January 25, 2015

How to Use Google Forms for Reading Logs, Courtesy of Megan Ellis and The Apps Show

Google's recent episode of The Apps Show "Field Trips & Reading Logs | Google for Education" was Fabulous, not only because it focused on Google for Education (yes, we want more shows on education, please), but because my GCT buddy and amazing Middle School English teacher +Megan Ellis scored a shout-out for her reading logs, using Google forms. Way to go, Megan!

Check out the shout-out at 04:13, followed by an-easy-to-follow tutorial for creating a reading log.

Megan structures her reading-centered English classroom with a robust Google site. Grab a cuppa and look around Ellis English. You'll find lots of cool, practical ideas you can adopt/adapt right away!


Thanks for your dedication, Megan. You ROCK!



January 23, 2015

Three #GR8Finds #This Week -- Student Led Coworking Space, Sketchnotes, Synergyse

[I blog every Friday about my #GR8Finds #ThisWeekMy list is very v-e-r-r-r-y selective
--my own crème de la crème curation. Generally, three to five 
January 23

Three #GR8Finds for #ThisWeek!

1. The Canvas

Hawaii's first student led coworking space!

Students can do amazing things, if we give them the opportunity.

2. My Sketchnotes by Sylvia

 +Sylvia Duckworth is on fire with her Sketchnotes

Sylvia put together a beautiful tutorial, Sketchnoting for Beginners on the iPad, so you can try it yourself. Thanks, Sylvia! 

3. Synergyse Training for Google Apps

This Chrome extension provides interactive, in-application audio tutorials, FREE for GAFE school accounts.

So useful! Thanks to +Chad Nacapuy and +Michael Fricano II  for introducing me to this gem on Google Rocks! Hawaii!

Have fun exploring these goodies!



January 16, 2015

Four #GR8Finds #ThisWeek -- GAFE Guide, School Libraries, Social Media Usage Update, and Canva Design School

January 16

Notice that my finds may spill over from the previous week. Sometimes it takes a while for the news to get to me and these finds are just too good to ignore. Just so you know.  

1. Google releases new guide for educators, based on feedback it received from schools across the world.

One of the coolest things about Google is that it listens to its users.

2. School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces, from The Guardian.

"What happens to school libraries when students find it more natural to turn to a computer screen than a book?"

IC: flickr

It's an extraordinary time to be a librarian!

3. Social Media Usage Update 2014

From Pew Research, via +Joyce Valenza

"The results in this report are based on the 81% of American adults who use the internet."

% of online adults who use the following social media websites, by year

When Pew Research reports findings, I listen.

4. Canva Design SchoolLesson plans for Canva, written by +Paul Hamilton+Steven Anderson+Theresa Eichholz, and +Vicki Davis.

You know how I feel about Canva and now they're providing teaching materials!

Have fun exploring these terrific resources, and I hope you enjoy your weekend!