to groups. 

Don't forget to join us for one of our webinars today featuring Google Classroom. 
4 PM EdTech Talks - saisd.org/edtechtalks 
7 PM PD in your Pajamas - saisd.org/pdinyourpjs

Monday, March 27, 2017

Whiteboard Apps

Mobile App Monday

Here are two easy-to-use whiteboard apps for the iPad: Doodle Buddy and Whiteboard - Nothing more, Nothing less. Whiteboard apps are the perfect tools for students to share what they know with others. 

Doodle Buddy - is a free drawing app. It's a great tool for students to take notes and share information. They can add a background image and write or draw over the image explaining what it is or what the object in the image does. This app includes 4 font styles and the ability to resize the text. Draw tools are also available to make it easier for students to highlight or emphasize what is important. The completed activity will save to the ipad's photo album. From there students can quickly move the file to their Google Drive. 



Whiteboard - Nothing more, Nothing less - is a super simple, free whiteboard app. This app is great for taking notes, brainstorming ideas, sharing the steps of your math problems, labeling an object, or drawing the perfect play. This app is so cool is can be used in the classroom, on the field, or in the gym. Backgrounds included are various sizes of graph paper, football field, soccer field, basketball court, or add your own image. The pen tool comes in three different sizes and a variety of colors. You can write with just one finger. To erase what you've written or drawn, touch two fingers gently to the ipad. A three-finger touch clears the entire screen. The completed activity will save to the ipad's photo album. If you're using the app on your iphone, just shake the phone to save. From the photo album students can quickly move the file to their Google Drive. 

Next Monday, we'll share three interactive whiteboard apps that also allow students to record their voice and what they are drawing.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Build a Story and Master Edition

Website Wednesday

I was looking at updates for Google and came across the Story Builder. Students do not have to create an account. It's easy. AND it is fun. Story Builder helps students develop basic writing skills. Students write a story by typing character dialogue.

1. Go to Story Builder. 
2. Add Character(s) by enter character names into the boxes on the left side.

3. Click the blue Write Story button to get started.
4. Once your story is complete, add a title and music.
*Story Builder offers up to seven different music selections. 
5. Click the blue Finish Up button to animate the completed conversation. 
6. Click the blue Get Share Link button. Students can copy and paste the link in to a padlet or google classroom or even email it to their teachers, families, and friends. 

Warning: I would recommend having a rough draft of the story/dialogue. The edit feature needs some work. Students can not go back to a previous character and edit. Because the dialogue does flow, the next character will need to revise and edit the dialogue. 

Here is a  quick example that I created in just 30 seconds. A Quick conversation: https://goo.gl/o3OyiR 

But wait, there's more.  Want to collaborate and compose a story with Edgar Allen Poe or William Shakespeare? Story Builder now offers a Master Edition. When you first open it will present you with a google doc look alike. Just start typing. Famous authors of the past will jump right in adding to or changing your story. It's a lot of fun. This tool is useful when teaching tone, syntax, diction, or voice.Once you are finished, click the Share your collaboration button, sign-in using your google account, name your document, and copy the link. It's that easy.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adding Extensions and Apps in Chrome

Tech Tip Tuesday


Thank you to all who have been participating in our webinars that we began in November. We now offer two regular sessions ever Tuesday and Thursday at 4 PM (EdTech Talks) and again at 7 PM (PD in your Pajamas). In April we will not only offer our Tuesday and Thursday webinars, but are adding a few more on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 PM. 
Be on the lookout for our April Newsletter coming out on Friday. The Newsletter will list all our available webinars in April. 
In our webinars today, participants looked at all the wonderful features that Chrome contains. Two features we explored were Chrome Apps and Extensions. 
Chrome Apps are web applications that run in Chrome. Almost like a quick link to the website. Apps are added to the Apps button on the bookmark bar located under the omnibox. 
A Chrome extension is something that adds functionality to a website or Google product. Extensions are placed to the right of the ominibox.

Here's how you can find and add extensions and apps to Chrome. 
1. Open Chrome and log-in to your SAISD Google Account. 
2. In the omnibox search for the Chrome Web Store. 
3. Once in the Web Store, you can search for extensions or apps by typing a key word in the search box or searching through the categories. 
4. Once you locate the app or extension you want, click the blue Add to Chrome button. 
5. A box will pop-up asking if you really want to add the app or extension. Click the  Add Extension or Add App button.

Here's a few that we recommend taking a look at: 
  • goo URL shortner - extension
  • Google Keep - app and extension
  • Google Classroom - app
  • Share to Google Classroom - extension
  • Print Friendly &PDF - extension
  • Screencastify - extension
  • Google Tone - extension
  • Kami - app and extension
  • Google Hangouts - app and extension
  • Read & Write for Google Chrome - extension

If you have an app or extension that you have added and just love, please tell us about it in the comment section. 



Monday, March 20, 2017

Repost: Write About This

Mobile App Monday


Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform. Students can select from hundreds of images and prompts to create that perfect writing passage. 

Write About This has three levels of prompts so students can start of with level one move up to level three. There is an option for voice, so the prompt can be read to the student. There's even a place to record your voice if that works best for students. Students can save their completed work to the Camera Roll on the device or share through email.

