Tuesday, August 15, 2017

So I have these sweet ceiling speakers, now what?


Like you, my music tastes are pretty wide. One minute I'm listening to old punk and the next Taylor Swift. Sometimes these artists are not exactly classroom friendly. This post is dedicated to finding some great music to play over the speakers that won't cause any issue.

Top Picks
     Quickly play some mellow tracks on Google Play Music. Make sure you pay attention to how to toggle off the explicit lyrics, very nice. This same idea applies to Pandora but I can't seem to find the setting within Spotify.
     Piano Guys - a modern take on many original hits
     2cellos - similar to the Piano Guys
     Yo Yo Ma - classical instrumental music
     The Vitamin String Quartet - new versions of well known songs played on string instruments
     George Winston - mellow piano music

Don't forget to check out all the noise generators that are a click away. These range from white/pink noise to background sound that simulates a coffee shop. The idea is to generate just enough noise to help many in your room focus.
     One thing that might be missing from our alternative seating classroom - simple noise generator.
     Sometimes time off isn't a good thing - create a soundscape that makes your classroom feel like a coffee shop or a college library.

Friday, August 11, 2017

What is LindberghBYOD?

connected!

This summer technology has updated the network and the process for connecting your personal devices has changed.


Open your WiFi settings and connect your device to the LindberghBYOD network.
It will say connected but that is only the first step.
It may show that you are connected but you have to move to step two to fully authentic into the network.


Try to connect to a website. I usually pick something short and quick, like CNN or Google.
The above screen should appear.
Click or add your Lindbergh email address.
Then add your Lindbergh email password if it asks.


After entering or selecting your credentials it is now fully connected to the LindberghBYOD network.

My Daily Process:
     1. Connect to LindberghBYOD. I wait until it says Connected before moving to the next step.
     2. Open a random website.
     3. Click on my Lindbergh Google account.

There might be another way to connect but this is the method I have found to be effective.

Note: It will kick you off the network after maybe twelve or fifteen hours. You will have to reconnect using the method above at least once a day.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sometimes I need more than potato chips.


While I'm not a huge chip fan I like them from time to time. Maybe a better title should substitute chips for cupcakes. I'm pretty sure I could eat cupcakes from The Cup for all three meals a day. Not as a dessert but for the actual whole meal and then have a cupcake for dessert.

It might be fun for a while, I know in the long run eating that many sweets would not be a good idea. I apply this same concept to twitter, too much junk in my feed and my overall health declines.

I hit twitter a few times a day and each time I find gold. The treasure I find is mostly due to who I follow.

Here are a few people that have given me great ideas, insights and hope.

Jo Boaler - I was not a huge math fan until I was maybe 20. I think if I could have followed Jo I would have seen things in a much different light. Even if you do not teach math I would encourage you to still follow her.

Alice Keeler - I get so many new Google Classroom ideas by following Alice. Not a week goes by that I don't learn a new idea from this feed.

Washington University - Institute for School Partnership - They share out what is happening across St. Louis when it comes to STEM and science education. To top it off, they offer free classes! We have taken one on app creation and another on the eclipse. Not only did they serve coffee we walked away with great ideas.

livbits - This makes my day every time I read the feed. What if our kids created videos and posts like this? I am so thankful for Sarah telling me about this one.

Edutopia - You might already visit their website, did you know they also tweet links to them? Now I don't miss the posts and most of them blow my mind.

Heinemann Publishing - After following them I saw some great live chats about all things literacy. I have learned a lot in only minutes. This is another feed I would encourage everyone to follow.

Try just adding these to your feed and reading what is tweeted. I guarantee it will change you. I would also recommend read who they retweet, that is where you can find some additional hidden gems.

Need more people to follow, just hit us up. We have suggestions.

Hint - I also do this on Facebook. I follow a few educational people and brand filling my feed with gold!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Communicating without saying a word.


