Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pixel Art in Google Sheets!

The other day my 6 year old son came home and begged me to go on to the computer to show me what he did in technology class. Of course we jumped on to Google Classroom (proof that 6 year-olds can use Google) and he showed me his project - Pixel Art in Google Sheets!

How awesome is that?!?!?!?! 6 year olds being introduced to the amazing world of spreadsheets in a fun and exciting way. Jack talked to me about what pixels are and how he could create whatever he wanted in this sheet! That deserves a huge shout-out to his technology teacher - (Liz Dowiak) , school (South Elementary), and school district (Perkiomen Valley)!

Once he went to bed I took a look and of course this was developed by Alice Keeler. If you would like to read more about Pixel Art - click here for Alice's blog post.

You can use Alice's sheet by clicking here - it will create a copy for you in Google Drive.

I have created a GIF followed by a 3 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial in which I take you through the steps, how to alter some of the pixel colors, how to alter the size of your sheet as well.




GO!!!!
Brad


Friday, October 19, 2018

Deleted apps on your iPhone? Here is how to see what apps are no longer on your phone.

The other day I deleted an app by mistake and I could not remember what app it was (my phone was in my pocket). If you would like to see what apps are no longer on your iPhone, but once were, take a look below:
  • Settings the app store
  • Select your picture (upper right)
  • Select Purchased
  • My Purchases
  • Top of screen select Not on this iPhone
  • Scroll down and find that app
Embedded below is a 50 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Changed password in Outlook (or another email)? Here is what to do on your iPhone to change the password.

If you had to change your password in Outlook (or another email) - here is how you can place the changed password on your iPhone.

Select Settings
Passwords/Accounts
Select Exchange (or other services)
Add your new password

Embedded below is a 40 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Certify'em - use this add-on to instantly send a certificate when someone fills out your Google Form

Certify'em is a Google Add-on that will instantly send a certificate to a user when they pass your Google Form. In order to pass a form, you will be able to set the parameters of what "passing" means.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 2 minute and 58 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mathplayground - find fun math games, logic games, videos, and share to Google Classroom

Mathplayground is a great website for finding fun math games, logic games, as well as math videos to introduce topics.

What is relatively new is the option to share instantly to your Google Classroom. This is a great option as it focuses the students to the specific "game" you would like them to use.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 55 second YouTube video.



Take care,
Brad

Monday, October 15, 2018

Want to animate your photos and "bring them to life"? Try with the Enlight Pixaloop app

The Pixaloop app  is one in which you can animate photos from your camera roll. The app is pretty simple to use.

One recommendation (mentioned in the embedded video below) is to make sure that when you want to animate your photo you use the anchor options to "lockdown" parts of your photo you do not want to animate. An example in the video below is my Bitmoji - I did not want my Bitmoji to animate but wanted the "fire" to. I made sure to select anchor and made a number of anchor points to "lockdown" the image.

This is a fun app to animate your photos to stand out for friends, students, etc.

Take care,
Brad

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time-saving emoji keyboard trick for iPhone

If you would have a text that is ready to send but want to see what possible emojis are available to take the place of the text, try this.


  • Once the text has been written, select and hold down the globe (bottom left next to 123)
  • You will see keyboard options available
  • Select emoji
  • You will then see the text be "scanned" and text that is available in emoji form will be orange.
  • Select the orange text and select the text that you would like to replace as an emoji
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 54 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

TV App on your iOS device. How to search to find a show and see which apps you can view it with.

The TV app on your iOS could be one of those apps on your device that you seldom use. When you launch the app you will see options at the bottom of the screen that includes:
  • Watch Now - suggestions on what to watch (lots of trending shows/movies, sports, etc.
  • Sports - see what is live now based on categories
  • Library - shows your library of purchased shows and movies
  • Store - launches the store where you can buy/rent shows, takes you to hulu, prime video, etc
  • Search - type in a show and then see where you can rent/buy/watch
Embedded below is a 55 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Friday, October 12, 2018

ReadWorks - Student view as well as how to see results from assignments from a teacher point of view.

In yesterday's post, the website Readworks was discussed.

In today's post you will see what an assignment looks like when it is assigned to a student in Google Classroom (including the options available to students) as well as how students can easily see their results when they take a quiz.

Embedded below is a GIF as well as a 3 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ReadWorks - access to thousands of K-12 articles and assign through a self-created class or through Google Classroom

ReadWorks is an amazing site that allows you to search for K-12 articles by individual topic, category, grade level, lexile, or type of text (non-fiction, fiction, poetry).

The articles can be easily printed out and include the ability to include or not include additional information (vocabulary, comprehension questions, answer keys, etc).

While you can create your own class manually, you can also easily import your class from Google Classroom.

The best reason for creating a class is the ability to easily assign articles you like to your class. If you use Google Classroom and assign an article to your class you have a number of options. The options include (picture embedded below): if you want the audio included along with the article, what questions you want to be included, vocabulary, if you want to share with your whole class, just specific students, publish to Google Stream, start date and due date.


Embedded below is a GIF and a  2 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial of what it looks like from a teacher point of view.







If you have any information, please reach out.
Brad