This app isn't free - it has a price tag of $3.99 for iPads and $2.99 for android devices, but it's well worth it. There is a free version you can download if you want to try it out first.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Microsoft Education

Website Wednesday

I know most of use have gone googly with Google, so today is for all those Microsoft enthusiasts out there. I stumbled across Microsoft Education one day when searching for anything about Skype. I was unaware of how much this website has to offer to students and teachers. 

Did you know that we have access to GAFE(Google Apps for Education) and 0365 Education from Microsoft? 

When you first get to Microsoft Education, log in using your SAISD 0365 Account. 
Username: id#@saisd.org/ Password: your Outlook/webmail password

The Educator's tab will open the Microsoft Educator Community. From here you can: 
  • Earn Microsoft Badges and Certificates
  • Find Resources such as webinars and quick tip videos
  • Skype in the Classroom - This is everything you need to start using Skype in the classroom.
  • Find, Create, and Share Lesson Plans
  • Connect to other Microsoft Educators
Here's what students will find under the Student's Tab.
  • Resources such as templates, tutorials, training, and tools for school
  • Career Opportunities including scholarships and internships.
  • AND...

We are fortunate to work in a school district that allows teachers and students to work with the best of both worlds: Google and Microsoft. 




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Keep Google Doc Comments in Google Keep

Tech Tip Tuesday


Google Keep is a wonderful way to store your lists and notes. The comment feature in Google Docs is an effective feedback tool. Now that Google Keep is integrated into Google Doc, you can store a list of your comments in Google Keep and use them when needed in Google Docs.  Here's how it works:
1. Create your List of Comments in Google Keep
  • Go to keep.google.com to open the program. 
  • Create a new list
  • Create a Title for your Comments List. 
  • Type in your comments. If you already have comments in Google Docs, you can copy and paste those into your list. 
  • Create a label for your new list so you can quickly find it in Google Docs. 
2. Add your comments to Google Docs.
  • Open the Google Doc that needs feedback.
  • Click Tools>Keep Notepad - A panel will open on the right side of the screen. 
  • Click Search>Type in the title or label of your list - That list will now show in the panel. 
  • Open a Comment Box in the Student's Google Doc. 
  • Find the comment you need in the Google Keep Panel and copy and paste it into the Google Doc comment box. 

In the end, the combination of these tools will not only be a time saver to teachers, but also help provide a quick way for teachers to give meaningful feedback to students. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

I-nigma QR Code Reader


Mobile App Monday 

I-nigma is a QR code reader for a mobile device. I'm sure there are others out there that work just as well, but I've been so satisfied with this one that I have no need to look elsewhere.
Here's what I love about this app - 

1. It's free.
2. It scans a QR code quickly (I mean it's really fast). I barely get the phone in front of the code and it's scanned.
3. It keeps a history of all my scans. If I need to go back and look at something, I don't have to worry about where it is. I-nigma keeps track of it for me.
4. I can add any scan to my favorites. This way I can find things quickly.
5. I can share my scans through text message, another QR code, Facebook or Twitter.

I encourage you to take a look at I-nigma as your QR code reader. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Websites for Math

Website Wednesday


Here are a few websites for math teachers that are worth checking out. I am working on a top 10 list of websites and apps for Math teachers. If you have a site or app that you think should be added to the list, please let me know in the comment box below.

Alice Keeler is all things Math and Google. Here are a couple of her resources that I have used in trainings that are from her blog.
Math Learning Center is an organization that wants "to inspire and enable individuals to discover and develop their mathematical confidence and ability.
GeoGebra is an online math software that connects geometry, algebra, graphing, statistics and calculus all in one place. Runs on desktops, laptops, phones, and Chrome. 
Illuminations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Some of the interactive games can only be activated if you are a member of the NCTM organization. Site also has brainteasers and links to math apps. 
TedED for Math - Have not worked with this much. Heard about it at TCEA Conference from Math teachers using technology in their classroom. It's definitely worth a look.

PhET Interactive Simulations for Science and Math. This site is from the University of Colorado Boulder. Not all simulations will run on a Chromebook. Simulations with the HTML5 logo will run on the Chromebooks. The site also offers an iPad app. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Okay Google and Google Tone

Tech Tip Tuesday

Here are two more Google products that make it easier to use Chrome in the classroom.


Okay Google lets students use their voice to search.

Make sure students are signed into their chrome account. Check that the Chromebook or iPad microphone is enabled and on. Go to google.com, look for the picture of the microphone in the search box and say, "Okay, Google" and whatever the student needs to search. This is a great tool for younger students.
Visit Google Help Center for directions on how to enable Okay Google Voice Search for an iPad or Android.

Okay Google on a Chromebook: 


Google Tone is an extension that once enabled it turns on your computer's or chromebook's microphone and broadcasts a URL(web address) to other computers in the room.  Click here to see how to add the extension and how Google Tone works.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Capture, Communicate and Share

Mobile App Monday

Today's devices make it so easy for students to take or download a picture, write or draw on it, and then share with others. Here are some terrific tools that can be used in the classroom that get students capturing information, communicating what they know, and then share that knowledge with others. 


