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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Netflix once again offering on-demand countdown

Netflix has on-demand countdowns so those with little ones can get their kids to bed at a time that works for them - or celebrate it over and over again.  This year, special countdowns were created for 10 shows:

  • “Word Party”
  • “Puffin Rock”
  • “Luna Petunia”
  • “Beat Bugs”
  • “All Hail King Julien”
  • “Skylanders Academy”
  • “Trollhunters”
  • “Project Mc2”
  • “Chasing Cameron”
  • “Fuller House”

Below is the 1 minute trailer.


Happy New Year!
Brad

Friday, December 30, 2016

Buying educational or other gifts online and want to be sure you have the best coupon codes? Let this extension do the work for you.

If you are an online shopper and want to be sure you have the best coupon codes out there - let the Honey extension do it for you.

Simply add the extension - then at the checkout select "want to save money"?

I have had numerous friends, family members (thanks Marta and Doug), and colleagues talk to me about this extension so I figured it was time to put it out there.

I hope you save some money in the years ahead!
Brad

Thursday, December 29, 2016

OSMO Monster - bring those drawings to life!

Osmo is an "award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play". 


In this post we will look at the Monster game. Mo "the friendly" Monster helps to bring drawings to life. Take a look at the embedded YouTube video below for a brief 37 second introduction. 






Below you will see what the Monster game looks like when my two children (Jackson and Sydney)  played with it. They have played and played with this for hours.






Adding a bath (23 second video)


Adding a shower head (30 seconds)


End of the show (46 seconds)

There are 8 "games" that go along with the set, which you see below. On June 5th I posted about the coding app - click here to see the post.
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Enjoy!
Brad


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Have a favorite author and want to quickly see all their published work?

If you or someone you know has a favorite author and want to see all of their books - simply type in "Books by author's name".

Below you will see a 23 second embedded YouTube video.


Enjoy!
Brad

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Math & Siri - 0 / 0 = indeterminate

If you are ever in a pinch and need a quick answer to a math problem - go ahead and ask Siri!

Below is a 44 second embedded YouTube video on how it looks. Be sure to ask Siri what 0 divided by 0 is.

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Have a nice day!
Brad


Monday, December 26, 2016

Snowflake Bentley & great snowflake templates

As many of us spend time with family this week and may need a fun activity to create - here is an option that I did every year with my 4th grade classes.

I read the 1999 Caldecott Medal winning book - Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Below you will see a nice summary of the book on Amazon.com.

From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. 

If you would like to see the story on YouTube please click on the embedded 13 minute video below.



After I read the story to them - the students would then pick out a snowflake design that I had for them. These 12 snowflake templates can be found by clicking here. You can see 2 examples of what the snowflakes templates look like below.


I hope you enjoy!
Brad


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Fun STEM project for today - Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

If you are looking for a 30 minute fun activity for today that incorporates working together, ingenuity, competition, and well - just plain fun - try the Paper Chain Challenge.

What you will need:

1 piece of construction paper (per group)
1 pair of scissors

The Goal:
To create the longest paper chain using only the one piece of paper - no extra paper is to be given

Have fun working together!

Many more STEM projects will be shared in the future.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! 
Brad

PS A much more detailed and specific set of instructions can be found by clicking here to access Math Chick's Blog. A fellow 4th grade teacher in the district where I work did this with her class. They absolutely loved it!



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Set out of office reply in Outlook

If you would like to send an out-of-office reply in Outlook follow these steps:

1. Select file (upper left of screen)

2. Select Automatic Replies

3. Set your date(s) and your reply

I have embedded a 34 second YouTube video below as well.


Enjoy your Holiday!
Brad



Friday, December 23, 2016

Want to and change the way text comes up in Google Chrome - customize your font list.

If you have ever wanted to change your font list in Google (this is set to Poor Richard) - please take a look at the 54 second embedded YouTube video below.


Enjoy! Big thank you to Layla Lyons for showing this to me!
Brad


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thinking Blocks (Bar Model) on mathplayground.com

Mathplayground.com has a thinking blocks page for you to teach or for students to practice "bar-modeling" or thinking blocks.

Below you will see a screenshot of what a model looks like followed by an embedded 1 minute and 21 second YouTube video I created.





Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Multiplication.com - teacher/parent and student point of view

Multiplication.com has upgraded what they offer to students as well as teachers/parents. Classes can be set up (for free) and reports can be run. While there are upgrade features to the site - the free information that is provided does a very nice job.

If you would like to see what Multiplication.com looks like from a parent/teacher point of view - please look at the embedded 2 minute and 32 second YouTube video below.


If you would like to see what Multiplication.com looks like from a student point of view - please look at the embedded 2 minute and 14 second YouTube video below.


Click here to see their privacy party.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Great free worksheets for fact practice (Holiday, Seasonal, Theme, Animal, and Strategy)

If you are looking for some fact practice math worksheets - check out Multiplication.com's worksheet page.

Below you will see an embedded 1 minute and 9 second YouTube video just giving you a glance in to what the sheets look like followed by screenshots of how they look on the site.





Have a great day!
Brad

Monday, December 19, 2016

Multiplication Jenga

All you need is a Jenga board and a permanent marker.

Here are the rules of the game from Multiplication.com's blog.

It is played just like Jenga; however, a multiplication fact is placed on a side of a game piece.

When setting up the tower, make sure to place the multiplication fact face down so no player can see the probem.

When a piece is chosen the player must answer the question correctly to keep the tile. If answer incorrectly, the question is asked to the other player and if answered correctly - they get to keep the tile.

The game ends when the tower falls and whoever has the most tile pieces is the winner.

See the embedded 1 minute and 20 second YouTube video below.


Of course this could be altered to fit whatever facts you are currently working on. There are so many possibilities with this. 

Enjoy!
Brad



Sunday, December 18, 2016

25 days of the Polar Express - Polar Express games and activities

Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express has a website dedicated to providing you with 25 straight days of Polar Express themed games and activities!

I want to thank Dawn Montare for sharing this site. Thank you Dawn - I owe you some chocolate!

Below you will see  a 39 second embedded YouTube video showing what the site looks like.



Enjoy the activities!
Brad

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Throwing a party? Setting up a parent-teacher conference? Want the food choices or the times eliminated once chosen?

Throwing a party and asking for people to bring something to it?
Have parent-teacher meeting and parents need to sign-up for a specific date?

If this sounds like something you do but would like once a food-item or specific time is eliminated as soon as it is chose - try using Choice Eliminator 2.

Below you will see a 2 minute and 30 second embedded YouTube video explaining how to use the add-on and what it looks like.


Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Friday, December 16, 2016

Many times overlooked or forgotten Siri application - set a reminder

A great feature on iOS devices is the use of Siri to remind you of anything from important meetings to buying milk at the store.

Below you will see two very short embedded YouTube videos.

The first embedded video (36 seconds) shows how to create a reminder.


The second embedded video (34 seconds) shows you how the reminder looks on your phone.



Any questions - please let me know!
Brad

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Want to create a shortcut to a website on an iPad or iPhone?

If you would like to take a website and place a direct shortcut to it on your device (iPad/iPhone) take a look at this embedded 1 minute and 13 second video below.


Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mathplayground.com - math games, videos, word problems, worksheets, and puzzles for K-6

If you are looking for a site to assist you in your class or with your child(ren) at home - Mathplayground is a site worth checking out.

Below I have embedded a 1 minute and 55 second brief introduction to the site as well as a look at one game (Alien Addition).



If you have any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kidsites.com - provides great reviewed links for students

If you are looking for a reviewed website with numerous categories to enrich your child or students - try Kidsites.com.

Kidsites has been around since 1997 and their mission is, "to find and provide reviews for the best sites for kids on the Internet, and bring them together in one convenient location for our visitors."

Embedded below is a quick shot at what the site offers as well as a 48 second video of what the site looks like.



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Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Monday, December 12, 2016

How to make a Playlist in YouTube

If you have a bunch of videos that you watch through YouTube and would like to keep them organized - try making a playlist.

This is a nice way to send videos on to others or to keep your videos that you show or watch nice and organized.

Below you will see a 1 minute and 17 second embedded YouTube video.


Any questions please let me know!
Brad

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Daily Five and Guided Reading 'Tech Makeover" website

Last year at a conference in Hershey Pennsylvania and went to a session dealing with The Daily Five and Guided Reading  by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy (great Twitter follows). They have done an excellent job of providing you with plenty of resources to infuse technology in to your Guided Reading. For access to the site click here

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Take care,
Brad

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Browsing the web and need an instant definition of a word - or its' pronunciation?

