Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Save Time with Templates Gallery in Google Forms

If you love Google Forms (like me), then you are constantly looking for ways to use the tool to increase learning and productivity; however, it can be time consuming to build new Forms on a regular basis. Templates are a great way to save time when you are working in Google Forms.

Many people don't realize that Google Forms has a Template Gallery, where you can access already created templates for signups, collecting contact information, etc.

How can you access the Template Gallery? Here are a few different ways to do this in Google Forms:


1. Visit forms.google.com and you will see a list of templates appear at the top of your screen. 




2. Visit Google Drive > choose New > choose More > choose Forms





Thursday, January 4, 2018

With g(Math) Gone, Turn to EquatIO Instead

Today marks the end of an era. If you are a user of the g(Math) add-on for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms, you are no longer able to use it.

If you are a math teacher, then you might want to take a look at the EquatIO Chrome Extension, which is very similar to the g(Math) Add-On. What is EquatIO? Check out this short video below:


Monday, November 20, 2017

Blackboard by Boogie Board: Liquid Crystal Paper

Technology is a wonderful tool to help students learn, but there are often when we need to hand-write or draw something to solidly its meaning. Writing on a tablet can feel awkward and unnatural.

What if there was a way to use technology and write naturally? Blackboard by boogie board is an excellent solution to write naturally, erase like a pencil, and save your notes electronically.  I recently received a Blackboard and had to check it out.

How does it Work?

First, you will need to purchase a Blackboard by boogie board, which includes everything you need. Each board is accompanied by a pen with eraser and four writing templates. Whether you want to use lines, dotted grids, a planner, or a blank sheet of paper, there is a template for you.

This inkless pen on paperless paper, which requires nothing to charge, plugin or turn on. Merely use Blackboard to plan, sketch, or draw. Blackboard allows you to write comfortably by hand, whether you are writing, editing, or erasing. The free Blackboard app helps you save, organize, and search for your writings, drawings, or plans.

The board is easy to use and transport, which makes it ideal for any situation. Check out this video for more information!




CLICKS FOR A CAUSE MONTH! 

Ava was diagnosed with stage 4 Hepatoblastoma in March of 2016 at 9 months of age. Hepatoblastoma is a cancer so rare, that only 1 in 1.2 million kids are affected. Ava’s numbers have fluctuated over the past several months, but her family is hopeful that she will fully recover. Although Ava will face a lifetime of lasting effects from the chemo, she looks like a happy little 2 year old. Currently she is getting adjusted to wearing hearing aids, and they have already greatly improved her speech! Her family is looking forward to watching her life return to normal and seeing her be able to enjoy just being a child.


During the month of November, I need your help to make a difference for Ava and her family! Here is how!

  • Visit and share blog posts - I will be personally donating 1 cent to her family’s medical fund for every blog visit for the entire month of November.

  • Make a donation - for the price of coffee or lunch, make a donation to Addison’s fund via credit or debit card. Make a contribution to Ada's PayPal account or contact Matt to send check/cash. At the end of the month, all funds will be directly sent to the family.

  • Show your support with a Like - ​  “Like” Ava’s Facebook page and share words of encouragement!

Clicks for a Cause has been helping children in need since 2013! For more information, check out my Clicks for a Cause Page!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

When Math Happens!

Many students struggle with learning Math because it can be difficult to understand for some of our students. Some students struggle to make real-world connections to Math concepts.

 Dan Meyer has created a highly engaging site called When Math Happens. The website contains a variety of real-life math problems, which Dan uses the power of technology and Math to solve. Problems are available for students in grade 3 through Calculus.


Conclusion

Each problem is aligned to the Common Core Standard and are based on real-life situations. The problems are structured with a real-life scenario, a video preview, guiding questions, and silent solution videos to help guide students to the answer.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Google Slides + PearDeck Add-On = Highly Engaging Presentations

As more classrooms become 1:1 and BYOD, there is a need for interactive and engaging tools to stimulate learning. One of my favorites is PearDeck, which is very similar to NearPod.

PearDeck has recently added an Add-On, which converts your Google Slides presentations into interactive presentations. You can design a presentation that contains interactive components, such as warm-up questions, multiple choice questions, exit tickets, temperature checks, and reflection questions. You can choose the pace, whether teacher-paced or student-paced.

How does it work? 

First, you will want to create your Google Slide presentation. Visit the Add-Ons menu, visit Get Add-Ons, and install the PearDeck Add-On. You will want to make sure that you create a PearDeck account to use this tool.



Then, visit the Add-Ons menu and use the PearDeck Add-On to add interactive components to your presentation.



Finally, you will want to visit the Add-Ons menu and Present with PearDeck. Your presentation will convert from Google Slides into a PearDeck presentation. Have your students visit peardeck.com/join to join your presentation. Students will need to login using their Google account to access the presentation.



Conclusion

One of the best things about this tool is that it creates an interactive environment for students. Students have multiple ways to interact with the presentation. I also like that you can change the pace of the presentation, whether self-paced or teacher-paced. Students need different options for demonstrating their knowledge and the PearDeck Add-On provides this!


CLICKS FOR A CAUSE MONTH! 

Ava was diagnosed with stage 4 Hepatoblastoma in March of 2016 at 9 months of age. Hepatoblastoma is a cancer so rare, that only 1 in 1.2 million kids are affected. Ava’s numbers have fluctuated over the past several months, but her family is hopeful that she will fully recover. Although Ava will face a lifetime of lasting effects from the chemo, she looks like a happy little 2 year old. Currently she is getting adjusted to wearing hearing aids, and they have already greatly improved her speech! Her family is looking forward to watching her life return to normal and seeing her be able to enjoy just being a child.



During the month of November, I need your help to make a difference for Ava and her family! Here is how!

  • Visit and share blog posts - I will be personally donating 1 cent to her family’s medical fund for every blog visit for the entire month of November.

  • Make a donation - for the price of coffee or lunch, make a donation to Addison’s fund via credit or debit card. Make a contribution to Ada's PayPal account or contact Matt to send check/cash. At the end of the month, all funds will be directly sent to the family.

  • Show your support with a Like - ​  “Like” Ava’s Facebook page and share words of encouragement!

Clicks for a Cause has been helping children in need since 2013! For more information, check out my Clicks for a Cause Page!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

AudioPlayer for Slides


The Ed Tech Team recently launched the AudioPlayer for Slides Add-On. This Add-On allows you to embed any audio file (.WAV, MP3, MP4) into your Google Slides presentation.

Not sure how to install? 



  • Simply, go to the Add-Ons menu in Google Slides. 



  • Choose Get Add-Ons and search for the AudioPlayer for Slides Add-On. 



  • Once you have found the Add-On install and give it permission to access your Google account. 



How does it work? 


  • When you are ready to use this tool, visit the Add-Ons menu in Google Slides and choose AudioPlayer for Slides. Then you will need to select Open Files. 



  • A side menu will appear on your screen. After a few seconds, you will see any uploaded audio files in your Google Drive. Choose your file 
  • Start playing your file and then choose present.

What I Don't Like


There are several things that I don't like about this tool. First, its current design is disappointing. It is designed to provide background music from your Google Drive. Although this is a cool idea, I don't see how this is any different than using my media player or playing Pandora in the background of my presentation.

Second, it was difficult to understand the concept. When I first found this tool, I though that it would be a great tool to embed audio like PowerPoint. I imagined students being able to click an icon (there currently is NOT a button) and listening to me present a topic, hear a sound effect, or listen to a speech. 

If you are looking for a tool to present a slideshow with music, then you should check this out. If not, it might not be worth the install. 




CLICKS FOR A CAUSE MONTH! 

Ava was diagnosed with stage 4 Hepatoblastoma in March of 2016 at 9 months of age. Hepatoblastoma is a cancer so rare, that only 1 in 1.2 million kids are affected. Ava’s numbers have fluctuated over the past several months, but her family is hopeful that she will fully recover. Although Ava will face a lifetime of lasting effects from the chemo, she looks like a happy little 2 year old. Currently she is getting adjusted to wearing hearing aids, and they have already greatly improved her speech! Her family is looking forward to watching her life return to normal and seeing her be able to enjoy just being a child.




During the month of November, I need your help to make a difference for Ava and her family! Here is how!

  • Visit and share blog posts - I will be personally donating 1 cent to her family’s medical fund for every blog visit for the entire month of November.

  • Make a donation - for the price of coffee or lunch, make a donation to Addison’s fund via credit or debit card. Make a contribution to Ada's PayPal account or contact Matt to send check/cash. At the end of the month, all funds will be directly sent to the family.

  • Show your support with a Like - ​  “Like” Ava’s Facebook page and share words of encouragement!

Clicks for a Cause has been helping children in need since 2013! For more information, check out my Clicks for a Cause Page!




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Even The Smallest Changes are Great! Insert Images in Google

Even the smallest changes are good changes! If you have worked in Google Docs or Slides lately, you may have noticed a new way to insert images into your documents and presentations.

If you visit the Insert menu, you can select the exact type of image that you want to insert. You can quickly add any image by URL, uploading from your computer, searching your Google Drive or Photos, or doing a Google search.




CLICKS FOR A CAUSE MONTH! 

Ava was diagnosed with stage 4 Hepatoblastoma in March of 2016 at 9 months of age. Hepatoblastoma is a cancer so rare, that only 1 in 1.2 million kids are affected. Ava’s numbers have fluctuated over the past several months, but her family is hopeful that she will fully recover. Although Ava will face a lifetime of lasting effects from the chemo, she looks like a happy little 2 year old. Currently she is getting adjusted to wearing hearing aids, and they have already greatly improved her speech! Her family is looking forward to watching her life return to normal and seeing her be able to enjoy just being a child.




During the month of November, I need your help to make a difference for Ava and her family! Here is how!

  • Visit and share blog posts - I will be personally donating 1 cent to her family’s medical fund for every blog visit for the entire month of November.

  • Make a donation - for the price of coffee or lunch, make a donation to Addison’s fund via credit or debit card. Make a contribution to Ada's PayPal account or contact Matt to send check/cash. At the end of the month, all funds will be directly sent to the family.

  • Show your support with a Like - ​  “Like” Ava’s Facebook page and share words of encouragement!

Clicks for a Cause has been helping children in need since 2013! For more information, check out my Clicks for a Cause Page!