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Google Apps in the Classroom

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 201659 Comments

Now that you have had time to process your learning from the Google Training, take a minute to comment on this blog post to share ideas you had during your learning for how you could use your learning in the classroom.  Try to follow the format on the example below to make them easy to glance through.

 

FORMS

6-12 – After seeing that the new forms has templates, I plan to use them as exit tickets everyday.  This will provide me with quick an easy to read and organize information about how well the students were doing with the content allowing me to inform my instruction for the next day.

 

NAME OF TOOL

grade your idea would work for – Description of what you want to do.  How it will help student learning

 

When you have finished, read through some of the ideas of your colleagues.  You are encouraged to use the REPLY button to comment on their ideas.  Help them grow or share your experience.

What resources do you use to grow your tech knowledge?

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 2016

The tool embedded below is called Answer Garden – Grow your own ideas – https://answergarden.ch/create/

 

 

Resources For Your Learning

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 2016

Accessing New Information -

  • Subscribe to RSS Feeds
  • Registering for email lists
  • Twitter Following People or #edTech
  • Joining International Society of Technology Education – http://www.iste.org/
  • Subscribe to Video Channels on YouTube – Common Craft https://www.youtube.com/user/leelefever/featured

Online Journals

  • http://teach.com/teach100
  • http://elearningfeeds.com/top-elearning-blogs/
  • https://thejournal.com/Home.aspx
  • http://www.techlearning.com/index
  • http://www.nytimes.com/pages/education/index.html
  • http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration
  • https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators
  • http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html?intc=thed
  • http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
  • http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/

Finding New Tools

  • Award Winners
    • https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/2015-finalists-winners/
    • Scroll down to Education Section – http://www.siia.net/archive/codies/2015/winners.asp
  • Diigo
  • Chrome Web Store
  • Google Drive – Create – More Menu
  • iTunes App Store

iPads in the MSHS Classrooms

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 2016

Reviewing and Selecting Apps

  • Teachers can check out iPads for planning and app review from the library
  • Find Apps using the Apps Store
  • Read Reviews
  • Look for Award Winners
  • Use the App Review Rubric

How do I checkout iPads for my class to use?

Google Calendar Reservations Please only reserve the iPads for the periods you will be using them.  Do not block entire days or weeks.  These are shared devices.

How do I get the app I need on them?

At least 48 hours in advance, complete the App Review Rubric

Where are the iPad carts stored?

The room that the grade level team selected.

What happens if one is damaged?

Please complete a tech request and send the device to the IT office

What happens if an iPad is lost?

Please email the IT ASAP.  We have Find My Device setup to locate missing devices.

How do I get student work off of the iPad?

We recommend uploading to Google Drive into a shared folder.  Students and teachers have unlimited storage in Google Drive through their amersol.edu.pe accounts.  It is important to test the app you wish for students to use before hand to ensure that it allows for students to export their content.

How do I distribute the iPads?

Each iPad has a number on it, please know which kids has which iPad, so if the project lasts more than one day, you know who has which device.  Also, incase one iPad is missing we know who has it last.

Who is responsible for counting the iPads?

Each teacher that uses the iPads with a class should ensure they have recollected all of them.  We have numbered the iPads to help with this.  Please also ensure that they are all plugged in and charging so that other classes are able to use them when they need to.

What additional resources do we have for use with iPads?

  • 2 class sets of styluses can be checked out from AV
  • microphones can be checked out from AV
  • Film Studio in the PAC can be checked out using Google Calendar for green screen filming

 

Developing Our Skills with Gmail

Posted by ssweeney on February 17, 2016

 

Checklist of Todos:

  • Have you setup your signature?
  • Do you know how to use labels
  • Can you manage your contacts?
  • Did you review all of the settings?
  • Are you able to organize your attachments into Google Drive?

