Incognito Browser What Does It Do?

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Incognito Browser is a useful research tool for a student or teacher. This is because the browser doesn’t retain history about the user. What does this mean? It means when you enter search words in the omnibus (search window)  the answer returned is non-biased. It is not based on your past internet searches. This means a teacher or student doing research for a project receives websites returns which represent both sides of a story.

Google Forms Response Clicker

Google Forms is one of the most versatile tools provided within Google APPS for Education. It not only provides interaction but collects information into one easy to use sheet. This makes data analysis easy and a time saving task. One creative way to use a Google Form is as a Response System Clicker. There are many benefits to using a Form in this manner.

The Google Form as a response clicker let’s the user answer questions from a variety of digital devices. Questions are provided by means of an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard). The teacher can prepare a Google Slide with questions and choices  of  Yes or No, True & False, Multiple Choice and short answer questions. Every question will have its own code which the user types into the question code area. The form will automatically collect each users name. All answers drop into one spreadsheet for the teacher to review.

Google Forms provides both engagement and timesaving features for teachers and students.

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Geometry FUN Using a Google Sheet

Oh! How I love  Alice Keelers’ Google Sheet Pixel Art Template and the potentials it offers for supporting learning Geometry. After seeing this template in action I knew it would make a perfect visual manipulative for helping students with understanding the concepts of Perimeter and Area. The below video demonstrates how I envision the template being used to support students with learning math.

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As Alice would say,

“The Answer is Always a Spreadsheet”

Thank you Alice Keeler for providing permission to use your spreadsheet template for this blog post!!!

Google Doc Related Topic Search Simplifies Task

When researching a topic I tend to start with a list of related words. I discovered when one creates a Google Doc list it’s easy to do a “Related Topic Search”. This is done by using the research tool built into a Google Doc. The related topic search analyses the list of words and provides informational links to common topics. Once one clicks on a topic of choice they are provided with a variety of research resources.

After clicking on Pyramids of Giza I was provided with web-links to this information:

  1. Maps
  2. Basic Stats
  3. Images
  4. Top website resources

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Google Blogger in Classroom: Let Me Count the Ways…

Blogger is one of the overlooked features within the Google APP for Education (GAfE)  Accounts. I found when mentioning GAfE to other educators they immediately associate the account with Google Drive, GMAIL, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets. However there are many more components then these. Today I’m going to focus on one of the overlooked and hardly mentioned components. This is using Google Blogger to create blogs.

Did you say how can creating a blog make a difference in education? Well let me count the ways….

Integrating Google Blogger for the Classroom

  1. Create a Classroom Newsletter to share with parents
    • Include the students as creators in this activity
    • Great school to home connection
  2. Host a student help blog for different content areas
    • Students can create tutorials to share math tips & tricks
    • Embed screencasts instead of writing
  3. Make a classroom gallery to showcase student projects!
    • Another great way to make a school to home connection!!!
    • Have students upload the images or videos
    • Let students be responsible for answering questions
      • That is pertaining to their own project
      • Make the blog active as possible
  4. Do you students research famous people, inventors or ?
    • Let them use a blog for their presentation
    • Students transform into the biographical character
    • Student introduces them self as the character
    • Other students ask questions
      • Student answer questions based on their research
    • Blog can remain private
      • Students can use their school logon
      • Restrict blog invites to classroom community
  5. Replace a teachers website with a blog
    • Easy to maintain
    • All posts are archived in date order
    • Embed worksheets
    • Add a calendar
    • Insert video
  6. Students can use a blog as a virtual binder
    • Provides organization

These are just a few ideas for getting started using blogger in the classroom!

Can You Think of More Ways for Using Blogger???

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Bing Date Quick Look Into the Future…

Today I discovered an awesome Bing Search Function. While writing a proposal I needed to find the day a future date landed on. The browser I used happened to be set on the Bing search engine, and to my amazement it spit back a quick simple answer! I love discovering search queries such as this which limit having to open multiple sites to view calendars & etc…

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