Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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💥 Tech tools and thoughts - Teachers lose paychecks do to phishing ..free eBooks, apps, tech tools & tips and more in this weeks posting!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

School Employees paychecks go up in 🔥
Atlanta Public Schools to step up security measures, increase email filters after phishing attack causes payday problems.

I hate to be the grim reaper... but always be careful with emails and web links! We do not want you to fall victim to this.  (This is the reason we have really been pushing our phishing awareness and security campaign. -KnowBe4 product) 

Tech tools, web tools and more: 


I know Google Forms now has quizzing built it... but... Ten Things Flubaroo Can Do for You may be what you are looking for if you want more features for Google Forms and quizzing. (Partial credit, score range based responses and more using Flubaroo.) 

Need to schedule parent meetings with time slots.... Calendly is a tool that syncs with Google Calendar and makes scheduling meetings super simple. No more prolonged back-and-forth email chains. 

3 Classroom Math Activities with Adobe Spark - How do your students share their learning in the math classroom? When it comes to movie-making, designing a website, or creating a social media graphic, we don’t often associate these activities with mathematics. But students of all ages can jump into open-ended creation tools to tell the story of their learning in any subject...

💥 Math Tools for Chrome -  Powerful math tools that you & your students can use with the Chrome browser (and Chromebooks). 

Amazing Mobile Features of Google Classroom   -- Digital handwriting, Taking pictures, Recording videos .. and more! 

Brain Breaks: 7 YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving & Grooving 


Google Slide tips:

8 Google Slides Tips You Should Know Before Your Next Presentation.

Grids, Timelines, and Notes in Google Slides (Great add-on for free pics too!) Thanks to Jessie Andre for sharing this one out! 

Great Google Docs tips, add-ons, etc...




How to Link to a Specific Paragraph in Google Docs - Via BetterCloud Monitor | If you ever have a Google Doc that’s tens or hundreds of pages long, it can be difficult to find a specific section of text that someone has asked you to reference. To save time, it can be valuable to provide a direct link to a specific paragraph in your document

Have you looked at Voice Typing in Google yet? 

New and Improved Voice Typing Commands in Google Docs  (Great for special needs too!) 
Via BetterCloud Monitor | You might have known that you can use your voice to type in Google Docs, but late last year, Google released some new and improved features. You can now specify text color, highlight text, add links, insert comments, and switch to a column layout–just by using your voice. 

Voice Typing in Google Docs is a Game-Changer!  - Check this out ...  Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, national speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology. As a former ELA teacher, I am naturally drawn to technology that supports reading and writing. Google Docs is fully-loaded with some features that can save us time in and out of the classroom, and.... 

Google Classroom: 

How to Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube - Some great tips in this article! 

This one looks like a winner! Teacher Advisor provides 100% free, teacher-vetted, and standards-aligned instructional materials for K-5 elementary math teachers. We're constantly making improvements, and it'll never cost you a cent to take advantage of the cutting-edge technology on teacheradvisor.org. Our tool leverages IBM Watson™ technology to help you find recommended standards, lessons, activities, and strategies directly targeted to your search criteria, so that you spend far less time selecting highly effective resources for your students. Thanks to our very own Dr. Jenny Piening for finding this one. 


Free Kindle Books:





Apps:

Price: $FREE
***Ranked #3 in the App Store under Education***
**** Best Elementary APP Awards 2011 for our First and Second Grade apps ***** 
Note - iPhone only app (But they do run on iPads too.) 


Price: $FREE
TELL YOUR STORY with Scribble Press the ALL-NEW, creative bookmaking App for kids!

Designed for the classroom and at home, Scribble Press is a creative platform for children to imagine, write.

Some great resources from Google - (And a signup link at the bottom.) 


2+2 for Educators, September 2017
Looking for helpful videos and resources for digital citizenship and safety? Read on for more in this month’s 2+2 for Educators.


2 Things to Know for Educators

1. Teach Online Safety with Be Internet Awesome
As classroom technology usage increases, it’s important for students to be prepared to make smart decisions online. Developed in collaboration with online safety experts, Be Internet Awesome teaches the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so students can explore the online world with confidence. In addition to a robust curriculum for teachers, the program includes Interland, an adventure-packed online game that puts these critical lessons into hands-on practice. Access resources at g.co/BeInternetAwesome.
2. Explore EDU in 90 on YouTube
We recently launched EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education. Based on feedback from educators, the episodes are designed to share product news, program updates, and tutorials in a quick, concise format. Check out some of our top episodes below:
We’re planning the second season of EDU in 90 and would love your feedback on possible episode topics - share your thoughts with this short survey.



