Tuesday Teacher Tips

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Get Coding for the Hour of Code! Office 365 Templates, Using Apple Maps for Geography

Hour of Code - Get your Class Involved

Next week (December 7-13, 2015) is the Hour of Code. Use that week as a reason to inspire students to get involved with Computer Science through Hour of Code activities.

Computer coding is used across disciplines and career paths and can be found in everything from the art world to music to of course math and science based careers. The Made with Code Mentors are just some inspirational examples of how coding can impact many different fields from fashion to the medical professions.

You don't have to know code yourself to turn your kids loose for an hour. Check out the resources below to get them started.

See How Maddy is Using Code to Solve Problems in the Fashion Industry

Made with Code - Maddy

Get Coding!

Check out the Intro Video for Minecraft

Minecraft - Hour of Code: INTRO

New in Office 365

If you haven't logged into your Office 365 account (through your email) in awhile, there have been some recent updates that may make things more interesting for your students and their projects.

Microsoft has released templates in Office 365. Now when you click on the "apps" menu to open up Word or PowerPoint, you have the option of choosing from a selection of templates including: MLA Style Paper, Resume and Cover Letters, Flyer, Literature Review, Student Report, a Project Planner and a variety of calendars.

These templates already have formatting that include different text features and photos that students can use to type over with their own content. It could be a great way to simplify the report design process for beginners or to help teach text features.

Overview of Office 365 Templates

Office 365 Templates

Apple Maps & Ideas for Classroom Use

Apple Maps, one of the apps that comes standard on iOS devices like the iPad is one of the apps that you may not be using, but could actually prove beneficial to instruction.

You can use Apple Maps in your class as you would in your car - to find the distance or directions from one place to another, but there are other uses that you may find beneficial. If you press the 'i' button at the bottom of the screen, you can switch the view to "Satellite" view and zoom out to view the earth and it's place during the day - you can rotate the earth around to show which areas of the world are in darkness and which are in light (NGSS 1-ESS1-1 - Use observations of the sun, moon, stars to describe patterns that can be predicted).

When you zoom in, you can get a "street" satellite view. It does not have the proximity that you would find in Google maps where they are actually on the street, but it could give your class a fairly close look at different areas of the world. Rotate your view and see how that affects the compass in the upper right hand corner of the satellite view. Additionally, some of the major cities have a "3D Flyover" feature that allows you to virtually fly over major landmarks in cities such as New York and Paris. These features in the map may pair well with teaching Geographical Reasoning - that you will see with the new Social Studies for the Next Generation.

See the video below for a tour of how these features work.

Apple Maps & the Classroom

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