From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
As many students can attest, video creation doesn't have to be difficult and it certainly doesn't have to be scary. One teacher (Rob Zdrjewski) shares how the flipped classroom can be a lesson in media literacy for students and teachers alike.
Students make short 'how to' videos for teachers at his school - they are a maximum of 90 seconds long, use screencasting technology, and are available on Rob's blog http://mrzclassblog.org/#!/ for 'out of hours' access by teachers and others. The 'how to' titles that I saw were mainly around Google Apps e.g. How to double-space a Google Doc by Alex Rodriguez.
What I like about this is the acknowledgement that students can develop expertise and usefully share it with teachers (as long as the teachers are humble enough to admit they are not experts in everything).
Another plus for this idea is that the student authors get the credit - they are named on the blog, and the blog is open to anyone on the Internet, so potentially there is a much larger audience that can use the student-developed library of 'how to' screencasts.
A suggestion: that there be some quality control on the screencasts - students talking too fast or not clearly saying words can interfere with understanding the 'demo', they also need to name the tool button they are selecting as they do it.
Note that students teaching teachers is not new - in New Zealand there is a well established project (Tech Angels) at Wellington Girls' College that takes this approach http://www.techangels.org.nz/
This triangle is a good reminder of all the creative tools we have available to us as instructional designers at each level of the cognitive domain. No more boring classroom training, or 97 page powerpoints thank you!
It’s about time you give some love to Google+, a social media platform set to attract more people not only because of its new dressed up interface, but also by the recent features added.
Google+ is obviously betting big on photos as it launches its ability to “auto awesome” images uploaded to it. Its mobile app came through with its refreshing updates as well. All in all, it has been a very active month for Google+ and the new wave of features is projected to increase its social networking share.
Now here’s an infographic ready to turn anyone who’s willing to make the jump an instant Google+ savvy user.
"IT happened….. something went wrong in our first grade classroom when using the iPads. I know, BIG SHOCKER! One of the more important things teachers need to remember is things will not always go as planned when using the iPads. There will be technical difficulties, connectivity issues, and things that are unforeseen. You have to be able to think on your feet and improvise to teach in the 1:1 iPad classroom. I try to help teachers achieve this at my school."
I knew about the OCR in photos. I did not know about the OCR .pdf function. Awesome!
Are you a digital packrat? Are you in need of a searchable repository for everything you want to recall later? Does the idea of automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for all your scanned PDFs get you excited in a way only seriously organised people could ever understand? If so, Evernote is the tool you need right now – and we’ve got the perfect manual to get you started using it like a professional.
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Pad is one of the best tablets available in the market. Many educators and teachers use it for both professional and personal purposes. Some are experienced users and others are still fighting their way through its intricacies. No matter what user you are, the spreadsheet below will be of great help for you.
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