Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Managing/Toggling Between Multiple Google Accounts

A great video on how to manage between multiple Google Accounts. Such an easy setup for a work and a personal Google account that can have different apps and add-ons.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

21 Things

From the REMC Association of Michigan comes two web sites that help boost your technology knowledge. One is for students and the other is for teachers.



Both sites provide twenty-one lessons that are aligned with the ISTE student and ISTE teacher standards. ISTE stands for the International Society for Technology in Education.

Both the student and teacher 21 things cover topics such as What is the Cloud, digital citizenship, and using technology for school and work. All the lessons have short videos to watch and activities to practice the skills learned.

The teacher site gives teachers many tips on how to integrate technology into their classroom as well as opens teacher to new technology tools.

Give these a look to help improve your technology knowledge. . 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Google Apps for the iPad

If you missed the Google Education on Air event last weekend, you missed many great sessions from real teachers using GAfE in their districts and classrooms. You can view all of the sessions from the Google Education on Air event site. https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2015-may

One that I would point out that I particularly enjoyed was Kasey Bell's session on Google Apps for iPad. It used to be Google and iPads didn't play nicely. But now there are 50 Google apps that work on the iPad. The power of combining the two in the classroom can't be matched.

Make sure to visit Kasey's Shake Up Learning site for her presentation and handout resources. And follow her blog for great Google and EdTech tips.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Evernote's Clearly extension

The popular notebooking app Evernote has an extension for your browser you should check out. Clearly allows users to view websites distraction free. Install the extension on your favorite browser from https://evernote.com/clearly/ . You should see a small desk lamp icon on browser tool bar. 

Now when a user visits a website or blog post they can click the Clearly icon to view the website without all of the graphics, adds, and other distractions. Users of Evernote can even save the site to their Evernote notebook to view later. Users can mark up the new document as well as print the cleaned up copy. 

Here is an example from our local newspaper.

Before Clearly:

After Clearly:

As you can see, the article is much easier to read without all of the distractions from the regular website. If you are looking for something to help students focus in to online content, try Clearly