Thursday, March 19, 2020

Museum of the American Revolution offering virtual tours, online classes

The Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia) is offering a Virtual Museum Tour, Virtual Field Trip, book excerpts, and teacher resource guides.


Embedded below is a Wakelet collection of these resources.


Free Access to News-O-Matic through June 30th

News-O-Matic is a an amazing daily newspaper for kids. In order to have access to this amazing resource, educators can click on this link and then will need to fill out this form - https://teachers.newsomatic.net/pilot




Take care,
Brad

Monday, March 16, 2020

Scholastic (Scholastic is offering free day by day projects) +ABC Mouse (pre-K to 2nd) Reading IQ (pre-school to 6th) and Adventure Academy (3rd-8th) free with code SCHOOL7771

Scholastic is offering  Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing using this link - no sign-up necessary.



ABC Mouse (pre-K to 2nd), Reading IQ (pre-school to 6th) and Adventure Academy (3rd - 8th) available for free by clicking on link and typing in code- SCHOOL7771 

You will then need to fill in the information you see below to create your family account.



Take care,
Brad



Take a virtual tour of museums with Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture offers a lot of amazing resources that you, your students, and children can explore. I would recommend selecting the hamburger (three lines) in the upper left of the site. When you do so, you will see the following options.


  •  British Museum in London
  • The Guggenheim in New York
  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  •  Musee d' Orsay in Paris
  •  National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 
  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  •  The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  •  Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  •  MASP, Sรฃo Paulo

Take care,
Brad




Saturday, March 14, 2020

EPIC! 40,000 books available all day and night. Share free Remote Student Access with parents. Valid through June 30, 2020

That's right - Epic! has made free Remote Student Access with parents. Valid through June 30, 2020. Click here for Epic's post.

In order to make this happen as a teacher you will need to follow these steps:

  • Access your student roster
  • select send invite under Remote Access Status and type in parent/guardian email address
  • Families will receive an email
    • they will need to create an account
  • They will then need to add their child
  • Then, the parent/guardian will need to select Parent (upper right of account)
  • Choose Connect to Your Teacher
  • Paste the Classroom Code (in their email)
  • As a teacher you will need to go back to your student roster
    • select Approve next to the student(s) 
      • it is green
  • Families will receive an email stating that the request has been granted
  • Students can access the 40,000 books and videos free of charge 24 hours a day (until June 30, 2020)
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 50 second YouTube tutorial showing all the steps. Teacher, parent/guardian, and student point-of-view.



Take care and thank you Epic!
Brad

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Prodigy - What it looks like from a student point-of-view as well as how to create assignments (including test prep for standardized tests).

In the 2 minute and 52 second video below you will see what the site looks like when your students first log on to Prodigy. You may want to remind your students to have headphones as they are "exploring" a world and answering questions along the way.


Also included in the video above is where to find the section to align your class as you would like to. It is under assessments and then selecting the green create button.




Take care,
Brad



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Prodigy - How to sign up for a classroom account and get your class started.

If you are interested in a  no-cost math game that's used by over a million teachers and 50 million students around the world check out Prodigy. Prodigy delivers a unique learning experience through an interactive math game where success depends on correctly answering skill-building math questions.

My own children (10 and 7) enjoy using Prodigy as it keeps them interested due to the fact that it is interactive.

My wife uses it in her district (she teaches 4th grade). She enjoys the fact that she can align her class to where she feels necessary. See embedded picture below.







In the video below I show how to sign-up for an account, create a class, and how to print out the log-in cards. If you do work in a school district that utilizes Google and Google Classroom, I strongly encourage you to sign in with Google as this will allow you to sign up your class using Classroom.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 56 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

25 Ways to use Screencastify with GoogleforEdu tools in an eBook


Choose an adventure, gallery walk, class ebooks, hyperdocs, and much more using Screencastify and GoogleforEdu tools all explained in an eBook.

Click here to access this amazing 30 page resource.

Take care,
Brad

Check out Storyline Online - videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations

Storyline Online is a free website (and app) that features "celebrated" actors reading children's books with illustrations. You can search through the database on the website as well as search through their YouTube channel.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial showing what the website looks like.




Take care,
Brad

Monday, March 9, 2020

Bird songs and calls - works on mobile device as well (over 602 birds)

If you have ever wondered what a specific bird in North America sounds like, head on over to Bird Sounds.net. There you will find over 600 bird calls and sounds available on your notebook or mobile device.

In case you were wondering the difference between bird calls and songs take a look below:

The distinction between songs and calls is based upon complexity, length, and context. Songs are longer and more complex and are associated with territory and courtship and mating, while calls tend to serve such functions as alarms or keeping members of a flock in contact.

Embedded below is a 55 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Flipgrid update You can now choose your Grid notifications to be either weekly or daily

A nice feature in Flipgrid was announced last week - the ability to choose your Grid notifications to be daily, weekly, or never.

