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.
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.
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)
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!
Enter the YouTube Url, search YouTube or select from your Google Drive
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!
Today’s tip is the Chrome extension,Just Read. Often times articles, websites, and blogs will have excessive amounts of advertisements, comments, and other unrelated text. This can be very distracting to the reader. With one click, Just Read 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. You can also change the background color or size of the text for any students with visual challenges. Before:
As you can see the excess text, comments and advertisements are removed once you click on the Just Read extension at the top right of your screen.
This extension has been pushed out to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. But you can also add it to your Google Account from the Chrome Web Store.
Emojis..... or , can evoke many feelings. One emoji can carry multiple meanings depending on the context. Most students use context clues to determine which emoji meaning is intended by the writer. To develop critical thinking skills, ask students to analyze examples of the same emoji being used in different ways. Just as with non-fiction reading, students will need to consider photos and text to determine the author's intention when choosing the emoji.
For a writing activity, use this Emoji generator spreadsheet (created by Eric Curts) to randomly generate various emojis. Students can then write a story based on the randomly selected emojis. Students can press "Control" and "R" simultaneously to reload with new random emojis.
Eric Curts also created a random word selector. You can get a new set of 20 random prompts by refreshing the page in your browser. Try them out with your class or share out to individual students on Google Classroom (new feature) as an extension activity for students ready for the challenge!
Google Classroom has a new feature allowing the teacher to select individual students, groups of students or all students to receive an assignment. This new feature is great for differentiating assignments or for distributing specific group work to groups of students. For students needing a little extra practice or an extension, teachers can push out specific assignments. Only the students you choose will see the assignment.
January is a great time to reflect on the year ahead and the goals you hope to achieve. "17 in 2017" is a list of curriculum ideas and resources available at your fingertips. Choose one to try this month! I am happy to provide support to you or your students or to plan a project together.
1. Make your own screencast - make your slides come alive with voice (student projects; directions for a math station, homework instructions)
2. Create an eBook with Google slides - example here - great idea for persuasive writing!
3. Pear Deck - Interactive opportunities for Peer Instruction
4. Ted Talks - students' share their new found knowledge or passion on any topic; OR watch a Ted Talk of your preference
9. Seesaw - the fastest way to create a portfolio of student work; invaluable when preparing report cards or at a parent conference. You can take pictures or videos of a students work and have them annotate or record their voice explaining their thinking.
10. Explore the Tech Tools Page for curriculum resources and links for your students