For Teachers: Harnessing Twitter with -- an Interactive Newspaper

Many educators are sharing their Twitter content daily (twice-daily, or weekly) using, an interactive newspaper. SmallRivers is the Swiss-based company that created

Anyone can easily create (and delete) a paper, which could make for a transient experience. However, there are some Tweeters you can count on being there. And papers created from solid educational hashtags like #edchat and #edtechchat will always be around. content can come from a variety of sources:

The possibilities and purposes are endless.

Could be used in the classroom? Of course! Think a student newspaper, a compilation of student writing/multi-media projects, for starters ...

Here are some education-related dailies already on that I recommend:

Hashtag-based: The #artsed Daily (Arts Education) The #cpchat Daily (Connected Principals) The #edapp Daily (Educational Apps) The #edchat Daily The #edtech Daily The #education Daily The #elearning Daily (Elementary Ed) The #engchat Daily The #globaled Daily The #gtchat Daily (Gifted and Talented Children) The #lrnchat Daily (similar to #edchat) The #mathchat Daily The #midleved Daily (Middle School) The #mlearning Daily (mobile) The #musedchat Daily (music education) The #ntchat Daily (New Teachers) The #parenting Daily The #ptchat Daily (Parent-Teacher) The #science Daily The #socialmedia Daily The #sschat Daily (Social Science)  The #scichat Daily (Science) The #tlchat Daily (Teacher-Librarians)

Created by influential individuals/organizations:

The classroom-teachers Daily (Free Technology for Teachers author Richard Byrne's classroom-teachers Twitter list)
The Steven W. Anderson Daily (Web20classroom author)

Want more? Find more papers or people at the newsstand.

I recommend that you subscribe to newspapers, for most efficient use of your time. Receive a daily email containing the updated issue, and peruse the paper at your convenience. So convenient!

YES, I did create two papers myself: 

The #GTANY Daily, which looks like a hashtag-created newspaper, but is really a newspaper created from Danny Silva's public list of Google Teacher Academy New York attendees. I must keep up with the doings of my cohort!

And I just created The Teacher-Librarians Daily, from my public Twitter list of 435+ teacher-librarians that I continue to grow. "Checking the Twitter pulse of school librarians, daily" is of utmost importance to me. is one of my favorite ways of harnessing Twitter. I highly recommend it!

What about you? How do you tame Twitter?


P. S. We talked story about Twitter on our 49th episode of Google Rocks! Hawaii tonight. You might enjoy watching it!

Customize Your Chrome Omnibox to Search Your Google Bookmarks, Drive, Gmail, and More

Three of my all-time favorite Chrome extensions allow me to search my bookmarks, my Google drive, and my Gmail, right from my Omnibox (in Chrome). 

S-o-o-o-o much time saved!

Check them out:

Bookmark Search (Shortcut I created: bm)

Google Drive Quick Search (my shortcut: dr)

Gmail Search (my shortcut: gm)

I discovered this Gmail bonus: 

Enable Apps Search in Labs to search Docs and Sites in addition to emails. Boom!

[Go to Gmail Settings --  Labs]

Once you've installed these extensions, right-click (pc) / control-click (Mac) in the Omnibox to Edit Search Engines.

And this editing box will pop up.

You can now choose your own keyboard shortcut.

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You can also create your own search engines and shortcuts for often-used sites. See Google support's Manage your search engines.

Here's a visual how-to that you might find helpful:

Here are the codes for three other sites I search frequently. Feel free to copy and paste if they're your favorites too.

Chrome Web Store

Google Calendar Search

Google Scholar

Here's where the code goes:

I see only two drawbacks to staying in the Omnibox for searches. 

(1) I don't see the Google Doodle of the Day.

(2) As far as I can tell, the shortcuts don't work across my other open accounts, just with the account I used to sign in to Chrome.

Does anyone else customize their Omnibox? What did I miss?

Happy searching!


Google Classroom: A Quick Look at the Student's View of an Assignment

Our English teacher Mrs. McLeod and I are learning together as she sets up her students' writing assignments using Google Classroom.

This is for Mrs. McLeod, and anyone else who needs a quick glimpse of what an assignment looks like on the student's end.

1. Student's View of the assignment.

2. When the student OPENs the assignment, he/she can ADD or CREATE a document.

3. Student can ADD a document from (1) Google Drive, (2) a link, or can (3) upload a file.

4. Student can CREATE a document, a presentation, a spreadsheet, or a drawing.

5. When a file is ADDed or CREATEd, the file appears in the student's drive, shared by the teacher.

Did I miss anything? Please let me know in the comments.