Embedded below is a screenshot, GIF, and 23 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Why do we spring forward? Reasons - Ben Franklin, candles, WWI and WWII, and conserve energy

Ever wondered why we move our clocks forward (most states in North America) take a look at the 1 minute and 30 second YouTube video below.




For those with younger children it can throw things off a bit. Hope everyone enjoys that extra hour of daylight.

Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Flipgrid updates for March - big one you can add audio over your videos (iOS and Android) ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽป๐Ÿ“ป๐Ÿ“ผ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽฅ

Flipgrid is an amazing platform that continues to listen to their community and upgrade their amazing site.

This week Flipgrid announced 5 updates (see embedded Tweet and link below); however, the one I am focusing on today is the ability to add Audio Over Flipgrid Videos. I saw Adam's Tweet about this and had to do one myself. There are so many possibilities - talk about some fun karaoke that your students (or you) can do! I'm sure my 10 year old and 7 year old will be proud! ๐Ÿฆˆ๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿคฃ







For more detail please reference Flipgrid's March 2020 blog post or check out the embedded Tweet from Flipgrid below.

History documentaries, interviews, ad-free podcasts in Historyhit.tv

The other day I saw Dan Snow's Tweet about Historyhit.tv (see Tweet below). If you use the code twitter you can try a 6 week trial for free. If you like the site the paying options are $5.99 a month or $49.99 a year.

Take care,
Brad

How to view the activity on your Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

If you have ever wondered if users are accessing your Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides you can see the activity by selecting the icon next to share in the upper right of your document.

When you select the icon you will now see a dashboard showing Viewers, Viewer trend, Comment trend, Sharing history, as well as Privacy settings.


If you would like to remove the ability to show your view history for all Docs, Sheets, and Slide files make sure to select the Privacy settings and then toggle the option.



Embedded below is a 1 minute and 18 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

View the activity on your Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Want to create and share videos through a QR code? A few quick suggestions

If you want to create QR codes that will launch a video (or website) here are a few tips and tricks. Please note that sometimes when you purchase through a site such Teacher Pay Teachers - the QR codes may not work at your specific district due to the filters. Please contact your district technology to discuss the videos and the fact that they may be filtered.

In the example below I am searching YouTube videos:

  1. I recommend searching for the videos at your school so you can know instantly if the video is blocked for students.
  2. Make sure to search for your specific YouTube video when you are not logged in to your account (I use an Incognito window in Chrome but you can always use another browser. Just make sure you are not logged in.
  3. Copy the URL (web address)
  4. Go to a QR Code Generator  and paste in the address- I use https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/
  5. Either copy the generated QR code or copy the image
  6. Paste in a document (I use doc.new for a new Google Doc)
  7. You can then shrink the code to fit your needs.
  8. Prior to continuing on - please scan the QR code with a device (not your personal one but a school issued device that the students will be using).
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 38 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Monday, March 2, 2020

Election 2020. Teach the election with Newsela.

Newsela has an excellent free resource available to educators and students (elementary - high-school).

Students will have a chance to vote on topics, learn about candidates, and have updated content available through November 2020.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

20 Seesaw ideas with Chromebooks for K-12 classes (from Matt Miller)

Matt Miller shared 20 amazing Sesssaw ideas that can be used with Chromebooks. Worth taking a look and trying some of these ideas with your students!



Take care,
Brad

Fun Dr. Seuss Facts + Dr. Seuss read-a-louds in QR codes

Happy 116th birthday to Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). The information below was taken from 6ABC's post 

If interested in some QR code read-a-louds - click on this link - Read Across America Day is March 2, 2020. Here are some Dr. Seuss read-alouds (YouTube with QR codes) available in a Wakelet collection.

We're celebrating Dr. Seuss with five facts about his life you may not have known.



American author, artist and publisher Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, speaks in Dallas, Texas, on April 3, 1987.

1. Theodor Seuss Geisel says he adopted the pen name "Dr. Seuss" because he was saving his real name for the Great American Novel he intended to write one day.


A still from the 2012 film ''The Lorax.''

2. Dr. Seuss was not a doctor. He briefly studied English literature at Oxford after graduating from Dartmouth but instead became a cartoonist. In 1955, Dartmouth awarded him an honorary doctorate.



Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, reads from his book ''Horton Hears a Who'' to 4-year-old Lucinda Bell at his home in La Jolla, Ca., June 20, 1956.


3. Only four of the 44 books Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated are written in prose.



A still from the 1966 short ''How The Grinch Stole Christmas.'' It was based off of one of Dr. Seuss' many books written in verse.

4. Dr. Seuss wrote "The Cat in the Hat" because he was concerned about kids learning 
to read. A publisher reportedly challenged him to "Write me a story that first-graders can't put down!"



