Thursday, August 10, 2017

Use Keep as Your Student Planner

If I was a student, I would be using Google Keep to help me keep track of my different assignments. Keep allows students to easily write notes to themselves, collaborate on other students' notes, and add pictures of assignments written on white boards. Students can even set reminders for their notes so when they get home from school, they will be reminded to work on their group project.

Take a look at the video below and share with your students!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The "Inbox Zero" Mentality!

Using Gmail? Have hundreds or even thousands of old emails clogging your inbox?! Watch the video below to learn about the Inbox Zero Mentality and change the way you do your work email!



Monday, June 19, 2017

HyperDocs Across Nevada

The HyperDoc movement began with Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis. With their collaborative and innovative nature, HyperDocs has taken off like wildfire.

This year teachers across the state of Nevada have been joining in the HyperDoc movement by participating in the HyperDocs course and creating and sharing their own HyperDocs.

While participating in the course, teachers learn how to transform their teaching while empowering their students as learners by engaging in the use of the 4 C's, SAMR, and DOK. HyperDocs provide a digital delivery tool that replaces the worksheet method of delivery of instruction. HyperDocs are much more than just some links on a document. They improve collaboration and instruction between the teacher and the students and allow students to be creative and critical thinkers. In the course, teachers were able to engage in conversations and share strategies with other teachers for creating a blended classroom, including designing lessons that are engaging, interactive, multi-layered learning experiences for students, and packaging web tools and improving workflow.

You can click on the link to this Padlet to see the HyperDocs that are being shared across Nevada. Please continue to post and share HyperDocs that you create by adding them to this Padlet.

NR21 HyperDoc Gallery Wall





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

EquatIO

Are you looking for an easy way to add equations and formulas into Google Docs and Forms? Your search is over. Check out EquatIO, a Chrome browser extension by TextHelp.

Within Google Docs, you can type or handwrite any expression, and EquatIO will convert it into accurate digital math. If you aren’t sure what expression to use, EquatIO will help. When you type 'sq', it knows you mean 'square root'. When you dictate a formula aloud, EquatIO will ignore any “umms”,  “errs”, or other non-math words. EquatIO has a built-in library of ready-made formulas, equations, and other math expressions.

Creating a digital math quiz for students in Google Forms using EquatIO is seamless. EquatIO allows students to add sketches, diagrams, and other notations allowing them to show their work to their teacher.

You can try EquatIO free for 30 days with unlimited access to all the features. After 30 days there is a licensing subscription for Premium features.  There are three types of licensing: single, group, and unlimited. Check their website here for more details. With the free version you have access to Google Docs Integration, Speech Input, Handwriting recognition (2 per day), LaTex, Math to Speech, and Resizing Images.

Check it out! Watch this video showing how easy EquatIO is to use.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Leveraging Online Tools in SoNV


The Four Cs of 21st Century Learning are skills students need to develop to successfully navigate middle school, high school, college, career, and beyond.

We have two different professional learning opportunities focusing on the Four Cs coming up in May and registration is happening now! Both sessions are face-to-face in the Greenspun JHS library from 4:30PM to 7:30PM on May 9 and 10. Here’s the map to Greenspun: https://goo.gl/maps/nJSyd1Sxgqq 

This opportunity is available to all NR21 educators in Southern Nevada.

Check out the flyer and registration form: bit.ly/LOTools. On May 9 participants will learn how to use digital notes, Animoto, and Lucidchart to foster communication and critical thinking in the classroom. On May 10 participants will learn how to use collaborative digital notes, Padlet, and WeVideo to foster critical thinking and creativity.

Learn more about the sessions and register here: bit.ly/LOTools 


See you at the trainings!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Attention Southern Nevada NR21 Teachers!

The Southern Nevada Digital Learning Summit is fast approaching! Join us Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. at Bob Miller Middle School for a day of EdTech and Professional Learning.

Register for the event here: http://ctl.li/S-NV-Digital-Summit (password: Nevada)

We are planning engaging sessions on:

  • HyperDocs
  • Latest Google Apps
  • WeVideo
  • Canvas Training
  • EdTech Lesson Planning
  • PocketLab
  • New Google Sites
  • Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Forms
  • Latest Chrome Extensions
  • And more!

Space is limited, so register for the Summit today!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Combine Edits in WeVideo

Collaboration within WeVideo is easy because the program allows teachers to create both collaborative and shared projects. WeVideo has made it even easier to allow students to collaborate on a project with its "combine edits" feature. Now teachers and students can combine many edits into one finished video with the click of a button.

The combine edits feature works with any type of WeVideo project including collaborative, shared, and personal projects. All you need is two or more video edits and WeVideo open in a browser window. Here's how to do it:

  1. From the project menu, open the project.
  2. Select all the videos you would like to combine.
  3. Right-click on the selected videos. Click "combine edits."
  4. Select the order of the clips.
  5. That's it! A new window will open with all of the video edits combined into one.
Watch the video below for a tutorial on how to combine edits within a WeVideo project then work the move into your next lesson!