I was at the gym today and this memory of a video hit me. I was standing by some equipment and a guy came over and nodded towards the bench. All I had to do is shake my head. Nothing else needed. No words, just minor head movements.

This whole thing made me wonder how often I allow my nonverbal expressions to tell a story. I wonder how many times my students weren't met with a friendly smile, did that put a damper on their day? How often do I turn teachers away just by some expression I'm not even aware of?

A few years ago we came across this video. We played it during a training and then I forgot about it. Maybe a month later I was walking through Truman and I saw a bunch of signs posted. I spent maybe twenty minutes walking the halls looking at each one. These simple posters changed my whole attitude, made me think and feel differently. My whole week was more energizing just by reading a few words.

I wonder... what if we held signs like in the video? How might that change the day?



I sometimes worry that a single sign or friendly gesture might be the only kind thing some of us experience all day. I think we could change lives with ideas like this. One simple sign at at time. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

One thing the might be missing in alternative seating classrooms...


We have visited a number of modern office buildings, businesses, schools and labs over the past few years. Most have many options for seating. These options ranged from tall stools and chairs to sitting on pillows. All of these are pretty sweet choices for people to make.

About two years ago we visited a design firm that offered one last layer to this modern work space feel, sound. Think of any open work space, like a classroom, and you have a ton of noise. Even if no one is talking, the classroom still produces a lot of noise. What this firm had was an active noise canceling system which is similar to the headphones a lot of people wear. The speakers emit a very low, soft white noise that helps soften the sounds within the space.

I thought it might be a gimmick so they told me to just look out over all the workers in the open space. They pulled out a device and shut the system noise canceling system off. Within seconds all these heads started popping up looking around. When the system was active it helped people focus and when it was cycled off there was a dramatic change to the overall environment.

This memory came flooding back the other day when we saw the same system in a different office. I though there has to be a way we could bring this idea to the classroom.

So how can you add this last layer to your classroom environment? Check out this sound generator.

HipsterSound - click on this

Getting started is wicked simple, just click the play button on the right side of the screen.

I clicked on two sounds and then adjusted the little slider below it. 

There are a number of different soundscapes you can create by adding and subtracting sounds. Just try it out and see what results you get. One tiny bit of advice is to keep the overall volume low or very low to have the biggest impact.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Got two hours and $45?


I have no idea what to expect but I know it will be amazing. I have seen these two talk twice before and I left super inspired. It is also taking place inside Ikea!

How can you top that? We will be inside Ikea BEFORE IT OPENS! That alone is pretty sweet.

The event is sponsored by Connected Learning. I would recommend liking their Facebook page to stay informed about all the upcoming learning events. You can also check out their website.

There are a few teachers going already, will you join us? Sign up here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

10 Super Cool Google Classroom Things


I know a bunch of us use Classroom for a number of reasons. Check out ten of the newest features just released. Don't forget to update the app on your mobile before school starts.

Side note, do you check for app updates like fifty times a day like me?


We would highly recommend checking out Practical Ed Tech on Facebook and YouTube. That is where we found the above video. 

Want to dig a little deeper? Check out the official help site or the What's new in Classroom page. A great option would be taking a look at Alice Keeler's blog. Super helpful to follower her on Twitter also. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How is this STEM?


I saw this today and I stopped cold. I thought I recognized it but I really wasn't certain, I didn't think it was possible for a colder climate to have such a thing.

This one small change helps to solve a huge issue. When it rains too much of the water runs off and is dumped into the rivers and streams. While that might not sound like a big deal, it is! The rain should slowly filter through the ground and refill the aquifer.

I was visiting some people at Dressel and saw that some of the parking spaces had a very odd looking surface. I just happened to see someone who was busy install various things and asked him to explain what I saw seeing. He stated that this surface allows the water to slowly filter back into the ground solving the aquifer issue. Such a small change with dramatic impact on the overall health of our state.


This one tiny slice of the parking lot has the potential to push our kid in many STEM directions. I would bet we could take one parking lot space and create weeks worth of rich learning experiences.

