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!

 

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.

 

Hipster Google 2 has dropped!

 

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Hipster Google 2: More Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of is the sequel to the popular-in-edtech-circles Hipster Google. There are twenty-two Google-based ideas in this post, but there’s something for everyone! Music teachers! Science teachers! Math teachers! Humanities teachers! ALL THE TEACHERS. My two favorites are Just a Line, an augmented reality app for your phone (iOS or Android) that lets you draw on your environment, and LIFE Tags, which gives students quick access from the LIFE magazine photo database from 1936-2000. (In my heart, I lived through World War II and the Great Depression. My favorite periodical is Reminisce magazine.) Set aside a few minutes to explore here! Your students will thank you!

Find contacts in the new Gmail

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I spent too long looking for my contact list in the new version of Gmail, stubbornly thinking I’d figure it out without looking it up. I’m glad I finally gave in and Googled it. I never would have guessed where they moved it. Read this quick article to find out how to access yours.

QBall! The fun, throwable wireless microphone!

All you need is a speaker and a place to plug the receiver in. I can set it up for you in two shakes, and then you can use it for class discussions, review games, whatever you want!
Email me if you’d like to give it a spin!

Thanks to Cathy Brennan and her PE class for the demonstration!

Chrome browser no longer supports apps

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What’s missing in this picture?

Apps. According to this article, Google will no longer support apps for laptop or desktop devices – and they’re on their way out for Chromebooks as well. This isn’t much of a tragedy, though, as apps mostly act as “glorified bookmarks” (according to the article). Extensions, the programs that sit up next to your address bar and work on whichever website you’re on, will remain, though!