Friday, October 27, 2017

GoogleDocs Outline feature

Sick of the Keychain message in Mac OS?

Are you sick of seeing the message asking for you to enter the keychain password? Usually you have it wrong or have forgotten it and then you try and close the dialogue box up to 20 times to get
rid of it.
The solution can be found in the following article from the TechRaptor site.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tech on Tap Presentations

Description & Links
Contact Presenter
Post It app

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Canva is an easy and free way to make posters, flyers, presentations, etc.  

(free but with some elements you can buy)

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GoNoodle, great for brain breaks and getting the kids moving

(free with pro account option)

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A mindfulness and meditation app

(free with pro account option)

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Create Custom Learning Materials.
It's a great tool for ELL and Learning Support teachers at all levels, World Language teachers, early childhood and elementary teachers, counselors, and even parents.

(Paid subscription. Can create a free account.)

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“Kidblog empowers students to write with a meaningful purpose for a real audience. Connect with other classes down the hallway, across your district, or around the world. Students practice digital citizenship within a secure environment.”

(Subscription per student. School and District options)
QR Codes and Google Street View


Downloadable from the App Store and Google Play

Toshl Finance

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This is an app to help track spending and has a currency converter.

(free with pro account option)
Plotagraph app

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“Tell your story in a fun and unique way with animated images that can now be shared on most of your favorite social media platforms as a looping video or Animated PNG”

($4.99 from the App Store)
Digital Badges
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Open Badge Factory is a system that allows teachers to create, issue and manage digital badges.

(SFS has a year’s subscription to the system)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Embed PollEverywhere in Google Slides

Poll Everywhere is a tool that allows for live audience participation during lessons and presentations. Ask a question and you can immediately collect and display students' responses.  You'll know what they're thinking, and they'll see their peers' responses right away.

In addition to polls and open-ended responses, Poll Everywhere creates word clouds out of responses, hosts clickable images, surveys, and allows for priority ranking.

Poll Everywhere is a great check-in to see where your students are in their learning process, gives each student a voice, and integrates well with presentation tools. Check out this tutorial to see how to embed a Poll directly into Google Slides and give it a try!

Friday, October 13, 2017

VoiceThread Workshops for October and November 2017

Join us for our free workshops! If you are new to VoiceThread or just want some new ideas, we can help you with these interactive and hands-on workshops.

If there is a workshop you are particularly interested but can't make it, just let Alan know ( and he will see if he is available to record it for you.
VoiceThread Basics 1 - Upload, Comment, and Share
October 17 at 7:00pm ET (8am Seoul Time) - Register here
Participants will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is open to both VoiceThread license holders and free members.
VoiceThread Basics 2 - Groups and Secure Sharing​
October 24 at 7:00pm ET (8am Seoul Time) - Register here
We will begin to explore the features available to VoiceThreaders with a full license. Participants will learn how to create groups and subgroups, set sharing permissions within those groups, and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals.

VoiceThread Basics 3 - Moderating Comments, Private and Threaded Replies, and Copying
October 30 at 7:00pm ET (8am Seoul Time) - Register here
In our third workshop in the series, participants will learn how to use comment moderation to formatively assess student work, give private feedback, use threaded commenting, and copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups.

K-12 Language Arts with VoiceThread
November 7 at 7:00pm ET (8am Seoul Time) - Register here
In this workshop, our guest facilitators Mia Styles and Mary Ellen Davies will showcase a variety of VoiceThreads they have created to engage students in literature and poetry activities. Learn about their global read-alouds, book talks, poetry discussions, and more!

VoiceThread Basics 4 - VoiceThread and Your LMS
November 21 at 7:00pm ET (8am Seoul Time) - Register here
We will work on integrating VoiceThread into a learning management system. With LMS integration educators can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. Participants will learn how to use the assignment builder feature to assess student work during a hands-on segment.

About the Workshops

These workshops are completely free. The Basics workshops are led by our instructional designer and online educator George Haines.  George and our guest facilitators will share their expertise to help you get the most from VoiceThread.