Hi. I am new to the group and to Screencastify. I just made a short video on instruction to set up a Google Site. It's close to 2 minutes long. I chose the option to have the video saved to my Google drive, but now I cannot preview or play it from my drive?? What am I missing? I am not on a Chromebook at the moment (I am an apple person personally) so I cannot test it out until I am at school. Maybe it'll operate differently? I can see Screencastify being a great tool, but I need to get past this first glitch. Thanks.

The extension that I chose is Save to Pinterest. The extension is very straight-forward-it allows you to save images to Pinterest quickly. You hover over an image and either a red Save button will appear in the top left corner, or you can right click and the red Save button will appear as an option. Once you click save, you can choose which board to save to on your Pinterest account. You can also jump directly to your Pinterest account. This extension is free to use.
I love it because it simplifies my process when researching ideas for our musical. I use Pinterest to get ideas for sets/props for our spring musical and it allows me to easily save ideas and inspiration. Pinterest allows you to share boards so it is a great way to collaborate with my colleagues on our artistic vision. I use Pinterest boards to get ideas for lobby displays, bulletin boards, and lesson plans. I have shared these boards with students, art teachers, and other music teachers. This allows for collaboration and cross-curricular connections within an academic setting.
Outside of school, I use Pinterest all the time. This extension allows me to save things to my Pinterest account and to organize my boards quickly.

As a lesson on collaborative work, I think this is well suited for my upper level and even AP students.
Using thematic units our Beauty and Esthetics allows students to self-reflect as well as identify more than just what the eyes can see. A week long discussion takes place where we identify different meanings for “Beauty” and analyze the impact of what the media, peer pressure and culture have had on the word "Beauty", we can further promote a debate using Diigo.
I will put four students to a group. Each student will be responsible to pick one image they feel identifies “beauty”. The student who chooses the picture will submit, to only myself (the teacher), a written statement of why they thought the image portrayed the theme. The other three students in the group will use sticky notes to comment on the image. Each should use one positive and one negative comment.
We will use the group's comments to debate the positive and negatives and further discuss what the influences are that made them feel their opinions were justified and rational. Each day of the week we will choose a new group and discuss their images and comments interpretation.

Lesson Plan:

As a lesson on a specific song, I would use Diigo to help students collect and share resources. Students would choose an art song to research. They would collect translations of the poetry (usually in a foreign language), videos of performances, notes on performance practice, and other resources. Students would add annotations/highlight passages that were particularly helpful. Students who are performing the same piece could access the resources and add their own as well. This would create a living/evolving reference library for art songs within the chorus classroom.

Evernote Web Clipper is a wonderful extension. It is perfect for teaching if you are a current events person or, like me, are always looking for ads/realia to use in the classroom. Bringing real information into a discussion that can be manipulated for the purpose of inference, interpersonal conversation, presentational information, or opinion.
I really like that I can clip just the information I am interested in using, mostly pictures and advertisements, they are stored in a specific location and I can retrieve them at any time to use at a later date. I can also add other features like highlights and notes (or a proposed question to stimulate discussion).
The Web clipper allows you to choose how you want to save the information from the web page, image, or pdf: as an article (full or simplified), the full page, simply bookmark it, and even screenshot it) Once you save the information you can add the features you need with a toolbar and annotate with text, colors, shapes, etc.
What makes it valuable for me is the organization. I am always saving information with the intent on revisiting it and then I forget where I have saved it or even on what device I was using at the time. Unfortunately, it is not free. There is an annual fee but the base price is annual and minimal.

Announcify would be an extension I would encourage my students to use often.

Content Area: ENL/ELA
Grade: 9/10
Objective: SWBAT edit draft copies of essays of their peers and add comments/critiques
Procedure: Students will share their essays with a partner. Students will use the extension Announcify to have the essay read out loud to them. Students will pause along the way to fix grammar, spelling, and note areas of confusion.

I find often with my ENL students they write something and think it is correct, but when I read it out loud to them they realize the verb tense is incorrect or the sentence is missing important information. Announcify will help students to hear their mistakes or mistakes of their peers and be able to make the corrections on their own without me having to have as many one on one conferences solely about grammar or organization.

I would like to promote the use of Diigo in class to organize, and share information. Students will work in groups and be assigned a time period in US history. Students will use Diigo and an “Outliner” to organize key events during their time period in a timeline. They will highlight information and provide a description for each key event. As students are collecting resources, they are also sharing progress and writing comments to one another using Diigo.
The finished product in an “Outliner” with a timeline with key dates, events, and descriptions. Students will comment on each other's annotations and shared websites.

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A great Extension that all of you should try out is called "Talk and Comment". It's such an excellent tool. It allows you to do Voice Comments in Google Docs. It's a game changer. Check it out here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/talk-and-comment-voice-no/djnhkfljnimcpelfndpcjcgngmefaobl?hl=en

Actively Learn is a tool that educators can use to help struggling readers and all readers to think deeper about what they are reading.Teachers can link Actively Learn with their Google Classroom accounts to be able to grade assignments. Teachers create an account with Actively Learn, choose texts based on a wide variety of options available through the site and then add questions, polls, and the ability for student comments throughout the reading. Students can define words they are unsure of, translate words into their native language, and add their own comments to the text. Students can have the text read out loud to them and make notes to the teacher if they do not understand a certain part of the text. I am so excited to try this extension this year. Many times students are unsure of the meaning of a text, but are too shy to ask. This extension allows students to make a note of something they individually don't understand and I can explain it for them. I also like how all students can be reading the same text and answering the same questions as they read at their own pace. This I think will stop students from just copying the answers their friends have written down on a piece of paper. Also, the scaffolding options of allowing students to define, translate, and have text read to them are wonderful features so each student can differentiate based on their own needs.

KAMI is an amazing extension that annotates PDF's. This is definitely needed in my classroom.

A lesson using this extension would start with pushing out a PDF to students via Google Classroom. The PDF will be of a photograph of a Civil War figure.

It's a jigsaw activity. First, students meet with their first group. Together, they annotate the pic, pointing out physical features and brainstorming characteristics of the figure. They list the characteristics on one side of the pic.

Then they meet with their second group and research the figure. On the other side of the PDF, they list 5 interesting facts that they learned about the figure.
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