Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tech Share Activity

Because “the best way to learn is to teach”, I have my students share with me (and the class) about something they know about technology.  It could be a website, blog, video(s), social media site and/or something new in on-line news.  Most students have several ideas to share but If they can not think of something to share, I tell them to begin by doing some research.   They can go to websites like www.mashable.com, which has many articles and short video clips about new technologies.   Students put together their information into a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.  Many of my technology lessons and website investigations have come from doing this Tech Share exercise with my students.  Students are constantly online and have great ideas to share if given the opportunity.  Tech Teachers – their ideas can become your future lessons!

Here are a few examples of presentations created by my students…

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Uploading Microsoft Office Files to Google Drive

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• This lesson includes step-by-step instructions and screenshots for uploading a Microsoft Office Document (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) into Google Drive.

• You can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

• Once you’ve edited a Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides file, you can then save and share it with others.

• It also includes a video link to learn how to add the Google Drive Plugin for Microsoft Office.

• With this plugin, you can now edit your Office files stored in Google Drive directly in Microsoft Office!

• If you use Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you can save your files directly to Google Drive, open them from Drive, or share them, all from within your Office programs.

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Link to get the plug-in…

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/driveforoffice

Link to video explaining how to download and use the Plugin…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlF7htUjrn0

Click on the link below to download this lesson…

Uploading Microsoft Office Files to Google Drive

 

The Wayback Machine Website

The Wayback Machine is an internet archive website that takes a snapshot of most websites on various days throughout the year so that you can go back and look at what your favourite website looked like in the past even back in the 1990’s or early 2000’s.

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This archive currently has 469 billion web pages saved over time.  I have used this site for several years with my students and they really enjoy exploring it.  It works great for a lesson on internet history, to show how websites have evolved and/or to highlight characteristics of effective website layouts.

Here is a link to the Wayback Machine…

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The following are some descriptions and screen shots comparing how a website looks today to a date in the past that my students created after using the Wayback Machine…

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