Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gadgets in Google Docs You Might Not Know About

I have been enjoying trying out some of Google's Gadgets that you can add to a Google Spreadsheet and then embed into a site.  I think these will be enjoyable for our students to create  Take a look at the samples and then watch the video to see how this is done!

This gadget is called Flash Cards Gadget.  Use the blue buttons to practice the words. 

This gadget is called Word Search Gadget.  Find the words and then click and drag over the letters to select the word.

This gadget is called Advanced Word Cloud.  It is similar to a Wordle.

This gadget is called Bars of Stuff.  It is used to show the numerical value of different items.  You can choose from several options of how to display the bars.  I chose rope for this one.

This gadget is called Map.  It shows the location of data you enter into the spreadsheet.  

And this gadget is called Word Study Gadget.  It is used to help students study vocabulary and spelling words.  Click and move the letters to put them in the correct order.  If a letter is colored, then it is in the correct place.    

Watch this screencast to see how to make these gadgets.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New to Prezi

Prezi has a new feature.  You can now add 12 different types of diagrams.  This could be a great tool for student presentations!  Watch this You Tube video.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Digital Media Site

I just finished teaching a session on digital media.  There are a lot of tools out there for creating online slideshows with your pictures.  Here is a neat site I found that is web-based and simple for students to use.

Showbeyond allows you to make a slideshow with your pictures.  You can then add titles, captions, and audio with your slideshow.  

To share your slideshow you can email it, share the link or embed it into your site.  

Here is the slideshow I made: