Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Search Engine Fun

Google as a search engine has some great features. Give these a try:

Google Image Search Engine
#1 You can upload and search an image:
Click on the little camera icon when using Google Images

Choose an image to upload

Google Image Search Engine
#2 Find an image with a transparent background.

Click on Search tools, Color and then Transparent

If the image has a checkered background it is transparent.

 If the image does not have a checkered background it is not transparent.

Google Image Search Engine
#3 Search for animated images (gifs)
Click on Search tools, Type and then Animated

Google Web Search Engine
#4 Search for current information. Click on Search tools, Any time and then choose the time period.

Here are a few more tips to help with the Google Search engine:
#1 Use it as a timer to keep you on track.
Google: set timer 30 minutes

Go full screen and project it in front of the class. A scroll bar will show how much time has passed.

#2 Calculate the tip.
Google: tip calculator

#3 Find out what date any holiday falls on.
Google: Easter 2016 or Hanakkah 2016

#4 Movie release dates.
Google: The Hobbit Release date

#5 Television show schedules.
Google: Gold Rush episodes

#6 Songs of your favorite band or books by your favorite author.
Google: Songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Google: Books by Jack London

#7 Tilt your search
Google: Tilt
or go completely crazy and tip it over
Google: Barrel Roll

I hope these search tips are helpful to you and your students.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Quiz Your Friends!

Recently I was asked by a co-worker to suggest a site that students could use to create questions and answers for their friends.

Immediately I remembered a site called "Quiz Your Friends". 

What I like about this site is:

  • no account is needed
  • you can choose the number of questions
  • create a personalized message for your friends when they finish your quiz
  • share easily
  • the quiz scrolls nicely from question to question

Click here to take my quiz on bowling.

I highly recommend giving Quiz Your Friends a try.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chat with Deb -Two Sites to Support Hour of Code

This week we celebrate the national Hour of Code event.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see two sites that will help students to become creators, inventors and coders.

3D Tin

Made with Code

Resources shared in this episode:

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Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage Community for sponsoring this episode.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Trivia Crack - I Hope All Students Get Hooked on This App!

Thanks to my Facebook friends, I've started playing a new app called Trivia Crack. It is free and addicting.  

And, unlike many apps that people are playing, Trivia Crack is educational!!!! Although I must admit that most of the time my friends are better at Trivia than I am. . . 

Trivia Crack is very similar to Trivial Pursuit.  The object of the game is to get enough correct answers to earn each of the 6 categories:
Science, History, Sports, Art, Entertainment and Geography

What I love about Trivia Crack is that it is challenging, I'm always learning new and interesting facts, and I can play against my friends.

I'm hoping this app becomes very popular amongst our students. Whenever an app can make learning facts exciting and also has a social platform, I think it's a winner!!!  

Wouldn't it be great if teachers would have a friendly competition between classes using Trivia Crack?  Students could use the knowledge they have gained in their education to compete against their peers and enjoy the experience of the game.

I highly recommend giving Trivia Crack a try!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

From My Amazing Colleagues

Here are some of the great sites and tools being used by the amazing educators that I work with:

Thinglink and Kahoot are two sites being integrated by a large number of our teachers. What makes these sites popular? Thinglink is all about making an image interactive with hotspots; something that is easy to use in any academic area. And Kahoot is just plain fun. Reviewing content in a game-based platform is so appealing to teachers and students.

Google Classroom has taken our high school by storm. This past week when I was helping a teacher to get his students onto Google Classroom, I asked the students in 5 different classes if any of them were not already using Classroom and not one hand went in the air. Teachers and students love the simplicity and interface of this LMS.

Keegan is having his students create videos using WeVideo and Screencastify. Did you know that you can use the Webcam option on the extension Screencastify to record a video and then edit that video in WeVideo?  Make sure to check the box to show the preview window for Screencastify.

Catherine had her students create children's books in Spanish using the site Story Jumper.  Even though this site is geared towards younger students, the high school students found this tool to be just the right fit for their needs. Catherine knew to have the students keep the tech simple, in order to focus on the larger task at hand, writing stories coherently in Spanish.

John's ELL students used Animoto to create a personal dictionary video.  One of the useful features of Animoto is the option to include a caption with an image. The students wrote sentences using the words in their video to show meaning.

I shared a presentation with our teachers on QR Codes. These scannable codes are an easy way to provide students with new information in a more interactive way. 

One of my favorite new audio tools is Audioboom. Students can record up to 10 minutes with a free account and then there is the option to create a QR code with an image to play back the audio recording.

Our World Language teachers were impressed with QR Voice when we discovered that we could have text read to us in many different dialects. The other amazing feature of QR Voice is that the text can also spoken in any of the featured languages.

A special thank you to all of the educators out there who are making an effort to use technology on a daily basis with their students. Your efforts to give students a rich technological education are appreciated!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chat with Deb: Game Based Learning- A Few Ideas

"Games empower students to get the critical feedback that they need to learn and be engaged." Sasha Barab

Are you looking for some simple ways to incorporate games into your students' learning? Watch this Chat with Deb to learn about three great sites to do just that!

Links from this Chat with Deb:
Thank you to Intel's Teacher's Engage for sponsoring this episode of Chat with Deb.  

Click here to view other Chat with Deb videos.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Two new Google Form Add-Ons

There are two really nice add-ons for Google Forms. 

Use this to create math equations or graphs in Google Docs or Google Forms.

Form Limiter
Use this to limit the time period that your form is accepting responses or limit the number of responses that are allowed.

I highly recommend giving either of these two add-ons a try!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chat with Deb

Try Interact - create a visual quiz that will engage, assist and bring meaning to your studying. This is not your typical quiz maker.

This site has several great features such as:

  • Quiz content that allows for visuals and explanations
  • Quiz design that allows for choosing colors, fonts and photos
  • Get feedback and results, embed on your site and provide a link to other resources.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see how Try Interact works:

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this 
Chat with Deb.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Really Cool Presentation!

Last night my co-worker and I presented to our local Parent Association. We focused on how our teachers are using Chromebooks with our students. 

Check out our presentation by clicking here.

As you can see, our teachers have jumped right in with using new technologies with their students and I have so much appreciation for their willingness to make a difference in the education of their students. 

I created the presentation using a site called emaze. I want to thank my friend, Naomi Harm, for sharing emaze with me. This really is an amazing presentation tool.  I highly recommend giving emaze a try with your students.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Booktrack Classroom

Booktrack is amazing and free! It allows you to take a piece of writing and add sound. When a person reads your writing, they will be also listening to music or sound effects that you have added.

Watch this video explanation:

There are also hundreds of stories just waiting to be read with music.
Choose to import your own writing or use one of the free books available. Book track is very easy to use. There are free video tutorials to watch and learn how.

I highly recommend giving Booktrack a try!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Movenote - A Teacher's Tool for Giving Critical Feedback

Movenote is a fantastic tool for recording a video while showing a presentation or images.  It is also a Chrome App

Recently this Movenote video was shared on Google+ showing a teacher using Movenote to provide feedback to one of her students on a writing assignment. Check it out - Click here

What a fantastic way to give a student critical feedback and praise!! This could also be a great way for peer to peer feedback. Or how about students creating a video of themselves reading their writing for an oral reading example for fluency, pace and expression? 

I highly recommend giving Movenote a try!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treats for You!

It was an interesting weekend of sorting through posts in my Feedly.  I can tell it's almost Halloween just by reading these Tricks and Treats. Here are some of the highlights.

* Google Tricks that are fun to try and share - Click here

* A Chart comparing the use of technology versus the integration of technology - Click here

* 21st Century Video

* Plethora of Graphic Organizers from Teacher Vision - Click here

* One "Coin" for all of your cards:

* Your Rubric is a Hot Mess; Here's How to Fix It - Click here

* All About the Books, No Trouble

* Androidify - Click here

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Great Week of Share Outs from my Colleagues

1.  Letha is using Screenleap. This site allows the teacher to share their computer screen with others by sharing a link. It works very simply and easily.  I've written about Screenleap before here.  This would also be a great way for students to share their screen on a large screen in front of the class.

2.  Samantha is using newsela to find current event articles for her students. This site allows the teacher to adjust the reading level according to the needs of the students. Some articles have quizzes for students.  

3.  Brynn is using Thinglink with her students. I introduced this tool to our staff last week.  Thinglink is used to create an interactive image with hotspots.  You can read more about Thinglink here.

4.  Kerry and Valerie are having their students use Google Docs to publish their poems.  My latest Chat with Deb video was inspired by these two caring teachers.

What great share outs from my colleagues.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of us.  As always, I am inspired by our staff and their willingness to integrate technology into their lessons to create meaningful and challenging lessons for our students.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Google Docs for Writing - Let's Kick it Up a Notch! -- Chat with Deb

Monday, October 20th is the National Day on Writing. This year's theme is writing on your community. You can find more information by clicking here.

In this Chat with Deb, I will demonstrate tips and tricks to teach students for using Google Docs to its potential.  Borders, colors, text boxes, bookmarks and more will be shown.

I hope you have a chance to allow your students time to write for the National Day of Writing. Remember, publishing and sharing is an important part of the writing process. 

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.