Friday, May 18, 2018

Links and Loves - Google Stuff, Yanny vs Laurel and Tips and Tricks

Have you heard about the latest puzzler to go viral? Yanny vs Laurel  Click here to experiment with your ability to hear both Yanny and Laurel.

Here are some very helpful YouTube Tips and Tricks for teachers. Number 5 is one I have used many times.

Each May there is a Google I/O Developers Conference in Mountain View, CA. Watch this video to see all of the big announcements from Google. I’m particularly excited about the newest AI capabilities and the Google Lens App.

If this fun challenge had been around when I was younger, I may have been better at geography.

Do your weekend plans involve watching the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?  Click here for details about the schedule and where to watch the wedding on TV.

Curricular Connection

Make your own virtual reality tours using the new Google Tour Creator.
The Tour Creator tool is web-based, and allows you to create tour experiences and publish them to Google's 3D content portal, Poly. 360-degree photos can be annotated by placing tags on the photo with descriptions and images. The final results are published so they can be viewed on a VR headset, but also any phone, tablet or web browser.  I created a simple tour in just a couple of minutes.

Happy Friday to you. Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Links and Loves - A Teacher Appreciation Gift for You

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week. Here is my gift to you -- Try it, it’s fun!

Screencastify, the popular screen recording extension, has a new look and some changes.  

Have you heard about the Emoji Scavenger Hunt from Google?  It is Google’s newest Artificial Intelligence experiment.  It works best on a phone, but can be used on a laptop with a webcam.  Scan this QR code to load the game on your phone and good luck!

Curricular Connection

TwistedWave is a browser-based audio editor. You only need a web browser to access it, and you can use it to record or edit any audio file.  It is free to use and allows a person to record up to 5 minutes. This site is very similar to Audacity, except there is no download needed, just a browser. And it works great on a Chromebook!

Happy Friday Ya'll! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Links and Loves

I often get asked, “What is the quickest way for my students to video record themselves on their Chromebooks”. I usually suggest WeVideo or Screencastify. But, there is an update which will make the solution to this question even easier. The Chrome OS camera app now takes both pictures and videos! The videos can be directly saved to the Chromebook under downloads or to Google Drive.

Image result for todays meetThese lesson reflection sheets are a nice resource for closing a lesson.  

Today’s Meet is shutting down. Here are some alternatives.
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One of my colleagues, Val, shared this video on #eyebombing. What a fun way to spread happiness and a bit of humor!

Curricular Connecion

Google Forms - Can Now Grade Short Answers!!
The ability to make a Google Form into a quiz has
been around for quite a while now. The quiz feature
will automatically grade questions such as multiple
choice, dropdown and checkboxes. Now you can add
short answers and have them scored as well. You
will enter in any of the possible correct answers in
the answer key and there is also a checkbox to
mark all other answers incorrect.

I hope your weekend is filled with the smells of spring flowers, freshly mowed grass and cooking on the grill.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Links and Loves -- A Bunch of New Google Features | My New Email Signature | Mercury Reader

The Ever Changing, Always Evolving GOOGLE!

Gmail is getting a new look and some new features. Check it out here. I’m excited about smart reply, which I use all the time on the Gmail app on my phone.  Snoozing looks interesting, as well as nudging. There will also be new security and privacy features.

Google Slides has some new updates. First, you will soon be able to copy and paste a Google slide from a Google presentation directly into a Google doc.  Also, you can add guide lines to your Google slides to help you align text and images on your slide.

You can now add checkboxes to Google sheets. Click here to learn how.

One of my colleagues has a fancy email signature, so I asked her to share the site she uses with me. And wa-la, I now have a very fancy email signature.


Curricular Connection

Sometimes you might want to clear away the clutter from a website to make it easier to read and view.
The Mercury Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site.  Thank you to my colleague, Kim, for sharing this wonderful extension with me.


Happy Weekend

What are your weekend plans? Last weekend, my son, Robert, bowled a 300 in a nine pin game. Robert has a very shy and low key personality, as you will see in the video below.

This weekend we're planning a few baseball outings to watch my older son, Ryan, play baseball. Being a mom is simply the best job in the world!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WriQ - A Writing Assessment Tool

WriQ - A Google Docs Add On to Assess Writing

WriQ is a free add-on from the amazing folks at TextHelp. You may know some of the other tools available from TextHelp such as Read & Write  and Equatio

With WriQ, teachers can assess student writing.  Although WriQ isn't able to measure expression, creativity or purpose, it is able to measure things such as text maturity, sentence length, spelling, punctuation and grammar!

Here is a screen capture of one of my documents showing the results of WriQ. 

Simply go to this link to get the add-on. Then when you are viewing a piece of writing in a Google Doc, click on add-ons and WriQ. Next choose the type of genre (Narrative, Informative/Explanatory or Opinion/Argument) and then click on Score this Document.

Click on any part of the document to add, clear or adjust an error.  You can also score with a built in rubric. 

Send feedback to the student including a written note.  An image of the assessment will be inserted onto the document.  Check out my scored Google doc here.

Go to the WriQ dashboard to see all of your student's in one place and view recent activity and track student progress.

Here is a very helpful video explanation of how to use WriQ

Doesn't WriQ look like a fantastic way to assess writing? I highly recommend giving it a try!