Browse Month: February 2017

February 20 OTMS Tech Newsletter: Google Add-Ons

Google Add-Ons are services that add features to Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms.  After installing an Add-On, you can access them in Docs and Sheets through the Add-ons menu, and the puzzle piece icon in Forms.

 

Form Limiter will turn off a form at a time a date you choose, or when the form has reached a number of responses that you choose.

FormRecycler is a Google Forms Add-On that allows you to copy questions from other Forms in your Drive.

Copy Folder is a Google Sheets Add-On that allows you to copy complete folders in Google Drive

Flippity is a Google Sheets Add-On that creates flashcards and quiz games.  It can also create random student groups from a class roster on a spreadsheet.

Save As Doc is a Google Sheets Add-On that will save the data from a Sheet into a Doc.  Each row of data is saved onto a separate page of the Doc.  This can make it easier to read the data by reorganizing each row of data onto a single page.  This works well for spreadsheets created from Google Form responses.

Doc to Form is a Google Docs add on that will create a Google form from the text of a Google Doc.  This is useful for creating forms from existing assessments.

February 13 OTMS Tech Newsletter

Google Slides will now import videos from Google Drive in addition to YouTube.

Blind Kahoot is a different way of using a Kahoot activity at the beginning of a unit to introduce material rather than checking for understanding or reviewing at the end of a lesson.

OpenEd is a directory of open educational resources (free) that can be browsed or searched by standards, grade level, or keyword.  This has the potential to save time searching the web for quality resources since this site has already curated many videos, assessments, and activities into one place.  OpenEd integrates with Google Classroom, which makes it easy to share resources with your existing classes.  When you find a resource you want to share with a class, click the Classroom link at the top of the resource listing and a window will open giving you the option to create an announcement or assignment and select which class you want to receive a link to this resource.  You will then have the ability to title the announcement and assignment and include any instructions before posting to Classroom.

Participate Learning contains a database of free and paid educational resources (apps, videos, and websites) that are reviewed by teachers.  These resources  are linked to standards and can be searched by keyword and filtered by content type and grade level.  By registering with the site, users have the ability to create their own bookmarks and collections of resources.  Search results will also show the resource collections of other educators.  Participate Learning also includes ParticipateChat, which maintains a calendar of educational Twitter Chats and hosts an interface for participating in Twitter Chats.  ParticipateChat also allows users to create resource collections from the links and resources shared during a Twitter Chat.

February 6 OTMS Tech Newsletter

Nearpod has introduced a new activity slide called Collaborate.  This slide allows students to post sticky notes to a shared board similar to Padlet.  Teachers can moderate the board and delete any inappropriate sticky notes.

 

Matt, Jamie, Allison, and I recently attended the Powerful Learning Conference hosted by the Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project. The conference focused on implementing the PLC philosophy in schools throughout Missouri.  From the several hundred Tweets generated during the conference, I have compiled a few highlights from Powerful Learning Conference in a Storify.

 


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