Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Free apps, Realtime Board Accounts, Google Classroom updates and more... in this weeks resources!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Web tools and sites:
Realtime Board - Grab your free educators account here.  Whiteboard. Finally in your browser. - Works across all platforms! 

Interesting infographic covering some handy Google search tips.

Get lost on those historic trails that Lewis & Clark navigated in the 1800s via@googlemaps

Kids can turn off your TV, Projector, and more... with this app

Some of the Android phones/devices include IR (infrared) (I so they can act like your TV/projector remote.) Apple devices currently do not support this.

So the bad news is... kids with certain Android devices and apps installed can turn your TV on or off, change channels, control your projector, etc...
The Peel app is one app that does this.  Android App OR  IOS App (As noted above, IOS does not have IR built in, so they would need an extra device to make that work.)  This peel app is pretty cool, even includes TV Guide like features.

What can you do about it... not much.  Just have good classroom management and be aware of what can be done in case your TV/Projector/ etc... starts behaving like it has a mind of its own. (It will probably be a middle school kid playing tricks on you!) 

Has this happened at Norris? -- Well Yes... LOL. 

IOS Apps:

Fresh from the Twitter feed of Tony VIncintneu.Draw is free right now (was $1.99). I use new.Draw to make vector illustrations to use in VideoScribe. 

Google Apps:

Have you used the collaboration feature in Google Docs? If not... you are missing out, when you need to collaborate on a doc. In the upper right-hand corner of the doc, you will find the following drop-down menu: 

Or use comments, to draw attention to things but not suggesting an edit:

Want some more great tips like above... Watch this short 5 minute video - Collaborative Editing | Docs, Sheets, Slides | The Apps Show for more including notification rules, bookmarks in docs, and more!

The Apps Show by Google is a nice YouTube channel with a great short series of videos introducing many Google Apps features and uses. 

4 Things You Can Do Right Now To Create A Perfectly Organized Google Drive <-- Great tips here!

And this short video will show you how to find that email or file in Drive - You will learn something new in this one! 

Google Forms:

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Create a Check In/ Out System in Google Forms (This includes a really cool add-in that I did not know existed.) 

Google Classroom:
Multiple teachers can work and collaborate in a single Classroom class! Google just added this feature to Classroom this week! 

In response to teacher feedback, Google has made two additional changes that will make Classroom easier to use:
  • Autosaving grades - Grades will now be autosaved as they’re entered, meaning teachers can grade assignments over multiple sessions but still return those assignments to students all at one time.
  • Improved notifications - Teachers and students will now receive email notifications when private messages are left on assignments.
Check out the announcement here!


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