Monthly Archives: December 2016

Google Cast for Education

  • Google Cast for Education is a free Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom.
  • It carries video and audio, has built in controls for teachers and works seamlessly with Google Classroom
  • The Cast for Education app runs on the teacher’s computer that’s connected to the classroom projector
  • Teachers receive calls through the Cast for Education app and students share their screens
  • Cast for Education allows you to turn your computer into a wireless projector for screen sharing from another device
  • Just install the app, give your device a name, and invite students to cast

Source

https://support.google.com/edu/castforedu/?hl=en#7041156

Monitor Classroom Noise – Bouncyballs.org

Use this website as a fun way to monitor classroom noise levels!

Show this website with the use of a projector to your students as they are working.

The balls bounce higher as the volume of the classroom increases, giving students a visual indicator to lower their voices.

I found out about this website from http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

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Click the link below to download a free guide for this website…

Bouncyballs.org Guide

Google Timer

 

• Timers are a great classroom tool to break up the day/period into blocks of time to help focus students
• Stopwatches can also be used to time a response to a problem or question
• Google Timer and Google Stopwatch are quick and easy to access

Opportunities to use a Class Timer and Stopwatch

• End of an activity
• Beginning of a new activity
• Switching between activities
• End of the day/beginning of the day
• During an indoor recess, snack or lunch break
• Cleaning up a work area
• Solving a problem
• Responding to a question

Click on the link below to download a free guide to using Google Timer…

Google Timer Guide

 

 

Announcement Icon Images for Google Classroom

• This resource contains image designs to enhance your class announcements
• Use them to announce upcoming quizzes, tests, homework, guest speakers, field trips etc.
• Insert these icons into Google Classroom Announcements or display them using a projector in a regular classroom
• Adding images helps your announcements to get noticed and be remembered by your students
• These jpg images are easy to add to Classroom and step-by-step instructions are included to show you how to do it

TOPICS

1. Welcome
2. Homework
3. Test
4. Quiz
5. Due Date
6. Reminder
7. Guest Speaker
8. Field Trip
9. Quiet Please
10. Five Minutes (Remaining in Class or For an Activity)

Link to resource…

Announcement Icon Images

 

3 More Great Add-Ons for Google Drive

#1.  CheckItOut

• Use CheckItOut to keep track of digital devices, textbooks and other classroom items
• CheckItOut is an add-on for Google Drive Forms
• This add-on will create one question in Forms for items that are Checked-out and another question that are Checked-in
• When someone fills out the form, selected items will be moved between the two questions

#2.  Word Cloud Generator

This Google Drive add-on generates a downloadable word cloud of your documents

Some new advanced options…
1. Control over number of words
2. Prettifying the cloud
3. Dropping words
4. Word count table

#3.  Lucidchart

• This online diagram application makes it easy to sketch and share professional flowchart diagrams.
• Create a Free Account and make Basic Diagrams (up to 60 objects per document)
• Invite an unlimited number of collaborators
• Lucidchart is another add-on for Google Drive

Google Sites (Create Websites) New Version

  • Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share websites
  • No technical programming skills are required
  • Collaborate with others to create and refine sites, just like other Google Docs
  • It’s surprisingly easy to make a high-quality website

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TOPICS

  • Accessing Google Sites
  • Use the insert menu to add content to your site
  • Move content, change the size and crop images
  • Organize the site, drag the content to where you want it
  • Upload video and images
  • Change the theme and banner to modify the look of the website
  • Create and name new pages
  • Preview, share and publish the site

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Use Google Sites in just about any classroom or course of instruction. Website development could be incorporated into a variety of courses to demonstrate knowledge of course content. Teachers may also wish to use Google Sites to create a school website for their classes or departments.