Google Expeditions – Field Trips from the Comfort of your Classroom

Google Expeditions allows you to take your class on a Virtual Fieldtrip. Tour the Aztec and Mayan Ruins, the International Space Station, or Gettysburg National Military park. You can do all of this with your classroom iPads. When using Expeditions, you become the leader on your iPad and students join you on the tour with their iPads. Edtech teacher has created and quick video to show you how this works. Start by downloading the app on your iPad.  After that, you will be ready to take your students on a virtual Field Trip!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Rem167209015_d6830e6099_oember the choose your own adventure books? You can make choose your adventure stories using Google Apps tools like Docs or YouTube.  Click here to see a really cool choose your own adventure YouTube video.  Want to get the nuts and bolts of how to create these stories? The following Google Presentation has directions and examples of how to make and use choose your own adventures stories in your classroom. Here is an example created by a 3rd grade class.

Learn to Code this Summer!

Code.org_logo.svgI hope everyone is taking time this summer to set down their devices and enjoy the outdoors and each other.  You might also be looking for some quite time activities for yourself or your kids.  Edsurge has put together a Teaching Kids to <CODE> guide with lots of great resources around learning to code.   They encourage all ages to learn to code, as they argue it is the new literacy.  Scroll down the page and you will find an excellent write up of 50+ tools to learn to code, many of them free.

Explain Everything 3.0

Explain Everything Alternative LogoExplain Everything will be launching a new version very soon and it comes with 4 new features that I think will be useful here at Pike. See the new version in action with Explain Everything creator Reshan Richards.

1.  Updated User Interface – this is minor for the classroom but they have created an cleaner look.

2.  Improved Export Workflow – one export button. This should make it a bit easier to export your creations.

3. Equation Editor – They’ve added an equation editor for including formulas and graphing. Pretty Cool!

4.  Simple User Interface Option – This is going to be great for the younger grades at Pike.  Takes away many of the buttons and leaves only the most important ones.


Socrative Training

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At Pike some teachers are using Socrative with their students during class. Socrative is a classroom tool for measuring and visualizing student understanding in real time.  It can provide immediate feedback from every student in your class. It is very easy to administer quizzes and no student accounts are necessary.

Below is a link to an Atomic Learning Tutorial that will show all the major functionality of Socrative in 15 minutes, by Greg Kulowiec from EdTechTeacher:
Getting Started wtih Socrative Training – Atomic Learning

If you would like access to shorter videos for specific topics or questions there are many useful videos here.

The complete Socrative User Manual can be found here.

As always, if you would like to meet with someone individually to help get you started please let someone in the Tech Department know.

Advanced Socrative Users
Below are some ideas if you are looking to expand your use of Socrative in the classroom.

Using Socrative for Peer Collaboration

Students as Questioners – Blooms Taxonomy presents many ideas to help build your students’ questioning skills and cognitive abilities.

Utilizing Socrative as a back channel during class

Apple TV Tips

If you are connecting your iPad or Laptop to your projector via Apple TV you will want to refer to the Apple TV Instructions below.  Please note whether your remote is silver or black and chose the appropriate link below.

Apple TV – Silver Remote

Apple TV – Black Remote

These instructions are designed to print easily if you would like to have them handy for future use or for a substitute.

If you are connecting your MacBook Laptop to a Projector using the cords you will want to refer to the Connect MacBook Laptop to a Projector Instructions.

Connecting a MacBook Laptop to a Projector

This post covers the basics on how to connect a MacBook Pro Laptop to a projector.  If you would like to print out a one page sheet to keep handy or to leave with your lesson plans for a subsitute teacher click here.

Connecting a MacBook Laptop to a Projector

Make sure your laptop is connected to a power source (especially for long presentations)

Next connect the white Mac Adaptor to the appropriate port on your MacBook Pro. Connect the VGA cable to the other end of the white Mac Adaptor.  If audio is necessary connect the audio cable to the headphone jack.

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Turn on the projector with the classroom remote control

Sometimes, additional steps may be required for an image to be displayed from your laptop. 

If an image doesn’t project and you see a blue screen with a “No Input” message, disconnect the Mac Adapter from your laptop, wait 5 seconds and then reconnect.  If the image still does not appear make sure that all the wires have a good connection.

Most Common Issue: If you do see an image, but it does not match your laptop screen click on the apple in the upper left of your screen and select System Preferences.  Next click on Displays.

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Click on the Arrangement tab and make sure that the Mirror Displays box is checked.

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Reminder: Here is a one page sheet that you can print out if you want to keep it handy or leave with your lesson plans for a substitute teacher.

Click here for Apple TV tips