April 27, 2016

STORIES: Think South, Raising Our Students' Awareness on Earth Day

We learned a thing or two on Earth Day!

Former music teacher Cathy de Moll returned to Seabury Hall on Friday after 30-some-odd years to tell us all about the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Scientific Expedition, her role as its executive director, and the importance of preserving Antarctica for the sake of the earth.

Cathy's book Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica was just published in October by the Minnesota Historical Society, on the 25th anniversary of the Expedition. 

That Cathy told the story in chapters devoted to the people involved in the expedition is a genius arrangement. Such interesting characters! And of course the story of crossing the merciless Antarctica is so compelling.

These are some of the things I learned from Cathy's talk:

•The 1989-90 Expedition was the first-ever and last-ever unmechanized crossing across Antarctica: 

•Antarctica is the only place on earth ruled by consensus. It's a scientific laboratory, with no military activity. 

Photo by Minnesota Historical Society

• Ten million students followed the 1990 International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition, and they fell in love with Antarctica.

• Antarctica plays a critical role in climate change. Antarctica will prove to be one of the primary contributors to the rise in sea levels all over the world. See 'A dire prediction' on melting ice sheets and rising sea levels by William Yardley and Raoul Rañoa, L. A. Times, April 7, 2016.

The Paris Agreement of 2015, a global treaty signed by 171 countries to limit carbon dioxide emissions, is a giant step in the right direction to prevent global warming. More international cooperation is imperative.

•It is of extreme importance to renew the 1991 International Antarctic Treaty which will protect and preserve Antarctica. This Treaty will expire only 5 years from now in 2021.

History teacher Kathy Czar, who arranged to bring the entire sixth grade to listen to Cathy talk, gave Cathy and her talk a hearty thumbs up. Mrs. Czar noted that Cathy's presentation brought up lots of questions that her students will discuss in class later. #eduwin (Be sure to check out Think South's Reading Guide for Book Clubs and Reading Groups on Cathy's website.)

For further study about the importance of Antartica to the health of the planet, check out these two articles: 

Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica by Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, March 30, 2016.

Climate Catastrophe, Coming Even Sooner? by Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, March 31, 2016.

And, BTW, how much do you (or your students) know about Antarctica? Take this quiz from National Geographic.

Mahalo to Cathy for her amazing story-telling powers (our library has copies of the book) and for raising our students' awareness about a global problem we should all take seriously and work together to solve.

(So happy to have Cathy back at Seabury.)

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Cross-posted at SEABURY READS.

April 04, 2016

10 Must-Shares from the Ever-Inspiring Hawaii #GAFEsummit --- YES!

See #10 below to learn about BitMojis.

BOOM!  --- Here's myYES! list of 10 Must-Shares from the 2016 Hawaii GAFE Summit held in March at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I hope you find something new that you'd like to try right away. 

1. SoundTrap for Education - "Make music and podcasts online. A collaborative tool for the modern classroom." Looks so easy to set up, and it works with Google Classroom! (You can add the app to Chrome.)

2. Daring Greatly, an inspiring book about courage I purchased for our faculty. Recommended by #leytonpride principal (and GTANY friend) +Jason Markey.
3. YTTM.tv.

4. Constitute.
5. HSTRY. (You can add app to Chrome)
6. A Polaroid sticker printer! Snap came out last year, and already the new Snap+ is on the scene. Read about it HERE. So great to see an old-school company find success in an interesting new way! I love my sticker that +Tanya Avrith (also a GTANY buddy) made for me!

A photo posted by Linda Lindsay (@mauilibrarian2) on

7. Flat, a collaborative music notation app. (you can connect with Google and add the app to Chrome)
8. Learning to BREATHE, a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents.

