May 16

Tuesday Tip! – Sheets, Charts, and Docs Working Together

We have become such a visual society that images and graphics really are an important part of our communication skill set.  Why not include charts as a way to reinforce a concept in a persuasive written piece?  Recently, a local high school English teacher did just that.  

When introducing a unit on The Holocaust, she asked students to rank their Top Ten for Who is Responsible for The Holocaust?  The teacher posted a link to a Google Sheet in her Google Classroom.  There were nine categories in protected cells and students could add their own tenth category.  Then, they entered numbers to rank each category.  Next, students converted the spreadsheet data to a pie chart.  Then, they inserted the chart into a Google Document and wrote a justification for their choice of ranking.

Basically, the  teacher saw three different types of effective responses for this assignment.  One student simply did a numbered list.  The pie chart helped to illustrate the ranking for the students to choose the level of responsibility and the student chose the ranking to be ten for most responsible and one for least responsible.  The justification was written with the highest ranking as the first numbered point.  Other students who wrote a numbered list ranked ten as leas responsible and one as most responsible.  So, the written justification certainly became an important part of the assignment.

 

Other students chose to write their justification in essay format, writing a paragraph as a way to explain the choices.  A student took the essay format one step further by changing font colors to match the categories on the pie chart as the explanation was detailed.  Sometimes the best differentiation comes from giving only basic instructions and allowing students to interpret!

 

 

 

 

 

Creating visuals solidifies ideas and concepts for readers and for students creating the visuals as well.  More importantly, an assignment like this gives the teacher a starting place for knowing what information is banked in students’ prior knowledge and what needs to be learned.  Amazing formative assessments don’t have to be locked into a ten question bubble sheet.  Why not smash a few apps together and really learn more about what students do and do not know?

April 11

Google Tip #5 – It’s Nice To Share

One of the things we are taught early in life is that sharing is a nice thing to do.  That concept never changes throughout life.  Sharing makes the world a better place.

Teachers are encouraged to share with one another to make teaching and learning better for all.  Usually we are glad to share and do so freely.  Yet, sometimes we want to retain the original integrity of our creations.  Using G Suite tools makes it easy to share as well as easy to keep your original.

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April 7

Finally! Introducing EquatiO!

Finally a user friendly equation editor integrated with Google Docs and Google Forms! Introducing EquatiO!

EquatiO is a Chrome Extension that launches an equation editor at the bottom of the screen within Google Docs and Google Forms.

Students can collaborate in one Google Doc and insert their own equations or expressions.

Teachers can collaborate in one Google Doc to create assessments. Click the image below to see a demo in Google Docs.

 Download EquatiO from the Web Store.

Check out EquatiO tutorials on the EquatiO YouTube Playlist.

Happy equation writing!

 

December 20

Ten Keyboard Shortcuts for Chrome

Who doesn’t like to take a shortcut when possible?  There are keyboard shortcuts that are possible when using your Chrome browser that can make your work faster and easier.  Here are just ten of them:

1. Want to copy text you’ve highlighted with your cursor? 2. Do you want to paste what you just copied?

Hit the Control and C Keys simultaneously

Press the Control and C Keys simultaneously

Hit the Control and V Keys simultaneously

Press the Control and V Keys simultaneously

3. Do you want to zoom in on your computer screen? 4. Do you want to shrink what is on your computer screen?

ctrl-plus

Press the Control and Plus Keys simultaneously

ctrl-minus

Press the Control and Minus Keys simultaneously

5. Now if you’d like, you can reset the screen…

ctrll-zero

Press the Control and Zero Keys simultaneously

6. Want to reopen a browser tab you just closed? 7. Want to go to the OMNI Bar and highlight the contents there so you can copy/paste or enter a new URL?

Hit the Control, Shift, and T Keys simultaneously

Press the Control, Shift, and T Keys simultaneously

Hit the Control and L Keys simultaneously

Press the Control and L Keys simultaneously

8. Do you have text highlighted and want to quickly create a hyperlink? 9. Would you like to have precise placement of an object such as an image or text box?  You can move it one pixel at a time by using this shortcut:

Hit the Control and K Keys simultaneously

Press the Control and K Keys simultaneously

Use the Shift and Arrow Keys to move in any direction

Use the Shift and Arrow Keys to move in any direction

10. Want to be a power shortcut user?  Use the Ctrl+C, followed by Ctrl+K, and finish up with Ctrl+V!

To get something done in a hurry, take a shortcut!

April 22

HyperDocs

Looking for an interactive way to deliver instruction? Look no more, HyperDocs are here! A HyperDoc is more than just a Google Doc with hyperlinks. It can provide nearly any resource a student needs in order to complete an assignment or task. Include instructions, videos, links, questions, sorting activities (through the use of Google Draw) and more in your HyperDoc to make it an interactive and engaging experience for your students. Create inquiry based lessons, encourage critical thinking, problem solving skills and collaboration all in one place! Click here to learn more.

Examples
SS HypderDOc  Sci HyperDoc Math Hyperdoc  ELA HypderDoc
Sources: Hyper Docs- Changing Digital Pedagogy and HypderDoc Weebly