Skitch is a free annotation app that uses text, shapes and drawing tools. It gives you the option to annotate on photos from your photo album, a picture you take with a camera, a map, website or PDF file. 




Paper by 53 is a free app. Students can sketch and write on a photo they take or download.  Another great feature is that students can have more than one page and share it as a presentation. 





Chrome Extension and App


Awesome Screenshot can capture or clip a screen area or the entire screen, can annotate using shapes and text and can be sent to your Google Drive. 





These are great tool for students to draw out a process, show their work on math problems, draw pictures to illustrate a book, label a diagram, draw on maps,and so much more. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Insert Non-YouTube videos into Google Slides

Tech Tip Tuesday


You can now insert non-YouTube videos onto slides in Google Slides. Here's how: 

1. Open Google Slides
2. Click Insert>Video>Google Drive
3. Search for the video that you saved on your Google Drive. 
4. Click on the Video>Select.
It's that easy. 

Don't Forget: 

Day #9 Twitter Challenge: 
You have some rock star colleagues! Tweet out something a colleague is doing in teaching that you want to know more about or you think should be shared!
Tag it with the person's Twitter handle and also use #sanangeloisdtweets17.


Digital Learning Day: 
Add your digital learning event or activity at Digital Learning Day
Be sure to check out their digital tools, resources, and activity ideas

Monday, February 20, 2017

Scanning Apps

Mobile App Monday


I found myself needing to take a photo of a paragraph from a book, convert it to a PDF, annotate, and then share. And I did not want to spend any money to do it. Here's what I found this weekend: 

Tiny Scanner: Free to install to iphone or android. I took a picture of a page from my book, but would have to upgrade to pro ($4.99) to add to my Google Drive. 

CamScanner: Free to install to iphone or android. I took a picture of a page from my book. For free, I was able to quickly and easily install InNote which gave me the capability to annotate, highlight, and add watermark text. The InNote annotations instantly saved in the CamScanner app. For free, I was able to share either as a PDF or image (JPG) into my Google Drive. 


Office Lens: Free to install to iphone or android. I again took a picture of a page from a book. I opened in the OneNote App and was able to annotate, save to my Microsoft OneDrive, and share with others. 


If you have another app that you use, please post it in the comment box below. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Not Too Late...

There's still time to...

#1: Join the San Angelo ISD Twitter Challenge
Challenge Day 5: Tweet about 3 people to follow on twitter so we can all build our PLNs. Be sure to tag them by using their twitter handle and include #sanangeloisdtweets17 and #FF (follow Friday).


#2: Share your classroom activity or school event on the map at digitallearningday.org. Showcase how you are integrating technology into your classroom and at your school to improve student learning experiences and outcomes. Not sure about which digital tool to showcase? Go to the Digital Learning Day Website and check out the activities, online resources, and lesson ideas. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Promote your School

Twitter Challenge Day 4

There are great things going on at your campus. Tweet a picture to promote your school. Include #sanangeloisdtweets17 and your campus hashtag if you have one.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oh, the People You'll Meet

Twitter Challenge Day 3: Add your name & Twitter handle to the Google Sheet:
  https://goo.gl/zW0twA Follow 4 people from the Google Sheet above & send them a welcome tweet! Include their @username & #sanangeloisdtweets17


Website Wednesday

In Monday's Mobile App, we recommended a few educators/instructional techies to follow on Twitter. Below are links to their websites that are full of wonderful ideas, strategies, and resources to be used in the classroom.

๐Ÿ˜Alice Keeler - http://alicekeeler.com

๐Ÿ˜ŽDitch that Textbook with Matt Miller - http://ditchthattextbook.com

๐Ÿ˜ƒ Eric Curts - http://ericcurts.com

๐Ÿ˜€ Shake up Learning with Kasey Bell - http://shakeuplearning.com

If you have an educator/instructional techie that you follow, please share their name, website, and twitter handle in the comment box below. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Emojis in Google Docs

Happy Valentine's Day

Twitter Challenge Day 2: Reply to someone who used #sanangeloisdtweets17 in a tweet yesterday & introduce yourself. Include #sanangeloisdtweets17 in your reply.

Tech Tip Tuesday: 

Emojis are a fun way for students to retell a story, design a pictograph, create a visual summary for a science experiment or historical event, or create a word problem with visual variables . 

To insert an emoji: Open a Google Doc>Insert>Special Characters>Choose Emoji from the drop down menu> 
Choose the Type of Emoji>
Click on the emojis you would like to insert.

Working with Emojis: An emoji in Google Docs is not an image, so you can't crop, rotate, or drag the handles to resize. Since an emoji is considered text, you must use the text tool features. Copy, cut, and paste or drag and drop to move the emoji in the document. To resize the emoji, select it and choose a font size from the font toolbar. 
Emojis are easy and fun to use in Google Docs.

And who knew that using this tool could also help prepare your students for a future job. I recently read an article in which a firm is seeking to hire an emoji translator. That's right an emoji translator. It seems that the emoji is the fastest growing language in some places.