Let us know, we would love to help you grow this idea. 

I would bet this one spot has a minimum of thirteen different STEM careers connected to it. Once you start looking around you just start seeing that STEM is everywhere. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It is time... to update your Schoolwires pages.


We have created a series of very quick videos to help you update your Schoolwires pages for the new school year.

Requirements
Make sure your Schoolwires has the following requirements ready to go:
     Welcome Page - think of this as your modern business card. Anything I need to contact you is listed here. Make sure you add your social media/blog links on this page.
     About Me - on this page you can list anything you think the students or parents need to know about who you are as a person.
     Links - add some links to resources your students will need to be successful in your class. Maybe it is Google Classroom or some other site. This page is very helpful if you have kids that move into your classroom after the first few days of school.
     SIS - add a direct link to SIS from the left side navigation bar.
     Calendar - embedding your school and district calendar is simple and very helpful for your students and parents.

Videos
Overview - a great place to start. This will walk you through the navigation and some important elements you might not be aware of.

Welcome - this is the first thing parents will see. Think of this page as your business card, everything I need is right there.

About Me - this is the place for your photos of your family and anything else you want the parents and students to know about you.

Links - add any link the students or parents will need to be successful in your class.

SIS - adding a direct link to SIS on the left side navigation of your site.

Calendar - embed your building and district calendars on this page. It is way easier than you think.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

How is this STEM?


I came home to this package the other night. Two feet by four feet and it weighs seventy-five pounds. If you Google the name you will see it is a mattress, a queen sized one to be exact.

We learned a number of things these past two weeks about how STEM is everywhere and to take what is around us every day to help our students realize that fact.

If you took this modern mattress as an example, what would you say?

Here are a few questions I have when I look at the box:

Engineering
     How do they compress the whole mattress that small?
     How do the various levels of foam stand up to compression over time?
     How do they measure the level of out gassing?

Math
     How many variables did they need to account for when designing one mattress for everyone?
     How do they calculate shipping costs and times?

Technology
     How do they measure the impact of their social media campaign?

By asking these questions it helps me and my own kids start thinking how STEM is everywhere. It helps to focus in on the idea that something as simple as the mattress encompasses many different STEM careers.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Is this the problem or just a symptom of something larger?




There are three things that really hit over the past two weeks. These new ideas have me thinking about how I approach problems and then move to solve them.

For years Mariano has been coaching me along this pathway and now it is all coming together. The big idea he was guiding me towards was to stop jumping towards solutions before fully understanding the whole problem.

Water
    Last week I was in a stream with a biologist studying the issues surrounding stream erosion. He told us a story about New York City. The city had a growing issue of the declining quality of the drinking water. One solution was to spend many billions of dollars building a treatment plant, a solution that would require significant and expensive maintenance every year.
     The solution they deployed was to go way up river and fix a few issues. This greatly improved the water quality making it much easier to fix in the city. This solution was much cheaper and has a lasting impact all along the river.

The Body
     The last two came when we took a trip to St. Louis University. We participated in a demonstration of how certain body parts work together as one. Someone in the audience asked how planter factitious happens and impacts movement. The presenter showed us on the cadaver where the symptoms manifest then pointed to where issue is actually located. These two points where nowhere near each other.
     The final event was during our pig heart dissection. The instructor was showing us three actual human hearts and pointing out the issues in two of them. He mentioned his frustration with school banning things like chocolate milk. While the underlying idea is sound, it misses the larger point which is movement. He is starting to see elementary kids with heart issues due to inactivity. While we ban certain foods it does not solve the underlying issue of inactivity.

These big ideas were a great reminder to me about slowing down and thinking before offering a solution. Sometimes I jump to solve the issue without really determining if what I am seeing is just a symptom or the root of the problem.

I am hopeful I can remember these lessons as the year starts to get busier. I hope to stop and think way up the river to see if the solution is really miles away from where I am.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What is your plan?


