Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tech Tuesday for February 10

Happy Tech Tuesday everyone. I hope everyone is feeling well and has great plans for the upcoming break. I've got some great tools to share with you that will help you and your students.

EasyBib Google Docs Add-On

Getting students to properly cite their work is an ongoing issue in the classroom. While many of us had to memorize the proper format of citations in a bibliography, there are now tools available for students to use that make it easy for them to create their works cites pages. EasyBib has a Google Docs Add-on that allows users to create bibliographies right in the documents so they do not have to leave the page. They can cite, books, journals, and websites right from the Google Doc. Here is a video that walks through this cool add-on to Google Docs.



There is a great tool in Google Docs that also allows you to do research, add footnotes, and cite images. Here is a video that walks you through how to do this so you can show it to your students. 



I wanted to share one last resource with you. As part of my Google Certified Teacher program, GCTs had to create a project that is designed to improve education. A teacher from Mexico and a teacher from Canada have come together with me to create short videos to show off cool webtools that can be used in the classroom. We will be uploading 3 videos a month and I'll share those out when the become available. Here is one of the first videos that shows a very neat tool that allows users to take notes on a Google Doc while watching a YouTube video on the same page. It is called Videonot.es and it is great. Check it out!



If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Have a great day and I hope you give them a try!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tech Tuesday for Dec 9

Welcome back everyone. I hope all of you had a very nice Thanksgiving break.  If you are Canadian, I hope you had a very nice regular Thursday. :-)

Here are some cool things that might help you in your classroom or give students another option for their projects. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'm happy to meet with you during 2nd hour, 4th hour, and before and after school.

If you have not filled out this survey, please take minute to do so. I will be building PD for all of you based on the feedback. Here is your chance for your voice to be heard.

Easel.ly

Easelly is a free website that allows you to create infographics. Infographics are a great way to present information to class. Boring data or statistics can now be shown through easy to create visual illustrations.

Easelly has pre-made designs or you can upload your own images if the selection is does not meet your needs. When you have created your infographic, you can save it as a PDF or JPEG. You can also embed them on your website or your blog like this one.

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I took one of the stock infographics and dropped it into my blog. You can take the stock infographics and changed them how you want to make them fit your needs. This is a fun tool that allows you to sign up easily with your Google Account, so students could do this quickly in the computer lab. Easelly is a great option to give students when they work on presentations.

Scribble Maps

A few teachers from my PLN suggested that I take a look at Scribble Maps. I cannot thank them enough for encouraging me to look around. If you are familiar with Google Maps, this will not be a problem for you to use. The website uses Google Maps and allows you to draw on the map you have focused on. You can draw by hand, create circles or boxes, create text and even add images. This is a great way to use the SmartBoards in the classroom. Take a look at my example. You can save them for later editing or you can save them as JPEG's so you can add them to other documents like this:


Here is one I just did of South. It only took me 5 Minutes to draw, save and upload this picture.

You can do all sorts of things with this program. They have Terrain Maps, Satellite Maps and Hybrid Maps that you can use for different lessons. I know many teachers are always looking for different ways to incorporate their SmartBoards into their lesson plans and I think this is a good tool to use with the students. This could also be used in other classes as well. In English, I could see using this to show the students where the story is taking place and adding my own visuals to the map. Perhaps a map showing East and West Egg and adding different pictures from The Great Gatsby so the students can see where the story takes place. You have as many options as you can think of with this cool tool. 

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Thanks for all of your support!

Nick



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tech Tuesday for November 11

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Here are some cool resources that are worth checking out.

Blubbr

This is a cool tool I learned about from Richard Byrne and his cool website. Blabbr allows users to take YouTube clips and create multiple choice quizzes based on the clip they just watched. The correct answers are shared right away. I see this being great for reviews as students prepare for exams. Check out this one someone created for the Blood flow Through The Heart.



A couple of weeks ago, we received an email about managing multiple Google Accounts. Here is a video that was shared that shows you how to handle multiple email accounts. It is important to remember to only use your school related email and Google Accounts for school related communication only. Save personal emails and personal documents for your personal email and Google accounts. Thanks John Sowash for the awesome video. 


Blabberize is a very fun site that could be used in a single class period in the computer lab. It's an online computer tool that allows you to add your voice to a picture of your choosing. The cool part of this is that you can select the area over the images mouth and the mouth will open and close while it plays the recorded message.

The message can be recorded via microphone, audio file or your cell phone. The cell phone option is really neat if you do not have a microphone on your computer at home. It gives you a number to call and a 4 digit pass code and the site will record your voice and save it to the picture you have selected.

You could use this as a fun option for students to find characters from a novel and record their favorite line or lines from the story that best suit them. At the end of the class period, you could play a selection for the class. If you are a History, you could use the site to have kids record parts of speeches for historical figures.

This site might not revolutionize education as we know it, but it is a nice tool to have in your drawer if you decide to do something a little different with your students. If you are not sure how to use it in class, just show the students and I'm sure they can come up with some fun ideas for class projects.

Here is my goofy example. It only took me 5 minutest to put together.



Try having some fun with Blabberize and see the silly thing you can do with it. You might just want to create a few fun pictures and place them in a Power Point or on your class website. Give it a try!