Monday, September 18, 2017

"Landing pages, overlays and sticky bars"

​A
 bluffer's guide to "tech talk" 
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-september-17-2017-1.4291332/landing-pages-overlays-and-sticky-bars-a-bluffer-s-guide-to-tech-talk-1.4291377

From CBC's Sunday Edition:

​"
Language is a living thing, and over the last decade or so, technology has been one of the main drivers of change in the English language. [...] ​The new radio doc by our in-house expert on all things cyber, high-tech, and ahead of the curve gives us a handy bluffer's guide to Tech Talk.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mercury Reader - Web Reading made easy

​"​Clear the clutter from your articles"
https://mercury.postlight.com/reader/

​Busy webpages don't lend themselves to an easy read. And so, I'm a fan of the Safari Reader View option that cleans up a web page for reading. However, I often using Chrome (especially when I visit links in Gmail) and I used to use the "Readability" bookmarklet - my problem: it is no longer working. After a bit of googling around, I've started using the Mercury Reader Chrome extension. Great solution to my problem!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Resources for teachers - Book Creator

​S​
ee how Book Creator can be used in any subject.



​Everything you wanted to know about Book Creator - webinars, help docs, lesson ideas and project suggestions. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Google Apps for All Kinds of Things

​T​
echnopedagogy
​ and more!​


Browse these slideshows for great technology integration ideas:
​"​
My passion is demonstrating how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. Professional development topics include: technopedagogy, digital citizenship, 21st century skills, Critical thinking, GSuite and a broad range of contemporary applications, social media and mobile technologies.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Online Slideshow Maker with Music

​Mini-music videos the easy way with Picovico​
Create a free account, upload your pics and get a slick, professional looking video slide show - with music!

Here's an example: http://picovi.co/i3pvvq 


"Picovico is a marvelous platform for you to create loads of different kinds videos. And by different kinds, we mean, you can explore your creativity and just make anything you want. This simple tool lets you seamlessly convert photos into videos without so much as having to open any complicated software. You just upload your photos, put captions, choose some music, and that's it, you're done. Your video is made."

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Make a Newspaper Blackout Poem on the iPad

H
​igh-tech update for an old trick
http://austinkleon.com/2010/04/03/how-to-make-a-blackout-poem-on-the-ipad/



​Austin Kleon explains how to make Blackout Poems using an iPad. ​

​"
Even though I still prefer the old analog way, there are times (mostly on the bus or out on the porch or lying in bed) when I don't have a newspaper and a marker in front of me, so I've been experimenting with making them on my iPad.

Here's how I do it, if you want to play along…

​"​

​You could use any drawing program that lets you import from the camera roll. While a stylus is a fancy touch, your finger will work just fine too.​

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Self-Marking Quiz with Google Forms

​Helping students achieve mastery​
http://nathanaelpowell.com/?p=779


​Nathanael Powell ​gives a very clear overview of how to use the new self-marking quiz feature in Google forms. He offers good suggestions on how to use the tool, ways to avoid privacy issues and strategies for tracking student improvement over time. Take a look!
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Creating Readers: Informational Text

​Infotext - Sites and Apps​
http://crossroadsnorthlibrary.pbworks.com/w/page/109004050/Rev%20Up%20Reading%3A%20Informational%20Text

​Be a better reader by getting in some good practice - here are some sites and apps to give students appropriate articles at their reading level. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

​D
isplay and annotate student work


​"​The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.
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Bloxels: design and play

​An​
 innovative way to create games and characters


​Litlgeeks reviews the  Bloxels Video Game Builder set, calling it  "
a ​
creative, innovative way to create games and characters."  Bloxels comes with "pixel" trays
​ that allow the user​
 
​to
 create characters and levels.  (Read the full review and see video demo on the site.)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Creative Ways of using Google Slides

Re-imagine the power of student projects
http://www.teachercast.net/2014/10/19/creative-ways-using-google-presentations/


Listen to Jeffrey Bradbury explain how to get creative with Google Slides:

"We have all sat through BORING PowerPoint presentations… right?  In this session, we are going to learn how to use Google Presentations in a more creative and collaborative format than you have ever imagined! Learn how you can use Google Presentations in ways OTHER than the traditional slide show and reimagine the power of student projects...."
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

5 Google Apps Templates for Kindergarten

Use Google Apps with younger grades
http://alicekeeler.com/2016/03/21/5-google-apps-templates-kindergarten/

"Google Classroom makes it easier to use Google Apps with younger grades. Create a copy of the templates below, adjust the title and make tweaks to the template to suit your learning objective. In Google Classroom create an assignment and click on the Google Drive icon to add the template. Change the default from "Students can view the file" to "Make a copy for each student."

Alice Keeler has so many great ideas, it's hard to keep up! Check her site for many more useful tweaks.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to link to a YouTube video in full screen mode.

Get the "big screen" experience
Don't you hate the busy screen you see when you show a clip to your class? Wouldn't it be great to be able to get a link to just the video itself?  

There are two ways to do this.
1) Copy the URL of the video from your browser address bar, and replace watch?v=  with v/ . This will force the video to load in full browser page mode.
or 2) find the Youtube video you want to share, click on the "embed" tab to see the html code, copy the link from the https up to the ?rel= . (see below)
In both cases, the resulting link will load the video, completely filling your browser window without related videos or other distractions.Try it with a clip you want to share!
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Using Video Effectively in the Classroom

Be an active and reactive viewer
"When it comes to video, students shouldn't just get it; they should also have something to say about it. Students need to be active and reactive viewers -- comprehending and critiquing, reading and reacting, getting and giving knowledge. [On this site] you'll find great tools, tips, and strategies for helping to foster both of these essential media-literacy skills."
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Try Green Screen in Miniature

Doing it "tiny" : Green Screen on a small scale
Video explanation and demo, screen shots and parts lists, ideas and apps, a movie set in a pizza box:

"Traditional Green Screen MovieMaking can be overwhelming involving setup, equipment and even software. Thanks to the iPad, we can bring this editing process down to a manageable size for use in the classroom. The smaller scale also provides for quick and easy setup/breakdown of equipment and supplies when you have multiple classes or limited space in your classroom."

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