 

What more could you learn?  Learn them all in an hour and twenty minutes

Category Skill to Learn Time
Working with the Inbox Read Email 0:00:17
Working with the Inbox Reply to Email 0:00:31
Working with the Inbox Reply to a Single Message in a Conversation 0:00:31
Working with the Inbox Changing the Subject Line when Replying to or Forwarding Email 0:00:38
Working with the Inbox Forward Email 0:00:23
Working with the Inbox Print Email 0:00:14
Working with the Inbox Delete Email 0:00:24
Working with the Inbox Mark Email as Read or Unread 0:00:35
Working with the Inbox Introduction to the Inbox 0:01:27
Working with the Inbox Inbox tabs and category labels 0:01:52
Working with the Inbox Archive Email 0:00:25
Working with the Inbox Report spam Email 0:00:28
Working with the Inbox View and save email attachments with Drive 0:01:32
Working with the Inbox Sharing Drive Files as Links and Attachments 0:03:10
Working with the Inbox Star Email 0:00:16
Working with the Inbox Mark Email as Important or Not Important 0:00:24
Organizing Email with Labels Create a new Label or nested Label 0:00:30
Organizing Email with Labels Label Email 0:00:19
Organizing Email with Labels Introduction to Labels 0:00:33
Organizing Email with Labels Change the color of a Label 0:00:19
Searching for Email Search for email by attachment size 0:01:05
Searching for Email Search for emails by date range 0:00:17
Searching for Email Introduction to search 0:00:14
Searching for Email Search for Unread email 0:00:18
Searching for Email Search for Starred email 0:00:13
Searching for Email Using Advanced Search 0:00:22
Searching for Email Search for emails by keyword 0:00:29
Searching for Email Search for emails from a specific person 0:00:24
Searching for Email Search for emails with attachments 0:00:31
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Introduction to Email 0:00:15
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Compose a new Email 0:00:52
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Using CC and BCC for additional recipients 0:01:28
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Change formatting of Email text 0:00:36
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Insert attachments to Email 0:00:18
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Discard a draft Email 0:00:21
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Send Email 0:00:15
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Resizing the Compose Window in Gmail 0:01:31
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Enable Undo Send 0:00:46
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Using Undo Send 0:00:37
Changing Settings Enable keyboard shortcuts 0:00:34
Changing Settings Add a different Email address to send mail from 0:00:35
Changing Settings Import a POP3 Email account into Gmail 0:00:40
Changing Settings Create an Email signature 0:00:31
Changing Settings Introduction to settings 0:01:13
Changing Settings Enabling/Disabling Conversation View 0:00:43
Changing Settings Enable chat and Email desktop notifications 0:00:35
Changing Settings Set an automatic vacation response 0:00:51
Changing Settings Enable offline Gmail 0:00:35
Managing Inbox with Filters Introduction to filters 0:00:24
Managing Inbox with Filters Create a new filter 0:00:57
Managing Inbox with Filters Modify a filter 0:00:16
Managing Inbox with Filters Delete a filter 0:00:16
Extra features with Labs Introduction to Labs 0:00:25
Extra features with Labs Enable and use Canned Responses 0:00:36
Introduction to Contacts What is Google Contacts? 0:00:22
Introduction to Contacts Introduction to Contacts interface 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Import contacts from another application 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Export contacts to another application 0:00:22
Working with Contacts Create a new contact 0:00:40
Working with Contacts Delete a contact 0:00:15
Working with Contacts Add contacts to a contact group 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Delete contacts from a contact group 0:00:13
Introduction to Tasks What is Google Tasks? 0:00:15
Introduction to Tasks Introduction to Tasks interface 0:00:23
Working with Tasks Create a new Task 0:00:15
Working with Tasks Complete a Task 0:00:12
Working with Tasks Create new Task lists 0:00:16
Working with Tasks Move a Task to another Task list 0:00:08
Working with Tasks Add an Email to a Task 0:00:20
Working with Tasks How to add a due date to a Task 0:00:12
Using Chat Hangouts Introduction to using Hangouts 0:00:36
Using Chat Hangouts Access Hangouts from Gmail 0:02:13
Using Chat Hangouts Control who can send you a Hangout request 0:00:49
Using Chat Hangouts Invite someone to Hangout – Gmail 0:00:28
Using Chat Hangouts Invite multiple people to Hangout – Gmail 0:00:40
Using Chat Hangouts Send an image or video 0:01:30
Using Chat Hangouts Send or receive an emoji 0:02:03
Using Chat Hangouts Turn Hangout history on or off 0:01:18
Using Chat Hangouts Delete a Hangout 0:00:41
Using Chat Hangouts Block or unblock a person 0:01:16
Using Chat Hangouts Archive a Hangout 0:00:37
Using Chat Hangouts Send or receive a text message 0:00:46
Using Video Hangouts Using group text chat in a video Hangout 0:01:22
Using Video Hangouts Ignore another participant 0:00:43
Using Video Hangouts Adjust bandwidth usage 0:00:54
Using Video Hangouts Change the active video 0:01:30
Using Video Hangouts Share your screen 0:00:59
Using Video Hangouts Capture the Hangout 0:00:59
Using Video Hangouts Share a YouTube video 0:01:08
Using Video Hangouts Add additional Hangout apps 0:00:44
Using Video Hangouts Introduction to video Hangouts 0:00:20
Using Video Hangouts Getting set up for a video Hangout 0:00:35
Using Video Hangouts Invite a person to a video Hangout 0:00:51
Using Video Hangouts Add more people to a video Hangout 0:00:54
Using Video Hangouts Add a phone call to a Hangout 0:01:28
Using Video Hangouts Mute or unmute yourself 0:00:49
Using Video Hangouts Mute another participant 0:00:24
Using Video Hangouts Disable or enable your Camera 0:00:51
Introduction to Hangouts What is Google Hangouts? 0:01:06
Introduction to Hangouts Introduction to the Hangouts interfaces 0:03:18

