AR Stretches It’s Wings

Augmented Reality or AR: a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. AR has been around for a few years with applications and hardware such as: Google Glass, Aurasma, Augment, and now Pokemon GO.  I cannot begin to explain what Pokemon exactly is….

Cast for Education

After Google for Education’s announcement this week of several tools to be implemented my mind is just racing with excitement. First off, Google Expeditions app is graduating from beta stage and its availability to the public. Second, Google Forms gets it long awaited grading component making it extremely easy for teachers to provide assessments. What I’m…

Sheets are Made with rowCall

Whether it’s the beginning, middle, or end of the school year data needs to be sorted. This instructional video demonstrates how to use the rowCall add-on in Google Sheets to use a header and distribute data to individual sheets for quick lookup and communication purposes.

Synergyse Training for Google Apps

As of May 2nd, Synergyse has announced they are joining Google Apps for Education according to this recent post. Due to this joining venture, Synergyse Training for Google Apps will be free allowing Google Apps customers to get immediate searchable help within any Google App. In short, this is great news all users of Google Apps…

Google Doc Curriculum Map

There are several methods for schools to produce a curriculum map, whether through paid subscriptions or through creative document mapping. Regardless of your choice, the concept of transparency is imperative for continuous and future planning. Keeping the balance of simplicity with complexity here is curriculum map template designed and now available in the Google Docs Template…

Student Perspective is Huge

It’s extremely important for to learning and demonstration purposes to display instruction through student perspective. A lot can be lost in translation when we teachers project from our view, however students (most of the time) have a more recipient view. A great way is having student leaders project their device to provide the rest of the…

Fix this Please! When Accessibility Goes Wrong

We all have  experienced a time when a student brings you a Chromebooks that looks a bit funky. Here are a series of Chromebook problems (when accessibility features are turned on) and how to fix them. Here is a short list of common learning distracting accessibility options (when not needed) ChromeVox (Spoken Feedback): anything you…

Chrome Apps Are Usually Websites

Most Chrome Web Store apps are website shortcuts. This tip focuses on learning about educational resources and determining if the website is meaningful, appropriate, and safe. Teachers are the only members who have access to the Chrome Web Store. Here you can find a tremendous amount of resources through Apps- applications or website resources Extensions- mini-tools…

Chromebook Efficiency and Transparency

This method focuses on how to easily customize student experiences with their Chromebooks as well as how teachers can monitor and enhance instruction through Google Classroom. Student Efficiency with Pinning Apps The bottom bar on a Chromebook is called the shelf. By default there are a few apps that are already pinned, however you can…

Never Lose Work & Keeping Students Honest

This tip focuses on using a simple keyboard shortcut to open up to view what students have been browsing as well as a fix for when you accidentally closed out a browser full of tabs. Example: Teacher is concerned if a student is off task. The teacher visits the student’s Chromebook and uses the Crtl…

Podcast Learning: Student Creation

A very simple website tool and Chrome App that any user can use is Twisted Wave. This short demonstration video displays how students can access the app, record their audio, and tips on saving their file to Google Drive for Classroom turn-in. Note: Anyone can use this resource without a login however you only get 5 minutes…