Thursday, August 21, 2014

Telling your Story Keynote

Recently, TCEA hosted an online keynote from Steve Dembo. In the presentation he talked about storytelling and the fact that many campuses tell announcements, but not their story. If you have an hour and a half, I encourage you to listen to his presentation ideas to tell your campus story and the good Q&A session at the end. (Skip ahead about 16 minutes to get to Steve's presentation.)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

All the TEKS in your pocket

From MasteryConnect comes an amazing tool for Texas teachers. They have an app with all of the TEKS, our Texas state standards. There are also apps for other states. Every grade level standards for math, science, social studies, and language arts and now at the teacher's fingertips.

Make sure to check out this easy to use tool.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

30 Ways to use Chromebooks in Schools

If you just received Chromebooks in your classroom or you are debating between a Chromebook and some other tablet device, here is a really good presentation from Tom Gierke and Becky Evans on 30 ways to use Chromebooks in schools. Some great ideas here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Remove YouTube pop-ups

If you have watched very many YouTube video you know about the irritating  annotations and pop-ups that people can place in their videos. Usually, they want you to subscribe to their channel or link you to other videos. Well there is a fix for that in the YouTube settings.

Click on your avatar icon in the top-right corner of your YouTube page (this only works if you have a Google account and are logged in) and select the YouTube settings gear.
Then open the Playback section of the account settings.

Untick the checkbox beside Show annotations, channel promotions and interactive cards and click the SAVE button.

There is also an option to show captions. If a YouTube video has been uploaded with captions they could automatically play. Unticking the Always show captions box will turn those off.

Now you can watch your videos distraction free, except for those suggested videos and those comments other viewers leave.

Here are tips to solve that!