Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Evernote Clearly

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Today’s tip is the Chrome extension, Evernote Clearly.  Often times articles, websites and blogs will have excessive amounts of advertisements, links and other unrelated text.  This can be very distracting to the reader.  With one click, Evernote Clearly removes the excess text so just the article (and pertinent images) appear on the page.  You can use this tool for articles you display whole class or each student can have ease of reading at their fingertips.  Students can highlight the text as they read.  You can also change the background color or size of the text for any students with visual challenges.

Sample Website:

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Same website page using Evernote Clearly:

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If you are already an Evernote fan, Clearly also allows you to save the article for future reference.  Evernote collects and stores data (web articles, images or anecdotal notes) for easy access.  

To add Clearly to your drive follow the steps below.  Please let me know if you would like Clearly added to your students’ Google drive.   

Have a great day!

Install Evernote Clearly on your drive.

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store:  Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 2.57.31 PM.png    or chrome.google.com/webstore
  2. Search for ‘clearly’  Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 11.59.36 AM.png

  1. Click the ‘+Free’ button
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  1. Click ‘Add’ in the popup window

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Surprise Thursday Tip!

Good Morning,

ReadWorks has collected a variety of Martin Luther King articles and videos that you may find helpful! Check out their other collections as well.  You can search by grade level, content/topic, skill or type of text.  These articles are free to be reproduced for your students.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.   -  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

1.7.15 Table Features

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation!  I have a quick tip today but one that will make your life easier!  You can now merge cells in tables you create on your Google Docs.  This feature makes creating your own graphic organizers, student task sheets, rubrics and checklists much easier.

To insert a table in Google Docs:
  1. Select Table/Insert Table
  2. Drag the cursor across the boxes to determine the number of rows and columns in your table
  3. Click on the cell (box of your table) you want to merge, drag the cursor across all the cells you want to merge together
  4. Select Table/Merge Cells (if you make a mistake repeat Steps 2 & 3, then select Unmerge Cells
  5. Other options include filling various boxes with color, enhancing the border (More option), text features and alignment, and deleting or inserting additional rows and columns

# of students

Grade 4
Mr. Foley
Ms. Smith
Ms. Jones

Sample Writing/Retelling Activity Sheet:  Student writes story/description and draws corresponding image.
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Hope you enjoy these new features!