Back-to-School Tech Suggestions

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1. If you show YouTube videos during class, consider adding the DF Tube (Distraction Free for YouTube) extension – when it’s installed, there are no “suggested” YouTube videos next to the video you’re showing that may distract your students. If you’d like to hide the comments that appear after videos, try Hide YouTube Comments, too!

2. Use the Print Friendly & PDF extension to save online articles as PDF files, or to print articles without all the crazy headline sizes/unnecessary photos/weird links that appear on a web page. Share this with your students, too, so they learn to conserve paper when printing from the internet!

3. You can give students online quizzes in a locked environment if you use Google Forms – this article has a thorough walk-through of the process.

4. I find it handy to bookmark the ABC Rotation Schedule – if you’d like to do the same, the link is here! I also bookmark the lunch waves – link is here for that.

5. Please bookmark this website or sign up for updates–see sign-up link over on the right! Also, bookmark the student Chromebook Handbook , where students can find information on their Chromebooks, digital citizenship, the TSI office, and information on requesting apps and extensions. Point it out to your students, too–it’s linked for them on the front of their portal page!

 

Summer PD anyone?

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Inexpensive professional development is happening at the Lake County ROE all summer long – if you’re interested, take a look at what’s going on! Link to summer sessions is here. (For those interested in becoming Google Certified Educators but who want a little guidance – there are training sessions in late July!)
And if there’s a tech skill you’d like to work on over the summer and need my help – please email me and we can meet at school! I’d love to help you or your department try something new next year!

How to create a final exam in Google Docs

I had a visitor recently ask me how to touch up the formatting on a Microsoft Word document after he converted it to Google Docs. Unfortunately, the formatting options for Docs are pretty limited. This YouTube video shows you a quick overview of how to get numbers and letter choices to align – it helped me out, maybe it will help you as you create your final exams!

Create bookmark collections with your class – or just yourself!

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I am newly in love. With Wakelet. You can create groups (“Politics” – “Differentiated Learning” – whatever you want!) and then, as you come across interesting articles or websites online, you can use the handy Wakelet extension to add them to your collection! But it’s not only bookmarks you can save – here’s a (partial?) list:

  • Links
  • Images
  • PDFs
  • YouTube videos
  • Tweets
  • Facebook & Instagram posts
  • Google files of any sort (docs, sheets, etc.)
  • Spotify or Soundcloud playlists
  • Flipgrid responses
  • Screencast recordings (on your favorite screencasting tool)

Students can create groups as they work on projects together, or you can make a class group and allow everyone to add to it. I made a sample group here for the Crossroads satire edition.

Let me know if you have questions, or check out their help site!

Ditch That Textbook gives guidance for the end of the year

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Looking to shake things up and have your students create a project as an end-of-the-semester assessment? As usual, Matt Miller is full of ideas. Check out his post called “10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects” for inspiration!

Looking for a framework for research?

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Our head librarian Eric Franklin put this presentation together in Adobe Spark for classes embarking upon research projects to teach critical thinking skills. If you’d like for him to visit you here at CCHS, send him an email!

Here are some other entries I’ve posted on developing research skills with your students.