Teacher Tech Tips

Tips to help integrate technology into your classroom

Edition 2 - February 21, 2016

Got chromebooks? In this edition I will cover some of my favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of your chromebooks.

Use Chrome App Launcher to Open Apps By Voice

I get a lot of questions from elementary school teachers about how to create shortcuts for the little kids to quickly get to websites like Lexia and Accelerated Reader. Did you know that Google's Launcher has built in voice search capabilities? If you want to go to Lexia Core 5 click on the microphone and say "Lexia Core 5." It will take you right to the website.

The Chromebooks have a built in shortcut map

I could write an entire newsletter on Chrome's many keyboard shortcuts. You can see all of them for yourself at any time instantly. Press Ctrl + Alt + ? on your keyboard to see a pop-up map with all of the keyboard shortcuts available. You can open this tool at any time, on any screen in the Chrome OS.

Focus on your task by going full-screen

When I have students working on an essay I have them go into fullscreen mode. If you have them also zoom in to 150% the document becomes larger and easier for them see. They are less likely to get distracted when all the tabs are hidden.

Video of the Week

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Article of the Week

I spend a lot of time reading articles and blogs about teaching. This one from Cult of Pedagogy caught me eye. I'm always trying to figure out how to motivate my unmotivated students.