#EDTech Bloggers Sharing Inspiration…

Over 15 Years ago my yearning for learning more about Ed Tech began. It was the Ed Tech blogger who nurtured my ideas and inspired exploration into this never-ending world of continuous advancement. Thank you to the many educated ED Tech Bloggers for sharing both their knowledge and ideas. This is a list of some favorite Ed Tech Blogger to follow.

  • FREE Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne@rmbyrne: Richard Byrne is known for sharing some of the BEST Ed Tech websites for engaging students with learning. On his site you will find some of the best FREE Tutorials teaching the educator how to use and integrate tech tools.
  • Brian Aspinall, CVDork. Teacher. Blogger. Speaker, @mraspinall: When you have a question about coding Brian Aspinall is the man to go to. I really enjoy his TEDx presentations! Mr. Aspinall shares really interesting insights about “Growth Mindset” and it’s effects on student’s academics. He is the innovator who created the EDMETTLE social and feedback management tool for supporting educational communities.
  • Education Evangelist Blog, @ICTEvangelist,  Mark Anderson shares inspirational stories for integrating ed tech. His knowledge of education and technology are a perfect blend for today’s society. I first learned about Mark Anderson during a live “Twitter APP Smashing Event”. This is when I learned he has a wealth of information to share about iPADS and APP Smashing for supporting both creativity and critical thinking. You can learn by checking out his iPad APPS Archives.
  • SHAKE UP LEARNING by Kasey Bell @ShakeUpLearning: This is the place to go when looking for Google Resources and learning more about mobile learning. Ms. Bell has a magical way of simplifying the learning experience through the cheat sheets she creates. On her site you will find some of the BEST Google Cheat Sheets for learning how to use GAfE APPS.
  • Sylvia Duckworth: @sylviaduckworth is a talented educator whom I started following more than a year ago! I’m enthralled by the beautiful “Sketchnotes” she creates. They are a perfect blend of beauty and information simplifying information for all readers to understand. Sylvia Duckworth also offers a variety of ideas for integrating technology in the education arena.
  • Lisa Highfill@lhighfill I recently started following Lisa Highfill after discovering the term, “Hyperdoc”. Lisa Highfill is one of the originators of this term.  I tend to think of hyperdocs as, “Google Docs on Steroids.” Basically a hyperdoc adds interactivity to a Google Doc. This supports students with honing their independent thinkers. Lisa Highfill offers a variety of templates and ed tech integration info on her site.

What Google Drawings Page Setup Should I Use for Creating Interactives?

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Google Drawing provides 3 standard sizes and a multitude of custom choices to pick from when choosing a page setup of an Interactive Manipulative.

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  1. The standard 4:3 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 7.5 inches.
  2. Widescreen 16:9 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 5.625 inches
  3. Widescreen 16:10 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 6.25 inches.
  4. When in custom view you have the four measurement forms of inches, centimeter, points or pixels to choice from.
    1. Inches are the standard unit of measurement used by Americans.
    2. Centimeters are the standard unit of measurement used by most countries.
    3. Points are a printers measurement term based upon typography measurements.
    4. Pixels are the resolution measurement term for photographs.
  5. Use the form of measurement your most familiar with when choosing page settings.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Page setup

  • Are you going to be printing the Google Drawing or strictly using it as an interactive manipulative?
  • If printing it is easiest to stay within a standard size paper setting such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller.
    • Remember the only thing which prints is anything placed within the work area.
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      • Anything outside of the work area will not print
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    • Choosing which size to use really depends on personal preference and if one is using the drawing to print or as an interactive manipulative.
    • At the beginning of this post is an example of a custom size interactive manipulative where anything laying outside of the work area will not print. However it is suitable for a learning interactive (hyperdoc) Manipulative.

Hyperdoc Story Creator Using Google Docs!

Can you believe I never knew digital education interactives were called Hyperdocs? Apparently a Hyperdoc is the official name of a digital interactive created by using Google APPS for Education. So what is a Hyperdoc? A Hyperdoc is a Google Doc which contains information and directions delivered by using data objects. The data objects are presented by hyperlinks to context outside of the Google Doc. This provides the student with independent time to explore a new topic. Here is an example of a “Story Creator” Hyperdoc.


Why use a Hyperdoc in the classroom?

  1. Supports the students with independently following directions.
  2. Saves time by limiting the amount of times a teacher as to repeat questions.
  3. Can provide opportunities of exploration as students learn a topic.
  4. Provides the quiet student with a voice.
  5. Differentiates activity so all students can participate.
  6. Teachers have the opportunity to synchronously check student’s work and make sure they’re following guidelines.
  7. Teachers can access the revision history to help evaluate the content.
  8. Provides extra opportunities for supporting the struggling student.
  9. Creates opportunities  for guiding the excelled student towards more challenging material.
  10. Collects assessment data instantly.

How do you check the revision history?

  • Click Revision History

Revision history 1

  • A window pane opens with the revision History on the righthand side of document

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  • Click on more detailed revisions

Revision History 3

  • A more detailed list of revisions will open

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  • Using Google Drawing to Create an Interactive Graphic Organizer
  • Tutorial for Creating the Story Creator Hyperdoc