We were driving down the road and experienced some odd electrical issue, the GPS stopped charging. The unit only had enough battery to last until we hit Chicago. I would have been concerned but I had a backup plan. Below the GPS I had my tablet running Waze.

I have been told there are two types of people, those who have lost data and those who will.

Do you have a plan if your laptop suddenly dies? Are there folders that need to be backed up but aren't?

Google just released a totally new Google Drive back up and sync tool. I currently have just over 110 gigs in my Drive which was too big for the older desktop Google Drive tool. What they added was the ability for me to just back up one folder from my desktop without having to download everything on my Drive. It is brilliant.

Download and Get Started
Download Back Up and Sync.
Start the install process.

I started by clicking GOT IT.

1. I deselected all of these options. I wanted to choose the folder that was backing up.
2. Click CHOOSE FOLDER.

1. The folder I needed was located on my desktop.
2. I selected the folder. 

That is pretty much it. Now everything in my badges folder will automatically back up to Google Drive. When I add a new resource to the folder it will just back up without me doing anything extra.

Check out the official help site for more information.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Crazy idea or crazy smart?

gum on the ground by the Alamo

I have been watching a billion crime shows on Netflix over the past year or so. Mostly because many of the shows have lots of episodes, right now it is Bones. What those shows have taught me was that everything leaves trace evidence behind.

I was strolling by the Alamo and took the image above. Gum. I have noticed there is a lot of gum on the sidewalks. I wonder how much gold and silver could be harvested from that gum. There has to be trace amounts of precious medals in the gum, how might we mine it?

This reminds me of a time during my student teaching. A student exclaimed that ice cream was made of dirt. No one laughed or said anything, the room was quiet for a bit. Slowly others started to figure it out. His connection was that the grass grows in the dirt, cows eat the grass, people take the milk and turn that into ice cream, thus ice cream is made out of dirt. This connection was brilliant and helped the other kids think differently and take intellectual risks. 

What does all this mean? Sometimes I jump too quick to dismiss a good idea. Sometimes I don't remain quiet like those first graders did. Ice cream is made from dirt and maybe, just maybe, we could mine the gum for precious medals. Maybe we don't have the technology to extract the gold today but I'm sure that is just around the corner.

This summer has brought some hard lessons, but one of the benefits has been slowing down and taking life one day at a time. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sometimes time off isn't a good thing.

Just too much noise!

It is just about July and I have taken a bit of time off. At home things can get all kinds of noisy. Kids talking (yelling)  to Alexa/Google Home to play some great hits like that pen pineapple song, someone else watching random Youtube videos, cell phones dinging, Nerf guns and more. All this noise can drive me nuts. Then there are times when the house is too quiet, so quiet I can't think. This post is how to fix the too quiet issue.

Coffitivity
Simply, a way to create soft background noise like you are in a coffee shop or on a college campus.


Navigate to coffitivity and check out the left side.
Select one of the three top options.
Let the concentration begin!

Need more sounds? The premium is only $9! That is less than a trip to the actual coffee shop.

Apps
Add it to your mobile device for total portability. So sweet!
     iOS
     Android

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Ideas for the New Year?


Are you looking for a few new ideas this summer? Maybe something to improve a workshop, parent communication or just something fresh? Starting in a few days there is a HUGE educational technology conference happening in Texas. I believe there are over 16,000+ participants, you can just imagine how many ideas will flow during the conference.

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference runs from June 24-28.

So how can you hop on and join in?

Open TweetDeck and start to read.
     Don't have a twitter account? Make one! You will need one to use TweetDeck. I promise it won't disappoint. 
     You can also just click on the hashtags below and follow along. 
          #iste17 - people at the conference use this to tweet out new learning and ideas
          #notatiste17 this hashtag is used by those who are not at ISTE

Tweet Deck
TweetDeck opens with three main columns.
Home - your stream. Everything shared publicly shows up here.
Notifications - anytime your twitter name is mentioned.
Messages - private messages

Adding a new column
1. Click the little magnifying glass on the far left. Type in #iste17.
2. Click on the hashtag.

