We piloted our first Book Talk on Air today! What. A. Blast! Eventually, I will do this once a month for each grade level so all of the classes can tune in. It will be a great way to share our new library books and get the kids involved in book reviews. The kids were fabulous! We can’t wait until the next one!
This week’s Tech Talk was: Mission…Inbox Zero!
Are you overwhelmed by hundreds, or even thousands of emails in your inbox? I learned this tip from Jennie Magiera at the Midwest Google Summit and it has totally changed my life! (Here is her full presentation.)
Watch this video to see how easy the process really is!
Here are some other Gmail resources that may be helpful -
WDP Library Gmail Resource Page
Sharing vs. Attaching Documents
KeyRocket for Gmail: A Chrome Extension to learn your keyboard shortcuts!
GTasks App (Android)
GTasks App (Apple)
Check out some of the AWESOME websites that we’ve discussed in the last two weeks –
TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. Their online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. Be sure to check out the Common Core section!
YouTube is often overwhelming! WatchKnowLearn has indexed approximately 50,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 5,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom, as well as parents and students at home 24/7. Users can dive into the directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. The site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. WatchKnowLearn does not itself host videos—but serves as a library for links to excellent educational videos that have been selected by educators.
The creator behind IFTTT (If this, then that) is a pure genius. Through this site, you can create “recipes” for different sites that you use. For example: If you post to a blog, you can create a “recipe” so that every time you create a post, it also posts to your Twitter feed. There are thousands of options…right down to receiving a reminder to bring an umbrella if there is rain in the forecast! This site is amazing!
App/Extension of the Week: Announcify
Announcify reads out loud every website you want. Not only that, it grays out the text that is not being read to direct your focus. This is a great extension for students that struggle with reading!
This week’s Tech Talk was Google+ . Here are some resources for you to explore –
Several teachers in the district attended the Midwest Google Summit earlier this week. Please feel free to explore the AWESOME resources that are listed on the website.
App/Extension of the week-
There are many Google Chrome apps and extensions available in the Google Chromestore. An app or extension enhances your experience on the web. Each week, I will try to share a new one for you to explore. This week’s extension is Silverbird. If you are a Twitter user, this will save you lots of time! You can check/tweet from your Twitter account right from the Chrome browser.
Have a great week!
Today and tomorrow, the Midwest Google Summit is taking place in the Wisconsin Dells. This has always been one of my favorite conferences because I learn so much!
Today, one of the YouTube videos that was shared through our keynote caught my attention. At this time of the year, tests like WKCE, MAPS, PALS, AimsWeb, etc. seem to suck out so much time from our day. This video was a great reminder of how important it is to incorporate lessons with higher level thinking skills. How often are we really giving our students an opportunity to be creative and innovative? Take a peek at the video and let me know what you think –
What is VoiceThread?
VoiceThread is a tool that allows your students have virtual discussions around media such as images, text, sounds, and video. With VoiceThread, you can create slides (like a PowerPoint), and students can then come in and comment by recording their voice, typing their comments, or video recording themselves using a webcam. Other students can then listen to these comments and make their own contribution to the discussion. Check out this quick explanation of a Voicethread –
All students and staff have a VoiceThread account set up for them already. To access these accounts, go to http://www.ed.voicethread.com.
Email Address = Student’s school email address
Password = Student’s network password
Email Address = Your school email address
Password = Contact me for your district password
Please visit the Voicethread Tutorials page on the library website for video tutorials, written step-by-step directions, and sample VoiceThread projects.
If you are interested in using Voicethread in your classroom, please email me to set up a meeting time so we can walk through the creation process together.
Have a great week!