CSD Tech Link
Linking technology to the classroom...
First Up...Cheltenham Only Discussion Board
We are hoping this will be a place where everyone can post examples of how they are using technology in the classroom or for personal workflow. Ask questions and anyone can answer. Many principals and teachers have already joined. Look for a daily tech tip and share one if you want.
We have heard from some other school districts who have said that Google Plus Communities has been a great tool for them to share and learn from each other when time and location don't allow staff to be together. Thanks for joining!
You Should Know ... About Google Educator Boot Camp
On December 1st and 2nd we attended the Google Educator Certification Boot Camp hosted at the MCIU and delivered by Kiker Learning. Rich Kiker is 1 of only 5 Google for Education Partners for Professional Development. He is well known for his eLearning Solutions and is a top rated Google Certified Trainer. This was one of the most informative and productive conference/training sessions we have attended. Rich’s partnership with Google affords him the opportunity to share “inside scoop” information regarding Google’s strategic plans as they pertain to the Education industry.
Over the course of the two days we picked up some very useful tips and learned some new things that we wanted to share with you. See some of those highlights below or if you want to see our complete notes from the session check them out here.
- Edit pdf files in Google Docs by right clicking on it from within your Google Drive and choosing open with docs. The built in optical reader will convert your pdf.
- Restrict sharing settings for your files and folders.
- Voice typing is now available.
- Use the send and archive button when replying to email. It will remove the email from your inbox and archive it to your all mail. This is one way to get around the fact that you can’t see which emails you have replied to like we could when using Outlook.
Be a power Omnibox user. The Omnibox is your traditional address bar but in Chrome it can search the internet and perform other tasks. We did not know you could accomplish so much right from within your Omnibox! This is a huge time saver!
Add a reading passage to a form using the section break!
Use the Send From Gmail Chrome extension! See something important online that you want to send via Gmail...just click on the send from Gmail extension and a dialog box will open already populated with a subject and web link...just add to recipient name and you are done!
Use Ctrl + click to move a file to multiple folders, only one version of the file exist but it will “point” to multiple folders.
- Try a Geo Chart or time motion chart like in this example.
- Click on the explore button on the bottom right hand corner of any spreadsheet containing data and quickly add a visual chart for a quick analysis.
- Experience classical arts alongside some of the world's leading performers.
- Click on the question mark on the bottom left hand corner of your classroom front page and choose what's new to see the latest Google Classroom enhancements.
The GIST (Great Ideas that Start Things)
VideoNot.es Synchronize notes to a video. Connected to your Google Drive and shareable. Your students will need to have the VideoNot.es app installed in their Chrome Browser. Here is a video tutorial from edtechteacher.org.
When using Google Classroom, attach the rubric to the assignment and have the student self assess when they turn the assignment in.
Check out GeoGuessr. GeoGuessr is a web-based geographic discovery game. It uses a semi-randomized Google street view location and requires players to guess their location in the world using only the visible clues.
Polish Your PLC
Spotlight On Myers Elementary
Mrs. Rubin's lesson was amazing! The students loved it and were coding within minutes. Every student was engaged and focused and wrote lines and lines of code. It was truly a special day at Myers. (Nancy Hniedziejko)