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TEST YOURSELF: Google Search Expert

Using time efficiently is crucial when online. When researching online one must be skilled at finding the correct information in a timely fashion. Google recently set up a Power Searching course that is free for all to take. It consists of six major topics and lessons within which consist of videos and short follow up quizzes.

For quick help on google shortcuts or using the searchbar dirctly checkout here.

For simple  quick tips, check this out or this.

When you feel confident, you can try the iLearn Master Searcher Ultra Super Examination. See what great a searcher you really are!

This a a review/challenge that iLearn students completed. Can y9u beat their scores?

For a summary of most the skills needed for the quiz, see this older post.

 

TEST YOURSELF: Google Docs

Get up to speed with the students! Learn the  basics of working in a Google document.
You will work through a tutorial that the iLearn students have completed.

 This exercise will:
a) allow you to become comfortable with the simple commands that Docs uses
b) allow you to be familiar with what the students are using
c) allow you to see the strengths and weaknesses of Docs
d) be able to answer student questions

The exercise is set up as a challenge to encourage everyone to finish
Hints and clues are in the challenge to make sure that you succeed.
Cheating, helping, yelling answers, and copying are all promoted…. provided that you do not touch somebody’s trackpad.

Don’t want to attend the challenge? There is a way out!
Finish the exercise on your own before zzzzz and feel free to skip the challenge.

You can access the document here. It is located in Grade 6 Team   and Grade5  folder . (Don’t have the folder? In Drive, type Grade 5 in searchbar. Hit triangle next to the x inthe searchbar. Choose Search ISManila. Grab older to your Drive.)

Teach Yourself: Google Docs, Chrome, Mac apps and more!

Ever get stuck and not know how to get a task done on your computer? Well, thanks to the following students, you can get clear and concise directions for common tasks you may need to perform. Choose a topic of your choice and the student’s instructions will guide you to success.

How to Get to Google Drive-Maddy 

How to Change Desktop  Picture on a Mac-Camella

How to Sign into the Chrome Browser-Lexi

How to Take a Screenshot-Ari

How to Sign into the Chrome App Store-Travis

How to Find a Mac Application-Reed

How to Use Instant Alpha in Pages-Pari

How to Get to Any Grade 5 Teacher or Class site

How to Rotate a Photo in Pages

How to Keep a Program in the Dock

How to Set Up Hot Corners on a Mac 

 

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Road Sign.egg on Aviary.

Google Search Education

Google Search Education

Google provides video instruction to help students become more proficient when mining the net for resources.

 

 

overview

Teachers will be pleased to find that the lessons plans are comprehensive. They include beginner, intermediate and advanced versions covering five different topics. There are also ten challenges, each of which covers a specific academic topic (such as history, biology and even math).

 

All lessons are Google Docs. you can make and tweak your own copies.

A lesson plan overview.

TED Ed

Ted Ed makes flipping the classroom a great deal easier! Often times teachers mention (and I know what they mean!) that it is time consuming to produce their own video lessons for students  students. Well, Ted Ed makes this a whole lot easier. They offer an increasing number of the inspirational and informative TED videos as engaging interactive lessons for students. Selected videos are animated, cartoonized, or made more visual in some manner.. The video  lesson includes a follow up questionnaire and additional resources.

The best thing about Ted Ed flipping? Well, it has to be the ability to flip ANY YouTube video. Ted Ed allows the user to to apply your own titles, your own questions, your own resources, and provide your  own link to any  YouTube video lesson you customize-not just the ones on their site.

 

Eye on the Philippines

CNN has a series of reports on many aspect s of the Philippines. All videos are concise, thought-provoking, and informative.  Should the videos be required viewing for ISM students ? Topics covered include OFW’s call centers, corruption, child labour, boxing, food, religion, and much more.

Check out the main page here.

To start you off, here is a report on the lengths to which the most unfortunate may go to put food on the table.

Adolescence, Puberty and Backchanelling

Recently Mrs. Thompson’s Wellness classes have been preparing for the upcoming topic of adolescence and puberty. To battle the giddiness, uncomfortableness and self consciousness that the students feel with this topic, she decided to try Todaysmeet.com, a backchannelling site. This online resource offers the opportunity for students to pose and answer questions all the while :

 

1)  not having to wait for the teacher to call on them

2) not having to feel uncomfortable about the topic

3) not feel that their question is “stupid” or ‘random’

4) with anonymity*

#4 was interesting as Mrs. Thompson decided to give each student a number instead of having the students use their real names.

Students watched a short BrainPop video about Adolescence.

Students when joined a “practice’ room at Todaysmeet.com without instructions or guidelines. This time was used for the students to experiment with the site, get the goofyness worked out, and develop strategies to converse with specific people in the class. Once the excitement  subsided, there was a discussion of how a backchannel worked. Basic guidelines were worked out.

Students posted great questions and answers. Room moderators evolved

naturally. Participation was 100 %.

Post activity the students mentioned that:

-“It helps you if you are really shy”

-“I like it being private.”

“Hard to do as you watched the movie. It was better when we hard time after the film.”

It would be better on laptops so you could seperate yourself from others.

‘I can ask qestions without anybody knowing.”

“Some people get off task.”

“”ou don’t have to try and speak over other people.”

 

 

 

Hunger Games Trailer Audio

A new profession perhaps? Made my own audio for the upcoming Hunger Games trailer. Pretty happy with it.

[youtube width=”525 ” height=”410″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_XrOC3EXcY[/youtube]

Check out the original below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAWODq_dMFI[/youtube]

 

 

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