March 27, 2015

Spring Break #Lite Special: 5 #GR8Finds #ThisWeek - Puppy bliss, salsa kids, data art, #dogsofed, and earworms


Spring Break #Lite Special

Nothing heavy this week, being that I'm in spring break mode.


1. Pure puppy bliss.


Bliss.Thanks for sharing, Melanie.
Posted by Linda J. Lindsay on Monday, March 23, 2015



2. Salsa kids! This has been around a while, but it's new to me.


I could barely walk in a straight line at this age. :)DeniseThanks for sharing, Justine.
Posted by Linda J. Lindsay on Monday, March 23, 2015


3. Data art!




4. A new Twitter hashtag just created by +Richard Byrne#dogsofed




5. Earworms!
Enjoy!


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March 23, 2015

How about those (33) Chrome extensions! A Google Sheet, a Thinglink, and 4 Observations (my preso at the 2015 Hawaii GAFE Summit)



I'm happy to share my research on Chrome extensions for my presentation at Hawaii's Third Google for Education Summit this weekend!
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Check out the QUICKVIEW Spreadsheet of the 33 Chrome extensions I picked, with the following info:
  • Who developed the extension?
  • Why for school? (color-coded)
  • Ratings as of March 19, 2015
  • Similar 4+ extensions to try (in progress, please recommend)
Click here to get to the spreadsheet.

Feel free to share the Thinglink collage below. Hover over the color-coded tags to get a description of the extension, mostly copied and pasted from the description in the CWS, but some with personal notes.



Here's the color code key of the Thinglink tags and the spreadsheet: 

blue = assistive (10) 
black = productivity (11)
yellow = creativity (4)
red = communication, sharing (6)
green = balance, health (2) (okay I know I need more in this category . Suggest some!)

Click here to share Thinglink link (say "Thinglink link" 10x fast, I dare you ).

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Observations:

1. I would  for the Chrome Web Store people to consider adding the date the extension was uploaded. This would help extension shoppers interpret the numbers much better, I think.

2. This was the first time I presented without a slide presentation (scary). Instead, I used OneTab. The link bit.ly/extensionshare leads to the share. OneTab is an extension, of course 

3. I was pleasantly surprised to see other Summit presenters using the bit.ly URL shortener. It's definitely my favorite. There's a Chrome extension for it, naturally.

4. I was thrilled to hear two mentions of Chrome extensions on my list of 33, at the Summit. (I'm sure there were others)

Last Pass was Matt North's contribution to the Demo Slam

 And (#SuperEduStar) +Jennie Magiera mentioned KeyRocket in her "Find Extra Hours in Your Week" session.


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I'll be writing at least two more articles about the Summit itself (awesome, as usual!). One will be my impressions, and the other will be about new tools, just as I did last year [ impressions 2014 | tools 2014 ] . Stay tuned!







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March 20, 2015

5 #GR8Finds #ThisWeek 03.20.15 - What to Assess? Library of Congress on Pinterest, An Adult Coloring Book, A School Librarians Advocacy Video, and Who's Tracking Your Emails?


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March 20, 2015



A wonderful variety of goodies this week!


1. Personal qualities not measured by tests #sylvianote


2. Library of Congress celebrating "Women's History Month" on Pinterest. 




Library of Congress on Pinterest, with 32 boards and 790 pins (follow) -- pretty cool!

3. A coloring book for adults! 

Meet The Woman Who Sold A Million Copies Of Her Coloring Books For Adults -- the article

Johanna Basford's website 

See her Instagram account below.

#creative!

4. A school librarian advocacy video from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, worth watching.



5. A clever way to see who's tracking your emails
Got Chrome extensions on my mind for my Google for Education presentation tomorrow. 


Enjoy your weekend!






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March 13, 2015

Five #GR8Finds #This Week 3.13.15 -- #Googleonthebrain: Calendar, CFO Resignation, Search Ranking, Red Alert, and a Conference



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#GR8Finds
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March 13, 2015


I did not intentionally aim for this list to be exclusively Google.  The first three presented themselves, #4 was in today's Maui News, and yes, I am so looking forward to the +EdTechTeam Google For Education Hawaii Summit next week!


1. Introducing Google Calendar on iPhone




Wired says "Finally!" and MacWorld weighs in.

2. Google's Chief Financial Officer +Patrick Pichette Resigning



This unusual farewell touched my heart and made me look at my own priorities.

3. The huge implications of Google’s idea to rank sites based on their accuracy

This op-ed from the Washington Post Energy and Environment department caught my attention.

Here's Google official page on how search works.

4. Red alert: Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software'




Love it!

5. Google for Education Hawaii Summit, March 20 - 21





Sooo looking forward to this conference!



Happy Spring Break for those of you who have one!







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March 06, 2015

Five #GR8Finds #ThisWeek 3.6.15 -- Chrome, Google, Cyberbullying, Empathy, & Paying It Forward

[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 
#GR8Finds
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March 6

Five #Gr8Finds to share #ThisWeek!

1. 50 of the Best Chrome Extensions for Teachers, courtesy of +Joquetta Johnson and +TeachThought.


The content is superb, and the visual display is fantastic! I'll be consulting this resource for my presentation at the GAFE Hawaii Summit in a couple of weeks.

2. Register for Google Education on Air, May 8 and 9 (it's FREE) (h/t +Kasey Bell )




If you can't make it live, everything will be recorded. But be sure to register so you're in the loop.

3. A concerned Dad created this cyberbullying app. What do you think?




(I like it.)

4. A Not Perfect Hat Club. 




I absolutely love this idea! #empathy

5. Pay it forward in a seemingly small way. 





This man is my hero.


I hope your weekend is restful and regenerating, and that springing forward on Sunday, if it applies, goes smoothly. (We don't have a time change here in Hawaii.)

But we do have snow, even on Maui. Perhaps not as impressive, but snow nonetheless. 






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