If you have ever read an article online and instantly wanted to know the definition (or how to pronounce the word) - there is a great Chrome Extension to use.

It is called Googwordguide.com and is available in Chrome by clicking here.

What I really like about it is all you have to do is double click on a word and the definition comes up instantly with the ability to hear how it is pronounced.

Take a look at the 22 second YouTube video embedded below.




Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Friday, December 9, 2016

Want Google Forms to grade your quiz instantly?

If in the past you have created a form for a quiz in your classroom but found the extra step of using Flubaroo a bit too much - Google can grade it for you.

If you select the settings gear in the upper part of your form and then select quizzes - you can have the quiz be automatically graded.

The quiz does have to be either multiple choice or True/False at the present time.

For a 1 minute and 5 second tutorial - please click on the embedded YouTube video below.


Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Want to see your Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome?

If you want to see your Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome simply
1. select the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner (kind of like a menu)
2. Select Bookmarks and show Bookmarks

For a 22 second tutorial, please click on the embedded YouTube video below.


Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Need to quickly know when a plane's arrival is?

If you are picking someone up at the airport and need to know when the plane will be arriving - Google has made it easy for you.

Simply type the flight number in the omnibox and you will see all the information you need.


Have a nice day!
Brad

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The new Shutterfly Website - upload directly from Google Photos (and Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug, and Instagram)

If you use Google Photos to store your photos and Shuttefly to make calendars, mugs, cards, etc - you  know how time consuming the whole process can be. Well, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. If you click here it will take you to a description of Shutterfly's new site as well as a way to sign-up for the new site. It states that it could take 2-3 weeks at which time you will receive an e-mail from them.  I found (as well as a number of friends of mine) that it took about 45 minutes. I hope it is the same for you if you try this.

The whole process for uploading directly from Google Photos was very simple and I explain it in my 1 minute and 55 second embedded YouTube video below.


If you have any questions - please let me know!
Brad

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hour of CODE is here! Brief intro to the site plus a few helpful links.

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Hello everyone,
It is that awesome time of year again – Hour of Code. https://code.org/. December 5th  – 9th.

If you are interested in trying this with your class - I have created a guide that I hope will be helpful.
Prior to having the students logging on for Hour of Code – a great resource to use is a Slide that was created to kind of teach students what code really is. The Slide and attached worksheets are available by clicking here. The sheets describe what an algorithm is as well as what programming really is.

I recommend logging on to the site and familiarize yourself with it. Take a look especially at the STATS page – the fact that there are currently 517,393 open computing jobs nationwide and last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce is eye-opening.
While you do not have to Sign-in – I strongly recommend it as you will be able to see students statistics as well as have access to many lesson plans and additional resources.

When you sign-in, scroll down to Teacher Home Page and click on it, select Manage Students, select Add Multiple Students.
** If you used CODE last year you may need to update your list of students.

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When you add your students you will then be taken to a page with all of their passwords (you must select Show Secret – to see the password).

At the bottom of the page you will see a link for your class’s CODE page. All the students will need to do is click on their name and type in their password. This simplifies things a lot. Great to put on Google Classroom.
You will also see a link to print out all usernames and passwords.
The site is very similar to last year with characters from Star Wars, Minecraft, Disney Infinity Characters, as well as the ability to code with Anna and Elsa (Frozen), Flappy, as well as with wayfinding with Moana.

Click here to be taken to the site users will be interested in the most (see inserted picture below). Here users can select their interests, filter searches by grade level, educator experience, student experience, as well as what type of classroom technology is available. There is a very nice video tutorial for users to watch (typically around 2 minutes) prior to the start of coding.

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Here are two great videos  to introduce or re-introduce your students to CODE:
Video #1 – a little under a 6 minute video – inspiring and informative
Video #2 – about a 2 minute video – with a little introduction and then a quick bit about basic concepts of programming

I hope you and your students enjoy this site. Remember, this site can be used throughout the year – does not just have to be December 5th-9th.
If you have any questions, please let me know. This sheet is available by clicking here.
Thanks so much!
Brad

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Search in Google's Omnibox + Sunrise & Sunset times

If you are using Google's Chrome browser and are on any website and want to "Google" something - simply click in the omnibox (where www is located) and do your search there.