New column appears. Newest tweet will appear at the top. Once the conference starts this column will move faster than any human can read.
Repeat creating columns with people, ideas or hashtags.

Making It Work
1. I found something that looks interesting. I can click on the link and check out what it is all about.
2. I can also favorite it by click on the heart. This is like a bookmark, saved to look at later on.


Why TweetDeck?
I stared using twitter and TweetDeck a while back for idea generation. I know there could be a ton of junk in the feed, just like watching something on tv. Stuff that might be fun to look at but does not have a long lasting quality to it. By following a few key hashtags and people you can start to access fresh perspectives you did not have access to before. There is a lot of noise, after a while you can tune your feed to increase the quality. 

Share - if you see something please share it. Share with your building, a buddy or anyone you think could benefit. 

Need help bringing something to life? Just reach out, Doug and Colin can help.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keep: Powerful, Simple and Free

My current note taking application. Not always effective.

I feel pulled in a billion directions all the time. I sometimes forget more in one day than I care to admit. Other times I show up somewhere and can't recall why I am at the store. Like just two days ago I went to Target and bought some stuff, some we even needed, but totally forgot to get the one thing my wife told me to get. She only told me like five times but I still forgot. Ever happen to you?

There are a number of ways that the Google Keep app can help keep you on track. In this post we will show you a few ways on how to do this on your mobile device. It works pretty much the same way on your laptop.

Checklist
I fell in love with checklists after reading the Checklist Manifesto.

Open the Keep app on your mobile and create a new note.
1. Title your note.
2. Click the little plus symbol in the lower left. Then you will have access for the next step.
3. Click Checkboxes.

1. Click the little ice cream cone in the lower right. (three dots) Then choose a color. I tend to use color to help the more important notes standout. 

1. I checked off this one item. Just like paper, the item remains visible. I could also deselect this item and it would appear back at the top of the list. This deselecting gives the app a slight advantage over paper. You could create a reoccurring checklist for the things you do over and over.



Geofence
This idea would have saved me at Target. The big idea is to have the note appear once you get near the store, like it magically detects when you get within maybe 100 feet or so and up pops the note.

This example is using a checklist I (should have) created for my recent Target shopping adventure.



1. Click the little finger with the ribbon in the upper right corner.
2. Click Place.
3. Start typing the name of the place you want the note to pop up when you get close.

I started typing the word Target and this appeared. I can now pick the Target that I shop at.

Now at the bottom of my note I can see a little Target icon appear. Once I enter the parking lot a notification will appear on my phone. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Is there a way to export/import my bookmarks?


Want to export/import your bookmarks from Chrome? Follow these steps and you will be good to go.

Exporting

Open Chrome.
1. Click the ice cream cone. (three little dots in the upper right corner)
2. Click Bookmarks.
3. Click Bookmark manager.


1. Click Organize.
2. Click Export bookmarks to HTML file...


1. Feel free to rename the file so it is easier to find later.
2. Click Save.


Importing
Open Chrome.
1. Click the ice cream cone(three little dots in the upper right corner)
2. Click Bookmarks.
3. Click Bookmark manager.

1. Click Organize.
2. Click Import bookmarks from HTML file...


1. Locate your bookmark file.
2. Click Open.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer 2017: Digital BreakoutEdu



BreakoutEdu has been an exciting development in education.  Kids love discovering clues, solving puzzles, unraveling mysteries, unlocking locks, and competing with other groups to finish first.  And while most people know about the physical games and kits, few are aware of the amazing world of digital breakout games.  This summer class explores digital breakouts--what they are, where to find them, and how to make them.

Try it!

Teachers in our district and around the world are creating digital breakouts to make learning fun.  Team up and try one out!

