Monday, April 25, 2016

Stay Organized with Google Keep

Google Keep is a beneficial note taking app that works directly with users’ Google Accounts. In Google Keep, users can store text, images, and links. In addition, notes can be shared with other Google users in order to take collaboration and communication to the next level. Notes can be color coded, tagged, and reminders can be set for organization and accessibility. If you have not tried Google Keep, you are missing out!

It gets even better.....Google released an extension last week that allows users the ability to save items to Google Keep in a single click. It saves URLs, text, and images. During this process, users can take notes on the saved content and add labels. From there, it saves directly to Google Keep.

Between the web version, new Chrome extension, and wonderfully developed mobile App, staying organized has never been easier thanks to Google Keep!  

Click here to learn more and install the new Google Keep extension


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Workflow - Own Those Tabs in Chrome

I've made no secret that Chrome is my go-to web browser. One reason I love Chrome is the fact that that as a school our top collaboration and creation resource is Google Drive. I also love Chrome because of the powerful Extensions and Chrome Apps that can be added to improve the user experience. Many of my favorite extensions help me be more efficient. I particularly love extensions that help me manage the multiple tabs a frequently have open.

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Two of my favorites are OneTab and TabCloud. These two extensions are similar and I suggest experimenting with the features of both before decided to choose one over the other.

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. You can also share the collection of tabs as a web page. Great way to share multiple sites with someone.

TabCloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. Effectively allowing you to sync open tabs between multiple computers.
Bonus Tab Tools

  • TabCarousel - Cycle through your Chrome tabs automatically. Great for monitoring information on a TV with a computer attached. 
  • Tab Scissors - This extension splits a window into two at the selected tab.
  • Tab Glue - This extension glues windows together.
  • Tab Snooze - Close unnecessary tabs and make them magically reappear when you need them.
  • Tab Resize - Split Screen made easy. Resize the CURRENT tab and tabs to the RIGHT into layouts on separate windows. w/ Multi Monitor Support.
Learn more about Chrome Extensions and Apps
Recharge Learning - Chrome 101

Monday, April 11, 2016

Overwhelmed with Grading? Look No Further.....JoeZoo has your Back!

With the help of Google Docs, creating has never been easier and more collaborative for our students. In addition,the Google Drive helps provide a paperless classroom and eliminates clutter for teachers. With the increase in production, it can be difficult for teachers to keep up with the grading load. JoeZoo is a beneficial grading Add-on that helps teachers eliminate the hours of grading required to keep up with student production with three grading tools: (1) Writing Feedback, (2) Rubric Builder, (2) Grading Assignments. The tools “are automated, teacher-designed, preloaded with feedback and require no student installation.”  This Add-On will make teachers feel at ease as they have their students create, create, and create in their student-centered classrooms. #whatsup

Click here to learn more about JoeZoo
Click here to install JoeZoo Express
JoeZoo YouTube Channel - Instructional Videos

Friday, April 8, 2016

Google Classroom Update - Polling

Last week we posted some of our Favorite Resources to Support Formative Assessment. Google has now given us one more tool to add to the list. 

Google classroom has become a powerful tool in many EdTech toolboxes. Since the Google for Education release of Classroom it has quickly become a go-to tool for digital communication and paperless classrooms. 

Classroom's communication features include:
  1. Posting Announcements (Links, videos, and attachments)
  2. Posting Assignments (Links, videos, and attachments)
  3. Posting Google Forms (Polls and Assessments)
  4. Posting Discussion Questions (Backchannel and Exit Slips)
  5. Paperless distribution and collection of activities.  
Google recently updated the question feature in Google Classroom to include multiple choice questions. This will be a great tool for to collect formative data from students. The Google for Education Blog posted these 4 suggestions for ways to use the new polling options:
  • Post exit tickets
  • Help students self-monitor
  • Guide student discussions
  • Get feedback on your lesson from students.
Learn more about Google Classroom
Google Classroom Tips, Tricks, and Training Resources

Monday, April 4, 2016

End Cyberbulling with Reword - Chrome Extension

Cyberbulling is real.  It is a tough problem for many teens and adults alike. The old advice of "Just Walk Away" or "They are just words" doesn't seem to solve the problem.  We are still triggered.  We are still hurt.    But the new Chrome extension Reword can help raise awareness to people who just might think twice before posting harmful and hurtful words.  Reword notices certain words you type that it considers abusive.  If it catches the, it draws a red line through them with reminders such as "Remember you are writing to a person" and "Would you want the world to know you said this?"

Created by the folks behind the mental health app Headspace in collaboration with advertising agency, Reword's mission is more than just a red line through offending words. On their website, they share dizzying stats about the results on online bullying, revealing that 65% of people in the United States 18-29 years old have been harassed online. In Australia, one of every four students is bullied in school, according to the federal government, while 84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied offline.

Watch this video