9. The Phoenix Coding Academy, for high school students.
"Phoenix Coding Academy will focus on computer coding and technology in an inquiry-based environment that values student curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, engagement and relevance. Students will learn software development, including game design, web and app  development, networking, information security, engineering, automation and other skills in an innovative and creative setting. Technology will be integrated into a full high school curricula, and students will select career pathways.  Partnerships with the local tech industry will afford  opportunities for guest instructors, internships and industry exploration, while  preparing a more diverse future workforce for the high-demand jobs within the technology sector." PCA website
Google is an Advisory Council Partner of the Academy, and Google education evangelist +Jaime Casap is helping to build this specialized school within the Phoenix Union High School system. The school opens with a Freshman class in August 2016. I can't wait to see how the school develops. Read more about the Academy HERE.

10. +Molly Schroeder  won the Demo Slam with her 3-minute BitMoji demo. BitMoji is a web-based app, and is now a Chrome extension that's available in Gmail! (BTW Snapchat just bought the mobile app, so expect lots of BitMoji action by Snapchatters).

I was so impressed by how much detail I could add to my BitMoji avatar (even face wrinkles!). What sealed the deal? I could add a flower to my hair, just as I do in real life. So cool!

Add the BitMoji extension to your Gmail and you have a whole array of BitMojis emotions to add to your emails. Like this:
You gotta check out the in-your-face choices, like this one:
Get the idea that I'm charged up about BitMojis? Ummm, ... YES!

Stay tuned for my next blog post: a more in-depth look at this FUN tool. Mahalo, Molly, for the inspiration!

And that, folks, should be enough of a teaser to get you started exploring one or more of these gems.

Have fun! (and let me know how it goes)

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for organizing a learningful GAFE Summit. Per usual, fantastic job. I'm already looking forward to next year!

March 18, 2016

10 Instagram Accounts to Provide a Steady Supply of Ideas for Your Kid-Friendly #Makerspace

Thank goodness for makers who love to share spontaneously and often! 

Please consider following these 10 idea-filled Instagram accounts to get your creative juices flowing!

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In no particular order,

1. @makeshoppgh. MAKESHOP is located at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. It's a space for building + tinkering through hands-on experiences. makeshoppgh.org

2. @makerteacherlibrarian. Colleen Graves "Maker Teacher Librarian at Ryan High School! Follow to get updates about things going on @ryan_library and general #makerspace madness! colleengraves.org"

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3. @dianalrendina. "Diana Rendina Media specialist @ Stewart Middle Magnet in Tampa, FL. Passionate about Makerspaces. Love creating a dynamic learning space for my students tinyurl.com/gv4rtvb"

A photo posted by Diana Rendina (@dianalrendina) on

4. @makerspace. "Makerspace at NYSCI makerspace.nysci.orgMaker Space is a learning environment where children, teens, adults and families can tinker, design, and create together. We reuse everyday materials in exciting ways and encourage experimentation, open-ended exploration, and believe that making mistakes is a great way to learn."

5. @jumekubo. John Umekubo "Maker, teacher, techie, life-long learner creatorsstudio.org"

A video posted by John Umekubo (@jumekubo) on

6. @publicworkshop. "A cheerleader of possibility, Public Workshop creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth + communities to shape the design of their cities."

@kidmuseum. An interactive children’s museum exploring world cultures; science, technology and the arts; and social responsibility and volunteerism. www.kid-museum.org/

8. @littlebits. "We're on a mission to unleash creativity by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of electronic building blocks littlebits.cc/kits/steam-student-set"
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9. @arduinoorg. "The Official page of Arduino: since 2005, the place where the official Arduino ideas could take shape. arduino.org"

10. @themakermill. The Maker Mill is a community makerspace and STEM enrichment center for kids, and teens located at 4 High st, North Andover Ma 978-258-0883 www.themakermill.com

And here are some hashtags to explore: #makerspace #makered #makermonday #makerkids. Yes, you'll see a lot of libraries in the search results. 

Happy Aloha Friday!

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January 29, 2016

Google Slides Tip: Title Your Slides to Create a Handy Table of Contents (And How to Add Titles Afterwards)

It had been there all along I know, but I just recently discovered that those title boxes on Google slides organize the finished slideshow presentation and help readers to access the content easily. 

