Friday, May 20, 2016

Technology Tool: Google Draw

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This extension lets you to make vertical and horizontal grids.  It also has a ruler to measure distance between the grids.  

Google Draw is a graphic editor that allows you share and collaborate.  In Google Draw you can create drawings, graphic organizers, infographics, flyers, posters and so much more.  Google Draw is user friendly, and you will be surprised what you can create.  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Technology Tool: Google Translate

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Snagit is a an extension that will make screen captures and video creations.  

Google Translate is an great application that you can download on any smartphone, iPad or tablet.  Features in the application make it easy to translate images and audio in many different languages. 

Check out this video!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Technology Tool: Google Cultural Institute

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Turn Off the Lights is a great free extension that allows you to watch a video with a faded background so it is easier to view.  It also offers another feature called Night Mode.  This feature makes it easier to read in the dark without hurting your eyes.

Google Cultural Institute is an awesome site that allows you to discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world.  Also you can explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, and even create your own galleries and share it with others. 

One of the most amazing things about Google Cultural Institute is it can open the door to new places for your students to see and experience. You can take the students on virtual tours of museums and places around the world. Your students will be able to explore historical places and art through this one site.

In the classroom –
  • Students can take virtual gallery tours with audio and video guidance.
  • Students can zoom in on individual artwork masterpieces and discuss them in groups.
  • Students can create their own virtual collections or view collections you have created that support their instruction for the day.
  • Students can write about images that you select as writing prompts.

Caution:  Some of the photographs are inappropriate so please view the content before allowing students to view.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Technology Tool: Google Keep

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When you have downloaded this extension, the calculator is easily accessible when using the Chrome browser. 
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Google Keep is an app that uses sticky notes.  You can create notes, reminders, lists, images and much more.  A great feature of Google Keep is you are able to share your notes with others so you can collaborate.  You could easily share your assignments with your students through Google Keep.  Google Keep is a great way to organize your thoughts that is streamlined to all of your devices.

Using Google Keep in the Classroom by Jane Vestil- This blog gives 5 reasons along with tips on why Google Keep is good productivity service for students. 

10 Creative Ways to Use Google Keep Every Day by Saikat Basu- This blog describes and contains videos of different and unique ways to use Google Keep.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Technology Tool: Padlet

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You can easily translate anything on the web in your own language.  All you have to do is highlight and right click on a specific word or click the Google Translate icon at the top to translate the whole page.

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Padlet is a digital bulletin board that allows you to share ideas, documents, links and videos with others.  It is a good tool to use in the classroom for collaboration.  Your students will enjoy communicating with you and other students on this virtual wall.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Technology Tool: Aurasma

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Edge is an on-screen ruler that measures inches, centimeters, and pixels.  You can move the ruler anywhere on the screen to measure.  

Aurasma is an augmented reality app for a phone or tablet that is an engaging tool for the classroom.  You can give life to an image when you scan it with this app.  You can create your own auras or follow other educators to find auras in your subject area.

Watch this video!

You will need to download this free app from the iTune Store. You can either view other Auras or make your own.  You and your students  will love this app!

 Scan this picture with the Aurasma app:

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