Cha-Ching by Anna Martin and Emily Bozdeck -- 1st grade, Concord
Tic-Tic-Toc by Sarah Behnen -- 2nd grade, Crestwood
Og's Great Adventure -- 2nd grade
Monkey Cage Breakout -- 4th grade
JFK by Greg Seagraves -- 7th grade - Truman Social Studies
Ticket to the Bahamas -- HS math/probability
Poetry Breakout -- Middle School ELA

Learn how to do it!

Now that you have experienced a breakout, think about these questions:

  • What technology tools did the teacher incorporate into the breakout?
  • How did the teacher bring the curriculum in?
  • How would I start to plan a breakout?
  • If my students were participating in the breakout, what would I be doing?

All digital breakouts have a few things in common, including:
  • a storyline that is fun and engaging
  • a goal (usually unlocking a Google Form lock)
  • clues that reveal hidden challenges and mini-games
  • new ways for students to engage in the content
  • opportunities for learning (new and old) and teamwork

Some breakouts also include:
  • a timer -- a clock ticking down always adds more excitement to the game
  • distractors -- content information that is not needed to unlock locks)
  • physical challenges -- clues that require students to find/do something in your classroom
  • puzzles that are more about critical thinking, abstract thinking, and teamwork  
  • clues that must be solved through online research

When designing your own breakout, try this planning strategy:
  1. Choose the content topic or theme for the breakout.
  2. List the knowledge, skills, and new learning you want students to apply.
  3. Thinking about each item on your list, consider the possibilities, brainstorming ways students could apply their learning during the game.
  4. Build your challenges and mini-games.
  5. Build your lock (Google Form)
  6. Assemble your breakout using Google Sites.
  7. Have someone beta test it.

Most digital breakouts use the same basic technology components:
  • Google Sites -- website construction
  • website text with hyperlinks to off-site content
  • Google Forms -- the lock
  • Google Draw -- add clickable hyperlink "hotspots" to images
  • Jigsawplanet -- build your own jigsaw puzzle using an image file (jpeg)
  • an iPad or cell phone -- Make a video introducing a real-world problem.  Upload it to YouTube.
  • Google Docs and Slides -- formats for visual and written clues, such as a cryptogram
  • resources found at breakoutedu.com/digital (browse the "Build Your Own" section)


Take time now to design and begin building your own breakout game.  It may be best to collaborate with a partner or a team on bringing your idea to life.

Share it!

When you have something ready for testing, share it!  Get feedback on your design.  Was it challenging?  Was it fun?  Were there too many clues?  Were the locks too easy or too hard to open?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Marketing 101 - (Summer 2017 Class)


Marketing 101 - aka how do I get people to look/click on what I post?
This post was created to be a guide for a summer class.

By the end of the class you will...
  • have a few ideas on how to market what you post from your classroom
  • create a schedule of ideas on your calendar
  • boomerang a reminder to get started in August
What makes something clickable?
Why do videos go viral? Why did Rebecca Black become a success? Is there something here that we could apply to what we do with our own social media?

Why do some sites/posts get traffic while others are simply never clicked upon?

Idea Generation
The posts below were used to look at how we create our message. The big idea was to look outside what were are already doing and finding some
     1. 5 Ideas To Build Your Personal Brand This Summer - this is a super interesting idea. How do we create a brand for ourselves and the classroom? The five ideas help to start building a consistent message, one that people can depend on.
     2. What creativity in Marketing Looks Like Today - Idea one was gold, find the pain points together and build from there. I would assume parents are busy, so their pain is super long posts are hard to read.
     3. 5 Easy Exercises to Find Your Brand's Voice -
     4. 8 Tips to Attract Your First 250,000 Instagram Followers - disregard the Instagram part, just read the tips. Many of these can be applied to your blog/social site. The one thing that stands out to me is consistency. 

Sites Around The World
We investigated these sites to look for evidences of how they market themselves to their readers. Our hope was to discover additional ideas on how they get the word out compared to the articles we read.


