Google Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you ever forget helpful keyboard shortcuts while using Google Docs?  If so, here is one keyboard shortcut to remember that can help you out when using the Google Suite. To pull up a complete list of keyboard shortcuts that can help you save time see the instructions below:

Step 1: Open a Google Doc

Mac:  Click on ⌘ and /

Chromebook/Windows: Hold down Ctrl and /

The keyboard shortcuts will pop up as seen below:

How to listen to Podcasts


Have you been wanting to start listening to the latest cool podcasts, but don’t know where to start?  Watch the above video or 
click here to see a brief introduction (under 2 minutes!) on how to listen to podcasts.  This can be a great time saving way to squeeze in some learning while you are driving, exercising or whenever.  For more detailed information about the Podcasts app that I speak about in the video this apple support page has all the info that you would need.  If you have questions or need help after watching this very short video please contact the Tech Department.  

Projector and Apple TV Review


In response to some recent requests for projector help we thought that it would be worthwhile to remind everyone of these 2 handy past posts on this blog. 

If you are ever stuck and need a reminder of the basics or with troubleshooting problems when Connecting a MacBook LapTop to a Projector (with cords and no Apple TV) this post can come to your rescue.    

If you need help connecting to an Apple TV our Apple TV Tips page could save the day.  There are instructions for both types of Apple TV’s, so just click on the link that matches your remote.  

Shake to Undo Typos

Did you know that you can shake your iPhone or iPad to undo typing mistakes?  Give your phone or iPad a shake the next time you have the urge to undo and if it doesn’t work see the instructions below.  

How to turn on Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad

Launch Settings
Tap on General
Tap on Accessibility
Tap on Shake to Undo
Tap the switch so that it appears green
The next time you shake when typing you should see this:

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

This post that lists 9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students caught our attention.  It includes a range of TED Talks about topics like education, character development, leadership, public speaking and what adults can learn from children that students have given the seal of approval.  It was published by a new resource called TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing.  Their Lesson Library is a growing list of many lively lessons created by educators in collaboration with professional animators that can be a nice supplemental resource to amplify your teaching.  See some of the existing topics and examples below:

With a free account you can also create your own lessons or flip an existing lesson to adjust any previously created content to fit your needs and share with your students, with interactive reflection options and a way to plug any YouTube video into a lesson separate from all of the distractions of YouTube.  If you need help or if you give TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing a try let us know.

Markup Photos

There is now a handy tool called Markup in Photos on the iPad and iPhone that allows you to draw, magnify and put text on your images (I was able to easily use Markup for the photos in the instructions below).

Instructions:

In Photos on your iPad or iPhone, find the image you want to Markup, then tap the edit (three lines with three dots) icon in the top right corner:

Then tap the Extensions button (three dots inside a circle) on the right side of the screen and select the Markup black toolkit icon.

From here you can start using and having fun with Markup.

The New Periodic Table of iPad Apps

The New Periodic Table Of IPad Apps via Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist


Click on the image above or click here
 to see an informative graphic via Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) that breaks down useful iPad apps into categories for suggested use.  You can easily search for apps by color coded categories like creativity, collaboration, teaching, learning and more.  This updated guide can serve as a great resource to determine apps that can amplify your existing teaching and make a big impact on learning in the classroom.  As Mark points out in his blog posts, it’s not all about the apps, good pedagogy always should come first.  To see the full blog post about this Periodic Table of iPad Apps click here.  There is also a Periodic Table of iPad STEAM apps and a Periodic Table of iPad apps for older students on the ICT Evangelist website.  

QR Code Scan – Google Chrome IOS

You can now use Google Chrome to quickly scan QR codes on your iPhone or iPad, without having to have a separate QR Scanner app.  

Instructions:

  1. From your home screen swipe down to access the search feature and search for Type “qr” and tap on “Scan QR Code” under the Chrome section of results
  2. Click OK if it asks to access your camera
  3. Next, you need to point the Camera at the QR code so that it’s within the frame and a link will open in Google Chrome.  

You must have an up to date version of Google Chrome for this to work. If you have and use 3D Touch click here for some handy instructions.   Please see the Tech Department if you have questions.  

 

Speech Makerspace Project


This week we are sharing a video of a Makerspace project that was completed in 7th grade Speech class this winter. Watch the 4 minute video above or click here to see how students used Spark for a collaborative demonstration speech project.  If you are inspired by these projects and would like to find ways to make this spring or plan for next year please be in touch.

Thanks to Lis and the 7th grade students for helping with the video!