Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 30, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 30, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Changing Permissions in Team Drives and Read & Write for Google

Changing Permissions in Team Drives

A few weeks ago, some of you may have set up a department “Team Drive”. Recently, I went into my Team Drive to change permissions and noticed that it looks a bit different than permissions in a Google Doc through Drive. Please watch the below tutorial to see how to change permissions in Team Drives.

Read & Write for Google

Read & Write for Google is a great Chrome extension for students that may need a little help with typing, writing, or spelling. Read & Write for Google has some great futures for use in Google Docs such as;
  • Speech to Text
  • Word Prediction
  • Highlighting
  • Reading text (and highlighting it simultaneously)
  • Text to Pictures

How can I use this in my class?

Read & Write for Google is used as assistive technology in classes. This tool can help struggling writers gain confidence and push through written assignments. Students can get helpful hints with spelling through word prediction tools, and hear the text being read to them if they have difficulty reading.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 23, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 23, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Screencast-O-Matic and Explain Everything!

What is screencasting?
   A screencast is recording the computer screen and adding narration. Screencasting is how I create the tutorials for technology! My favorite screencasting tools are Screencast-O-Matic (There is a free version, which should be just fine, or an upgraded “pro” version for $15/year. I do have the upgraded version ) and Explain Everything (preferably used on an iPad or touch Chromebook)! Screencast-O-Matic is NOT supported by iPad. You can use it on a PC or Mac!

Explain Everything is a fantastic tool for creating flipped lessons! Essentially Explain Everything is a multi-media screencasting and whiteboard tool used to create videos. Different from Screencast-O-Matic, you can upload images, handwrite (easier on the iPad), voiceover, add text, animate, insert images, and much more!

How can I use this in my class?

You can use a screencast to:
  • Flip your classroom
  • Double yourself to monitor student behavior (by playing your lesson while moving around your class and having proximity to students that may need a bit more support)
  • Create a review for a homework assignment
  • Make sub plans!
  • Demo a process to parents (such as the method you teach a math problem for example)
  • Peer tutoring (students that understand can make a screencast for other students)
  • Student Projects (have students make their own!)

Added Benefits(from this article)
In addition to what is essentially added class time, screencasting comes with a host of other advantages:

  • Students can watch the video as many times as they need to, in order to better understand complex concepts.
  • During the independent practice time of class, when it often seems that all of your students need you at once, students can be encouraged to access the screencast again on a class computer to review segments of it before asking for one-on-one help.
  • Students are getting the direct instruction (when you’re most likely to lose them) one-on-one at home, plugged into a computer, without as many distractions.
  • Since students are working on independent practice in class, the teacher can catch misconceptions early and offer interventions.
  • Students spend more collective time on independent practice — where they learn more, and where they’re practicing skills necessary for standardized tests.
  • Students can work collaboratively during the early stages of independent practice, which offers support to those who need it and helps solidify the learning of those offering support
  • When doing additional problems at home, students can refer back to the video for added help.
  • Absent students can stay on-track with little teacher intervention.
  • Screencasts are great when kids are studying for a test — they can essentially refer back to all the lessons from the entire year.
  • Screencasts make your job easier: if you screencast all your lessons this year, you can use them all again next year.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 16, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 16, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tip of the Week: EquatIO Chrome Extension

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EquatIO is a chrome extension for writing math expressions in Google Docs AND Google Forms! You can translate voice to math, handwriting to math, use Latex, or choose from the expressions.

How can I use this in my class?

This can be used to create short formative assessments in Google Forms with math equations, and multiple choice tests, for example. You can use this for a variety of assignments (such as multiple students working on a problem in Google Docs, for example).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 9, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 9, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tip of the Week: Mind Mapping Tools!

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Google Drawings:

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Google Drawings is a fantastic tool for creating mind maps! Above is a Google Drawing that outlines some of the G Suite applications and what they do.
Click HERE to see the G Suite Map closer and with working links!


This image is a sample Mind Map I created using Spiderscribe.
Click HERE to go to the Mind Map!

How can I use this in my class?

Mind mapping is a great way for students to use higher order thinking skills to organize their thoughts on an issue, show the order of something, represent a time in history, for writing a paper, or even creating a website. There are MANY ways to use mind maps in your classes!

HERE is an article of 10 ways to use mind mapping!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 2, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 2, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tip of the Week #1: New! Team Drives

If you missed the email I sent out on Friday, April 28th, then I will recap!  Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.39.33 AM.png
When you open your Google Drive you will notice that there is now a "Team Drive" option (currently only available for staff).
Team Drives (for Google directions click on link) are essentially a shared folder that makes EVERYONE in the team an "owner" of the documents it contains. This means that if one person creates the document and leaves (for example), the document is still available for the team in Team Drives.
*At present you cannot share Google Sites or Google Maps into Team Drives.
Why should I use Team Drive?
Team Drive would be a great way to share department documents and have one location to access them. *I want to caution you that if you are using a Google Doc in the Team Drive you will still need to "make a copy" if you want to make unique changes to the document for yourself. Whoever edits the document, changes the existing document for all, unless you make a copy!
Team Drive is also great for committees and other groups.
How do I get documents in the Team Drive folder?
You can create them new right from the Team Drive, or drag and drop them into the folder.
HERE is a video tutorial to watch!
**Caution- If you try to "copy" your documents from Google Drive to put in Team Drive, it will just make a copy to your existing Google Drive. I highly recommend to just move the existing document (by dragging and dropping it) into Team Drive and not copy it. You can also upload documents from your network folder (or another folder on your computer) if you wish. Remember that Google Docs are live documents that change for everyone when the document is changed.

Technology Tip of the Week #2: Google My Maps and Google Tour Builder!

I recently started using Google My Maps. Google My Maps allows you to create your own maps in Google Earth. For example, I created THIS in Google My Maps for an upcoming trip I am taking. Google My Maps can import from a Google Sheet too! Check out this video!

I was able to map out the locations that I know of, and also make directions from location to location to get an idea of how long each leg will take to drive. Using Google My Maps was how I discovered  Google Tour Builder.

Google Tour Builder does a similar task of allowing you to compile locations on Google Maps. I like this version better for teachers to use this as a virtual tour (as you can add text, images, and more to each location you pick!). I will most likely use this to create a memory of my trip! I can envision working on the memories for each location and adding pictures to create a digital story on Google Maps! I think this has a lot of potential for students and teachers!

How can I use this in my class?

Both Google My Maps and Google Tour Builder could be used for both teachers and students to present information. For example, recently the French students went on a trip to France. They could create a digital story of their trip, adding images, and text in Google Tour Builder. A history teacher may want to use this to show a time period with significant events/locations. An English teacher could have students map locations in a book they are reading, or an Art Teacher could have students map artists (where they lived for example from a painting). Endless ideas!