As I've stated before, Explain Everything is our favorite app. It is so flexible and can be used for so many things by both students and teachers. Here's a little Explain Everything tip.
Students love to use their Explain Everything slides in other projects or share them through apps such as Seesaw. Often they take a screenshot of a slide. The screenshot includes all of the Explain Everything toolbars.
Students can easily export their slides to the Camera Roll in Photos as an image without those toolbars.
I really don't have an artistic flair; not great at drawing. No, really I'm not! But Google has a new tool that can help - Auto Draw (https://www.autodraw.com/). Google's Auto Draw uses machine learning / artificial intelligence to match your drawing to those of talented artists. See a drawing that you like from the provided set of images and you can swap it for your drawing. You can also draw freehand, add text and shapes, and fill with color to customize your drawing.
There is nothing to download, it's free, and works on all devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones). Your drawings can be downloaded or you can get a link to your drawing to share via Google Classroom, Seesaw, or another tool. Check out this fun video about using Auto Draw:
While Auto Draw is very easy to use here is a little video tutorial to get your started.
Google Story Builder is a fun online tool for building conversations and stories. Google Story Builder is a FREE web based tool that works on both laptops and tablets and you can use it without an account.
Memes are everywhere today in our culture - sometimes humorous, sometimes educational, sometimes philosophical or political. Memes are ideas, behaviors, or styles that spread from person to person within a culture often via the Internet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme). They have become mainstream - a dominant trend in our culture.
During a recent professional learning community, teachers were introduced to the idea of using memes in the classroom - created by both them and their students. These teachers knew a lot about memes but we wanted them to start thinking about different ways to use them for student presentations, sharing thoughts and ideas, or to show learning and understanding of concepts.
The time really was two-fold though. We also wanted to introduce them to the Mark-Up tools in the Photos app on the iPads. Students and teachers can create memes or mark up images right in the photos app. No need to download another app or access an online tool!
We looked at some student create memes, such as this math meme project video:
The teachers were provided project instructions for creating a meme. Using the instructions sheet, they worked independently to explore ideas and create their own meme: Meme Project Instructions
The instructions included the link to this online article about how to use the Mark Up tools in the Photos app on their iPads.
Want students to use great photos to enhance their projects but want them to follow copyright rules? Photos for Class is a student friendly website with images appropriate for the school setting. Each image is automatically cited and has Creative Commons licensing for public use.
Many of our teachers are using Kahoot! (https://getkahoot.com/) for review games with their students. Kahoot! just released a new feature – Jumble Kahoot! that promotes "accuracy over speed.” Rather than just selecting a correct answer, players must move answers into the correct order – build equations, order words to create sentences, place historical events in order – the options are unlimited.
Here are a couple of links to help you learn more and get started – you can even play some sample Jumble Kahoots.
It's that time of year once again! The annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference. So excited to be attending. It is five wonderful days of learning, sharing, and building relationships.
We will be in Denver once again. Wondering is this guy will be greeting us at the convention center?
Maybe grab a little lunch here and say "Hi" to Forrest