Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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💥 Tech tools - Cool classroom tools, Some amazing Chrome extensionsand more!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Misc. Tech tools and sites:

My Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers! via Kasey Bell

Pretty cool site and simple site for name picking: Name Picker Ninja! 

WOW - Google has needed this feature - but this add-on comes to the rescue! Add audio to Google Slides with this cool add-on to slides. 

Guide: 25 Ways to use Forms in the Classroom - A great free guide by John Sowash. 

Great Google Form Add-on! - Certify'em - Emails a PDF certificate to a person if they score high enough on a Forms quiz - A database of historical maps that can be used with Google Earth. (Some pretty cool historical maps.) is a free, core academic website that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in the evenings for study and exam prep. Users do not need to register or log in to use the site.

Some great Chrome extensions that are exciting and new finds!

ExtensionScreenShade by EdTechTeam  - ScreenShade lets you quickly and easily cover your screen or a portion of it. You can use ScreenShade to hide the answers to questions, block out something you don't want an audience to see, or let students uncover if they know the answer. 

CheckMark - Great tool for providing feedback in docs!  After installing CheckMark, simply enable the extension and select some text in a Google Doc! You'll see an overlay of frequently-used comments that you can easily select.

Talk&Comment - Voice Notes Anywhere -  Make voice notes and comments on any site or app! - Video here

docAppender is a Chrome extension that takes information gathered in a Google Form and adds it to an existing Google Doc. Here are some great idea's on how to use it in the classroom to save time.  

This one is really not applicable to us here at Norris, since it's easier to do this within GoGuardian. But I wanted to include this, since I also post this on my tech blog.  -  Whisper - Great tool for use with Google Classroom! Communicate with students without interrupting the work. More info here:

A few great extensions for special needs:
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader - Read out loud the current web-page article with one click. Supports 40+ languages. (Similar to Announcify)

OpenDyslexic -  Open-Dyslexic is an open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. This extension overrides all fonts on web pages with the OpenDyslexic font, and formats pages to be more easily readable. 

Awesome list of tools for creating study aids and games from Tony Vincent. -Check them out here

I have mentioned this one in the past... but wanted to highlight it again.  It's a great tool with many uses in the classroom: 

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.

💥 Tech tools - NETA Congrats!, TIPS , New Google tools, Video tools, More Google Fonts and more!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Congrats to these Norris staff members for being presenters at this years NETA conference!

Katie Mueller, Jamie Kernes, Shelly Coe, Julia Odgers, and Jason Gault will be presenting at this year's conference - Congrats!  Here is a list of their sessions.   Natasha Gault was also awarded a Classroom grant for $$$ for her classroom!

If you have not registered to be a member - DO SO NOW!  It's free, and gets you a great email newsletter as well as an opportunity to apply for classroom grants, contests, and more!  

Misc. Web tools and sites:

Free tools to make your students better writers! - Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. (Overview Video here.) 

ABC Mouse provides content for pre-K and Kindergartners.   Though it charges families, teachers can sign-up for their own virtual classrooms. (Full Online Curriculum for children AGES 2– 8) 

How about a #gafe4littles activity!
Leprechaun edition of the create and graph on computer devices. In Google Sheets Littles create a scene with the drawing, graph their items, and complete word/number sentences.  Make a copy of the Google Doc here to get started

Book Creator - An awesome tool for creativity 

Students Can Work Together with Book Creator’s Collaboration Feature - Great on Chromebooks!   Side note for Norris staff - We also have this available for the iPads. 

To help kickstart your bookmaking, we've curated 50 top tipsideas and lesson plans from teachers that have already successfully integrated Book Creator into their classroom (and yes, we made this book using Book Creator).  Check it out! 

Add more fonts to your Google Docs!


Check out this article that walks you through the process! -How to add more fonts to Google Docs

Video tools for Chromebooks:

Several favorites from this list include Screencastify, Loom, Spark tools and more... 

Some nice tools from our very own Tristan Mitchell Mrs__TMitchell:
Here are some review/practice tools that I use in Technology that the students seem to enjoy! 
  • Think On Your Feet (which I know some of you already use) is a GoNoodle game show that incorporates movement. You can upload your own questions and have teams compete against each other for points. Warning: this can get prettyyyyy intense! 
  • has templates for a jeopardy type game, flashcards, BINGO cards, crossword puzzle, memory game, and lots more! You can save each template as a link and share!

Find the perfect IOS App:

Finding an App Based on Student Need - The Insignio database can assist.
Finding an App Based on Content or Topic -  Try fnd. This website allows you to search for apps by content or topic.
Finding an App Based on Recommendations - Some resources from TCEA:

The New Google Hangouts Chat  

Google has added a new tool as a part of Gsuite and it's called Hangouts Chat.  I know we have had hangouts and chatting for a while, but this is a little different. (Side note - It's Google's answer to Slack, which is really big in the business world now.)

Nothing changes with hangouts, so we can continue doing video and chat the way we have been. The difference here is you can now use and create rooms and discussions threads within those rooms.  You then have a nice location (Room) for all of your threads as well as notifications when things are added, etc... "A team approach". 
For now, we have enabled this feature for all staff here at Norris.  (WIth classroom, not sure it's a needed feature for students.)  I have updated our Google Hangouts doc  (Chat Section here) to include the new chat feature. 

If you have questions or need help... let us know!

How to manage file versions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Rather than creating a new file, you may just need to create a named version of that file that you can refer to--or print--later. Here's how to manage the file version from your desktop browser.

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office, not over cost but because Google G suite looks sweet.
Here is the article. I thought I would share... Google owns the education market now... but many companies use Google as well. 

Some nice tools from our very own Jennifer Hutzler:  
I had the opportunity to learn from Tony Vincent at a conference recently.  If you want to follow him on social media he always has quick tech tips or ideas to use in the classroom.  Here are a few links and ideas he shared.  I think we only got to about half of the formative assessment session, but are several things and great graphics on his page. - play with photos and text 

chatterpix - add voice to screenshots or drawings.  (App) - make explainer videos  & easy way to make mindmaps

Authentic Questions - more ideas on his website, like how to teach students to effectively search using google

Formative Assessment & - create interactive polls and lists

💥 Tech tools - TIPS - tricks, math apps, free ebooks and more!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Misc. websites and web tools:

How To Create Digital Portfolios with Spark Page. (We love the Adobe Spark tools!) 

Google Keep - Norris staff- You should be using this great tool! 
With our new staff Acer Spin Chromebook units...  this tool is awesome!

Here is our Norris tips and trick doc: Google keep--- Now integrated with Google Docs!

Some great Math Apps, sites, and tools:

The Math Learning Center has these free IOS, Chrome and Web apps. Check them out!  (All of these have been added to the student approved list of Chrome apps/extensions. 

Care of Chromebooks & iPads 
Remember to never leave your electronic devices in a cold or hot car.  It's very hard on the device as well as the battery in these devices.  (A great thing to remind your students about!) 

Turn your Google Doc into an online flip book!

Great project for kids too!  Export your Google Doc as a PDF and import into Issuu

A few Free Kindle eBooks:

Great list of free eBooks located here and a second list located here and a third list here.   Grab them while they are free.   (Make sure you check the price since some do jump back to regular prices.) 

Here is another list - but a few of these are no longer free, so check the price before you "buy". 

If you really like reading --- 2-Month Kindle Unlimited Membership for $1 until March 11, 2018. 
Note: Existing Kindle Unlimited subscribers are NOT eligible.