iStockPhoto.com For Amazing Pictures

Over the last few days I have been purchasing some photos again from iStockPhoto.com.  There are lots of eye catching pictures on this site.  They are not cheap as most prices range from $13 to $36 per picture.  You buy credits to purchase the images or you can buy a bundle which allows you to download 10 images per month for $100.  Here are some of the photos I have purchased for cover images…

Sharing within Google Drive

Collaborators within Google Drive

  • I often have students put together a Google Slide presentation for their group projects
  • One person from the group will open a Google Slide presentation
  • That person will then invite the other members of the group to collaborate
  • All members of the group can work on the same Google Slide from different devices
  • They will each see changes made by their group members in real time

Protecting your Work

  • If you are concerned about someone copying your work and submitting it as their own, then share your work in PDF format
  • This is the only secure way to protect work if you do not want people to be able to edit it
  • It is very important to know that recipients can always make a copy of “view only” files and just edit as they wish
  • Google Docs were designed to allow people to collaborate and edit shared documents. It was not created to “protect” products.

Google Spaces – New App For Sharing

  • Google Spaces is a new app for small group sharing
  • Spaces helps you get a group together quickly to share things about any topic and instantly start conversations
  • Invite classmates any way you like with a quick link
  • Teachers and students can use Google Spaces to share ideas and learn from one another
  • Students can use it to collaborate on projects, complete homework and prepare for tests

Source

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.social.spaces&hl=en

spaces.google.com

Canva.com Design Program

I have been working on creating a new promotional handout for trade shows and other events.  It will be a laminated, glossy 5 in. x 7 in. card (similar in size and look to a postcard).  I used a very user friendly and dynamic design program called Canva.   I found out about it last year while attending a conference in Rochester N.Y.  One of the speakers was from an advertising firm.  Companies pay her office big money to design ads for them and they use Canva to create the ads.  She laughed because you would think that they would use some really expensive, sophisticated program and instead they use Canva.  I now use it with all of my classes to design social media posts.

Canva

Here is the design I have so far for my handout…

Google Transformation Center

  • The Transformation Center is a hub of resources to help education leaders improve all aspects of their schools
  • A collection of ideas, stories, templates and guides from schools so that leaders can learn from each other
  • Find examples from real schools that are implementing the 7 Elements of Transformation
  • Submit your ideas to help the community of school leaders

7 Elements of Transformation

  1. Professional Development– Effective professional development and coaching
  2. Culture – Foster a culture of innovation and learn from failure and success
  3. Technology – Find, test and implement the right technology tools
  4. Funding & Sustainability – School leaders create a sustainable budget
  5. Community Engagement – Ensure school partners are able to support the school
  6. Learning – Develop curriculum and assessment that puts the student at the center
  7. Vision – Create a clear vision, all members work toward shared goals

To find out more about Google’s Transformation Center, click on the link below…

Google Transformation Center

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I would just like to thank all of you for your support.  TeachwithTech now has over 3000 Reviews and Ratings of our products!  I really appreciate hearing from you about how these products are working in your classroom.  Here is some of the teacher feedback we have recently received…

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Google Photos

GOOGLE PHOTOS

Teachers and students can manage all of their photos in one place and access from a desktop or any mobile device (Android, iPad or iPhone)

• One home for all of your photos
• Easy to find
• Auto-upload from any device
• Automatically organized and searchable
• Edit easily and share however you want
• Free storage
• Your photos are searchable by the places and things in them. No tagging required.
• Pool photos with friends and family

OPTIONS

Assistant Options
A. Album
B. Shared Album
C. Collage
D. Animation

Image Options
A. Colour Filter
B. Basic Adjustments
C. Crop & Rotate
D. Aspect Ratio
E. More (Save Copy/Copy Edits)

Go to photos.google.com to get started