Sunday, September 6, 2015

Google News for the Classroom

Students and teachers will soon have great new additions to our favorite free tools, including Voice Typing -- in our Google Apps for Education.  Look for them in your Google Apps in the coming weeks.

Read original here:  Google Sidekicks

What it Means

Voice Typing: 

Slow at typing? Need to compose an essay? Do it without touching your keyboard! Just activate Voice typing in the Tools menu when you're using Docs in Chrome. When using your phone, just tap the microphone button on your phone’s keyboard. Now all students can easily have access to creating and sharing their ideas.

Google Classroom

I've just started using Google Classroom for student assignments, and now that's even better.  Share to Classroom Chrome extension lets teachers share a website with the entire class at the same time—everyone can jump to a web page together, without dealing with typos. Awesome!

Google Research

Students already use the Research Tool in the Web App, and now there's the Research tool in Docs for Android. You can search within Docs, find the quotes, facts and images you need, and add them.

Collaboration Just Got Easier: New Button on top menu

The new button is "See New Changes." Figure out quickly what and who changed so next steps or questions can be added.


Templates in Docs, Sheets and Slides lets you add pizazz to the look of your work, whether they are reports, portfolios, resumes and other pre-made templates -- they make your life easier. You will find them soon at the top of your Docs, Sheets, and Slides home page.

Forms -- Think Surveys, Quizzes, Formative Assessments

With colorful new themes, customization with your own photo or logo, and forms will even choose the right color palette to match, your forms will take on new life. Insert images, GIFs or videos. Remember that you can pick from a selection of question formats. It's easy! Create your "Exit Ticket" and have the data instantly in a spreadsheet ready for you to assess student needs and next steps.

  Google Sheets is lot smarter:

Use "Explore" in Sheets in the bottom right corner to decipher your data and focus on your point. Check out Explore help and learn how to create charts and insights automatically. Visualize trends and understand your data in seconds on the web. It's pretty awesome if you're a data person. TPEP student growth data just got easy to analyze and share!

So, whether a student or staff member, take a little time to learn something new, once these tools pop up in your Google Apps for Education!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit | Edutopia

Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit | Edutopia

Find an array of resources, tips, how-tos for using Social Media: in the classroom, with students, with families, for Digital Citizenship.

A Must Read!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Repost on Twitter


Twitter is a microblogging platform in which users share resources, discuss ideas, and collaborate all in 140 characters.

Video -- play, pause, learn, play -- Twitter: What and How

Click the image for larger view of a partial image from Kathleen Morris's post about Twitter.

In the image below you will see 15 excellent educational resources highlighted, discovered in just a few minutes: I logged in, I searched for "#elemchat" and read and chose resources from the tweets. Everyone in this section is relevant to my teaching today -- from math/standards lessons to rubrics to assessment to science tools.

Twitter does not consume your time; it saves time by providing answers to your questions, current research and resources, and links to webinars and further information.

How do you get started? 

On the computer, go to and click Sign Up.  

I suggest starting with a personal account, but you can start with your educator account for our school.  Just start your account name with nsd and add your last name. mine is  nsdedwards

For your personal name -- please make it identifiable to you, rather than a silly name; this is part of your digital personal: make it professional, whether personal or school.

On your iPad, open your iPad settings, go to Twitter, install the app, and create an account. Please create an account nsdyourlastname; mine is  nsdedwards.

Open the Twitter app, and go to your profile -- see below -- and click 'edit profile.'  If you don't have bio info, others will not follow you. A picture is also helpful.
See the little note icon at bottom left? Click it to add a note-- 140 characters including spaces:

Be sure to click 'send.'

Your message will appear on your profile.

Here I have sent a note to a friend, Mrs. Denise Krebs. Her username is mrsdkrebs, so I address the note as @mrsdkrebs

I asked her for her ideas about Twitter. Her response:

What do the icons mean on top of each message?

Still, why Twitter?  

The sixth, seventh, and eighth grades students at our school and two Iowa schools learned the Parts of Speech together in a collaborative project using Google docs. The whole project began in Twitter:

A sample of our messages:

The best way to learn Twitter is to just lurk a while. Go to 
Cybraryman's Twitter Chat page and select a chat about your interests.  Type the name ( including the #  such as #3rdchat or #spedchat ) into the search bar at the top of your Twitter page. You will be taken to the most recent conversation in that chat, like  the #elemchat previously discussed. 
Read a few, click on a person's name that has tweeted something you like, and click 'Follow' by their name. 

Soon your timeline will be filled with tweets by those people. And soon they will become your friends in your professional learning network (PLN), just as @mrsdkrebs, @tracywatanabe, and @plnaugle and so many others are to me. 

More Twitter Info:

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