Tuesday, October 31, 2017

G Suite Updates!

Google for Education is always updating their products, and there are some new exciting features this Fall!

As you know, Forms is an awesome way to create quizzes and exams. The problem is that teachers would have to manually input student scores into Classroom after they take the exam. This is no longer a problem! Forms and Classroom are now able to "talk" to one another so teachers can easily transfer studet scores from Forms into Classroom. Take a look at the tutorial on the right to see how to accomplish this!

Google has added two new updates for Slides. The first allows you to import notes from Keep seamlessly into a Slides deck. In Slides, click Tools > Keep notepad. This will pull up all of your notes from Keep. It's then just a matter of pulling your Keep notes into a new slide!

The second Slides update will make your life easier, especially if you are a huge Forms user. You know how Forms will automatically create charts and graphs using the data you collected? Now you can easily copy a chart from Forms and paste it into a Slide. Take a look at tutorial on the right and start inserting more graphics into your Slide decks!

-Chris Justus
Las Vegas

Monday, October 23, 2017

Skip to My Symbaloo

Have you used Symbaloo?  Symbaloo is a free bookmarking service that allows you to save your favorite or most visited sites.  Access your sites and share them with others.  Teachers can use this in the classroom by bookmarking sites that they will need students to access.  This site is especially helpful if teachers have multiple sites that students will visit within one class period.  Simply have them go to the Symbaloo and then from there they can go to different sites.

Need more inspiration?  Check out this article 6 ways to use Symbaloo in the Classroom--https://en.blog.symbaloo.com/6-ways-to-use-symbaloo-in-the-classroom/

Felicia Wilson
Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Literacy Shed is my Best Friend Forever

Reluctant writers are everywhere and for one school year, I thought they were all in my 3rd-period class.  Essays, summaries, poems, and even their names were all items they simply weren’t interested in putting on paper.  I needed to find something that would get them writing because they NEEDED to write.  I came across a website called The Literacy Shed.  This free site houses short films and animations with teaching ideas.  I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to get my students engaged with a visual and then have them do a writing extension.  No matter what the writing extension was, the point was they were writing.  It became a popular feature in my class, so every Wednesday was dubbed Creative Writing Wednesday.  I saw a change in some of my most reluctant writers as they put pen to paper and added words to their page and even my shy students began to share aloud their creative pieces.  I highly recommend that you check out this site and see how you can use it in your classroom.

Here are a few of my personal favorites.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Add a little Splash with Unsplash

If you are looking for a way to add a little more pizazz to your presentation slides or to make them more professional then I have the site for you.  Unsplash.com is a site that offers you free  HD photos that you can use at your discretion.  Simply download the photo(s) you like and use them as backgrounds to your slides, desktop, etc.  It’s free and it’s easy!

Check it out! Unsplash.com

Also check out this Youtube video tutorial on how to edit and use Unsplash.com photos in your Google Slides.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Wonder of Google Drawings

GD77Flyer (1).jpgEver since I was a little girl, I’ve rooted for the underdog.  If it was the tortoise or the hare, I pulled for the tortoise.  I rooted for Charlie Brown to finally kick the football, The Greeks to win in The Battle of Salamis, and Lennie to live a happy full life in Of Mice and Men.  I rooted for them because I believed in their potential.  So, it is no surprise that I am sitting here, writing about the potential of Google Drawings.  It is the underdog of the G-Suite tools.  In workshops, I have led and in general conversations with people, Google Drawings doesn’t appear to be utilized as often or at all.  So, my question is Why?  Is it the name?  Drawings gives off the connotation that you need to be an artist, creative or Salvador Dali-esque.  The reality is that Google Drawings should be in the forefront alongside Google Docs, and Forms because you can create wonderful things that can be applied in the classroom.  Here’s a list of possibilities:
  • Posters 
  • Flyers
  • Timelines
  • Infographics
  • Hyperdocs
  • Sketchnotes
  • Custom logos
  • Memes

But rather than me telling you about all the wonders Google Drawings has to offer, why don’t you see for yourself.  Here are six resources that will help you get started.  Enjoy the wonder that is Google Drawings!

Felicia Wilson
Las Vegas