Before I start to view a Google slideshow, I like to see how many slides are in the show. Is it going to be quick, or is it something I want to enjoy over a cup of tea?

While I'm previewing length, I like to peek at what will be covered in the slideshow. And yes, I admit that I often jump right away to a particular slide that piques my interest.

So, yes, those title boxes are very handy. Mahalo to all of you presenters who take that extra step for us readers!

Here's how to add a title to a slide, after you've already done your slide show.

1. Click on the slide you want to change. (If you want to change several slides, command click or right click on all slides. And for all slides, select all.)

2. Go to Slide --> Apply layout.

3. Select any layout that has a title box.

4. The title box will appear on the slide(s).

5. Type in title. Adjust as desired. (You can even hide the title if you want.)

6. Done!

I hope you find this Google tip useful, and ... 

Happy Aloha Friday!

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December 28, 2015

#GAFE in 2015: the Goodness Shared 23 Ways

Gathering my Google Certified Trainer submissions, and chiming in with a 2015 list of my own. #twofer 

As you can see, Google entranced me in a lot of different ways!

Here's hoping you find something you can use! #incaseyoumisseditthefirsttimearound

1. Jan 25 - How to Use Google Forms for Reading Logs, Courtesy of Megan Ellis and The Apps Show [blog post]

2. Feb 10 - GAFE Hawaii Summit 2015 Q and A with +Wendy Gorton [hangout]

3. Mar 13 - Five #GR8Finds #This Week 3.13.15 -- #Googleonthebrain: Calendar, CFO Resignation, Search Ranking, Red Alert, and a Conference [blog post]

4. March 23 - Hawaii Gafe Summit - How about those (33) Chrome extensions! A Google Sheet, a Thinglink, and 4 Observations (my preso at the 2015 Hawaii GAFE Summit) [blog post, Thinglink]

5. April 7 - Google Show and Tell [hangout]

6. April 14 - Google Show and Tell [hangout]

7. April 25 - The #FunFactor \(^^)/ at the Third Hawaii Google Summit! [blog post]

8. May 1 - 3 #GR8GoogleFinds #ThisWeek 05.01.15 - Textbooks, Google+ on Twitter, and Reference Users Wanted [blog post]

9. May 8 - View On Demand: The First Day of the May 2015 Google Education on Air Conference [blog post]

10. May 18 - Boom! All 7 "Collaboration and Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot [blog post]

11. June 10 - Kūkulu Kaiaulu 2015: Kamehameha Schools Ed Tech Conference -  Collaboration: A Day in the Life of a Vibrant GAFE School [Google slide presentation]

12. June 15 - MOVE IT! A Fun Chrome Extension to Help Fight the Unhealthy Effects of Sitting [blog post]

13. June 19 - 3 #GR8Finds at the Hawaii Google for Education Summit [blog post]

14. June 19 - Quick Google Tip: (Only) 2 Steps to Converting an Image of Text to a Google Doc, h/t The Gooru [blog post]

15. July 22 - Bookmark This URL to Get Full-Screen Google Plus Notifications (And Don't Forget Shortcuts J and K!) [blog post]

16. June 30 - NOTATISTE Ignite - 10 Painless Ways to Jumpstart Google Apps Integration At Your School [hangout presentation]

17. Aug 10 - How to Finesse Your Google Drawing with the Curve Tool and Edit Points [YouTube tutorial]

18. Aug 18 - Google Cardboard w/ Jody Brown [hangout]

19. Sept 22 - The Latest Google Updates [hangout]

20. Sep 25 - 10 Google Slams ala MISO -- A Slide Deck to Share [Blog post, Google slide presentation for MISO]

21. Sep 25 - Google Forms, Flubaroo, Kahoot [Google slide presentation for MISO]

22. Nov 10 - Google Top Contributor Program, #SotF, #edcampHI [hangout]

23. Nov 11- Forced to Copy a Google Doc, Spreadsheet or Slide? Preview it First! [Blog post]

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Yes, an eclectic collection, because that's the way I roll :)

Hope your 2016 is healthy, happy, prosperous, and full of love and learning.

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