Think Different #47

Resources for the Week of Jan 14, 2018

Hide your desktop icons with one click

Thanks to my friend April Requard for this tip. This is a FREE app called HiddenMe Free: Hide Desktop Icons. It is available in the Mac App Store. Download it and then you will have a small black circle in your menu bar. Once you click on it, you can hide your desktop icons like magic! You can even set up a hotkey.
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Classroom Activities for World Read-Aloud Day

On Feb. 1, 2018, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld, past years have found more than 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school as part of classroom activities, or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another

http://www.teachhub.com/classroom-activities-world-read-aloud-day

Owl Eyes: READ, ANNOTATE, COLLABORATE

Owl Eyes is an ingenious site that allows teachers create "classrooms" where their students can read and interact with texts. Student's choose from a wide variety of literature and then annotate the text right on the site. This is helpful as they can take notes and begin right where they left off when reading the next time. Teacher tools allow educators to create quizzes to assess how students are doing and manage student accounts. Use Owl Eyes to differentiate instruction or flip a classroom.

Website: https://www.owleyes.org

https://youtu.be/_7ZQ_VmpaNw

Expanding Your Save As PDF Options

You may already know how you can print and then use Save As PDF to save a PDF of almost anything on your Mac. But you can also add to that menu, creating convenient locations to save PDFs without needing to search for folders. You can also indicate applications that handle PDFs to send a PDF version of your document directly to that app.

Thanks to Gary at MacMost for this tip:

https://macmost.com/expanding-your-save-as-pdf-options.html

https://youtu.be/Cc8muVY9XkM
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Lots of Virtual Learning Tours

In more traditional approaches to learning, students have acquired knowledge through mostly text-only engagements. The use of virtual worlds that include text, images, audio, video, and a “feeling of presence” is allowing for more multifaceted, cross-curricular learning experiences. These virtual worlds encourage increased interactivity and empower learners to explore content at their own pace and level of interest.


For example: In collaboration with Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting produced a standards-based, virtual learning journey that transports students to a critical period of time in United States history. Brimming with comprehensive, cross-curricular content, including 14 videos, primary source images and documents, compelling photo galleries, interactive maps, artwork, music, and more, this virtual collection invites students into an engaging exploration of some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.


Check out all the guides: http://www.gpb.org/education/virtual-learning

Easy way to make an animation

Thanks to Richard Byrne for this resource:


"Flip Anim provides possibly the easiest way draw and create an animated GIF. To create an animation on Flip Anim simply go to the site and start drawing on the notepad in the center of your screen. You can draw as much or as little as you like on each page of your notepad. You're essentially drawing a piece of each animation on each page of your notepad much like the way that old cartoons were created. When you're done drawing on all of your pages you can preview the animation by pressing the play button. To save your work you do have to upload it to Flip Anim (registration is not required) then you can download it as an animated GIF. "

https://youtu.be/g15XWHdoUiI