You can also see the most popular emojis used currently and then browse on a particular site (Twitter, Instagram, Wikipedia, Yelp, YouTube, Google Trends). As of the time of this post (11/25/17) turkeys are very popular. You can also stay up on the latest emoji news.
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🦃 on YouTube
🦃 on Google Trends
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 44 second YouTube tutorial.
Thanksgiving gives many of us a chance to get together with loved ones. What the StoryCorps app does gives people the chance to record interviews of people to record their bits of advice, wisdom, funny memories, etc.
Below is an email I received from Story Corps the other day.
Dear friend, At a moment when the world feels confusing and unstable to so many of us, we ask you to join us later this month to remember who we really are and where we come from. As all of our programs do, The Great Thanksgiving Listen provides us with an opportunity to foster meaningful connections with our elders and loved ones, and the potential to strengthen our national fabric at a time when we desperately need it. This Thanksgiving, download the free StoryCorps App and honor someone important in your life by interviewing them for #TheGreatListen 2017. Together, have a meaningful conversation about what matters to you and spend a few minutes connecting one-on-one during this busy time. Ask Great Questions, like… • Can you tell me one of your happiest memories? • What are your hopes for my future? • How would you like to be remembered? Find a quiet place, follow the prompts in the app to begin recording, and let the conversation flow! Remember to sit together and make eye contact. Together, we can build a culture of listening that echoes across the nation. Sincerely, Dave Isay
Founder and President, StoryCorps
Take care and Happy Thanksgiving!
A nice feature that a colleague of mine mentioned to me the other day was the ability to lock a user to a specific app. Wow! Pretty awesome right? Especially for those who work with children who tend to open "something else" when they should be working on a specific app, or, and this is a BIG ONE, for those with young children at home.
Here are the steps to access Guided Access on your iPhone and iPad
Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap on General.
Tap on Accessibility.
Tap on Guided Access under the Learning section.
Tap the switch to turn on Guided Access.
Tap on Passcode Settings.
Tap Set Guided Access Passcode and set a passcode.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 2 minute and 51 second YouTube tutorial.
** Please note the tutorial was created using the record feature on my iPad. Around the :50 second mark (when I launched Expeditions) the audio goes out.
Flippity.net has a great selection of templates for turning a Google Spreadsheet into fun activities (flashcards, quiz show, crossword puzzle, etc.) The sites newest template is Memory Game. You will be forced to create a copy of the template and then you can adjust as you see fit.
The example (GIF and 50 second YouTube tutorial) I have below is a game dealing with team names from Major League Baseball in 1910.
Once you select the microphone - the experiment will begin and you can ask your questions to narrow down to the specific animal. Questions such as, "Are you a mammal?" "Do you have fun?" "Are you a carnivore?" are good ones early on.
You will notice that the site will respond, sometimes with a little "Heck nah", and pronounce live with a long i.
All in all - a fun site for students to try. My 5 year old and 8 year old were able to narrow it down to eagle within 14 questions. They were pretty excited!
One last thing to point out - when trying on my Dell laptop in Google Chrome - the experiment would not load properly; however, when used on my Chromebook it worked perfectly.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 33 second YouTube video showing what the site looks and sounds like.
If you would like to add a poll in your Facebook post(s) - it is very simple.
When you select the area for typing in your post - look under photo/video and you will see poll. From there you can add your poll question as well as two possible answers (with a photo or GIF).
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial.
If you have created a website with Google Sites - one piece of advice:
Take your published site and paste the URL in a search engine in which you are not logged on to Google and make sure all pages load for you. If this is the case - you are good to share with whomever you need to.
If the files you are sharing on your site don't load - make sure to go back and check the sharing settings of your files.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 3 second YouTube tutorial.
While the new Google Sites is very user friendly, there are indeed some limitations. One of them is that a Twitter feed or Blog will not be embedded like it did using the widget in the old Google sites.
A nice comparison website is available by clicking here.
Yesterday I was teaching a 3rd grade class all about Google Drive and at the end of the lesson I wanted to get their attention without talking. All I did was project Google Gravity on the SmartBoard. It took about 20 seconds and they all had huge eyes and wanted to know how to do it to show their friends and family.
All you need to do it type in Google Gravity in a search bar and it will come up. Google Gravity works as a regular Google page (it is a Google Experiment).
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 23 second YouTube tutorial.
If you want to have a fun little start to a class or meeting - try Google Space. You can search in it - and when you need a little ice-breaker it is a fun little tool- especially in elementary schools!
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 27 second YouTube tutorial.