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The Sturgeon – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

A simple and elegant presentation tool. Best of all, it has great Creative Commons photos!

Youtube Suggested Videos Workaround

By default, Youtube suggests videos to viewers once a video has completed. It shows up in checkerboard form at the end of the video.
Example:

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Depending on what the previous viewers of the video have also watched, there may be videos suggested that may not be appropriate.

There is a way to prevent suggested videos from appearing at the end on a video in you blog.

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Now when the video plays, suggested videos will not appear at the conclusion of the video.

Here is a great song that demonstrates the change.


Wevideo

One of the many apps that can connect to Google Drive is WeVideo.

Here is some advice from Mrs. Vergel:

WeVideo feedback notes, not necessarily in order of importance.


  1. Initially, we had some issues with opening the app.

  2. WeVideo files are saved on an individual’s drive (a folder is created for this by the app).  It is possible to share the work in progress with the teacher.  Teacher can edit the video when shared, so best to leave it alone if you are the teacher.

  3. When the shared work in progress is uploaded and published, it is not automatically shared with the original people. It has to be shared with the original people.

  4. Photos that have no permission to be uploaded from the web will not be there.  Make sure to use Creative Commons material or open/free material.

  5. Sometimes the photos seem to get lost in cyberspace and all the work seems to be gone.  Waiting and refreshing usually works.

  6. Setting the work to Timeline (Advanced) allows the user to add transitions, audio and music to the presentation, and allows user to fix the timing of the presentation.

  7. Setting a time limit for the video is a good idea for presentations. (5 min max in our case)

  8. Make sure the music is not louder than the speaker’s voice. This can be adjusted in the Advanced Timeline setting.

  9. Students can work on WeVideo at home.

  10. There were issues of recording audio(voice) which could not be resolved at home.

 

To learn more about Wevideo

Simple Student Portfolio Idea

Interested? Looking for one or two teachers to trial.

Student Led Conferences

Are you interested in having students organize their work for the student led conferences? The idea is to use a simple Google Doc template to organize and encapsulate student work.

Option 1 Having students organize their work from your specific class. Here is an example from an iLearn student. template
Option 2 A more comprehensive idea is to have each student organize all work from all classes in one place- in essence having a Grade 5/6 portfolio. Here is a rough simple template.
FAQ
1. Why do it with a Google Doc?
a. students have permanent digital record of work
b. looks great
c. everything in one place
d. students are familiar with Docs
2. The work in my class is all done on paper! How can this work with Docs?
Have students select “x” pieces of work. a) Have them scanned at the Photocopy office. More to your resources for students. b) take pictures of work and share.
3. I don’t know how to set it up. /It takes too  much time. /I don’t feel confident setting it up. There is little teacher set up involved. The students are the ones compiling and reflecting. The template can be modified for your class. Only one new Google skill involved.
4. I don’t have time. Again, once you finalize the template, the onus is on the student.

Google Apps At ISManila

The use of Google Apps at ISManila has grown organically over the past year. By viewing the charts below, you can get a good idea of its’ growth.

The charts show the growth of collaboration with ISManila and the increase of online storage.

 

*This is an embedded album from Picasa- part of the Google Apps suite.

Scan Master 2013

As a holiday gift  to  myself, I purchased a portable scanner-the Scansnap S1100. This simple looking device is smaller than a traditional skinny three hole punch. While in Canada on the holidays, I dug up all my old newspaper clippings, sports stat sheets, high school memorabilia, and old travel photos. With an early cup of coffee, I often found myself watching the World Junior Hockey Championships on TV while at the same time scanning piles of old time memories.

Scansnap allows you to scan as PDF or JPG. Also you can scan directly to Google Docs, Evernote, a mobile device or a desktop folder.It has OCR recognition if you need your PDFs to be searchable.

Back at school, I have found a few minutes to some of my favorite teacher resources that I have a fondness for- old maps, homebase activities, and short stories. I was able to condense an entire binder of printed short stories in a digital format.

Stop by my room to see it in action!

Cool Teacher Stuff

Check out Mr. Eric’s embedded Homework calendar.

Chunking and popping your text. Here for other ways to make your  blog entries pop. T. Cook

Making your guidelines visible and public. R. O’Regan

Combining science with acting to explain plant cells.

Embedding shared student resources from a Google folder into your blog.

* Are you making you resources available with Google? Much easier thatn uploading Word Docs/PDFs to your blog.

See how teachers are sharing  resources with Students on Google.

See some champions.

 

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Embedding Blog Photos via Picasa

Trying out embedding via Picasa instead of Flickr.


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.)
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