2 Resources for Educators

1. Training Center Resources for Online Safety
Looking for more resources to build your digital safety chops? Head on over to the Training Center, where we recently introduced a free Digital Citizenship and Safety course. Through interactive online content, you’ll learn fundamental lessons of digital citizenship and safety, as well as strategies for integrating them into your curriculum. Check out the full Digital Citizenship and Safety course - including lessons on savvy searching, avoiding phishing and scams, and online reputation management.
2. Tip: Use Classroom to share with large groups
Curious about sharing digital citizenship lessons and other information to large groups? Learn from Sarah Jolley (@sarahaj47), a Digital Coach and Social Studies teacher from Elko, Nevada:
“Our school has used Google Classroom as a vehicle to share important information across large groups of students. By creating a Classroom class for an entire grade (or even the entire school), we’re able to easily share student surveys, digital citizenship lessons, school announcements, videos, and other resources at scale.”



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💥Tech tools - Free Kindle Books, free services, and more.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017




Web & Tech Tools

101 Videos | National Geographic - Lots of science and social studies,  but a little bit of everything. Thanks to our very own Jessie Aundre @jessiesandre 


U.S. Constitution Day Is On September 17th – Here Are Related Resources 

8-BIT project: A fraction, decimal, and percent HyperDoc




Free credit monitoring services
With the data breach/hack of Equifax - I thought I would include a couple personal recommendations.  (This loss of data affects over 1/2 of the people in the US and it involves a lot of personal data!) 

If you have a Discover Card - they are offering a credit monitoring service for free to their card holders.  This site will offer more info about the deal.  You can set email and text alerts. 

If you have insurance through the Nebrakaks BCBS for schools - remember they have a free credit monitoring and repair/fix (In case you do get your identity stolen.) service for free to all employee's.  See your school district central office for more info.  (Kim and Linda here at Norris.) 


Make Paragraphs Pop with Borders and Shading in Google Docs

G Suite Tips | Paragraph borders and shading in Google Docs is a little-known feature that can bring your document to life. Check it out here.

Free Kindle eBooks:








💥 tech tools - Killer deal on Amazon Echos, free music, free app, some great tech tools!

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Misc: Web sites and tools
Do you want to be a Google search pro? - 41 Pro Google Search Tips for Research, Marketing, and Fun

How to Add Filters to Your Images in Google Slides 

The iPevo Whiteboard Chrome app is worth taking a look at!  The awwapp site is still great too, but this one may add a few things to your tool belt as well. 



Customize Google Drive With Drive Apps - Short 2 minute video.  (This video shows Pixlr Express... I love the PicMonkey add-on for Drive as well.) 

Killer Deal on the Amazon Echo! 
AMAZING deal on Amazon Echo - $75 and 3 free audio books. j  I LOVE these things! Ordered 1 more for my place. (I have way too many of these already, LOL.)  

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook - Check it out
New Staff - HS and MS staff - your Acer Spin units already support Android!  More Chromebooks will be supporting Android soon.  
The Google Classroom app allows easy markup/drawing on assignments, 

Google Sheets -

Create Dynamic Dropdown Menus in Google Sheets - 3-minute how-to video

Free Music
Nature Sounds Collection: Sea Waves, Vol. 1 (Ocean Coast) -Not sure this is music, but it may be relaxing.  On Amazon  and also Google Play 

Free App - IOS and Android:

Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro (Android )
Both were free for a while... the Android onestill is!  

Free eBook - PDF 
Not sure if this thing work a cent... but hey it's free so I tossed it in our list! 

The free PDF eBook (a direct download, no registration required) is now available in English or Spanish. The Kindle version (English only) is now even cheaper (only a $1). Thumbup

FREE - Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day [leannebrown.com] (PDF, 1st Edition, ENGLISH)

GRATIS - Bueno y Barato: Aliméntate Bien a $4 al Día [leannebrown.com] (PDF, ESPAÑOL)

💥 This week's tech tools - Free Music, Free Apps, and more.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Misc. Web and Tech Tools:


minutephysics - A really nice YouTube Channel with some cool short videos that.... well... involve physics.  pretty cool! 






Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – A Summer of G Suite Updates – A Handout

Google for Education Training Center. FREE resources from Google. Check out the tutorials, downloadable guides, tips, tricks, and more!




Looking for a new way to share information with families? You can create a class website using the free, easy-to-use Spark Page. Perfect for teachers on Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, and iPhones, this simple website creation tool is a fantastic choice for creating a classroom website.

Free IOS App:

Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Cam - Free (Reg. $4.99) https://goo.gl/zANBUh   

Free Music from Amazon:
Amazon Music via Amazon.com has Garth Brooks: The Chase/In Pieces (Digital MP3 Album) for Free.

Wow - Phishing and ransomware at it's worst! 
This is why we are wanting users to always be careful on what they click on in emails! (Phishing) - CBS report - Inside the New York Hospital That Was Down for 6 Weeks Due to Ransomware 

Lynne Herr's tech resources from our Bootcamp sessions:
Tech Roundtables (all ideas collected in one file, K-4 and 5-12)

Google Classroom

Welcome to your first day of Classroom Google Classroom saves you time, keeps you organized and helps you communicate with your students.  Great resource from Google


10 ways Google is making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year - Yesterday, Google announced 10 updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms to help teachers save time and stay organized. Some updates include a new single view of student work and the ability to reorder classes.