Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Web tools, math & writing tools, Google tools and tips... and MORE, in this weeks posts.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Websites and web tools:

Free Technology for Teachers: 6000+ Children's Books Available for Free

Pretty cool tool for creating some VR/3D scapes - (Would work well with student projects.) 

Jellymetrics Readability Grader - Quickly Determine Readability of an article or text. 

Save your screenshots instantly to Google Drive with the QuickShare Screenshot Chrome extension

Nice Tool for creating Audio Files right to your Google Drive.  -BeautifulAudioEditor

Introducing... my.SketchUp  -- An open beta of SketchUp in a web browser. 
What is my.SketchUp? -- my.SketchUp is the core SketchUp modeler, tuned to work in modern web browsers. Draw, orbit, push-pull: make anything you can imagine in SketchUp, anytime you imagine it.

Five new ways to reach your goals faster with G Suite - Including a new Google form question that allows your respondents to upload a file. (As of 10-28-16 - Feature coming soon!)  

20 Chrome Extensions, Web Apps, and Add-ons for Math - Some great tools in this list for the Elementary - Sr. High teachers! 

Got Writer’s Block? Use WriteWell to Jumpstart & Organize Your Writing. You can also just visit their website.  (Exports right to Google Drive too!)   <--- AWESOME TOOL FOR WRITING! 
(The Free plan is limited to 10 documents - But not a biggie.  Export the final product to Google Drive, delete the doc in WriteWell, and then start another doc.) (Great tool for getting started with Doc structure, etc...)  Check it out!  - Short 1 1/2 Min overview video

Gmail - Tips and tricks:
How to Access Gmail Offline - Short 2 min. Video.  (Great for kids & staff that have Chromebooks!) 

The “Forward All” vs. “Forward” Function in Gmail  If you’ve ever forwarded a long email thread in Gmail, you know it can look a bit confusing and cluttered. The little-known “Forward all” function in Gmail makes forwarded emails much clearer and easier to read.

Google Classroom:

Creating Assignments in Google Classroom is a great Infographic to get you started with assignments.  

Google Docs:

Create Fillable Text Boxes in Google Docs - Via BetterCloud Monitor

Google Slides:
Graph paper templates for Google Slides - Great for the math teachers! 

Google Sheets:

BetterCloud Monitor | Here’s a cool way to combine the power of Wikipedia with Google Sheets. The Wikipedia Tools add-on for Sheets adds in Wikipedia custom functions, so you can bring data from Wikipedia right into Sheets.

Google Draw: