Tech Tip Tuesday: Search Gmail Like a Pro

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Gmail includes a pretty simple feature that allows you to search for specific emails using some clever operators. You can type in that search bar, add in some words, and hope to locate the specific email you are looking for. But sometimes, you get back way too many or you can’t locate what it is you seek. I put together a Gmail Crib Sheet that covers the Gmail Operators and how to use them. You can access the document here!

Hope this helps!

 

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Using QR Codes in the Classroom

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Have you tried incorporating QR codes into your classroom? QR (quick response) codes are super easy to create and are a fun way for students to get to use their cellphones in the classroom. To create QR codes there are a variety of websites/tools out there to do it.

To create QR codes:

To scan QR codes:

  • Google Goggles (for Android)
  • With ios 11, you can use your iPhone or iPad’s camera. No need for an app. ios 11 will automatically scan the QR code and a link will appear. Click the link to go to the page.
  • Snapchat. Seriously. With Snapchat open, point the camera at the code and hold your finger over the image to read it.

So What if . . .

  • Students created QR codes on submitted projects to enhance the interactivity.
  • You used QR codes to generate a Google Form for peer-to-peer feedback, reviews, or for peer-editing with essays.
  • You used QR to create a digital scavenger hunt.
  • You used QR codes with a BreakOutEdu (I have this kit!)
  • Incorporating QR with homework to help extend the learning with extra resources.

 

 

Our First #RIHPD Twitter Chat

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I will be hosting our first #RIHPD Twitter Chat on Wednesday evening, March 7, from 8 pm to 9 pm. Our first topic covered will be on Differentiation! I will post questions throughout the chat and give you time to post, share, comment, and retweet. This will be a great opportunity to earn 1 PDC Hour in you PJ’s! Come to collaborate, question, comment, and share. Share teaching ideas, successes, struggles, resources, photos, etc that will add to our discussion.

The format for our Twitter Chat will go something like this:

  1. 8:00 pm: Intros
  2. 8:10 pm: Q1
  3. 8:20 pm: Q2
  4. 8:30 pm: Q3
  5. 8:40 pm Q4
  6. 8:50 pm Q5

Here’s How to Take Part:
1. Log into Twitter on Wednesday, March 7 @ 8 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #rihpd in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 10 minutes.
4. I will post questions every 10 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #rihpd.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #rihpd.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #rihpd.
7. Like and respond to other teachers’ tweets.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic
2. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. Always use our hashtag #rihpd, including in your replies to others.
4. Use goo.gl to shorten links when sharing.
5. Check out TweetDeck to keep track of the Twitter Chat.
6. Taking part in the chat on your computer is easier (IMO).

Still want to know more about Twitter Chats? Check out these links:

http://janetfouts.com/how-to-participate-in-a-tweet-chat/

 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Create Flipped Videos Within Schoology Using ScreenCast-O

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Have you checked out Schoology’s App Center? It is constantly being updated with new, integrated apps that work streamlined within Schoology. To go there click “home’ –> “app center” –> then scroll through the list to locate the various apps the at are available to be integrated within Schoology. Some require a cost or require a premium license from the company tool. Some, however, are free, and pretty neat.

Check out the app Screencast-O-matic. This is PERFECT for creating flipped lessons/screencasts/video tutorials/ mini lessons right from within Schoology. To install it find it in the list –> click on it –> “click install LTI app” –> then check off the courses you want to add it do. Next, open one of your courses that you just installed it to. Once on the course click on the “screencast-O-matic” tool on the left navigation. The tool should load. If it doesn’t, but you get a gray window, click on the gray window and a popup should occur. Use your Google account from the school district to activate.

The tool will download an extension to your computer and ask for permission to your camera. Allow this. Once everything it set, you’ll need to refresh the screen and the tool should load with the Screencast-O-matic window. To get started, click on the “+ New Recording” button –> “Open Screen Recorder Launcher” on the next popup. The tool will load on your desktop and activate the recorder feature.

From here, set your parameters for recording. You can select if you want to record the screen, just your webcam (facetime-esque), or both (which creates a flipped video with your video in the lower right corner of the screen). Adjust the screen size you want to record by dragging the sides of the screen, then click on the red “record” button. The recording will begin and you can stop when necessary.

From here, you can edit and modify the video you created. When you are all set, create a new “material”/ “assignment”. In the editing window click on the “insert” button, then select Screencast-O-matic from the right side and it will load all videos you have created. Pretty neat and so simple!

Hope this helps and reach out for more assistance if you need it!