Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HyperDoc: An Innovative & Engaging Google Doc

What is a HyperDoc

HyperDoc is a term used to describe a Google Doc that contains an innovative lesson for students- a 21st Century worksheet, but much better. ... With one shortened link, students can access a lesson that contains instructions, links, tasks, and many clever ways to get kids thinking.

Get your own COPY

NoteBookCast - Free Online Whiteboard

What is noteBookCast

A tool where you can create a real-time online whiteboard shared between multiple persons inside an internet browser allowing everybody to do the next actions simultaneously:

  • Draw and write on the online whiteboard with a pen supported PC, tablet or mouse.
  • Text chat.
  • Add images to the background of the board.
  • Draw shapes easily.
  • Use a laser pointer to point at any place on the online whiteboard with a different color for each user.
  • Capture the content of the online  whiteboard into an image and download.

And much more features!

Create an online whiteboard

You can create a real-time whiteboard by selecting Create an online whiteboard from top menu and filling the new whiteboard form fields: Board title, Board size and Display Name.

That’s it! , you have your real-time board ready to go, once the board is created you can invite other to your whiteboard by simple sending them the URL address of the created whiteboard.

If you create an account and login before creating the whiteboard you will have all your whiteboards saved for later user.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Draftback: Play back the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit - in video

Wondering about that last change you made to a Google Doc? It's possible to look up the revision history, but Draftback makes it a breeze, essentially playing back all your changes for you, keystroke by keystroke. Here's how. You can even make the playback public to play on a site, showing the whole writing process.

Ideas for use reviewing Student Google Docs shared with you with edit rights:
Draftback lets you play back the revision history of any Google Doc you have edit rights to. It's like going back in time to look over your student's shoulder as they write.

Monday, May 2, 2016

How to Use YouTube Video Editor to Edit Video on YouTube

You can use Video Editor tools to put together clips to create new videos and publish them to YouTube with one click. All of your uploads are added automatically to the Video Editor. Some of the things you can do with Video Editor are: 
  • Combine multiple videos and images you've uploaded to create a new video.
  • Trim your clips to custom lengths.
  • Add music to your video from a library of approved tracks.
  • Customize clips with special tools and effects.

Get to the Video Editor
You can get to the Video Editor at http://www.youtube.com/editor or by following these steps:

  1. Log in to your YouTube account.
  2. In the top right, click Upload.
  3. On the right under "Video Editor," click Edit.
  4. Choose from the Video Editor tools listed below.
  5. When you're done creating your project, click Create video.

Add clips
All of your uploads are added automatically to the Video Editor and can be used as a clip. Up to 50 clips and 500 images can be added to a project to create a new video.

  1. Find the clip or image you want to add in the upper left of the Video Editor. Click the camera icon to browse images.
  2. Use one of the ways to add the clip or image:
    *For existing projects, move your mouse over the clip or image you want to add, then click the + icon.
    *When you start a new project, drag the clip or image to the bottom of the timeline at the bottom of the editor (where it says Drag videos here).

Thursday, March 17, 2016

ORIGO ONE - Breaking Math Concepts into Pieces ~ 1 minute videos

ORIGO ONE is a series of videos that show you how to create light bulb moments for your students. These videos take a mathematics concept and break it into pieces that are easy to understand and only take a minute to watch.

This ORIGO ONE series of videos shows you how to create light bulb moments for your students. These videos take a mathematics concept and break it into pieces that are easy to understand and only take a minute to watch.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#NCTies16 Session: Creating a Blended Environment with Google Classroom

This week, the Instructional Technology Specialist of Stanly County Schools will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2016 NCTIES Conference. The SCS "ITS" will present "Climbing the Google Ladder" which includes information on how a district as small as SCS has been able to build a 1:1 Chromebook environment and a digital learning platform for 21st-century students.  This session is scheduled for Thursday, 3/3/2016 at 3:15 pm in Marriott University C.  I was personally honored to be selected as a speaker to present, "Create a blended learning environment with Google Classroom" which is scheduled for Thursday 3/3/2016 at 1:15 pm in room 301B.  NCTIES routinely attracts some many well known educational speakers, and I am very excited to participate and gather more educational technology resources, training, and tips! If you are attending #NCTIES16 this week, please be sure to attend my session.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Your Voice to Format and Edit Your Google Docs

Type, edit and format with your voice in Docs - no keyboard needed

Type with Your Voice - Docs editor help


You Can Now Use Your Voice to Format and Edit Your Google Docs

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wizer.me – Interactive Digital Worksheets and Writing Assignments

Wizer.Me is a free tool for teachers to make cool, interactive online worksheets for their students. Interactive resources online can provide your students a blended learning experience without a lot of legwork in advance.

You can quickly create an account by signing in with Google.  The website is incredibly simple to use and offers you so many fantastic options.  There are several styles and backgrounds to choose from or you can always upload your own image.   You can create your "worksheet" by choosing from the basic options such as multiple choice, open question, or matching.  However, you can also add an image for your students to label, include a video for them to watch, a chart to fill in, a link to an article to read, fill in the blanks, embed a video, image, chart, Google maps, and much more!  There are even many Wizer.Me assignments already created by other connected educators that share what they have created.   If you click on the "featured worksheets" button, you will be taken to a webpage filled with assignments ready to be used.  Be sure to explore many of the available worksheets that you can use with your students.

Getting Started:  Teachers create an account at wizer.me, create an assignment, and assign to their class.  Teachers need to be sure to sign up as a "Teacher" - students will sign in/sign up as "student".   Options to assign include Google Classroom or direct link.  Students will need accounts as well.  Each assignment is given a unique pin number and teachers also have the option to share the assignment globally.  After completing an assignment, students can receive immediate feedback if the teacher has set it up. Otherwise, Wizer.me will grade some items for the teacher automatically, then when the teacher finishes the assessment, they have the option to send student feedback.
Take a peek and find inspiration from other teachers that have shared their creations in their community gallery.

FYI: Generally, there are 2 kinds of links - one with 'learn' in it, which is for students to work on and it had the PIN code in it (the last 5 digits). The other link has 'preview' in it and is used for announcements, share with colleagues or on social media, etc.
So first, make sure you're using the right link for each usage. 
If a teacher is getting a message to enter a PIN code it means he/she has signed in as a student to test the worksheet, and her account has been switched to a student one. She can try log out and log back in and it should solve this problem.
*If she initially signed up to wizer.me for the first time as a student logging out won't work, so please contact wizer.me help support by clicking on their help button and let them know that your account needs to be reset as a "teacher".