Technology Integration Newsletter-April 14, 2015
Google Play for Education Store
So what is it? Google Play for Education is separate from the Google Play store you may have heard of if you have an Android device. It solves two key problems that teachers usually have when looking for new resources:
It can be difficult to find quality tools for teachers
If you do find a tool, it can be difficult to get it out to your students
If you see an app, video or book with a yellow "EDU" badge, that means that it has been rated and vetted by CUE group, which is a group of "Computer-Using Educators" that promote responsible technology use in education.
Google Play for Education was built SPECIFICALLY for teachers. What will you find there?
- Chrome Apps
See below for more information about each resource. To access the store, click the "Google Play for Education Store" button below and login. I recommend bookmarking the site once you are there, so that you may access it often!
Google Play for Education: Chrome Apps
There are several Chrome Apps for everything from content creation, computer science for younger students, etc. Give it a peek and I have little doubt that you will find something that works for you!
You can search for apps by grade level, content area, or educational tool you are looking to use (like a photo-editing or video creation app.) You can also search by intended use.
Google Play for Education: Videos
The videos available on this site include:
- Fun with Algebra
- Dissecting Biology
- How the Earth Works
- English Language Arts: Educator Recommended Videos
- Mathematics: Educator Recommended Videos
Google Play for Education: Books
There are several other book options that can be found here with rental rates that are set by the publisher. These are also available for use, although you would need to get approval and fill out a purchase order before moving forward with a purchase.
This handy 2-page guide has a wealth of information for you. It contains tutorials on Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Google Apps, Best Practices, Google Play for Education, Google Scholar, and in-depth hands-on training resources. Check it out!
Digital Starter Kit
Digital Starter Kit Topics
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Database of Digital Tools by Topic
This database contains pages of websites/apps that help you to achieve just about anything!
Digital Starter Kit Topics
- Creating Digital Student Products
- Maximizing Understanding
- Encouraging Communication
- Creating Groups and Choosing Participants at Random
Bulldog Bash Technology Presentation
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Past Editions of TEACHnology Today
September 11, 2014: Important Links, Technology Goals, Google Calendar and Chromebook Checkout, the 1-iPad Classroom and Reflector App
September 18, 2014: Important Links, Kahoot.it Tutorial, iPad App: Rhyme to Read
September 25, 2014: Digital Citizenship Image, Chromebook Checkout Refresher, iPad App: Noise Down, Bookmarking Sites: Tizmos and SymbalooEDU (with examples/resources by subject area and grade level)
October 2, 2014: Technology Goal Submission, Tutorial: Remind, Technology Workshop Opportunities, Chromebook Use Update
October 14, 2014: Technology Goal Update, iPad Spectrum, Apps for Every Classroom, Cool Tool: Planboard with Examples
October 23, 2014: Teaching Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety, iPad Reference Card (Printable), Cool Tool: Chatterpix App, Google Classroom, Apps for English and History, Sight Words on iPad, Youtube Channels for Educators
November 10, 2014: Tech Integration Request Form, Reflector and Splashtop (installation and use with your iPad and school computers), Google Calendar Refresher and links to LP School Calendars
November 18, 2014: Technology Mini-Session Poll, iPad App Suggestions with ThingLink, Thankful Turkeys with imagechef.com, Past Editions and Tech Integration Request Form
November 25, 2014: Technology Mini Session 1 Information, Planboard: Unit Planner How-To Guide, Formative Assessment with Socrative
December 4, 2014: Using Apps to Level your Classroom Library, Leveler Websites and Databases, 15 Virtual Field Trip Apps, and a Neat End of Year Activity
December 17, 2014: Survey Tools, Socrative, 30 Best Apps of 2014, WebTools with No Registration Required, Fun Classroom Timers
January 8, 2015: Technology Goal Update, iPad Student Objectives with Apps, iPad App of the Week: Phoster, A Comprehensive Guide to Classroom Blogging
January 30, 2015: Technology Half Day Ideas, Technology Half Day Form and Procedure, TED Ed Writer's Workshop Videos, iPad Volume Apps that LP has available for student or staff iPads
February 3, 2015: iPad App Request Forms, 12 Elementary Apps that Should Be on Every iPad, Learning Objective Maker, Saving Attachments to Google Drive
February 19, 2015: Websites to Teach Keyboarding Skills to Elementary Students, Elementary Math Videos by Level, 40 Reflection Questions, "Did I Plagiarize" Infographic
February 26, 2015: Preparing Students for Online Testing, Website: Shmoop, A Game Website to Help End World Hunger, 8 Formative Assessment Tools, DK in the Classroom Resources, and a List of the Best Music Education Resources
March 13, 2015: 5 Tips for Facilitating an Online Discussion, Digital Learning Day Lessons, Resources and Tools, 5 Games/Apps that Build Math and English Skills, 30 Tips for Using iPad App: Book Creator
March 18, 2015: 1-iPad Classroom Guide, Suggestions for Using Reflector with your iPad, How to Make a Roving White Board, 3 Awesome iPad Creation Apps, A Reflector and Splashtop Refresher, Green Screens in the Classroom with your iPad
April 14, 2015: Google Play for Education: Chrome Apps, Videos and Books, Google For Education Essential Resources Guide, Digital Starter Kit, Bulldog Bash Presentation