Setting a Good Example with Grammatically Correct Report Comments

Posted by ssweeney on October 19, 2015

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When writing up her report comments Rae found the tool Grammarly (https://www.grammarly.com/), which Dale had recommended to her, to be very helpful.  An extension on your Chrome Browser, this tool helped assure that her spelling and grammar were on pare for her interim report comments prior to sharing them with parents and students.

How does it work?  Grammarly is a free tool that asks you to sign in.  Once you have signed in, it will check up on all of your online writing, whether it is an email in Zimbra or comment writing in ManageBac.  If it is happening in your Chrome Browser, Grammarly will give you the instant feedback you need to avoid embarrassment.

Aside from helping you look good as a professional, how else can Grammarly be integrated into the classroom to improve the student learning experience?

GETTING STARTED

  • Open Chrome Browser
  • Visit https://www.grammarly.com/
  • Click on the red “Get Grammarly its free” button in the top right corner
  • Accept “Add Extension”
  • Create your free account
  • Follow the steps in their welcome tutorial to learn more

Welcome

Posted by ssweeney on October 15, 2015

Welcome to the Technology Integration Professional Development Resource blog.  This blog has been developed to support the development of all employees’ capacity to embrace and adapt to evolving technology.logo

Research & Development

Posted by ssweeney on September 30, 2015

Digital Coaches will be researching an area of interest related to newer technologies.  To guide their research process as they define how these topics could be implemented at FDR, they will utilize the MYP Design Cycle.  designcycle-1

Multimedia Production

Posted by ssweeney on September 30, 2015

With multimedia production being so accessible in today’s world, no longer are people simply relying on text to transmit their ideas and communicate information.  The modes of communication are evolving and so should our units of instruction.  Many of our students are turning towards producing products that include text, pictures, video, audio, or a combination of all.  Just as we teach students the techniques and mechanics of writing a well structured paragraph to communicate their ideas, we need to broaden our instruction to also include the mechanics and techniques for guiding students through the process of designing high quality multimedia works that bring power to the ideas students are communicating through other mediums.  To support students in pursuing this passion and guide them to develop products that are of the highest quality, this team of Digital Coaches will be diving deep into the resources and techniques used to generate quality products when it comes to various modes of multimedia.  They will lead the way with developing the key expectations that teachers and students should have for quality end products.

Resources for Multimedia Production