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For educators: checkout this way of sharing everything you've taught. View it live at the following link and scroll down slightly on the right side-bar: http://308today.blogspot.com/ 
 
This is the most efficient way I can think of for sharing everything I've taught in tech apps classes for the last 7 semesters (all applications, demos, screenshots/casts, tutorials, etc.). If interested, you can view the technique live at the link below and scroll down slightly on the right side-bar: http://308today.blogspot.com/

The image below is from an email to the district with a description. There are other tools besides OneTab that will do this... I just happen to like the OneTab feature set. Hope you find something useful here!
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For Educators: Here are some ideas for involving your campus staff in collaborative documents cross-posted from my GAFE account... the first involves posting events rosters with overlays of directions for collaborators and the second involves posting collaboratively edited core vocabulary terms (tabbed by subject area) which can be reviewed by students anywhere using Quizlet or StudyStacks (there's a link to our live campus example included in the post)

https://plus.google.com/+BruceMercerBMS/posts/2YFaDxWBUeg
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Tired of getting emails with roster updates for athletics events (for example)? You might consider creating an events roster sheet with totaling functions… - Bruce Mercer - Google+
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For educators: Here are some example materials posted from my GAFE account to explore if interested :)
 
This week's student reflection form contains links and examples from vocabulary review sites (for the upcoming 8th Grade STAAR Reading Test) and basic computer programming sites with a custom background of the team finalists for the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge. Here are some related links:

Additional demo reflection forms (archive)
http://goo.gl/c5V4tR

Play-by-play for this week's student activities (for deeper exploration of anything you see in the form that might be useful to you)
http://goo.gl/qHb2Ee

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Week11 Reflections Form - Spring 2015Please use this form to evaluate the applications we're using in class and to tell me how your week went! Explore more of the robots in this form's background at this link: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/teams Thanks and have a great weekend!
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Thanks for the form. I'll try the sites and get back to you. Have fun.
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Anyone who tries to improve any way they can is not a loser, but I do like this 'systems' perspective :)
This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. Even if New Year’s Resolutions aren’t your thing, a new year is always a good time to reflect and evaluate your progress ...
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Super-hydrophobic properties could lead to applications in solar panels, sanitation and as rust-free metals. Scientists at the University of Rochester have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.
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For educators: Some ideas cross-posted from my GAFE account.  Have a nice weekend!
 
Here's a screenshot of an email invitation to staff for our weekly tech help session (which after clicking you should be able to zoom and drag around to view). I'm sharing this as an example of one way to draw in staff to participate in weekly tech training, but also to share the ideas in the invitation with anyone (via the following links), and to show how you might use your email signature line as an abbreviated key sites directory for staff:

Create a Quizlet demo clip (in this case using a Public STAAR Vocabulary Review sheet, which our campus collaborates on)
Video link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/197021/Video%20Tutorials/STAAR%20Vocabulary/Creating%20a%20Quizlet%20of%20STAAR%20prioritized%20vocabulary%20terms.mp4
Collaborative STAAR Vocab Review Sheet (click the tabs for other subject areas): http://goo.gl/qYK39X

View example Calendar screenshot with overlays (this example created with Snagit):
Citebite example: http://pages.citebite.com/c4q3d6q7t9dxg

View example student weekly reflections form with vocabulary sheet screenshot custom background
Link to live reflections form: http://goo.gl/x6iels

All classroom activities for this week (or any week): http://308today.blogspot.com/

Hope this gives you some ideas and have a great weekend!
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For educators: some ideas and examples cross-posted from my GAFE account. Have a great weekend/Spring Break everyone!
 
This week in tech apps classes we explored customizing reusable Prezis which can help students get a great start on class projects using shared content. The week's activities culminated in this custom reflections form (http://goo.gl/aR0qLa) which uses a sample of reusable Prezi images as a background and which contains links to many other activities and examples. If you would like to explore more (including tutorial screencasts), here's a link to our classroom Blog entry for the week: 
http://308today.blogspot.com/2015/03/week10-s15-mar-8thmar-12th.html
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If you use Windows Live Writer to post to Blogger and you choose 'Turn off access to less secure apps' during Google's Security Check, you may not be able to access your Blog through Live Writer... at least that's what happened to me. Turning that access back on again in my Google Account Settings allowed me to connect again :)
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Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, ...
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Animated gifs work as backgrounds for Google Forms, and while that might not have a lot of practical applications, it looks cool :)  Below you'll find an example from this week's student reflections form. Click the pop-up link in the window below to see the animations more clearly.
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Week3 Reflections Form - Spring 2015Please use this form to evaluate the applications we're using in class and to tell me how your week went! Thanks and have a great weekend!
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