Plus - if you are ever in need of a sunrise or sunset time - simply search for the city and then sunrise / sunset.

Below is a 20 second YouTube video I created showing how to do this.

Enjoy those sunrises!
Brad

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Google's Santa Tracker - traditions, games, coding, etc.

Google released on the 1st of December Google Santa Tracker where students can "explore, play, and learn with Santa's elves all December long".

The site has a section for educators "learning with Santa Tracker" in which they have warm ups, extension activities, and writing prompts for you. The lesson plans are towards the bottom of the screen and include PDFs dealing with coding as well as Coding.



Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Friday, December 2, 2016

Insert a live link in Outlook

If you would like to insert a link in your Outlook e-mail that says something like "click here" - watch the embedded 46 second YouTube video below.


Any questions please let me know!
Brad



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Insert an image in Google Slides as a shape

If you (or your students) would like to add an image in Google Slides as a shape, follow these steps:

1. insert the image
2. select the image in Slides
3. go the the crop icon and select the mask image to the right of it (look like a tiny triangle)
4. then select your shape

Embedded below you will see a 52 second YouTube video I created as well.

Big thanks to Layla Lyons for showing me this cool feature last week. 



Thanks to Layla Lyons for showing this to me the other week!

Take care!
Brad

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Want to have a live poll in your Google Slide presentation? Try Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a great site to use to have your presentation be interactive all while you are gaining some data.

If you click here  you will be taken to the extension which will allow you to access the site quickly.

In the 3 minute and 58 second (4 minute) video embedded below you will see another extension Tab Resize which allows you to have multiple screens running at one time.

Underneath of that is a short 1 minute and 4 second video showing how the extension is built into Slides so you can add your poll with one click.




Any questions, please let me know.
Brad

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How to find files in Google Drive

If you are in need of finding a file (or files) in Google Drive quickly - look at the top of your Google Drive and you will see a Search Drive bar. You can search by file name, user name, as well as many other possibilities.

Below you will see an embedded 39 second YouTube video showing how to search your Drive.


As always, any questions please let me know!
Brad

Monday, November 28, 2016

Try switching from editing in a Google Doc to suggesting

If you are ever working with someone on a Google Doc (or if you are editing your own work) - try using the suggesting mode in a Google Doc. What I like about it is that you (and whoever else is working on the Doc) can see the original work as well as what was suggested. If you like the suggestion you just click the check - if you do not you select the x.

Take a look below at the 49 second embedded YouTube video below to see how it looks.


Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Google Keep - so much more than just note taking

If you are in need of a site that you can quickly and easily add notes, lists, photos, audio and store them neatly across all devices - try Google Keep (there is even an extension).

If you click here it will take you to a nice article summing up what Google Keep is capable of.

Below you will see an embedded YouTube video I created showing how to use Google Keep.



Any questions, let me know!
Brad



Saturday, November 26, 2016

Want to create (or your child) make a computer? Code games, art, and music - try Kano.me

If you are interested in creating your own computer - try Kano.me. As of right now - the kit is around $99. You will need a monitor as well (can buy one through the site or go to the thrift store and buy for a bit less money.

Check out their video below.


Enjoy!
Brad

Friday, November 25, 2016

Want an awesome STEM/STEAM project delivered to your door? Try Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate  offers amazing delivered to your door STEM projects that get the creating juices flowing. Not only are the directions easy to follow - they come with video directions as well.

My 7 year old daughter Sydney has been creating these projects for a few months now and is so excited for the new projects to come in the mail. She has created her projects (we use Tinker Crate )  with the help/guidance of parents and grandparents.

  1. An automaton that moves three wooden balls up steps using a crank.
  2. A mechanical hand 
  3. Using fiber optics to create stars
Kiwi Crate offers age appropriate projects for ages 
  • 0-2 (Cricket Crate) 
  • 3-4 (Koala Crate) 
  • 5-8 (Kiwi Crate)
  • 9-16 (Doodle Crate) - art and design
  • 9-16 (Tinker Crate)
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You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Any questions - let me know!
Brad

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Have questions while using Google Drive? Try the G-Suite Training extension

If you use G-Suite and have questions while you are working in Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc) - try using the G-Suite Training Extension to help guide and answer your questions.

