“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” By Carol Welch
I love many chrome apps but a new favorite is called Move It! Move It integrates brain breaks through reminders that pop up on your screen. You get to set how often you want to be reminded to move and then a random brain break or exercise pops up for you to complete. Here is an example below:
Once you complete it, click done and you will return to your screen. If you are in a groove and don’t want to stop you can just click done to go back to your original screen. When introducing this extension to your students. Set up rules and expectations of how this is used in your classroom. It is easy to keep active with the Move It extension for your chrome browser!
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun” by Mary Lou Cook
A HyperDoc is a Google document that incorporates different interactive features, such as links to content, maps etc. It requires the creator to think about the needs of the learners, how they will engage in the content, what ways they can reflect on their own learning, and how they can show what they know. A multimedia text set is a collection of lessons, various texts, and resources based around a unit, topic or theme. HyperDocs and Multimedia text sets were created by three ladies, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis and have revolutionized the classroom.
How to create a HyperDoc:
- Choose your audience (students, teachers, staff)
- Choose a standard/topic/theme/unit
- Decide if it is a single lesson (HyperDoc) or a collection of learning resources, example for a unit (Multimedia Text Set)
- Create a doc and title it HyperDoc and name of standard/topic/theme/unit
- Add images, links, maps, instructions, learning experiences etc
- Be sure to set the share settings to view only so leaners can make a copy.
- There are multiple places to share your HyperDoc with other educators such as the below padlet or to Teachers Give Teachers.
HyperDocs are a great way to create personalized learning playlists and/or pathways. It is also a misconception that only teachers can create/use HyperDocs. It is a great way for administrators to model a way to integrate technology in a meaningful way for example in staff meetings or as a way to deliver professional development. Check out this link for HyperDocs for Administrators!
More resources on HyperDoc’s:
The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps
Meet the HyperDoc Girls and Their Resources
Collection of HyperDoc Examples from 2nd-12
Collection of Multimedia Text Sets
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono
This week my blog post is different because I want you to read Tony Vincent‘s blog post, Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides. It is chock full of amazing ideas, tips, tricks and templates for you to utilize in your classroom. The directions are clear, concise and so easy you could implement this tomorrow in your classroom. Happy reading!
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ” By Albert Einstein
OpenEd has recently released a new FREE Google Doc Add On called Lesson Plan Tool For Docs. It is an add on tool built into Google documents that pops up on the right hand side (similar to how the research feature works on Google documents) that allows you to add resources to your lesson plans. You can search for K-12 resources from opened.com which makes it simple to integrate into your document. OpenED has videos, games, assessments and more all aligned to common core standards.
You can find resources that are aligned to standards, two different ways. One way is by using the search box. Input a standard that you need resources for such as 5.NF.1 and the aligned resources will appear below. The second way is to select a standard drop down and navigate to the standard you are looking for. Teachers can obviously use this tool to build lesson plans, units of study or curriculum maps but I would use it differently!
I would use this tool to build playlist or pathways for students by standard; very similar to how I have used Blendspace in the past. To create a Pathway (example below), where students have choice of what tasks they want to complete based on a particular standard; using the ‘Lesson Plan Add on Tool’ teachers can simply drag and drop resources to create some of the tasks for the pathways by standards. You can also use the assessments that are in OpenEd as checkpoints. This saves teachers time and allows them to stay within one platform (Google) plus it is easy to assign to Google Classroom as well.
Below are some articles and more information on Lesson Plan Tools for Google Docs:
Lesson Plan Tool Docs by OpenEd
A New Lesson Plan Tool for Google Docs by Richard Byrne
OpenEd Facebook and Twitter pages
How to video on Adding on Lesson Plan Tools for Google Docs
“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barbez
One of the things I love most about Google is there are always improving and changing to make things better. Here are three of my favorite new tips and tricks:
- Classroom Extension: Save class time navigating to websites with the new Share to Classroom extension. “Push” a web link to your class and voila, the Chrome extension opens the page immediately on every student’s device.
- Voice Type: Google Docs gets an upgrade with voice typing, a new feature that lets you or your students dictate everything from a new assignment to the rough draft for their essay. I like using it to get all my ideas out faster then me typing- Maybe I should start doing my blog posts this way. 🙂
- New Templates: Google released new templates for docs, sheets, and slides. Click the ‘more’ button to see extra options, organized by type, such as school.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” by Malcolm X
Below are some websites that you should add to your toolkit of resources for your classroom for both you and your students to utilize. I like them all but did add an asterisk next to my favorites. Some are new while others are oldie but goodies
Create Engaging Video Lessons: Metta, Zaption, Vialogues, Ted-Ed*, EdPuzzle* and Google Forms*
Virtual Field Trips: 3D Gallery, Google Cultural Institute, Google Lit Trips*, Google Trek*
Presentations: PowToon, Prezi, Haiku Deck, Emaze, Piktochart
Interactive Sites: Blendspace*, Thinglink* GooseChase* Canva
Assessments: Quizizz, Jeopardy labs, iClicker, Kahoot*, Plickers*, Google Forms*
Content: iTunes U, Open Ed, Newsela*, Crash Course* a You Tube Channel by John and Hank Green (Yes the author and his brother)
“I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems.” By Mark Zuckerberg
Google Chrome is my favorite free web browser developed by Google. One of the reasons I love Google Chrome is because of the Google Chrome Extensions which are “small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.*” In simpler terms, they make my life easier but too many extensions can also slow your Chrome browser down. Here are my favorite Google Chrome Extensions in no particular order:
- Save to Drive: Save web content or screen capture directly to your Google Drive!
- Goo.gl: Allows you to shorten the current website URL (goo.gl/) and also make it into a QR code in seconds.
- Pocket: The best way to save articles when I don’t have time to read them (Can save videos too)
- SnagIt: Is a screen capturing and recording tool. My students use it a lot in the classroom to show what they know. (See previous post
- Google Dictionary: Once installed double-click on a word on a webpage, and the definition instantly pops-up.
- Tab Scissors and Tab Glue: These are two separate extensions that I use together. Tab Scissors divides your window into two which is helpful when you are going back and forth between two or more tabs, now you don’t. Tab glue puts the window tabs back together when you are finished.
My favorite paid extension (has a 30 day free version) is Read&Write for Google™ – This extension offers support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL but I think it helps all students. It has multiple functions such as read aloud, picture dictionaries, highlighters etc. (CMS educators you have it for free click on the chrome web store and go to recommended for CMS users)
I would love to know your favorite Google Chrome Extension, please add them to the comments.
Site*: “What are extensions? – Google Chrome.” 2012. 3 May. 2015 <https://developer.chrome.com/extensions>