12 Days of EDTECH-mas

From Madison County Schools Technology Integration Mentors

Our Gift to You

For the next 12 days, Madison County Schools Technology Integration Mentors (TIMS), part of the EdTech program of Madison County Schools will share their technology tips and ideas for you and your students. It's a gift from US to YOU! Enjoy the holidays and exploring these great technology resources!
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Merry Christmas from Madison County EdTech Department & Technology Integration Mentors (TIMS)!

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We hope that you have enjoyed our 12 Days of EdTechmas! See you next year!
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Sparkman Family TIMS

Suggesting Mode in Google Docs

Suggested Edits in Google Docs
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Eastside Families TIMS (Madison County, New Hope, Career Tech, & PACE)

Speak It App

Have text read to you on a website using the Speak It App. Check out this video demonstrating it https://goo.gl/OegDwk


App Link: https://goo.gl/sc8xL

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Hazel Green Family TIMS

Wonderbox

It's the most WONDERful time of the year to try a new app that gives the gift of wondering and sharing to your students. Wonderbox combines videos, facts, questions, and challenges to help kids explore their natural curiosity and share their creations with others.
WonderBox - Inspring Curiosity and Creative Thinking

The app includes all the digital tools needed to complete the challenges, including making videos, designing products, and creating art projects. There are a few challenges that encourage users to complete a task in the real world, too.


Teachers will need to set up an account first and add students to it (with parent permission for those under 14). Or, you could create one generic student/class user that all of your students can share. The app targets K-6 students, but could be enjoyed by older students, too.


Download Wonderbox from the app store today - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id949704805?mt=8uo%3D8.

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Buckhorn Family TIMS

Canvas SpeedGrader

As an instructor, SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place using a simple point scale or complex rubric. Canvas accepts a variety of document formats and even URLs as assignment submissions. Some document assignments can be marked up for feedback directly within the submission. You can also provide feedback to your students with text or media comments.
Speed Grader - Instructure Canvas Feature Highlight
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Sparkman Family TIMS

Research Tools and Add Ons for Google Docs

Check out this great video for using research tools in Google for all your students--younger to older!

Google Docs: Research Tool & Easy Bib Add-on
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Eastside Families TIMS (Madison County, New Hope, & Career Tech/PACE)

Recording on your Computer with Screencastify

Ever needed to record something that is on your computer? Screencastify is a useful tool for recording anything on your computer. https://goo.gl/As9bS6


Screencastify: Quick and Easy Screencasting on your Chromebook
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Hazel Green Family TIMS

Google Apps tips for going paperless



Use Google Forms to track EVERYTHING!

AutoCrat
Flubaroo Overview
DocHub - Edit, send & sign PDFs online for free.

Happy Holidays from the tree-saving HG Cluster!

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From the Buckhorn Family TIMS

Download Google Chrome as your Browser on an iPad (works great for Canvas)

Do you always hear “Canvas keeps logging me out in Safari?”


Check out this great video on how Google Chrome will save your life (and your sanity!)


iMovie Trailer link: (click on link here or click on the embedded video below)

http://youtu.be/QwrUOUdFR9o
Never Fear! Google Chrome is Here!
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Sparkman Family TIMS

Jennifer/SMS, Courtney/Harvest, Karl/SHS, Shemika/Legacy, Alison/S9G, Sarah/MMS, Michelle/MES, Liz/MXR, Tina/Endeavor

Resetting Passwords for Students

Read this great Smore created by Alison @ S9G for steps on how to help students reset their passwords. Replace Ms. Madison & Ms. McLemore with your own TIM/Tech Contact at your school when you see their names in the instructions.

https://www.smore.com/9pmzy-student-password-resets (click on the link here or see the embedded Smore below).
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Eastside Families TIMS (Madison County, New Hope, & Career Tech/PACE)

Lisa/PACE, Laura/NHES, Mary Beth/MCS, Phillip/NHHS, Sharon/MCHS, Sherry/OCR, Morgen/Central (missing=Demaris/MCCTC)

Learning More about Google Appls & Extensions

Get the most out of your computer with Google Apps and Extensions!

Video embedded below or click on this link - https://goo.gl/GzZOzH


Video created by Cameron McKinley, Hoover City Schools.

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The Hazel Green Family TIMS

Cameron/HGHS, Mary/MVMS, Melissa/MMIS, Laura/LFES, Shari/HGES, Holly/WGS

Canvas Tips and Examples

The Hazel Green Family tips apply to any level, but we have focused our examples on the early elementary grades. Elementary teachers are AMAZING when it comes to trying new things, so we want to give them some tools to help out.


1st grade sample lesson-- how to use Canvas for early grades assignments:
(see embedded video below or click on link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na-Jc_64680)
1st grade canvas example

Video Tips


We are often asked about videos, so here are some tips.


This is a great way to use Canvas, but also using videos allows for parents to see what's going on, students to respond to non-text directions, practice non-textual literacy, as well as giving teachers and students an easily repeatable way to demonstrate multi-step processes.



How to download Youtube videos to remove ads and to serve them locally rather than streamed: (click on link or see embedded video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8QDl5wrYuI)

Adding Videos to Canvas without YouTube

Another Video Tip

How to use Firefox to download videos from other video sites (Khan and LearnZillion esp): (Click on link or see embedded video below)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q14xbIRa5Sc
videos from LearnZillion to Canvas

Final Reminder

As a final reminder, please don't worry about the "polish" until you have a hang of the content. Using videos from YouTube and LearnZillion are great ways to get the content without becoming an expert in video production.


Once you move on to making your own videos you should still keep in mind that the way the video is created is not as important as finding a way for the video to work within the flow of the class . . . we make videos to enhance learning not to win Emmys (though its ok if it looks good) . . . don't be intimidated if your video skills are more like mine and less like James Cameron--just start doing it!


Happy Holidays from the Hazel Green Cluster TIMs

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The Buckhorn Family TIMS

Andrea/RIS, Paige/BHS, Carla/RES, Tysha/BMS, Ashleigh/NM, Cyndy/MTC

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Picture of Mt. Carmel Elementary students using Thinkersmith!