In order to add the extension - please see the 1 minute and 13 second embedded YouTube video.



Take a look at the embedded 1 minute and 39 second YouTube video below for how the extension looks on your computer. Included in this video is a 37 second video on how to create an average of data in a sheet.


Any questions - let me know!
Brad

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Announcify! - great Chrome extension for listening to an article on the web

Announcify! is a great tool for users to listen to an article written on the web. What I really like about it is that the extension will grey-out everything but the one paragraph that is being read aloud to you.

Take a look at the embedded 52 second YouTube video below.

A big thanks to Layla Lyons for showing me this awesome extension!


Any questions let me know!
Brad

Monday, November 21, 2016

Translate a Google Form to another language

If you have a Form that you would like to translate to another language simply follow these instructions.

1. Right click in the form
2. Select translate Translate to English
3. Choose the language you would like it to be translate to.

I have an embedded YouTube video below.


Any questions - let me know!
Brad

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Change background and screen timeout settings

If you would like to change the background on your Windows 10 machine as well as change the amount of time until your computer goes in to sleep mode - please watch this 1 minute and 21 second embedded YouTube video below.


Any questions, please let me know.
Thanks!
Brad

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Change default printer on Windows 10

If you would like to change your default printer on a Windows 10 machine - please watch the 38 second embedded YouTube video below.


Any questions - please let me know.

Thanks,
Brad

Friday, November 18, 2016

Research is back on Google Docs - for G-Suite users!

For those of you who were bummed that they could no longer use the Research button (under Tools) in Docs to cite pictures, quotes, etc - it is back!

Take a look at the 30 second embedded YouTube video below to see how to use this awesome feature.


Any questions - let me know!
Brad

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why did the cow cross the road? Where do Turkeys go to dance?

To get to the UDDER side!!                              And the Butterball!

If jokes, riddles, games, and magic is something you enjoy and want to pass on to others - check out Funology.

The site does a nice job of providing you with everything from jokes and riddles to recipes, magic, and crafts.

With this site being a free site - it does have a number of advertisements - one time an ad for a dating service came up. So - just be careful if you are going to project this site in your classroom or at home.

Embedded below is a 1 minute YouTube video I created to show you what the site looks like.


Get those kids laughing!
Brad

Words With Friends EDU

If you would like to enrich your students' or your child's vocabulary using a game - try Words With Friends EDU. It is fully COPPA compliant as students can only play with other players in their classroom.

Below you will see a 1 minute and 30 second video I created to show you what the site looks like.


Enjoy playing!
Brad


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Windows 10 - 2 minute video

For those of you upgrading to Windows 10 I have embedded a short two minute YouTube video below to point out a few quick items.

One nice feature is when you select Fn F10 - it will light up your keyboard so it is easier to type in times the light is poor.


If you have any questions - please let me know!
Brad

Monday, November 14, 2016

Want to put a line through information in a Google Doc - try Strikethrough

If you have ever created a list of items, or have some information you want to keep but want to show it is no longer needed, try using strikethrough.

Highlight the text you would like to put a line through
Go to Format
Select Strikethrough

Below you will see a 25 second video on YouTube.


Any questions please let me know! Have a great day   Have an awesome day!
Brad

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Interview an elder (aunt, uncle, grandparents, etc.) over Thanksgiving - use the StoryCorps app

StoryCorps is an app that gives people the chance to record interviews of people to record their bits of advice, wisdom, funny memories, etc.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016 is geared more towards students who are in high school - but could certainly be done with younger students (as long as they have a family members' permission to run the app).

If you are interested - there is a teacher's toolkit available by clicking here.

The app does a nice job of getting you ready for the interview (some pre-set questions already set, walks you through the interview, etc.)

I would recommend (especially if you are thinking of using this with children under 13) to try this out on your own first and see what the app is capable of and then using as you see fit.

Embedded below is a short 1 minute 18 second YouTube video showing you what the app looks like followed by a nice video with 5 interview tips by NPR's Steve Inskeep (host of NPR's morning edition).

This post was inspired by Richard Byrne's post earlier this week - check it out here.









