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NEW iOS Screen Recording Feature!

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Screencasts are extremely helpful for learning how to use an app, find resources, or following step-by-step instructions. If you were an iPad user, this step involved a complicated set of instructions and wires. This is no longer the case! You can now record screencasts and share from an iPad or iPhone. There is no special App to download because it comes native with iOS 11.  How does it work?  First, open up Settings and choose Control Center. You will see a listing of applications that you can use to add to your Control Center (when you swipe up on your device). Then, you will need to tap on the green plus sign containing the "Screen Recording" option.  Next, swipe up on your screen to access the Control Center and you will see an icon that looks like a white bullseye. Tap on this icon to begin recording.  Finally, when you are finished, you will need to swipe up again to access the control center. Tap on the bullseye icon again t

4 Important Tips for the Question Feature in Google Classroom

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Google Classroom provides teachers with a variety of ways to help students learn how to function in an online environment. Have you ever used the Question feature to post something in Classroom? Here are four things you should know about the Question Feature.  1. How to Post a Question When you are in the Stream section of your Google Classroom, choose the plus sign and choose Create Question. This feature is a powerful tool to help gain insight into what students know or address misconceptions that they may have.  2. Ask a Short Answer Question You can ask students a Short Answer question by default with the Create Question feature. Google Classroom has added some helpful features to prevent student misuse. For example, you can turn on/off the feature for students to respond to one another or be able to edit their response. This is helpful if you want to keep students on task.  3. Poll Your Students When you create a question in Google Classroom, you c

Limit Form Responses with the Form Limiter Add-On

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How do you limit the number of respondents on a Google Form? The Form Limiter Add-On is a great tool to do exactly this. You can restrict the number of respondents or close your form by a certain date and time. How does it Work?  First, once your Google Form is created, you will need to install the Form Limiter Add-On. Click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of your screen and choose "Add-Ons." Next, find the Form Limiter Add-On, install (click on the Free Button), and give permission to access your Google account. Then, click on the Add-Ons icon (puzzle piece) at the top of your screen and choose Form Limiter. On the next screen that appears, choose Set Limits. Finally, use the window that appears on the right-side of your screen to begin setting your Form Limits. You have the ability to choose Date and Time (close at a specific date), Number of Form Responses, or Spreadsheet Value. Follow the instructions to set your limits.

Save Time with Share to Google Classroom

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Efficiency is one of the biggest challenges facing teachers when trying to infuse technology into the classroom. How can you increase your efficiency and productivity, while saving valuable time and resources? If you are a Google Classroom user, then you will see that Share to Classroom Chrome Extension is a valuable tool for quickly sharing websites with your students. How does it work?  1. Install the Share to Google Classroom Chrome Extension to Google Chrome and browse away! 2. When you find a website that you would like to share with students, choose the Share to Google Classroom Chrome Extension. 3. Choose which class you would like to share the link with.  4. Choose how you would like to share with your students.  You can choose "Push to Students" to share a website with students while they are signed into Google Classroom. This is a great way to save time, rather than relying on students to type in a URL and navigate a website. Create

3 Ways to Use for Students to Use Webcams or Selfie Cams in Learning

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Marshall McLuhan once said that the "median is the message." Today's classrooms are filled with infinite possibilities and media, which can change the way that students process information, demonstrate understanding, and engage in learning. Sometimes we think that we have to find the latest and greatest app to create powerful learning experiences for students. Remember, it's not what tool you use, but how you use it. Here are three ways that you can use the power of a webcam or your iPad's camera. 1. About the Author or Artist I was working with a kindergarten teacher today, who wanted to infuse technology into an art project.  She will have her students paint pictures of pandas to enter in a school art show. We are working together to use the selfie camera on their iPads, so that they can talk about their paints and share interesting facts about pandas. We are going to publish the videos online and create a QR code to place on the painting, so that parents

5 Time Saving Google Forms Tips

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Here are 5 ways to save yourself time in creating a Google Form! 1. Use Templates Many people don't realize that Google Forms has a Template Gallery, where you can access already created templates for signups, collecting contact information, etc. Check out my blog post on templates for more information.  2. Duplicate Questions Do you have a question that occurs more than once? You might want to use the duplicate question feature in Google Forms. Perhaps you want to recycle some of the answers in a multiple choice question. Simply choose your question and select the duplicate question icon.  3. Use Preferences Do you want to make all questions required by default? It will take you less time setting defaults than having to click on every question. Do you want to set a default value for quizzes? Use Preferences to set the default settings in Google Forms.  Click on the three vertical dots icon in the top-right corner of your screen. Choose Preferenc

Save Time with Templates Gallery in Google Forms

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If you love Google Forms (like me), then you are constantly looking for ways to use the tool to increase learning and productivity; however, it can be time consuming to build new Forms on a regular basis. Templates are a great way to save time when you are working in Google Forms. Many people don't realize that Google Forms has a Template Gallery, where you can access already created templates for signups, collecting contact information, etc. How can you access the Template Gallery? Here are a few different ways to do this in Google Forms: 1. Visit forms.google.com and you will see a list of templates appear at the top of your screen.  2. Visit Google Drive > choose New > choose More > choose Forms

With g(Math) Gone, Turn to EquatIO Instead

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Today marks the end of an era. If you are a user of the g(Math) add-on for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms, you are no longer able to use it. If you are a math teacher, then you might want to take a look at the EquatIO Chrome Extension, which is very similar to the g(Math) Add-On. What is EquatIO? Check out this short video below: