Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Online Stop Watch



Everyone needs a stopwatch for various activities.  Many of us rely on our cell phones as timers.  There are many digital timers which are handy in the classroom!  Use the online timers to:
  • reduce transition times
  • make students aware of time left for a task
  • race the clock activities 
  • time math or writing stations; games or activities
  • timed quizzes or silent reading time

Check these timers out


Egg Timer - Simply type in the time in words. The timer then takes up the ENTIRE screen, which is perfect for projecting time to the class.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

EquatIO Extension


Looking for an easier way to include equations, math or science symbols in Google Docs?  The EquatIO extension simplifies this process!  You can now insert math equations, square roots, formulas, and more with ease.  Simply dictate or draw the equation and it will automatically generate the equation on your Google doc.  Quizzes made easy!  Check out this brief video for the highlights.

Go to the Chrome Web Store to install the EquatIO extension!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Interactive Tools with Illuminations


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provides many engaging digital tools to support your math content.  From ten frames to concentration, addition to division, fractions to balanced equations!  Volume can be a difficult concept.  But students can see how cubes come together before their eyes with Cube Nets.

These interactive activities can support your curriculum and provide valuable practice for various math skills.  Search by topic, grade or standard.






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fractions and Geogebra


Attached please find a list of some great interactive visuals for learning or reviewing fractions.  Geogebra is an interactive site.  You can use these activities to model for your students whole class or in small groups.  Or your students (Grade 3-5) can sign in using their Google Accounts and manipulate the variable as they solve a variety of math problems.  Geogebratube.org has many lessons already created!  Take a moment to explore all of their great resources.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rotated Text in Google Sheets



Do you still believe Google can't do everything Word can do?  Google Sheets now allows you to rotate the text! (Format > Text Rotation)  This is very useful when you need to fit a long header name into thin columns, or when you want to fit more text on one screen.






Simply select the desired cell/s, select Format, and text rotation.  You can then choose from a variety of styles including stacking vertically or angled to any of the above angles.

Need to include a table in your document?  Add borders and take a screenshot! (Command + Shift + 4)







Embedding Videos in Google Slides



The Google Suite has been a game changer in the classroom.  Collaboration and formatting features have increased communication and organization for both students and staff.  In true Google fashion, new features are always being added and improved.  Google Slides which is often used by teachers and students, now permits embedding videos directly from your Google Drive as well as from YouTube.  You can even set your video to start automatically or to start at a certain point in the video. Simply right click on the embedded video for more options!

Select Insert/Video


Enter the YouTube Url, search YouTube or select from your Google Drive

Click on your video selection/Select


Right click for more options





Monday, February 6, 2017

Pin Tabs



Do you avoid shutting down your computer because you don’t want to lose your open tabs in Chrome?  It is important to regularly shut down your computer.  But if you pin your most used tabs, they will open automatically when you re-open Chrome.  


Pinning tabs also provide additional space on your computer screen when researching or planning a lesson.  I have pinned my favorite tabs but I still have many tabs open as I work on a project.


To pin a tab, simply hover over the tab and then right click (two finger click) on your trackpad.  A new menu will open allowing you to select 'Pin Tab'.  To unpin a tab, simply right click again and select “Unpin Tab”.  


You will also notice some other options on this menu.  You can open and close tabs, bookmark tabs or even mute a tab.  

Another great shortcut to remember is how to re-open a tab you accidently closed.  You can use the same drop down menu or select “shift + command + t” simultaneously.  Your last tab/s will reopen!  

Check out this brief video to learn how to pin tabs!