Saturday, November 12, 2016

How to export your bookmarks in Google Chrome

If you ever need to export your bookmarks in Google Chrome (maybe you are getting a new computer - or upgrading to Windows 10) - watch the 50 second video that my 7 year old daughter (Sydney) and I put together.


Any questions - let Sydney know!

Thanks!
Brad

Friday, November 11, 2016

Want a nice way to see all your favorite websites? Try Symbaloo

Symbaloo is a great free way to store all of your favorite sites and bookmarks. It is very simple to use and in fact you can search Symbaloo for other users' symbaloo page (you just can not change the page if you copied it).

There is a lot you can do - but if you watch the video below - it will give you a start!



If you have any questions, please let me know.
Brad

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Like to type on your computer in the dark? Try Fn F10 - Backlit Keyboard on Dell Latitudes

At the district where I teach we use Dell Latitude notebooks. A nice feature on the "newer" machines is the ability to have keyboard lights behind the keys (known as Backlit Light).

This is extremely useful when working in an area that is darker.


Any questions please let me know!
Brad

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Chalk.com - great site if looking for a great gradebook

If you have been looking for a free on-line gradebook - www.chalk.com is an option worth looking in to.

A number of teachers in and out of the District in which I teach have enjoyed the ease of use of the site as well as the support in case they have a question.

Below I have created a 5 minute tutorial on how to get your class(es) up and running. 


Chalk.com also offers a plan book as well - but this purely focuses in on the gradebook. 

Any questions, please let me know.

Thanks,
Brad

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How to edit or add a signature to your e-mail in Outlook

Below is a 51 second YouTube video showing how to edit or add a signature to your e-mail in Outlook.


The steps are as follows:
1. Select File
2. Options
3. Mail
4. Signatures
5. Type in your signature
6. Click ok

Any questions - please let me know!
Brad

Monday, November 7, 2016

Simple to use and free gradebook - Learnboost.com

Teachers using Engrade accounts for a free grade book will no longer being able to access their free grade book after December 31st, 2016,

I posted over this summer about Learnboost.com being an option and a number of teachers have used it and state how easy it is to use. 

Below you will see an embedded 4 minute video on how to use Learnboost. If you have any questions, please let me know.


Thanks!
Brad

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Book recommendations (as well as movies,TV shows, etc) for girls - Amightygirl.com

If you are looking for a great website to gear you to some recommendations for books, TV shows, movies, etc. - check out http://www.amightygirl.com/.

Below is a 42 second video showing what the site looks like.

Any questions, please let me know!
Brad

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Amazing website for BOYS and READING - www.guysread.com

If you know any guys out there (reluctant or not) and need a website to help list authors and books geared towards boys - check out www.guysread.com 

Below are two screenshots from the site followed by a short 1 minute YouTube video below.

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Take care!
Brad


Friday, November 4, 2016

On Chrome and accidentally close a Tab? Try command shift T

If you close out of a Tab by mistake - Command Shift T will bring that Tab right back up!

Check out the embedded 15 second YouTube video below.


Have a nice weekend!
Brad

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Remember to turn on that Chromebook at least once every 2 weeks so it will be updated

Just a nice reminder out there to turn on your personal (or District issued) Chromebook at least once every two weeks so it will get the updates it needs. The update will take place in the background and you will not need to do a thing.

This will keep your Chromebook working to potential.

Click here for a nice short overview on Chromebooks.

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As always, any questions please let me know.
Brad

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Check your date on your iPad if it will not update properly

Just a quick post about today.

A faculty member where I teach was having issues updating her iPad. It kept telling her that the iPad could not be updated at the present time.

If you ever run in to this issue - check to be sure the date is correct on your iPad. Once we put in the correct date - it updated perfectly.

Have a great day!
Brad

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Want a "Post-it" style note on a webpage? Try the extension Note Anywhere

If you would like to create a Post-it style note on a particular website - try using the extension Note Anywhere.

Note Anywhere will enable you to post reminders on almost all websites. The one site I found only stayed on for a few hours was ESPN as the main/lead story changed. Just something to look out for.

Embedded below you will see a 1 minute and 28 second YouTube video explaining how to use the extension.

Thank you to Richard Byrne for his post about this great extension.


Any questions - please let me know.
Brad