The hat worn by The Cat in the Hat adorns Dr. Seuss' posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after dedication ceremonies in 2004.

5. Dr. Seuss has received two Emmys, a Peabody award and a Pulitzer Prize
(special citation).

Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Read Across America Day is March 2, 2020. Here are some Dr. Seuss read-alouds (YouTube with QR codes) available in a Wakelet collection.

If you would like to have some Dr. Seuss read-alouds available in a Wakelet collection. What is great about the collection is that all YouTube videos are simply that - the videos. There are no suggested videos or any suggested videos on the side.

To create the QR codes I used the website QR code generator. It is important to note that while videos may play on your personal device, they may not on your district's devices. Please check the resources to make sure they work at your school.

The collection is available by clicking here. Feel free to copy the collection, add/remove, do whatever you would like.

If you would like access to the QR codes to print them out they are available in this Google Doc (thank you Carol Harrity). Please note - the files were named by me quickly so there are shortcut names. Feel free to select File Make a Copy and then adjust as you see fit!

The collection is also available in the QR code below as well as embedded below.




Take care,
Brad

Computer not projecting to SmartBoard the way you want it to? Try right-clicking and select Intel Graphics Settings

If you are using a Dell notebook and having issues projecting full screen to your SmartBoard or whiteboard try the following.

  • Right-click on the desktop and select Intel Graphics Settings
  • Once you select Intel Graphics Display you will then need to select Display. You will then need to adjust the settings to fit your need.
Embedded below is a 50 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Gmail Settings Blur your background picture, darken corners, background text (light or dark)

If you use Gmail and would like to blur your background picture, darken corners, and change background text (light or dark) simply select the settings gear and theme.

You will then need to select the options at the bottom of the op-up screen.

Embedded below is a 56 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

TEACHERS: Get a FREE YEAR of animated storybooks ๐Ÿ“– with Vooks

Vooks is an ad-free platform that offers a world of animated storybooks in your classroom.

Vooks brings children's books to life with animated illustrations, read-a-long text and narrated story. The ad-free platform features a variety of titles that have been engaging students all across the world. Whether being used as part of the lesson or to wind class down, Vooks is a fun and versatile tool for the classroom.

Once you fill out the form you will be presented with an FAQ page as well. It is possible your school districts have filters in place that may conflict with Vooks' video streaming provider (Vimeo). You may want to share the FAQ page with your admin.- https://vooks.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

More posts to come once my subscription begins.

Take care,
Brad

Originality reports now available in Google Classroom

Originality reports allows instructors and students to check work to make sure it is cited properly and avoid plagiarism.

Originality reports are available when the educator creates an assignment look to the bottom right of the screen and select originality reports. Please note that unless your admins have purchased G Suite Enterprise for Education you will only have reports available on 3 assignments per class.


For more information revolving around originality reports click here or look to the Tweet below.

Take care,
Brad

Monday, February 24, 2020

Want to become a Wakelet pro? Check out Wakelet's Surf School

Wakelet is an amazing curation tool that continues to grow and expand. What sets Wakelet apart is the fact that they put the customer first. They not only have the Educator's Guide to Wakelet - but they will answer your direct message in Twitter in what seems like mere minutes.

Their newest creation is the Wakelet Surf School where you can see examples of how to use Wakelet for personal use, sharing content, collaboration, as well as Wakelet for Educators. Each section includes a helpful YouTube tutorial as well.





Take care,
Brad



Shakespeare Uncovered. PBS has created a collection including videos, lesson plans, pictures, etc- grades 5 and up

PBS has create a collection that combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. This collection includes 21 lesson plans, 31 videos, 26 pictures in the Media Gallery, and 3 Documents.

Take care,
Brad

A to Z Animals - an online animal encyclopedia

With many schools being heavily involved in projects, resources are always appreciated. One such resources is A to Z animals. This resource is awesome as animals are organized a number of ways:
  • ABC order
  • Scientific
  • Group
  • Location
  • Endangered
  • Pictures
When the animal is chosen, the information about the animal is presented in a nice and organized fashion.






Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What is a Leap Year? plus some Leap Year Trivia. Magic Kingdom will be open for 24 straight hours

The other day the school district in which I lived shared the resource below that explains to kids what a leap year truly is.


Here are 11 things you may not know about Leap Year. One cool feature is that Magic Kingdom will be open for 24 straight hours!

Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Check out Google's Creatability collection. Explore how creative tools can be made more accessible for everyone.

Google's Experiment with Google Creatability Collection helps explore how creative tools can be made more accessible for everyone.

To learn more about this collection watch the embedded YouTube tutorial below.


There are quite a number of tools to check out; however the one I show in the video is the Keyboard - in which you can play music with your body (technically nose!).



Take care,
Brad

Monday, February 17, 2020

Google's Be Internet Awesome helps kids be safe, confident explorers of the digital world

Google's. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. 

