So many of us love to use the keyboard shortcuts, and it isn't any different in Google. They actually won't allow right clicks to get to some of the more popular functions, like cut, copy, and paste. Here are some shortcuts you may consider using in Drive. You may even want to print them off and post them somewhere near your computer. Another idea, take the more popular ones and post them around your classroom for students to see. Thanks to TeachThought for this list!
What a great week this was! Here is the blog summary for this week. I am also going to make a blog summary section of my blog for some quick access links. Check that out sometime within the next week and a half.
Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day! What is digital learning? It is explained well in the first paragraph on their website.
Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career. - See more at: http://all4ed.schoolwires.net/domain/54#sthash.h3wp3Q63.dpuf
How can you and your students participate in Digital Learning Day? Here are some ideas!
Need other ideas? Let me know! Need help with something you want to do with technology? I would love to help! I am conducting a Mystery Skype tomorrow with 5th grade. They will play 20 questions with a classroom out of this state, trying to guess where each other is located. Trust me, this will appear on the blog!
If you are on Twitter, tweet out what you have done for Digital Learning Day using the hashtag #DLDay. Also, send me pictures and/or examples of what you have done for DLDay in your classroom! We would love to put it on the Facebook page!
If you have not heard about Spelling City, then I am SO glad you are now! Spelling City is a website where teachers can register for free accounts, create word lists, and share them out with their students. The students can then play games that work on spelling and vocabulary.
Students do not have to sign up. They can just follow a link and play the lists you have created, or they can go to lists other teachers have made by searching.
Need a list for students to practice homophones? Search for it and you will find a large amount of already made lists.
Then you get your results. From there you can play the games using those words or you can import them to your list.
There are lessons that teachers can find for Language Arts, which are great!
This is all completely free! You can sign up for a premium account, but I have found that a free account works for what I want to do with it.
This is a wonderful way to encourage students to study their spelling words at home. There is nothing better than a game of Hang Mouse!
Have a collaborative project for students? Did someone delete important information and you need to find out who it was? Welcome to viewing revisions in Google Drive!
If you would like to see the revisions done to a Google Drive app, you can do that very easily by viewing the revision history. You can even revert back to an old copy, if you like!
Click on File > See Revision History
A window will open to the right of your document.
Each person has their own color. The blue is one person, green is one person, orange is one person, and purple is another. You can see that there are multiple orange dots, that is all the same person and the changes they have made.
When you click on that revision history, the box turns grey, as shown in the first box above. Then any changes that person made during that revision, will come up in that color on the document, as shown below.
Everything else goes to gray scale, while the revision is in the color of the person that made it.
This can be helpful in seeing if a student took your revision suggestions and made them. You can see if someone peer edited a little too much (or wrote the paper for someone else), the time it was worked on last, and probably more!
Again, a useful tool for teachers, seeing revision history of a Drive app. This applies to Presentation, Drawing, Spreadsheets, and Docs. It may also apply to other apps, too.
Honestly, I had tried to start a Twitter account a couple of years ago, but did not really "get it". Then when I took this job I saw many of the people in my position were on Twitter. Fast forward 5 months and here I am, loving Twitter! I follow 152 people and 132 follow me. Craziness!
Why use Twitter as an educator? Well, this is what I have found. The best PD I have had takes place within a 1 hour session, on my couch, in my PJs, and with a # (hashtag). Yes, PD on your couch! Hashtags break things into categories. You click on one and it filters all tweets that are using that same #. I take place in GAFE (pronounced like "safe", stands for Google Apps for Educators) chat every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. I connect with other educators, get ideas for what to do with certain Google Apps, and get to share my own ideas. Then I come back and share those ideas with teachers. In one hour...twice a month...can't beat that.
I also follow educational publications and get some great articles. Then I follow programs we use and get to see updates that are being made. When I find out about Google Classroom updates, it is because of people I follow on Twitter.
Twitter can be used by teachers to have PLN (Personal Learning Networks) that can connect all over the world. If you connect with an educator on the other side of the world, possibilities are endless. You may even get to have a Skype or Google Hangout with a classroom in Australia! People are using Twitter to connect like this all the time!
Twitter is great for classrooms. Columbia Public Schools use them all the time to share out to their parents about upcoming events, what is going on in the classroom, photos (and now, video!), and reminders. It is a wonderful tool to connect with the community.
My goal is for at least one person per grade level to have a Twitter next year. Then maybe we can start getting the word out about how great it is! Who's in? Look for more information on Twitter in the coming school year. If you have a classroom Twitter, let me know so our school can follow you and so I can follow you!
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What is Kahoot?
Web address for student access is kahoot.it. There is no .com or .edu. Just kahoot.it. Web address for teacher login is getkahoot.com.
Teachers, go to www.getkahoot.com when you want to create or display the questions. Instruct students to go to, or provide a link, to kahoot.it for students.
Kahoot is an interactive game-like learning platform. Teachers can either create a collection of questions or search for public ones. This is a GREAT platform for boosting student engagement in the classroom. You are able to ask them in real-time with your lesson.
The question is displayed on the projector, it is NOT on their computer screen. You must have a projector to run the game through! Students must have a device to answer on. I have some thoughts on classrooms with limited devices though.
3 Types of Kahoot
Quiz - You can ask as many questions as you want. It is okay to use a video or picture in your question. There must be one correct answer, but you can have more than one. The time limit can be set for each questions, ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes. Students earn points based on them being correct and them how fast they answer them, think playing trivia at a restaurant! Result can be downloaded after the game, and you can see who answered what. *Use initials or class numbers in order to use as a formative assessment!*
Discussion - This option is to encourage conversation. It is one quick question that does not have a right or wrong answer. Students type in their answers and they display on the board. There are no points in this game-play.
Survey - You can ask as many questions as you want. You can use a video or picture. There are no right or wrong answers. The results of each question can be discussed right there in class. The results can also be downloaded and saved.
Kahoot in the Classroom
Kids in Kindergarten through college have used this platform. It is ideal if each student has a device. You would display the Kahoot page on your projector and there is a game pin. The link would be on your webpage for students to go to. They type in the game pin, so they DO NOT need a login. Establish how you want them to display their name, first name, class number, initials, or other.
If you are in a 2:1 situation, I would either assign the left to answer odd questions and right the evens, have them work together to answer them, or duplicate each question to where Student 1 answers all left and Student 2 all right, but they are still answering the same questions. This would take longer and may not be ideal. You could also have Student 1 answer the Kahoot questions while Student 2 does whiteboard, then switch the next day.
Would I use this every day? No. But I would use it for those lessons that need a little extra engagement or that has a lot of knowledge checks in it.
I am trying it with grade 2 tomorrow! I can't wait! Check out a video done by Susan Johnson that will show you a demo of using Kahoot. Steve Johnson has a video of him using it with his students. That is the last video on today's blog.
I attended the eMINTS conference this past week and this blew my mind! You can make customized Google searches! That means that you pick the sites your kids search from. So cool, especially for those younger kiddos that are just learning to search.
Go to https://www.google.com/cse/all to get started. Click on each image to enlarge in order to get a step-by-step on creating a customized Google search for your students!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom