Tuesday Tech Talk

March 10, 2015

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Are you ready to Google?

Our Trailblazer Schools are up and running, and we couldn't be more excited about all the creative uses of Google Apps for Education that we're seeing! Be sure to check the FCS Google course on itslearning for updates over the next few months.


Susan and Jill are presenting at Tech and Learning Live @Atlanta this Friday in the "Everything Google Playground." We are looking forward to sharing how easy it is to integrate GAFE with itslearning. Here's a Google Form idea we're going to share for Media Specialists: Help! I don't know what to read! Feel free to take the survey and see what happens!


Stay tuned for more about Google Apps for Education and upcoming training!

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Gynzy

If you're looking for some fun, interactive tools to embed in itslearning, Gynzy offers 50 that are free! One note, I had to add http: after src=" when embedding into itslearning. Use that little trick, and you should be able to use any of the free codes provided.
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Open Educational Resources

There's a movement in education called OERs, "Open Educational Resources," which encourages teachers to share content, lesson plans, and professional development. I recently heard about MIT's BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies) which offers video resources for hard-to-teach and hard-to-grasp high school level math and science concepts. I decided to check it out, and the first two videos I watched put me to sleep. Since I had heard rave reviews, I decided to try again, and the third time was a charm! I found this video on Avogadro's Number, which tackles a student's misunderstanding and extends into activities to build understanding. If you need higher-level videos for math or science, BLOSSOMS may be worth a look.

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Just For Fun

The Amazing iPad Magician