Tools & Tips Tuesdays

Learning Google

Check out Google’s free technology curriculum for your classroom.  Help your students succeed online and apply their digital skills to real life problems.

If you’re looking for some technology learning to do over the summer, consider going through the Google training courses:

You’ll learn how to use Google tools to increase efficiency, inspire student learning and creativity, and engage in professional growth and leadership.  These courses are completely FREE and you are not required to take the certification test at the end.


Touchcast & Everfi

Touchcast is a video creation tool that allows you to create interactive videos.  This is a free iPad app that helps with engaging the Youtube generation.  I used this app at the beginning of the year when I shared this video with you.  It works well as a free green screening tool, even if you don’t want to utilize the interactive piece of it. Check out @Touchcastedu on Twitter to see how other educators are leveraging this tool.
Everfi is promoting Hockey Scholar, which teaches STEM concepts through the game of hockey. Students who complete at least one 15-20 minute module and submit a reflection by May 12 will be entered to win a STEM scholarship! Here’s more info on the scholarship and a curriculum guide. If you are interested in Everfi, here is an educator’s quick start guide.

Screen Free Week & Global Day of Design

Screen Free Week is May 1-7th, 2017.  This is a week to unplug and go low tech.  It is important to balance tech time and going screen free for a bit is a nice way to do that.  Read a book, create something, explore, exercise.  Please share with your families!  They may even celebrate Screen Free Week at home.
Global Day of Design is coming up on May 2nd. This is a day dedicated to learning by making, playing and building. If you sign up to participate, they will send you a free design thinking toolkit.  You can follow #GDD17 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
Edulastic is a great tool that you can use to create your own technology-enhanced assessments.  It has an auto-grading feature that also syncs with Google Classroom.

Everyone On

Do you have students without internet access outside of school? EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Please share this with students and families that you think could benefit!