Seesaw has added integration with Google Drive. You can now add Google Drive Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, videos, and pictures directly to Seesaw. This allows you to create documents in Google drive with text, drawings, and pictures and then insert them into your Seesaw feed. Write a monthy letter to parents and share it with them in Seesaw. Add multiple pictures to a document and then share the doc via Seesaw. Find out the details here.
Google Docs just added a feature that allows you to change the case of a text selection. You can change a selection of text to all lowercase, uppercase, or title case with one click. Highlight the text you want to change and look for the Capitalization choice under the Format menu.
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.
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
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:
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.
Some teachers have students use post it notes to handwrite feedback about topics or as an exit ticket after class. Do you use post it notes in your class or have you wanted to try something like this? If so, the Post it Note Plus App will be a great addition to your technology toolbox. Post it Note Plus allows you to scan a group of Post it notes to a digital board where you can sort, organize, add notes, and share the board with others. Click the image below to watch a short video with specifics about how to use this useful app. Have you used this app? How might you use this app in your classroom? Share your thoughts so we can learn from each other.
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).
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 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.
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.
- 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
- Click OK if it asks to access your camera
- 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.