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Didn't mean to send that email?!

Gmail has some great, experimental add-ons to your emailing services... one really useful one is the UNDO button for sending an email prematurely! You only have 30 seconds to nab it back, but if you're like me, you usually wish for it back the second you hit send! 

You can explore the tons of cool options available under SETTINGS > LAB.

When I used to send messages, it would just say this:

Then, I went to:

And I scrolled down to Undo Send:


After I clicked Enable and Saved the changes, now I get THIS message when I send emails:




Let it (rigorously) SNOW!

Looking for ways to add some academic reason to the season as we wind down 2013? Here are some great resources to engage students in relevant and rigorous tasks.

Explore Snowflakes: Science-themed lessons on shapes, weather, and evenvalence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory.... 


Year End Reflections and New Year's Resolutions offer a great opportunity to introduce CCSS-style writing tasks such as range and/or production of writing: 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Consider turning content-related data into a seasonal opportunity to visually display statistics with easel.ly or infogr.am. Below is a climate-related example from Visua…

Your new limit is 2,000,000.

I hated the days when I was limited by 256 columns and 400,000 cells.  Who can work within those confines?  Seriously!  It was a nightmare.  Now you can create 2,000,000 columns and an unlimited number of cells.  That really will allow me to finally create a comprehensive spreadsheet.

Google has updated Sheets to include many amazing new features.  Check this highlight video out.



Harry McCracken wrote a great article in Time about some of the changes and new additions to this tool.  I am really excited about the new filter view.  It seems like it might make finding and viewing student data much more efficient. The official post from Google lists some additional information that you may find useful.  
What about using sheets for peer review and grading?  Here is an article the came across the twitter feed today.  
What do you think?  Is sheets the right solution for you?  (I say yes.)

An Afternoon at Truman

Dr. Sparks invited LINC to share information on GoogleForms during two sessions during today's half-day. This is what we intend to cover (plus posting on our Blog means the resources are there when you need them)!
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FORMS:
Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way.

A Google form can be connected to a Google spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is linked to the form, responses will automatically be sent to the spreadsheet. Otherwise, users can view them on the “Summary of Responses” page accessible from the Responses menu.
Google Forms - official Google help page.  Look on the right side of the page for additional form topics.


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Possible Roles in the Classroom
      - Formative Assessment, HW assignments, WS alternatives
      - Data Collection (Science, stats, Math) to graph (especially for class-wide experiment…

The Secret Code is...

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CODEATHON: Computer Science Education Week started Monday. Check out who's urging Americans everywhere to look into coding (the language behind what makes our amazingly digital tools work. 

Interesting in joining 30,000 other schools in taking part in the HOUR of CODEEdSurge's Teaching Kids to Code includes some awesome resources. Code.org also provides some quick lessons that show students all the ins-and-outs of a basic function with some cool graphics.


Not ready to take on the challenge with your students? How about a little coding on your own? Check out this opinion piece that stresses the role of teachers as coders and how France and Italy are taking on the coding challenge... and of course, the counter-argument...


Want to make history?

The White House is hosting its first FILM FESTIVAL and your kids could be part of it! The goal is to spotlight innovations in learning and, particularly, how technology is used to support learning--all from the point of view of students.

The competition is open to all U.S. students grades K-12 in the U.S. Videos should be no more than three minutes long and should focus on either:
How technology is currently used in your classroom or school;The role technology will play in education in the future. Deadline for submissions is January 29, 2014. All the details on how to apply are at the White House site here.


One Click Is All You Need

by Joshc

Today is a snow day so I am sure you are taking a look at your blog and wondering how you can make it 56% easier for the kids and parents to navigate.

You have a lot of great information to share but it can get a bit lost from time to time.  This video show you how some of our teachers have used pages and labels to allow students to click one button and relavent information fast.


"But I only have 6 Devices"-- that's all you need!

If you've been struggling with how to roll out incredibly profound digital learning in your classroom because of limited devices, check out how this teacher leverages 6 laptops to modernize how her students learn

Interested in learning more about PBL (project- or problem-based learning)? I've linked a few great resources below. Let Colin or me know if you'd like any help getting a project going for your students!


Project-Based Learning: An Intro
A DIY Guide to PLB
Ready to take on the challenge? Check out Edutopia's resources!




Who DOESN'T love a delicious, blended...

BLENDED LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

Check out this video on the power of creating blended learning opportunities within your classroom... blended learning is the current fashion in edtech, focused on integrating powerful teaching and digital experiences. Some of my favorite phrases from this video--

"harness the power to personalize student learning"

"the democratization of education"

and "students can choose their own pathway to find success in life".


What is Blended Learning? from The Learning Accelerator on Vimeo.

Google-rific Stuff I Learned Today!

Participated in a Webinar hosted by Google and Del Mar Union School District in California. Here is some of the COOLER stuff I learned today!

- Seven out of eight Ivy League schools use Google Apps for Education (GAFE). 75% of the top 100 colleges/universities in the US use GAFE! Puts a new perspective on Lindbergh's competent graduates mission!

Resources that are AMAZING!

Google Art Project- Can't fund a trip to Greece for all your students? Virtually visit the Acropolis, the MoMA and a ton of other culturally relevant sites through the Google Cultural Institute. Check it out here!Google Map Engine LITE: Create your own map for a Lit Trip, a geography lesson, or biomes/environments in Science. You can create maps and share them, just like any other Google Doc-- oh, and they are editable as a collaborative document. Inside Google Search- The algorithms that make the search work... awesome infographic, even more awesome? Developers at Google are using the Scientific Method/experim…

What makes a question good? (Answer: John Fortney and the number 5)

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students
We have been taking a look at how teachers compose questions during our past ELITE sessions.  Johnsent this Edutopia article that helps sum it all up in five simple (powerful) questions you can ask.  Last Friday the LiNC team was given a small ring of epic question stems that could be used with students to help them think about their own learning.  It all started to come together in this post to help give some shape to this idea.

What types of answers would these five question inspire?
What do you think?Why do you think that?How do you know this?Can you tell me more?What questions might (do) you still have? (Change DO to MIGHT and you will get many more open responses.  Real honest research went into that.)

I used number four with my 4th grade daughter while studying for a test.  Sam was a bit stuck with my line of questioning at first but then as I probed a bit more.  It was amazing to hear what she was learning just poured out.  One simpl…

National Geography Awareness Week-- Starts MONDAY!

Kick off National Geography Awareness Week with some COOL resources from National Geographic, like this GeoJobs poster and this video on who uses Geography in their jobs.

You can share some awesome resources with your students, like GeoBee Apps and a favorite of mine (WARNING: this is super addictive), GeoGuessr. You and your students can also share your OWN location by participating in GeoSetter

Classroom PLAY? Sneaking in RIGOR (your kids won't suspect a thing)!

Check out this charter school whose mission is framed around gaming in the learning process. Part of their Board is made up of game designers! They are Grades 6-9 and share some basic descriptions on immersion themes they cover with students, from how to use Mathematics to save a trapped professor to the example below, where they play Law and Order producers to illustrate their understanding of the Bill of Rights...

Power and Perspective in History: Grade 7 Exploration