Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Google Form (Responses) Text Wrapping

A valuable discovery!

Flex Mod Digital Sign & Countdown Preparations

During certain times of the day, monitors in our building will have digital announcements.  We are planning to use Google Sign Builder.

The daily announcements will run using a Google Presentation that can be updated at any time.
Our example:

Once set up, the slide show will switch to a countdown clock (red) and black background which will run at our designated times.

Our designated times are currently set for this schedule.

Between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM, we will display some form of wallpaper such as below:


A HUGE thank you to Mr. Westphal for taking our ideas and making them happen.

Monday, April 20, 2015

SMART Notebook Express

Numerous SMART Notebook files, inter activities, review games, and presentations are created by teachers on a daily basis.  Some of these could be used by students during personal learning time (homework) for further understanding of concepts.

One option for students to view SMART Notebook information is via an exported PDF copy that teachers email or place on a digital management tool.  While the information from the SMART Notebook file is viewable no inter activity between movable objects or links to pages within the file will work.


The Workflow
  • SAVE SMART Notebook file to computer (if not previously completed)
  • CREATE Google Drive folder for organization
  • UPLOAD SMART Notebook file to Google Drive
  • SHARE Google Drive File with students via blog, Edmodo, email

The Final Steps
  • OPEN web browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE
  • TYPE http://express.smarttech.com/ into the omni bar (URL area)
  • OPEN existing Notebook file (blue button) 
  • FIND the SMART Notebook file the teacher shared with students in the steps above
  • CLICK on the file OPEN (it may take a few moments to process)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Newscast From The Past - World History

As we progress forward with the project, the Green Screen App by Do Ink will be used by some students.  Below is a basic instructional video followed by a complete tutorial.  Remember, each Do Ink creation can be produced to the iPad's camera roll.  Upon completion, combining multiple Green Screen creations into an iMovie project.  Produced together can be a completed project.



Exporting Options - MP4

Monday, April 13, 2015

SMART Notebook New & Review

SMART boards with SMART notebook is a technology tool that all of our teachers have in their educational setting.

Updates that could be helpful for teachers when planning and presenting educational lessons are below.

View The Converted SMART file to PowerPoint

Remember,any SMART Notebook file can be shared with others if uploaded as a SMART file to Google Drive.

Combine the downloaded file with the free Notebook Express tool will allow users to view and manipulate any part of the file from any computer.  This could be a tremendous help in allowing students to review classroom material.
As we move into the Flex Mod schedule in the fall of 2015, this may be beneficial in sharing important classroom content information.

Download SMART Notebook File of the updates.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Using Google Draw While Using Google Docs

Our sixth grade students are writing creative stories that create "critters" that combine two different features of different animals into one "critter".  One of our teachers wanted their students to create an image of the "critter". Google Draw was the best tool for this on a computer.

View My Example

Educators Guide To Flipboard In The Classroom

Flipboard is a tremendous web, iPhone, iPad digital magazine for many educational purposes.  Subscribing or following the "best of the web" informational material can be a resource for staff and students.

The graphics are stunning.  Images are crystal clear, and the pages turn with ease and quickness.  News can be aggregated from websites, news sources, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and many others.

Once topics are followed, a user can create their own magazines which can be a "storage area" for specific readable items.  These magazines could be followed and read by others.

Follow other people's magazines.
We introduced Flipboard as a tool for acquiring current events.

Other Ideas For Use In The Classroom:

Consider having co-curators

Flipboard's Terms of Use

Flipboard Tools

Monday, March 30, 2015

Explain Everything PDF to iBooks to Teacher Google Drive Folder

In the past, anatomy students used multiple Skitch images for annotating the flow of blood through the heart. This required students to transfer all of the individual images to one per Google Slide.

This year, we decided to use Explain Everything and only the image annotation.  No audio involved.  Exporting the creation using the PDF to iBooks and Google Drive allows for the teacher to receive a "slide show" as is shown at the end of the the video presentation below.

Fixing Saving Error Message Explain Everything

Educator's Guide To Periscope & Meerkat

Facebook. Vine. Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat.

The list above contains all social media tools that our students use and that school employees know about.  It is the job of parents and educators to educate our students as to the positives and negatives.

Enter Periscope & Meerkat

These social media apps were introduced to the masses as early as last Thursday.  While Periscope and Meerkat aim to have people stream live video of breaking news, as with any social media app, negative uses may occur. Knowing the features of the tools can better help parents, staff, and students be know what the apps can do.

Periscope and Meerkat are essentially the same tech tool.  Via an iPhone or iPad (currently not available for Android), "broadcasters" can live stream anything they want.  This can be done publicly or privately based on settings. With Periscope, hearts (likes) and viewer questions and comments can be displayed as the live stream is occurring.  Each video can be archived for viewing later complete with hearts and comments.

Since Periscope's release, Meerkat is already fading even after $14 million in funding on the App Store "top downloads" list.  Periscope was purchased by Twitter for somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 -$100 million even before its release.

Because of this, Periscope will be the further focus of this blog post.

Some "need to know" features of Periscope.
  • Replay - When the broadcast is over, viewers can watch it later. Currently replays only last 24 hours.  The replay can be deleted by the broadcaster at any time.
  • Private - Pressing the lock icon allows for the broadcaster to choose the audience
  • Twitter - By tapping the bird icon, a live link will be shared on Twitter
  • Manage Notifications - Turning on will give provide a notification that people that a user is following has started a broadcast
  • Hearts - Giving hearts to a broadcast or receiving hearts determines the "likes" of a stream

Educator Use:

  • Broadcast live a field trip
  • Broadcast live a lesson
  • Broadcast live a school event, for example: academic event, sporting event
  • Broadcast live graduation
  • Broadcast live events (Goody Triathlon)
  • Broadcast unique lessons
  • Broadcast how to lessons such as foods, woods, metals, or autos 
Please also be aware of copyright and live streaming.
Appropriate for education

Periscope and Meerkat can be used in a positive way for many reasons.  Knowing the features and purposes of these apps, may help teach students the proper use of these new, technology tools.

*Not sure this will catch on? Riff was just released that allows same video creation features, but with a collaboration feature. (Multiple people making videos at the same time)

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