The fundamentals include Share with Care, Don't Fall for Fake, Secure your Secrets, It's Cool to be Kind, as well as When in Doubt, Talk it Out.

Tools included are:
  • Interland
    • Kids can play their way to being Internet Awesome with Interland, an online adventure that puts the key lessons of digital safety into hands-on practice with four challenging games.
  • Be Internet Awesome Curriculum
    • lesson plans that have received the ISTE Seal of Alignment and classroom activities that bring the fundamental lessons to life
  • Be Internet Awesome Pledge
    • Parents driving the online safety conversation at home can encourage the entire family to get on the same page by reviewing the fundamentals and taking this pledge together.
Included below is a Don't Fall for Fake printable.


Take care,
Brad

Use Flipgrid and Epic! to explore books and discussion prompts this month and throughout the year revolving around African American contributions and achievements

Built in Flipgrid you will find books (Epic!) and discussion prompts in their DiscoLibrary. This month and throughout your history lessons this year make sure to check out the one created by Epic for Educators -Black History Month.

Take care,
Brad

New student-paced games, a new way to play Kahoot!

Kahoot recently launched student-paced games via their blog  Basically this new way to play encourages accuracy over speed and extends learning beyond live games – now available on computers, too!

Once the Kahoot is ready "play" make sure to

  • select Challenge > Create New
  • I would remove the timer and randomize answer order
  • select create and share as you wish
    • link, Google Classroom, Remind, Microsoft Teams, or Pin
Embedded below is a second 2 minute YouTube tutorial by Kahoot as well as one I created.



Take care,
Brad


Create a video with Screencastify and share it as a QR code (or to YouTube, Classroom, email, embed)

That's right! Use the amazingly free Screencastify extension to record a tutorial using your webcam or a screen recording and then share it as a QR code (or the other options below as well)!



For more information revolving around this amazing site check out the embedded 1 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial as well as a post from this past January.


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Eleven-year-old Holiday is pulled from the icy waters of Alaska with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Sound interesting? Check out this podcast!

Eleven-year-old Holiday is pulled from the icy waters of Alaska with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Are her mom and dad really who they say they are? And when she begins to develop incredible abilities, she’ll soon discover she’s not alone in the world. From the award-winning creators of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel and The Ghost of Jessica Majors, comes Six Minutes, a new mystery adventure for the whole family. Starting on March 1st, new six minute episodes, twice a week, all year long…and beyond

Sound interesting? Check out the Six Minute Podcast. 200 episodes available here  or wherever you get your podcasts.

My two children (aged 10 and 7) have loved listening to them. We have loved questioning, predicting, and just talking about the episodes - this podcast has it all. We only have 20 episodes left! ๐Ÿ˜žThis would be great in a classroom (thinking grades 5+).

There are so many friends of ours that have started listening in the car, before bedtime, during lunch, etc. Hope you enjoy!


Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

President's Day reading passages available to you in ReadWorks

President's Day is just around the corner (Monday, February 17th) and a great resource available to you is ReadWorks. Originally you will see close to 1,700 passages but remember you can select the grade (or grades) you are interested in. If projecting to a whole class, remember to check out the Whiteboard/projector view.

Embedded below is a screenshot as well as a 1 minute video tutorial.



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What was the most popular dance in 1776?

The Indepen-dance.


Ok - that one was a rough one.


Take care,
Brad

Valentines Magnetic Poetry Template by Eric Curts

Eric Curts has created a fun way to combine creative writing, Google Drawings, and Valentine's Day all in one.

Check out Eric's blog post here - https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/valentine-magnetic-poetry.html#more

You can click here for the Template. If sharing with your students please remember to make sure when you share it that your students see a View Only File. They will need to select File>Make a Copy.

You, or your students can click within each word to change it if needed.

When the words placed within the template they can download the creation by selecting File> Download as > PNG image. At this time the creation can be printed out.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 24 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Monday, February 10, 2020

In Gmail - How to set up a rule - example how to instantly forward a received email to another user.

In Gmail, if you would like to set up a rule, Google has made it pretty easy. In this example you will see  how to instantly forward a received email to another user.


  • Make sure to select Search email at the top middle of Gmail.
  • Choose the triangle (right side of bar)
  • You will then see the picture you see below (make sure to select create filter)
  • This will then be followed by the 2nd picture (this says what to do with the email
  • Below that is a 2 minute and 12 second YouTube tutorial.









Take care,
Brad


Microsoft Outlook - How to set up rules in your email

If you use Microsoft Outlook and would like to set up rules for when you receive an email, take a look at the 1 minute and 54 second YouTube tutorial below.

Reasons for creating a rule of course vary; however, having the ability to instantly forward an email you receive from an individual to another person can come in handy.

Embedded below are screenshots as well.






Take care,
Brad