Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Friday, March 18, 2016


Online resources for the classroom-  Texas Gateway: interactives, lessons, videos, & more: a free website filled with classroom-ready instructional resources for students in grades K-12. 

5 Chrome Apps to Help Students Practice Math  - Great for the younger kids. 

Connect with more people using Google Hangouts video calls - it now supports up to 25 video's at once! 

Google apps/Docs: 

NEW - Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

Update - Export Your Google Doc To ePub Format - Via Synergyse
Google Docs documents can now be exported to ePub format making your document available to eReaders and readable on devices of varying screen size

For example, if you’re in an organization where YouTube is blocked, as seen in some education and government organizations, adding a video isn’t so simple. Today's post is a quick work-around to show you how to include any mp4 file in your Google Slides presentation. 
Navigate documents quickly and easily with the NEW outline tool in Google Docs
WOW! - Some great free Google Slide templates! -Check them out! 
Convert Your PDF’s to Google Docs - For better collaboration! 
Google Classroom:
How to set a custom grading scale in Google Classroom.
What's new in Classroom? - A great running list kept current by Google. 

Google Sheets:
Pasting in Google Sheets can become especially difficult when you want to paste a list or text that you want to separate into different cells. The former solution to separating text was with a script, but Google announced this week that you can now easily convert text to columns in Sheets with new paste formatting options 

IOS Apps:
Reading Fluency Builder: Improve Kids Reading Speed for Better Comprehension Grades 2-5: School Edition - Reg $4.99 - Free today 3-18-16 

A few math favorites from teachers: 
Math Monsters - Bingo (iOS - Free)
Students can practice all operations using this bingo app. They'll solve each problem and then find the answer on the bingo board. Players need to be strategic if they want to win the game.
Math Flash Cards * (iOS - Free)
A traditional skill-and-drill app (yes, the asterisk is part of the title), Math Flash Cards * helps children practice their times tables by customizing the number and difficulty level of each question. This app has a simple interface that makes it easy for kids to play.
Sushi Monster (iOS - Free)
Scholastic's app offers children multiplication and addition problems. They'll have to reach a target number by picking the correct factors and addends listed on different pieces of sushi. I mentioned this one in a prior post too!


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