4.24.18 Tuesday Tips

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At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School our teachers exhibit constant innovative lessons and units that are in line with our strategic plan and vision. Creating a culture of innovation is at the forefront of it all. Together we are better!

Tip #1 Tony Vincent reveals new iOS iPhone and iPad tricks!

When doesn’t Tony Vincent teach us something new? He gives clear instructions on maximizing iOS use.  You can follow him on Twitter or Instagram. You will be amazed at some of these simple tricks! Screen recording and narrating in any app with iOS 11 is my favorite.

Tip #2 Make Checkboxes in Google Sheets by Alice Keeler

If you are not following Alice Keeler yet, you should. She is a Google Guru! If you are like me, I am sure you have created Google sheets in the past and wanted to have an option to add checkboxes to it. Now you can! Alice takes you through the process.

Tip #3 How to Use Empatico to Connect to Classrooms Around the World by Dr. Monica Burns

Empatico is a free online service that facilitates connecting classrooms around the world. Students can learn about life in another country or compare and contrast studies with their peers in other parts of the globe. Monica explains how to use Empatico in her blog post.

Tip #4 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools by Eric Curts

Eric Curts created his Control Alt Achieve blog to share his expertise on technology and transformation in education. In this post, he lists many sites that have high-quality pictures that can be used in schools without licensing concerns. Very useful!

4.10.2018 Tuesday Tips

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Tip #1 Adobe Launches Spark with Premium Features, Free of Charge for Students!

Adobe Spark is a fun, cloud-based storytelling application that runs in every browser. Students can creatively express themselves using graphics, web stories, and videos. They can log in at any location, any time, making the use of a device a choice! Look for many tutorials and ideas on the following websites:  Adobe Spark for Education and Adobe Educators Exchange

Tip #2 17 Little Known Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom 

At Spring CUE 2018 Conference in Palm Springs, California sessions touched upon many add-ons, extensions, and hacks for Google Suite. Tools ranged from music to time-saving shortcuts and ways that help struggling students. Click the link above to find out which one could help you!

Tip #3 Junior Historians at Work

Project Based Learning in elementary school should incorporate many different subject areas to complete a real-world experience. This article explains how students explored social studies, math, literacy, and 21st-century skills through this one project.

Tip #4 12 Good Tools for Creating Educational Games

Create your own game or let students collaborate to create their own game. This infographic shows 12 different tools and gives a brief explanation of each one. Check it out!

Tuesday Tips and Innovation in Action

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Innovation at SSEDS Spotlight

Tip #1 Creating Classroom Posters with Adobe Spark Post by Dr. Monica Burns

Have you ever had the need to make a poster? On her blog, ClassTechTips, Monica provides an easy to follow guide on how to use Adobe Spark Post, as well as several possibilities of what you could use it for in the classroom: posters, anchor charts, graphics, etc. 
My second tip of the week comes from Monica’s blog as well. We use the Book Creator App quite a bit at school and this new feature even enhances the possibilities. Make sure to check it out!

Tip #3  G Suite Update: Find Shared Content with New File Organization in Google Drive

You can now see people listed in ‘Shared with Me’ and click on the documents they’ve shared with you. 

Tip #4  Join Dr. Kari Stubbs on Digital Citizenship for our monthly 30 minutes Twitter chat: #ShiftinEdu – Monday, March 12 @8:00 pm EST.

Our monthly Twitter Chat focuses on innovative practices in schools. This week’s moderator is Dr. Kari Stubbs, VP @brainPop, board member @edcampusa, and former @ISTE board member. The topic she will lead is Digital Citizenship: “How might we empower students to be better digital citizens – smark, kind, and secure online?” 

 

2.27.2018 Tuesday Tip

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Tip #1 Loneliness in the Workplace is like Smoking 15 Cigarettes a Day 

So many of you enjoyed Dr. Robert Brooks‘ Keynote during ShiftinEdu. Here is a touching article on loneliness. He discusses the importance of connections, showing empathy, and helping others, not only for our students but for ourselves in the workplace. 
 

Tip #2  Create If-Then Adventures with Google Slides

If-Then stories are a fun way for students to think creatively and strategically. They can brainstorm different ways readers might interact with a story. Below is just one part of the course to show you how easy this can be done! Of course, you are welcome to go through the whole unit!

Tip #3  Create your Own Animated Virtual Reality

Patches is a free online tool to create your own drawn animated virtual reality scenes. Students could use this VR tool to create fiction stories. In Math, this tool can be used to sharpen geometry concepts.

Tip #4  Who’s That Cat in the Hat? – Seesaw Activity 

Kristen Brooks created this easy and fun activity for Seesaw and it’s ready for you to use. You can use the hashtag #DrSeussWeek and #ReadAcrossAmerica.