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Tech tips, tools, free apps, Google add-on's and more.. in this Thanksgiving special! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Did you know? -- Sending parents tips on how their children could improve academically led to a higher-quality home discussions and cut the course dropout rates by almost half. (Kraft & Rogers 2015 study.) 

Use Rubrics for scoring a class project?  Automate it with this great Google sheet and add-on!

With Rubric tab, you copy a Google Spreadsheet.  Paste in your class names and email addresses.  You then edit the Rubric template that's included.  Run the script and it creates a rubric for each kids.  Score the assignment using the created rubrics, and then run the script to email the results to each student.  Pretty slick!


Google Classroom:

Google Classroom: Create Group Documents
Google Classroom: Return Student Work
Google Classroom: Submitting Late Work

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom - How many apply to your classroom as well?


All of these Google Classroom tips and more... have been added to my growing Google Classroom resource document. <-- Great resource for Google Classroom.

Google Apps:

4 Math Add-ons for Google Docs
Last week Google announced the trash folder is finally making it’s way to your Calendar. Restore both individual and recurring events after you have deleted them. The trash folder may be easy to use but it is also a little tricky to find at first. Watch closely.


This Google Drive trick is like something out of Harry Potter!
bit.ly/1NQM4CF via (@TheGoogleGooru)



The 16 Best Google Apps Updates of 2015 (So Far) | Via the Gooru 


Google Sheets:

Have you tried sheets.google.com you can find templates there to get you going quickly!

Google Sheets: Fill Down tips. (If you have not seen this, it's a great tip!) (Side note: This is a feature in Excel too.) 

Google Forms:

5 Things You Did Not Know About Google Forms

Need to check things in and out of your classroom? The CheckItOut add-on for Google Forms is just what you are looking for!  Check out this quick video that shows the process. 

Some great Add-on's for Google Docs & Sheets:

Mapping Sheets – Create a spreadsheet with a list of places and the sheets add-on will plot them on a Google Map

EasyBib – Cite books, journal articles and websites and add them to your Google Documents in MLA, APA and Chicago style.  At Norris, we have added EasyBib to the "Window Pane" app launcher, so it's easy to get to. 


Avery – Create address labels inside Google Docs for printing. My how-to doc should help! 

Mail Merge for Gmail – Send personalized emails to multiple email recipients with Mail Merge for Gmail and Google Apps.

HelloFax – You can now send a fax to any number worldwide directly from inside Google documents. The free version lets you fax up to 5 pages.
MindMeister – Create a hierarchical bulleted list in the the Google document and MindMeister will converted that list into a visual mind map.

UberConference – You can have an audio conference with up to 10 people while working on a Google Document. There’s an option to record the call too.

4 Chrome Extensions for Teachers – March 2015 Article

IOS Apps

Explain Everything is a great app... and we offer it to our Norris Staff for free! 
Primary teachers, did you know Explainevrythng has an easier interface for little ones! Just choose simple interface. Thanks to @mrswideen for this tip! 

Top Five iOS Apps for ELA  Here are a few iOS apps that  you may not think of using with your ELA classes. But they will all help to showcase your students’ reading and writing abilities.

12 OF THE BEST MATH APPS FOR KIDS 

Great iPad resource - iPads in the Classroom - Kathy Schrock's iPads4teaching

Sight Word Flip It by Readingresource.net, LLC Price: $FREE
Sight Word Flip It was carefully designed by two reading specialists who have taught 100s of kids to read. Not many literacy apps can make this claim! Sight Word Flip It offers an effective and engaging.

Kids Math Fun — First Grade By One Step Ahead Apps, LLC Free - Reg. $.99
**Kids Math Fun~First Grade is an Apple Recommended and Marketed App**

Web tools:

A Great Resource for Downloading Ready-made Charts and Diagrams to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. As noted in the article- Chart Chooser from Juice Labs offers a wide variety of pre-made charts that you can download and use for free. They download as an Excel file... but you can upload them and convert them to Google sheets and they work just fine! 


Poll Everywhere now works with Google Slides! Embed live polls & word clouds right into your presentation.  Great for classroom interactions, quick assessments and more! 


5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Via Edutopia  - Several of my favorites (Socrative, Kahoot & Plickers )   in this list and more! 

Happy Thanksgiving!  

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