Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Tech tips, Free music - 30 #1 hits by Elvis, YouTube Channels, great math app... and more... in this weeks tech tips.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Free music: 
Google Play is offering  the Album Elvis Presley: 30 #1 Hits  for Free.  (Side note... I add these to my nsdtitans.org and my gmail accounts.)  If you have not setup a Google Play account, you will be asked to do that first.  Similar to setting up an iTunes account... Yes, it does require a payment method... but you are not charged for things unless you buy books, music, etc...) 

Web and tech tools: 
Using photos for classroom projects?  Google Photos now has shared and collaborative albums. Check out this Synergyse post for more information. 

EDpuzzle - https://edpuzzle.com/ (Awesome tool!) 
The easiest way to engage your students with videos. pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students' understanding. This short 1 Minute video will explain how. It's free... great features! EDpuzzle now has Integration with Google Classroom! Here is a quick video that explains all the cool features: https://youtu.be/OVQgt1HIClU  Great for a flipped classroom or assigning videos outside your classroom. 

Socrative - Engage, assess and personalize your class with the Socrative Chrome app, you can quiz and poll your students. (I have mentioned this tool for several years now... it's a good!) 

Flubaroo update! - Share grades via Google Drive and print hard-copies with a new Flubaroo feature. 

Visit the polar bear capital of the world!
Take a Google Street View trek with your students to Churchill, Canada. This quiet town, set on the shores of western Hudson Bay, is a place where polar bears and humans coexist.

Design the Perfect Internal Newsletter in Google Slides (Great for online newsletters too!) One more great idea for Google Slides.  (I still like Lucid Press better for this... but one more idea and tool for adding to your tech tool belt.) 

Some great YouTube Channels and Resources:
Veritasium - Check out this channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, demos and discussions about everything science.

Crash Course Biology - Tune into this playlist to learn about Biology topics like natural selection, photosynthesis and more. This is a series of quick, 10 minute clips by Hank Green.


Google Classroom:

Google Classroom grading has just been made easier with a recent update. Several new features will help teachers save time when working with and grading assignments.

As noted above... EDpuzzle now has Integration with Google Classroom! Here is a quick video that explains all the cool features: https://youtu.be/OVQgt1HIClU 

Google Chome apps:
One for the Math teachers! 
 
The Best Virtual Protractor and Ruler for Chrome - A new blog post and video about a great virtual protractor (Chrome extension MB-Ruler) and a great virtual ruler (Chrome web app Edge The Web Ruler) that students and teachers can use inside of Chromehttp://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/01/best-protractor-ruler-chrome.html


Have a great week!

Noel

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