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.
I had a chance yesterday to sit down with 2 computers in front of me and compare the ribbons (toolbar) in Office 2013 with the new Office 2016. While Excel had a few changes, I was happy to discover that not much has changed with the layout of the ribbons in Word, Publisher and PowerPoint. I like and was comfortable with the 2013 ribbons so I was glad that they had not changed dramatically. I would estimate that 95% is the same. In some cases a feature is in the same location but the button appears slightly different.
The main changes to Office involve the ability to create and edit documents and presentations with other people and the ability to access your documents, on the go, across all your devices.
Here is a link that describes some of the changes…
Powtoon recently redesigned their interface. It is more user-friendly, has more features and they have added three new how-to videos on the dashboard to get you started.
• Animate your presentations!
• Create professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations
• Simple to use interface
• Wide variety of animation tools right at your fingertips
• Dynamic characters, eye-popping images, and active text sequences
• Capture audience attention and imagination
Some people think that the best way to make a presentation is to throw images and text onto the slide. Instead, Powtoon suggests that you grab a pen and paper (or word processing software) and write a story. Don’t know how to write a story? Powtoon has created a 5 step guide to assist you…
Powtoon’s 5 Step Guide for Writing a Story/Script
1.Who are you talking to? (your audience)
2.State a problem that they are experiencing
3.Show expertise or solution
4.Present the solution
5.Call to action. Give you audience a specific action to take.
Aim to create video scripts that are 90 seconds or less.
I attended the Connect Technology Conference (Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference) this week in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This was my second time attending this amazing EdTech event. There were many dynamic speakers and topics but the two tools I was most eager to investigate were Google Hangouts and Skype in the Classroom. I have already blogged about Skype and will post about Google Hangouts in the near future. I experimented with Google Hangouts with three classes today and had to work through a few challenges, mainly with adding students, before we were able to get it running properly. I definitely think this tool would work best with small groups, rather than the whole class, which I attempted today.