I had the privileged to be apart of the STEAM Area Showcase at Bad Axe Middle School this past weekend. It was such a neat event with so many attractions to see.
I wanted to do something with 20 Spheros that I manage at the Huron ISD, so I decided to create a 10 foot by 10 foot painting pit. I got this idea from a YouTube video of a tiny painting pit done in New York City. I decided to maximize as much space I could use in the classroom I was doing this activity in, and that is why I used 10 foot boards.
Here are some of the supplies that you will need to pull this off:
Adobe Draw is an app that has been around for a while, but tech leader, Tony Vincent, showed me a way to use it that ROCKS! Below, you can find his video of how exactly to use Adobe Draw to recreate any image. Using this app to recreate images, maps, selfies, etc., has a lot of great purposes. Here are just a few reasons why you and your students should be doing this:
It seems that Google Flubaroo has been going to work and updating their Add-On quite frequently. The last update gave teachers the ability to share grades to student's Google Drive accounts as well as print off their grades for each assessment.
Today, Flubaroo came out with 2 more neat features:
I am super excited about today as I am hosting a Sphero 2.0 PD at the HISD. Here is a awesome video playlist that will get you in the mood!!
If you are looking for a great way to jot down notes, checklists, and then share them with anyone, Google Keep is your go-to tool. I had first used Google Keep over a year ago in its most basic form, but it has evolved a lot into a great tool that can be used across device platforms.
Of course you will have to have a gmail or Google account, but once you have that set up, you get access to this great service. To get started on a computer, go to www.google.com/keep/, click "Try Google Keep" and then "Add note" to jot down anything you want to remember. If you want to use it on your smartphone, download the Android app or the IOS app. Here are some ways that you can use this tool:
To get a better idea on how to do these tasks, check out the video below.
So apparently I like Google so much that if they made a piece of cardboard, I would buy it. Well it is more than just a piece of cardboard, its Google Cardboard! This is fairly new, but I just got my box of cardboard yesterday and have been figuring out how it works (check out this video to see how Cardboard works). This tool's main purpose is for VR (Virtual Reality). There are plenty of free apps out there, but it works by looking at panoramic pictures or 3D videos through the Cardboard goggles with lenses inside. The panoramic pictures are interactive by rotating yourself 360 degrees to see different parts of the picture. Not only can you view Google Earth and StreetView through this, but you can take your own panoramic pictures and record sound while doing so. For example, if your in the middle of the woods, you could take a panoramic picture while recording sound. When you want to play it back in 3D, use your goggles and rotate your head to get a full 360 degree view with audio. This will blow your mind!!
Here are a few ways this could be used in your classroom:
Lastly, here is the coolest video I have seen with VR. Check out the New England Patriots in a exclusive behind-the-scenes practice. The YouTube video below is interactive. Click and drag your mouse in any directions to get a 360 degree view of the practice.
This week is labeled "Computer Science Education Week," for those of you who have not heard. This means that you are able to participate with your students in the "Hour of Code" initiative any time this week at Code.org. There are clost to 1.5 million students who have participated in this experience, and that number will likely double this week.
Coding and programming are the jobs of the future as all types of industries are going computer based. An article from USA Today states that by the year 2020, there will be over 1 million unfilled computer science jobs. That many unfilled jobs is greater than the population of Montana.
Please do a service to your students and get them thinking about Science Education this week. It is not just a game on the computer they will be playing, but it will be providing them with an experience that may last them a lifetime.
Most of us all have heard of mail merging before, but like myself, have never knew how to perform one....or why you would want to perform one. Mail merging allows you to create letters, name tags, etc., using a single spreadsheet with information stored on it. Instead of hand typing a personalized letter to each of your students, a mail merge can let you type up a template letter. Your template letter can then be customized from information you have on your spreadsheet.
In the video below, I am going to show how to have the responses from a Google Form be instantly emailed back to the person who submitted the Google Form. Why is this helpful? In many different situations, the individual who submits a form would like to have confirmation of what they submitted. For example, if a person submitted an application, they may want confirmation that it went through and would like a record of what they submitted. In the classroom, teachers could use this for confirmation of: book checkouts, parent communication, mass emailing of information, reminders for conference meeting times, etc.
I have known for a short time that Google Forms could be used with a mail merge, so here is my attempt to explain if to you. The easiest way to do this is in a 11 minute video, but here are the basic steps: