This blog automatically pushes to our Facebook page but our posts sometimes gets lost. Check out the image above for what you might have missed! These are some pretty serious improvements to Google Slides, things that you could defiantly use.
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One of the great parts of my job is going from school-to-school, supporting teachers with all things technology. I see a lot of great teaching and students who love learning. Patterns of technology usage become visible. Last year, Seesaw transformed how students demonstrate and reflect on their learning. The tech tool trending most in classrooms this fall is Class Dojo.
You may say, "I already know about Class Dojo. I tried that a few years ago. It looks like this:"
I know. Stay with me.
Class Dojo is more than a cute behavior management system. Awarding behavior points to student avatars is the old Class Dojo. New features connect teachers, parents, and students as a sharing and active learning community. Check out Class Dojo's newest features here.
You probably use Google Slides. Are you using the audience Q&A feature?
Check it out:
To access this feature, use the familiar Present button to launch your slide presentation. Then, click on the Presenter view button located in the lower-lefthand menu. Finally, press Start new to launch the Q&A feature.
The audience sees the slide presentation (below). To participate, the audience clicks on the link (top) if following the presentation on a device or they type the address into a browser.
The presenter view (below) shows the Q&A feed on one tab and speaker notes on the other. Audience comments and questions are initially visible only to the presenter.
If the presenter then selects a comment's present button, the question or comment appears instantly for everyone as a slide (below):
If you are looking for an easy way to increase student or audience participation in presentations, give the Google Slides Q&A feature a try!
Picture this (ok, just look up at the picture). Video plays on the left. You take notes on the right. Every time you type, a timestamp marks that point in the video. Video playing too fast? Adjust the playback speed. Use your school account to save your work to Google Drive.
Ready to study for the big test? Open the Google Drive file. Click on a part of your notes to trigger the video playback from that point. Immediately, see and hear the video connected to those notes.
I'm using VideoNot.es for professional learning. How will you use it?
For the uninitiated, the Boomerang app gives you the power to send away those not-ready-for-inbox emails while scheduling their timely return. Like a...hmm...boomerang!
You can also use Boomerang to delay the sending of composed emails. The middle of the night might be your ideal work time but it is not the time to email a student. Schedule your overnight email to be sent at 8am.
Boomerang just added an email quality control feature called Respondable:
Touted as AI (artificial intelligence), this feature evaluates the basics of a good email:
subject word count
Appearing on the right side of your Gmail screen, Respondable rates the likelihood that your email will receive a response.
Having tried it out, I have to say it helped me send an efficient, effective email. Of course, I haven't heard back yet. :P
Many of us use the freeze feature on the remote control for the projector. That way a still image is frozen on the big screen while we continue to work on the laptop. A morning message or directions could be displayed on the board while you have the attendance or email open on your laptop screen. Super efficient use of space and time.
Want to take that to the next level? Check out what Becky Donze showed us yesterday. She could play a video or have a webpage on the board and still have full use of her laptop at the same time! Seriously, this is amazing!!!
I could picture teachers getting into Google Classroom to edit papers or add materials while something else entirely different is happening on the board. How can make this magic happen in your classroom?
Extending The Screen
Dock/connect your laptop like normal. Make sure you can see your computer screen on the board.
Hit the Windows key on the keyboard and the letter P at the same time. The image below shows what should pop out on the right side of your screen. Click Extend.
This treats your projector like a second laptop screen. Just drag a presentation, video, website, etc to the second (projector) screen and see the magic happen.
Have a tip you think other teachers could benefit from? We would be happy to blog about it!
There are some days when I get about 1.21 gigawatts of email. I do my best to answer each but I know I miss important messages. Check out this super simple gmail extension that will (hopefully) solve these types of email issues.
I just received this email. I know my son will really want me to share it with him but there is a high likelihood that by the time I get home I will totally forget. This unfortunate issue will no longer be a problem with the Boomerang extension!
At the top of the screen you will see a little button called Boomerang.
Click that and you will see this drop down.
I selected for this email to pop back up in my inbox tomorrow morning.
In retrospect I should have clicked in 4 hours or set a custom time.
So... where did my email go?
On the far left side of gmail look under your labels.
Click Boomerang and you will find any emails you Boomeranged for later.