Outside

Charting A Path
We used the articles and links above to chart a classroom marketing path.
Some of the big idea are:
  • #hashtags
  • Keeping a consistent schedule (Math Mondays, Text Tuesdays, etc)
  • Creating informative images
  • Creating specific jobs for the teacher and some for the students.
  • Facebook - video vs. text post
Next Steps
Google Calendar and Boomerang - using these two tools we create some reminders to help us with our marketing plan once the year gets underway.


Google Sites - Is this your missing link? (Summer 2017)


This post was created to be used in one of our summer courses. Feel free to use it as a reference as you create with Google Sites.

Introduction
Sites is a quick way for you and your students to create a website. The site can be limited to people within the district or published to allow anyone with the link to view the site. You can also add additional editors to the site allowing many people to collaborate on the same site.

Is this your missing link? Is this the thing that might just tie all of your student work together into one place? One portfolio? See Classroom Ideas #3 to see how it happened for one kindergarten class.


overview video
Demo
At this point in the class we opened Sites and created most of a site in a few minutes. 

Challenge!
(This is just a mock challenge, you are not really building a public site for Moore.)
Your team is tasked with creating an informative site based around the Moore Leadership Center. The site will be used by those within the district and the public. 

You have 75 minutes to create your site.

Your site must contain:
     1. Multiple pages and at least one nested page.
     2. Text.
     3. Images that show off the property.
     4. Video(s).
     5. Header image.
     6. A short URL to make easy to type.
     7. Link(s) to external site(s).
     8. Embed a minimum of one Google product.

Getting Started
We would recommend using a whiteboard, paper and Post-It notes to lay the site out before you start creating. This method will help you create an organized structure before you create it electronically, in the end this saves a ton of time.

Examples
     1. Nested Pages - hover your mouse over the Products tab at the top. Each of these sub pages is directly tied to the parent page. This is a great way to tie lots of pages together.
     2. Embedded Elements - scrolling down the first page you will twitter, Google Calendar and images embedded into the main page. Also check out Students - After School Enrichment. While the embedded docs are not visible you can vision what it might look like.
     3. Tabs - the tabs across the top of the screen help you navigate very quickly to what you need. Scroll down the main page, the layout is very nice.
     4. Links - the list of information and external sites is more informative than some of the other examples we came across. This might be a good way to introduce sites and resources to viewers.
     5. Random! - a random page we came across. We added because the layout of some of the pages was pretty interesting.

The Pitch
Each team will demonstrate their site to the class.

Reflection
What did you learn about Sites while participating in the challenge?

Resources
Below are resources you can use to help create your Sites.

Classroom Ideas
     1. Sites can be used for large projects as well as tiny ones. Think small, grow big.
     2. Google Sites Reminders - a few ideas on how you could use it and some ways the students could use Sites.
     3. Using Sites to Build Portfolios in Kindergarten - I was seriously impressed with this idea. I can see this happening at the middle schools with student lead conferences. The idea of the checklist is pretty sweet, she included a link for it if you want to use it.
     4. Classroom Apps You'll Want to Try - this site lists a number of apps you might want to try in the classroom, while that is neat look beyond that. Think of this site as something you create, or some kids, and it lays out a whole unit or chapter. What if they created a site that was all about a certain math idea, some character in history or highlighted some literature?

External Help Sites
     1. Google Sites Help Center - official help page by Google.
     2Google Sites Help Forum - a user generated forum. Pretty helpful when you are stuck.
     3. 7 Hidden Tips for Google Sites - Alice Keeler's post. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Snapseed Selfie Tip - How is this possible?


Not sure how to really explain this so just check it out.

I took a quick selfie and opened it in the Snapseed app.
To start editing, click the pencil in the lower right.

1. Scroll down to the very bottom.
2. Click the Pose button.

Click on the center icon and drag up/down/left/right.
It actually moves your face while the rest of the image remains in place.
Not a big selfie taker but this seems to be a interesting idea. 

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