Sometimes you want to show pictures of your screen for various purposes, such as showing a screen from a website or making a how-to. It’s not too hard to do from a computer using a tool like Snagit for Google Chrome, but what if you’re using a smartphone or tablet? Fortunately, that’s even easier. On an Android device, press and hold down the volume down and power buttons, and on Apple devices press and hold the sleep/wake button and press the home key. That’s all it takes. On Android you can find your screenshots in the Screenshots folder in your Gallery, and on Apple in your Camera Roll. You can share, email, or upload your screenshots just like any other picture. What will you use mobile screenshots for? Continue reading
Google Forms is a great no-cost tool for creating any type of form, such as surveys and assessments. There are nearly endless possibilities for what it can be used for. In this video I show the basics of how to use Google Forms, by creating an intake form a middle school math teacher might give to incoming students:
This tutorial is on the web-based quiz software called Kahoot. It makes it easy to gather data from a class in the form of surveys, discussions, or quizzes. Each student must have an iPad, iPhone, computer, or some other internet-capable device to take the quiz. Here is the tutorial:
With a computer in every classroom and access to one for every student at school and at home, Google Classroom provides a way for teachers and students to stay on the same page, encouraging learning and effective teacher-student communication. The video illustrates just how simple and helpful Classroom is for a student, from receiving the email to join the classroom to viewing assignments and due dates to emailing teachers and classmates with questions.
*For safety and legitimacy reasons, there is no way for a student or someone outside of a school or official organization to make a “classroom” (thus, this video focuses mainly on how Classroom looks to a student).
Let’s face it, using a computer can be hard, and it can be even harder to explain how to do something on the computer. Techsmith Snagit for Chrome is a free-to-use tool that makes it easy to take and annotate screenshots of webpages. It’s easy to install from the Chrome Web Store. Once it’s installed, it’s easy to use. Just click on the S icon, then choose the type of screenshot. You can drag and select a section of the page, take a picture of the entire page, or even use the Scrolling mode, which will capture the entire webpage, even if it doesn’t fit on a single screen. Once a picture is taken, you can name it and use the easy tools to draw annotations. Once saved, the files are placed in the Techsmith folder in Google Drive. You can alternatively download the snapshot directly or copy a link to it for easy incorporation in a website. In the example below, I take a picture of the AHS website and highlight the link to iParent. To view any of these images in more detail, click on the thumbnail to see the full-size version.
For more information about Snagit for Chrome, please visit the Techsmith website at https://www.techsmith.com/snagit-google-chrome.html.
While we are moving towards a paperless world, we still need to print things out. To save paper (without sacrificing the educational value), you can print on both sides of the paper using your HP LaserJet 1022. When you click Print (Chrome: press Ctrl+Shift+P), choose Preferences after selecting your ‘1022. Select the Finishing tab at the top, and check the “Print on Both Sides” box. It will print one side, then stop. Without changing the orientation, move the stack of paper back to the bottom tray, and press the green button on the printer. The other side will print, giving you both sides.
In high school, I was asked to do my first research project. I’d never done much research before, besides googling things I wanted to know, so when I was presented with a list of databases to look through for good sources, I had no idea how to start.
This video is a tutorial for using the Minuteman Library Network‘s online databases for research at a elementary and middle school level, so younger students can get a head start with learning how to find reliable information on the internet.
The voice in the video is provided by Cheska Komissar, who volunteered her services because I am not known for my clarity of speech.
Sometimes we all need to wait for email to arrive, but switching back and forth between checking your inbox and doing other work lowers productivity. If you enable desktop notifications in your GMail or Google Apps Mail, your computer will automatically let you know when messages arrive. Continue reading
Trimble Sketchup is a useful intermediate level tool for the creation of 3D models for mockups and 3D printing.