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Google Drive Share & Collaborate Video

This video explains how to Share within Google Drive and the benefits of collaborating in Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings.

TOPICS

1. Share in Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings
2. Sending a Google Form
3. Share Options (Can Edit, Can Comment and Can View)
4. Share a Link
5. Copying a Doc
6. Files and Folders
7. Shared with Me
8. Protecting Your Work – Save as PDF

Google Drive Share & Collaborate Video

 

Canva Design Program Video

• “The easiest design program in the world” – The Webbys
• “Canva enables anyone to become a designer” – PSFK



Design Posters, Presentations, Cards and Social Media layouts using Canva. This video explains how to create an account and start using Canva in your classroom.  

Click on the link below…
Canva Design Video

Classroom Management Series #3 – Quiet Your Head / Mind

  • “Quieting Your Head” is like meditation and mediation has many known health benefits including reducing stress.

  • How do I do it? Take a breath and notice your breathing.

  • You will start to feel more relaxed.

  • It sounds kind of strange but the idea is to go beyond the mind to a place of stillness and peace.

  • After quieting your mind, you may find yourself more alert and able to focus better on your classroom assignments, activities and discussions.

Meditation Activity

  • We will take 5 minutes each day to sit in silence to quiet your mind.

  • What should you do during this silence? Try to focus on your breath.  Notice your breathing.

  • If you find yourself thinking of thoughts, bring yourself back to your breath as often as you can remember.

  • You will get better at calming your mind the more often you meditate.

Quiet Your Head Guide

 

Adapted from Eckert Tolle “The Power of Now”

Classroom Management Funny Series #2 – Quiet Your Faces

Classroom Management Funny Series #2

  • This strategy is intended to be fun
  • It is not designed to transform classroom culture but helps gain attention from students
  • Use it a few times throughout the semester (But don’t overdo it!)

Quiet Your Faces

  • Use “Quiet Your Faces” when attempting to get attention from a noisy class
  • It allows you to get their attention in a fun way because “Quiet your faces” sounds funny
  • It sounds like it could be inappropriate (similar to Shut Your Mouths!) but the beauty is that it isn’t inappropriate, which makes students laugh
  • It kind of stuns students when they first hear it (What did he/she just say?) so you can gain their attention, to give them instructions or to start a discussion

Quiet Your Faces Guide

Classroom Management Funny Series #1 – Pretending to Work

Classroom Management Funny Series #1

  • These strategies are intended to be fun
  • They are not designed to transform classroom culture but may help a few students to self-regulate
  • After teaching how to pretend to work, it is fun and helpful to remind students about it occasionally throughout the semester (but don’t overdo it)

Why? (For Teachers)

  • Students require different amounts of time to complete assignments
  • Students who finish early sometimes act inappropriately when given free time
  • Teach students how to behave properly (in a fun way) when given free time
  • “Pretending to work” (self-regulation) is a key skill, both in the classroom and the work world

Why? (For Students)

  • “Pretending to work” should be used after finishing your work! (Not Before or During)
  • Enjoy the downtime so you can relax and re-energize
  • Be productive without constantly being bombarded with more new work
  • If you pretend to work, your teacher will give you less work to complete
  • How you come across to your teacher or employer (How they view you) is very important
  • Self-Regulation is a key skill, both in the classroom and the work world

Keys to Pretending to Work

  • Stay in your seat
  • Be quiet
  • Keep a low profile (do not draw attention to yourself)
  • Make yourself look like you are doing work
  • Have a tool (pen, binder, computer mouse etc.) in your hand or nearby to enhance the appearance of working (especially effective technique)
  • (Advanced Strategy) Put an angry expression on your face because busy people are angry about all the work they need get done

How this Applies to the World of Work

Scenario

  • You have your first job working at at fast food restaurant. It is late at night and no customers have entered the store in over an hour.  You have 2 options…

Option A

  • You and your co-workers decide to have a food fight. Your manager hears you and suddenly find lots of items for all of you to clean.

Option B

  • Keep quiet, pick up a broom and look busy

Pretending to Work Guide

Prezi Next – Recently Released!

I just got an email from Prezi today about this new format and I am currently exploring the new features. One of the big changes includes “conversational presenting”
Prezi Next lets users move freely between topics and adapt their delivery on the fly. Through this non-linear approach called “conversational presenting,” presenters can utilize the same presentation for each meeting, but switch its focus to what any given audience cares most about.

https://blog.prezi.com/prezi-next/

Emoji Keyboard

• Use emoji keyboard to make writing assignments more fun and interesting for your students
• Simply click on an emoji or emoticon symbol to copy it to the clipboard and paste emoji anywhere you want
• Insert your text and emojis into Microsoft Word, Google Docs or another program of your choice

Emoji Keyboard Guide

Create Choose Your Own Adventure Stories using Google Slides

This lesson and guide shows teachers and students how to create “Choose Your Own Adventure” books in Google Slides

• These stories can be interesting, fun and challenging for students
• Students will need to plan out their stories because of the somewhat complex nature of “choose their own adventure” stories
• Use the following planning slides in this resource to help students prepare. They can be shown on a projector, shared through Google Classroom or photocopied.
• These stories can also be created in Groups. Each member of the group could be responsible to write one adventure. All members could work on the story at the same time using Google Slides.
• After they are finished preparing, use the instructions in this resource to show students how they will create their stories in Google Slides

Using Google Slides…
• This lesson will show you how to add links in Google Slides to create your stories
• Readers of your book will click on the links to be taken on different adventures
• The links will take your reader to a different slide in your Google Slide story

Choose Your Own Adventure Stories using Google Slides

Cloud QR Scanner – New Kids friendly QR reader

• Free and Kid Friendly QR Reader
This step-by-step guide shows teachers and students how to install and use this Free App
• Requires iOS 9.0 or later
• Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

QR Codes
• A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a type of matrix barcode first designed for the automotive industry in Japan
• When scanned with a smartphone, tablet or laptop they will take you to a website, article, video, social media page and more
• All you need is a camera lens on your device and a free QR code scanning app
• QR Codes can be used for many classroom activities including website and video investigations

Cloud QR Scanner Guide