Friday, August 25, 2017

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to a brand new school year!  
I am so excited for all of you!  
We have the chance to change lives, to inspire and release genius in our students, and to build relationships our students need!

We have new districts joining our Google tribe, so I am planning a series of Google Three-Minute Jam tutorials.  If you need to know how to do something specific in the Google tools, please use the form over there on your right to let me know.

On the Microsoft front, Microsoft Classroom has been replaced with Microsoft Teams!  I'm hoping for user-friendly interface and usage.  For those of you who aren't using Google, I will be bringing tutorials for Microsoft in the new year.  

That brings us to Skype in the Classroom.  If you have never used Skype or Google Hangouts to bring speakers into your classroom or to partner with other classrooms, you are missing out!  

There are hundreds of authors who will Skype with your students for free!  You can take virtual field trips, and your students can tackle PBL with other classrooms in the world.  I DARE you to flatten those walls this year!  You might want to start with a Mystery Skype.  I am a part of a group of connected educators, and I have teachers from other states looking for partner teachers/classrooms.  If you are interested in connecting your kids with another classroom, fill out this QUICK FORM, and I will send you more information.

You are Rock Stars!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Creator for Chrome

I am excited to announce Book Creator for Chrome!  It has been in beta this summer, and I received the message that it is ready for your classroom!  For those of you unfamiliar with Book Creator, for iOS, it is an open-ended book creation tool students can use to create books on any subject.  Students can create comics, science journals, non-fiction books, collaborative works, class books, and even books created from classroom collaboration around the world (see #TWIMA to find out more).

Book Creator for Chrome is now available, and it has some amazing features.

Dan from Book Creator says,
Google Image search

"When you tap the + button and select Import, you can now search for images on Google. Rest assured that safe-search is enabled, and all the images have full permission to be used in your books. You can also disable the feature altogether in a library's settings if you prefer students to only use their own images."
It is a free/paid tool.  Teachers can create a library of 40 books for free.  That's ok, though, because you can export finished books to other places and remove them from Book Creator.  HERE is the price list, but you know I always try to use free tools when I can!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Updates for Google Classroom!!

I am excited about the new updates to Google Classroom!  Google listened to the things teachers have been saying.  Read the full article to know exactly what new features you have in Classroom.  Gone are the days of not being able to reorder your class cards, and now you can see a list of assignments for an individual student.  Click HERE for the full article!