As I check in daily to freetechforteachers.com, I found a neat tool that sent me on a 30 minute rabbit trail. Many times I find myself with a list of things to accomplish, but while trying to check off tasks, I run into a a neat tech tool that makes me drop everything I am doing. Well, Block Posters was one of those tools that I ran across.
Everyone loves pictures, especially large pictures, but we don't like to pay for them at the store. To go around that loophole, Block Posters is a free site that lets you upload your own images, and turn it into any size wall poster. I know that you can do that on Word and Excel, but this is so much easier. I have never heard of a tool such as this, so I had to try it out and print off a 44 inch x 25 inch poster (Check out the picture below).
To create a Block Poster, follow these simple steps:
Happy poster making!
Yup.....You read that title correctly. OFFLINE GOOGLE MAPS. Google Maps, which is an IOS or Android app just added a great feature to Android devices this November (sorry IOS users). Users now have the ability to download an area they are traveling to get offline directions. This is super helpful to all those locations where you phone has horrible service/no service and you never know how to reach your destination. Power up your Android device and take a trip to the worst internet connected locations and never get lost.
To get a map offline, click on the picture slideshow below or visit the Google Help page.
Here are 3 PD opportunities this winter to help you on your path to more tech integration. To learn more about these classes, download the flyers below, or click here to head to the HISD webpage and get registered.
This week was the first week I had the Spheros out in action in some local districts. The first stop was Owendale-Gagetown to a great group of kindergartners. They fully enjoyed their experience of controlling their robot with an iPad.
Later in the day, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders got to experience coding with the Spheros. They learned the basics of programming the robot to do a variety of tasks. It is always fun to get technology in the hands of students and see learning come alive!
I'm not sure about all educators, but my internet browser of choice is Chrome. As most of you know, I am a Google user so it only make sense to use their Chrome browser. This little tidbit will help you take that long cluttered bookmark bar and condense it to only favicons (the icons of your favorite sites). To do this, follow the steps below, or watch the 2 minuted video embedded below.
To read these tech tips, you may read the newsletter embedded below, or open it on your browser by clicking here.
Google Docs are by far one of my favorite classroom tools to use, but sometimes it may get confusing when it comes to sharing. If you do not have access to Google Classroom, than this blog post will show you how to get a Google Doc to your students without them changing your content.
If you are a Google Docs user, than I am sure this has happened to you as well. Let's say that you type up a study guide for an upcoming test to pass out to your students. When you go to share that, you accidentally chose "Anyone with the link can edit." If you have done that, than you know the pain it caused. ....Now when your students open the study guide, they have the ability to change, add, or delete anything. Say goodbye to your original document.
To prevent this from happening, there are a couple of things you can do.
Do you ever open your email and get overwhelmed? I was at a Google conference this past week and learned a great tip for those Gmail users that want to clean up and organize their inbox.
The presenter took a poll of all the teachers in the room to see how many emails were in our inboxes. I was amazed at the number of emails kept in these inboxes. The teacher who had the most was over 4 thousand....Yup 4K!
One trick to organize your inbox is to use different tabs for different types of emails. Check out the tutorial below to give this a try, or check out these steps to get organized.
Recently, I was at the miGoogle 2015 conference and learned about this awesome add-on used within a Google Doc. This add-on is called "Twitter Curator" and is used to cite tweets.
This tool could be very handy to have in the classroom as your students could respond to tweets made by political figures, professional athletes, or other famous individuals. Using this add-on would allow students to view tweets and respond to them on a Google Doc instead of having to actually use Twitter. This sounds like a perfect idea for a current events class.
To get more help on how to cite tweets on a Google Doc, check out the two minute video tutorial below.