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For educators: Some resources from this week's classes to explore if interested :)
 
This week's student reflection form (https://goo.gl/5jATR3 ...so you can see the background) includes a custom background which is intended to be informational as well as entertaining (since we've had some flooding issues recently in our area). Links to other resources of possible interest are included in the form and on our classroom site, which is now updated to an embedded Gdoc format (given the current Windows Live Writer issues): http://308today.blogspot.com/

I hope you'll check these out, find something useful and have a nice weekend!
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Week20 Reflections Form - Spring 2015Please use this form to evaluate the applications we're using in class and to tell me how your week went! Rain gif: http://s259.photobucket.com/user/daynice2/media/summer-rain.gif.html Thanks and have a great weekend!
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Sad news for those of us using Windows Live Writer to post to Blogger (...best method I have found to date).
 
If you use Windows Live Writer to post to blogger, you're probably no longer able to post (as of yesterday morning). Here's the best description of the problem that I've been able to find so far... very disappointing!!! 

http://bitsnbytespicsnews.blogspot.com/2015/05/live-writer-problem-regarding-userid.html

"it now looks like Google made a change to their API log in protocols on May 26th.

This change has effectively killed all 3rd party blogger software including Live Writer.  What happens next is anyone's guess - either Microsoft or Google is going to have to make a change.  

I really don't see Google reversing course on their new API's so we'll just have to wait and see if Microsoft will update Live Writer.  In the meantime there is nothing any of us who use Live Writer can really do except wait"
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For Educators: Some fun activities to explore from my GAFE account post
 
Checkout the cool bubbles gif background in this student reflections form for this week and/or the related links below  :) 

Live form: https://goo.gl/0wOlVT

Review project slides (including the application used in the form background):  https://goo.gl/VNAvWt

Entire project with all supporting details, links and examples:
http://308today.blogspot.com/2015/05/week19-s15-may-18thmay-22nd.html

Have a great long weekend everyone!
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Some useful tips in this playlist...
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For tech apps educators: here are some Mother's Day related activities for you to browse (cross-posted from my GAFE account)
 
Today's Tech Apps class activities center around Mother's Day and there may be some which you would like to explore with your students. The image below shows the plan, but you can explore it as the students will see it at this link (scroll down or use CTRL+F to Thursday 7th):
http://308today.blogspot.com/2015/05/week17-s15-may-4thmay-8th.html

...or browse the individual links in this list:

Sumo: http://sumo.fm/#create 

Mother’s Day Ideas Site: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/may/06/mothers-day-affordable-gifts/#&panel1-1

Video Help with Sumo 3D effects: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/197021/Video%20Tutorials/Review%20Create%20Sumo%20Cube.mp4

BrainyQuote Mother’s Day: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_mothersday.html

Mother’s Day Card Creator: http://www.americangreetings.com/printable-cards/mothers-day 

(Note: for those students who cannot participate for personal reasons, any holiday can be substituted)

I hope this gives you some ideas!
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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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Our new principal in his first staff meeting with us yesterday offered the quote that "culture eats strategy" ...and that strategy includes technology. Perhaps a positive spin is that technology can empower those drawn to it (students, teachers, anyone), who can then in turn help-others/serve-as-role-models/improve-culture. If you watch students play video games in the same room together, they are very helpful and cooperative toward each other, especially in collaborative games working against a common foe. This is all definitely food for thought! Thanks for the link +Halina Ostankowicz-Bazan 
 
This exactly what I think.
The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.
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For educators: Some fun tech apps activities to review and explore if interested, cross-posted from my GAFE account :)
 
This week in tech apps classes we introduced 4 cool Incredibox versions, reviewed how to insert, mask, outline and recolor images and gifs in Google Slides and Drawings, and practiced creating custom word clouds using text from favorite graduation speeches. If interested, you can checkout the distilled version (with links and an embedded POV roller-coaster ride to build student anticipation for our class field trip tomorrow) in our custom weekly reflection form below, or browse in greater detail (with lots of demos and examples) here: http://308today.blogspot.com/2015/05/week18-s15-may-11thmay-15th.html
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Week18 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 fun Field Trip Tomorrow!
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Idea for new Google mission statement (or for that matter any forward thinking, idealistic organization/institution, like education!): Anticipating and equipping humanity for the best possible outcomes in any endeavor on any scale
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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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