Tag Archives: Computers

My own experience with Google Classroom

Google Classroom helped me immensely to stay more organized.  All class materials are in one place.  Google creates a folder for each assignment and all submitted assignments are automatically placed in this folder to ease marking.  I can reuse assignments, tests and announcements to quickly recreate a course.  Create a test and use the Flubaroo add-on to mark it for you.  Finally, the site just looks good, the layout is appealing.  You can change the theme to suite your class.  It is professional while at the same time inviting to students.  Try it for yourself to take advantage of all of all these amazing features in your classroom.

Classroom.google.com

Amazing New Tech Videos

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#1.  Microsoft: Imagining the future for NFL Fans

Link to video (view 0 – 1:38 mins)

#2.  Microsoft Hololens Demo at Windows 10 Devices Event

Link to video (view 2min to 5min of this 8min video)

#3.  This Soccer Ball-Shaped Drone Can’t Chop Your Fingers Off

Link to video

#4.  CES 2016: LG’s Bendy Roll-Up Screen

Link to video

Activity

Answer one question for each video. Select a question from the list below.
1.Describe this technology.
2.Would you buy this device? Explain.
3.What uses are there for this technology?
4.Compare this device to a technology that already exists.
5.How would you make this technology better?

Search Engines for Kids Activity

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• Students will use three safe search, search engines, Kiddle.co, Kidrex.org and Google.com (with SafeSearch).  SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit image from search results.  The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps to avoid most adult content.  Your students will look up different keywords on each site and explore 2 websites in the search results.  They will share what they found/learned with the class or another student in the class.  Students learn about and how to use safe search websites.

click on the link below to download this free activity…

Search Engines for Kids Activity

 

Google Safe Search

SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps to avoid most adult content.

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Search results using SafeSearch 

To learn more about SafeSearch click on the link below…

Google SafeSearch

3 Google Classroom Updates

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I found out about these updates recently on the Educators Technology and Mobile Learning website.  I love this site for EdTech news.  Click on the link below to view this blog…

Educators Technology

The 3 Updates include:

  1.  Add questions to your class stream
  2. Attach a Form to assignments
  3. Re-use existing materials

I tested out these new features with my classes on friday.  Click on the link below to view post and find out more information…

3 Google Classroom Updates

Kiddle – Visual Search Engine for Kids

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Kiddle.co

  • Visual Search engine for Kids
  • Powered by editors and Google Safe Search

How is Kiddle designed for Kids?

1. Safe Search: All sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements.  They say they filter sites with explicit or deceptive content.

2.  Big Thumbnails for search results which makes it easier to scan the results

3.  Large Arial Font makes it easy to read

4.  Privacy: They don’t collect any personally identifiable information and logs are deleted every 24 hours.

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5.  Search Results

  • Results 1-3 are pages written specifically for kids and are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Results 4-7 are not specifically written for kids but contain simple language and are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Results 8 onwards are written for adults but filtered by Google safe search

Update: KidRex is another search engine option for kids…

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Kidrex.org

 

My Public Kahoots about Microsoft Office and Google Drive

Click on the image below to download this free resource

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• Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system
• Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
• Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting

Click on the image below to download this free resource

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• This resource contains instructions for accessing My Free Public Kahoots about Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Getting Started…

1. Go to www.getkahoot.com and sign up
2. Search TeachwithTech in Public Kahoots
3. Students will go to www.kahoot.it and log in with a username and the game pin

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It is that simple! You can be playing Kahoot with your students in just a few minutes.

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Click on the links below to download these two free resources…

Google Drive Kahoots

Microsoft Office Kahoots

Comic Master Returns!

  • I found Comic Master a few years ago and really enjoyed using it with my students.  It is very user friendly and fun.
  • Then, without any warning, last year, the website mysteriously disappeared
  • Well the good news is that the site is back! Check it out here… http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/

COMIC MASTER
• Graphic Novel Creator!
• Choose backgrounds, characters and props
• Add dialogue, captions and special effects
• It only takes a few seconds to sign up with Comic Master and use this program for FREE!
• Save and print finished Comics

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EdTech ideas on Pinterest

  • Find EdTech Lessons, News and Information on my Pinterest Boards
  • 3500+ Followers
  • Topics include Presentation Software, Educational Games, Digital Citizenship, Website Development, Chromebook Teaching Tips, Google Drive…

Click on the image below to view these boards…

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Everyday I search the web for blog posts and articles about new exciting EdTech developments and add them to these boards on Pinterest.

Pinterest (TeachwithTech)