Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Some great Tech Tools, free apps, and score a free t-shirt too! All in this week's post.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Websites and web tools: provides free writing, grammar, and vocabulary activities to middle and high school students. - Thanks to Jason Cullison for finding this gem!  A great website with some excellent activities and game-based learning exercises. 

InnerBody ( is a great website for learning about human anatomy.

How to make some really cool email signatures right from your Google Drive. 

Have you tried POWToons??? it's pretty cool.  Welcome To The Intersection of Technology and Creativity for Teachers & Students - PowToon is Giving Away $10 Million Dollars of Classroom Accounts for The New School Year

Need to create video ... YouTube is really the best and free answer. 
Google offers several free tools: 
YouTube capture for IOS is so simple. It makes is easy to shoot and upload video to your channel.(It even does simple video edits on your device.  
YouTube Creator Studio- By Google, Inc. IOS version or Android Version makes it easy to manage your channel on the go. 

Once your video is uploaded, the YouTube video editor makes it easy to edit your videos.

Google Apps, tips, tricks and more:

Google Sheet Add-on:  Need  to remove duplicates from a Google Sheet? This add-on is a great tool for doing just that! 

Google Sheets Now Automatically Analyzes Your Data For You! - Pretty cool new feature! 

Google Sheets has seen another update that makes getting work done a bit easier. Now, when you paste data into a cell, you will have the options to paste everything, just the value, or just the format. More info here. Thanks to Aaron Svoboda's Synergyse site. 

In case you missed it (Janelle C shared this one with our staff already!) .... here it is again Great Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers - This resource has some great tools! 

Schedule an email to be sent later - This article compares 3 tools you can use. 

Set Expiration Date on Shared Items
Sometimes you need to share folders or documents with others but only for a short amount of time. Perhaps you are working with a group of people and want to provide access to some of your documents for reference or instruction. Once that time together is over, you might not want them to have that information any longer. This Script will do the trick. 

And some tips, tricks, and more from the Google Guru:

Google recently solved this problem by adding a new option to the Google Docs interface specifically for viewing recent edits and the editors that made them. Simply click the “See New Changes” button next to where it says “Help” on the Doc navigation bar and view the whole edit history as well as who made the edits. It’s time you got the full picture when collaborating.
3 Google Apps Tools You Didn’t Know You Could Use Offline
Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – How to Use Handwriting in Google Docs and Forms. Great for math expressions too!  
Google's updated training center has some nice tutorials and resources for you and your students. 

Google Chrome:
Back to School with Google Chrome: The Complete Guide! - You can even download a copy of this right to your Google Drive.

Google Classroom:
Take a look at the assignment option in Google Classroom from both a teacher and a student perspective. This short 5 minute video is a nice overview. 
Check out what's new in Google Classroom including the ability to reuse posts and ask a question. This short 4 minute video is a nice overview.  Google's Aug. 24th post "Head back to school with new features in Google Classroom" will get you up to speed with the new features awaiting you in classroom. 

Sign up for this great online (and free) hangout:  A Deep Dive Into Google Classroom. September 30th 4-4:45 ET (Starts at 5 pm our time.) 
Google set out to change the entire way that you manage your classroom and your workflows with radical simplicity. Come find out about one of the newest and most exciting innovations for Google Apps for Education–Google Classroom. You will be amazed by how much of your workflow can be transformed to digital through the use of this new tool. 
They will be giving away Official Google Apps Bootcamp t-shirts to attendees of this session! (These are put on by the Google Guru - and are usually great... and you get a free shirt too!) 
If you are sharing docs and having student share files with you.... you really need to use Google Classroom! 

Free Apps and more:
FiftyThree's new Paper app is a productivity powerhouse. This free app, may be worth a look with it's new update! 

If you are a Norris Teacher....

Clean out your Z Drive!  This doc should help you find where your Z drive files are hiding: How to determine the size of your Z drive, and where the files are hiding.


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