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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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New Google Drive Updates That Teachers Should Know

 

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Other Alternatives to Google Reader

Farewell to the powerful RSS jewel that was Google Reader. Unlike many public ed. classrooms, where trophies are given for just showing up, Google’s policy is that any product that is not viable ends up in the graveyard. Thankfully, Google gave us prior notice and also facilitated the migration of users subscriptions through a seamless integration with Feedly. With one click, users who opted for Feedly were able to move all their feeds to the new platform. Click here for the App at iTunes.

There are also several other powerful readers worth trying and in case you have not yet decided upon the one to use, check out this list. It contains some of the top readers available online and for free.

This phenomenon of Google’s putting on ice its unpopular products is not new. Several other services were taken down including Google Lab, Buzz, iGoogle..ect and the list goes on. Here is a graphic from Mashable that I saw in Med Kharbach’s post.  It traces a few memorable Google products, now in what is described as the “Google Graveyard.”

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Tech Trick- Edit YouTube Vids

YouTube videos are engaging additions to curriculum that garner student interest. Teachers often want to customize them for length and further editing to limit distracting ads or inappropriate comments. I have been using Metta.io (formerly SooMeta) for this purpose. Metta.io offers text boxes which are perfect for highlighting important curricular items such as vocabulary, essential questions, and surveys.

Med Kharbach writes: Using YouTube videos with students means that you might run the risk of exposing them to inappropriate and distractive content that comes in the featured playlist to the left of the video. The textual comments under the video can also be offensive and featuring vulgar language not appropriate for our students.

 

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50 Google Docs for the tech saavy and the tech hopeful

Med Kharbach describes Google Docs as “an important component of your digital toolbox as a teacher and educator.” At this point in my life, the number “50” has special significance. Here are 50 Google Docs for tech saavy and tech hopeful teachers.

Draw in Docs

Access your documents from anywhere ·

Use Docs reference tools

Save to different file types

Use keyboard shortcuts

 Use templates

Convert PDFs to images and text

Create forms

Search EVERYTHING

Autodetect links

Adding video

Insert photos with drag and drop

Create graphs

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see the remaining items at Med’s post http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/03/50-google-docs-tips-every-teacher.html

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Life-long learners

distributed knowledge base

Teachers are life-long learners. They are on a constant quest for new venues of knowledge…when teachers stop feeding their brains and content themselves with what their rigorous curricula and textbooks preach then they get relegated to hard-working students status–a status which could severely impact their whole teaching performance and productivity. PLNs, blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS, social bookmarking, tagging, photo and video sharing, social networking, data mining, mobile learning, crowd sourcing, to mention but some, are part of the digital kit {equipping every}} successful educator. ~Med Kharbach in this link

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Tech BFF: There’s a Form for that: Google Forms

BFF is an acronym for “Best Friend Forever.” These websites and tips are so good that they will become your technology BFFs!

Google Forms are a component of Google Docs. They allow centralized creating of information in a personalized format. For teachers, this is a great avenue on the Information SuperHighway for creating a personalized quiz, survey, or query. My favorite part of the whole Google Suite is the online (cloud) storage and retrieval aspect. It is so convienient, when traveling from classroom to classroom or between home and school to have access points along the way.

Your cloud file directory can serve as your professional portfolio of the resources and teaching tools you create!

Here are a couple of stellar resources to help you begin or continue:

Ten Great Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using

To see more of an application of how to use Google Forms for educational purposes, click on these two links for webinar-type tutorials that you can access when it is convenient for you.

Teachers Simple Guide on The Use of Google Forms in The Classroom
The transcript of this video is available HERE.

I love this step-by-step guide: Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs

Great resources to use when creating your own Google Forms!

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