The new Google Sites just got a little better! Now Sites can be customized with logos, matching colors, and more. When you upload your logo, Sites will intelligently detect those colors and offer them for use in your own theme.
This scheduled release is due to drop May 2, 2017, with roll-out of 1-3 days for feature visibility.
EdTechTeam, provider of amazing edtech summits, has created a slew of poster tips for G Suite and educational technology resources. Their newest poster is Music Tips and features links to sites and apps such as Audio Cutter, Glogster, and Flat- a music scores and guitar tabs editor.
You can download or add these files to your own Google Drive and print them out in your choice of sizes.
Seesaw provides a safe and robust way to compile your students’ digital and analog work into online portfolios.
Features include importing photos, videos, text, drawings, PDFs, and even links. Most popular apps will import content directly.
Seesaw is always free to educators, with additional paid features starting at $120/year. However, the basic “forever free” version is full of useful features including the ability to have two teachers with 10 classes- awesome for co-teachers and secondary education.
With the blogging feature, students will engage with an authentic audience of parents, families, classmates. Students can comment on their peers’ work generating real feedback. Teachers control who sees which work, and all comments are approved beforehand. A public blog can be set up, expanding student work on a global scale using Seesaw Connected Blogs.
Students can use the recordable whiteboard feature to capture the learning process and explain how they came to a solution or reflect on their learning.
Using QR codes for younger students allows for quick access- no memorizing complicated log in sequences. Just a flash of their code on the web cam and they’re in.
Paid features include assessment and private notes and posts that are not available to parents.
Do you have trouble relaxing? Is it difficult to focus on being productive? Are you distracted by coworkers’ chatter, clacking on keyboards, popping of gum?
Check out Noisli where you can mix different sounds to create your optimal ambient sound mix to improve productivity or relaxation. You can mix and match ambient sounds such as falling rain, crackling fire, forest sounds, coffee shop background noise, lapping water, and a variety of white noise static.
Back in 2012, film maker Nirvan Mullick stumbled across a hidden gem in Boyle Heights. Caine Monroy, 9 years old, built a cardboard arcade at his father’s used parts storefront. Nirvan was his first customer.
Nirvan’s short film about a flash-mob to make Caine’s day by bringing hundreds of customers to his arcade went on to generate millions of views. Further fundraising efforts secured $240,000+ for Caine’s college education and led to the establishment of a non-profit, Imagination Foundation.
Caine’s Earth Day Challenge is scheduled to culminate April 22, 2017. The challenge is to recycle cardboard into new creations that address environmental themes and challenges.
What could you create? Use #EarthDayCC to connect with other cardboard challengers!
Google’s CS First program is an engaging way to get kids coding and exploring computer science. Teachers can form clubs for students starting in Grade 4, with no computer science background needed. The curriculum is completely free and Google will even send printed materials so you don’t have to use your precious copies! All of the concepts use video tutorials to guide students through the theme-based units.
Steps to starting a CS First club:
Meet the minimum requirements with students, computers & internet connection, and headphones.
Set up the club online.
Google sends materials and provides curriculum.
You host the club at a school, library, church, or at home.
Tracking your students’ progress is easy and the CS First dashboard allows you to manage the club. Students will be motivated by “pride pages” where they share their achievements.
Google can also connect you with volunteers from the community who can allocate 10 hours for a month (as well as pass a background check.)
If you are interested in advocating for Google’s CS First program, you can email schools/teachers, send a flyer to a principal, or spread the word using social media.
Themes include Storytelling, Fashion & Design, Sports, Music & Sound, Game Design, and Animation.
Google also provides educator (teacher, parent, after school leader) online training.
Nine of ten parents want their children to learn computer science, but only four of ten schools actually provide computer science curriculum to their students. You can help bring computer science into schools and even to your church, after school program, scouting program, or home school.
Google Voice is a service that provides call forwarding and voicemail services, voice and text messaging.
It’s perfect for educators because you can give out this number to your students and parents without compromising your personal phone number. Like most Google products, it is free. It gives you one number for all of your phones, and it tied to you rather than a device or a location.
You can send text messages straight from your browser. You can opt to receive a transcribed voicemail via email rather than having to listen to it. You can screen calls and customize the caller experience with personalized greetings.
It’s easy to block unwanted callers as well as make conference calls.
You just need a Google account and a touchtone phone with a US number and a computer with internet access. You can optionally download the Google Voice app on your Android or iOS device.