Saturday, February 25, 2017

PhET sims can now easily connect to Google Classroom

Yay!! PhET has added support for Google Classroom for all HTML5 and Flash sims. Less focus on tech, more focus on teaching.  If you aren't familiar with PhET, you can read my past blog post for more infomation.

To add a sim to your Google Classroom, click the  link on a sim page.  Sims can be added as assignments, supplementary materials, or homework.

Do you use pHet?  Which sims do you like? 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

5 Things To Explore in Google Calendar

Another of my favorite EdTech blogs is Alice Keeler's blog Teacher Tech.  She recently posted about five things to try in Google Calendar.  She talk about Appointment Slots, dragging events, Agenda view, toggling calendars on and off and using Google Hangouts from Calendar.  You can read her whole post by going to this page.

Are you a big Google Calendar user? 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

G Suite Google Apps Training Chrome Extension

Synergyse is a company that Google purchased some time ago. What's great for us is that they integrate G Suite training right into the apps. When you add this extension to your chrome browser tutorials pop up that direct you on using the program. This makes it really easy to get the training and constructions you need right when you need it.

Add the G Suite Chrome extension from the Chrome Webstore.  (Remember, you must be on a chrome browser for this to work.)

G Suite Chrome Extension

Friday, January 6, 2017

300+ Ed Tech Tools Tutorials

If you've been a long time read of my blog you know that I love the blog Free Tech for Teachers.  Over the last couple of years Richard Bryne has published at least one new tutorial video each week. While most of those videos end up being featured in his Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week, they all end up on his YouTube channel. He has more than 300 ed tech tools tutorial videos on his YouTube channel. Check out what he has to offer; I'm sure there will be something there for you to learn.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Google Tone - easily sharing link with groups of people

 Google Tone is an easy way to share links with a large group of people.  Yes, you can use sites like or to shorten a link, but I have found that some schools actually block these sites because questionable site could be shortened and the filtering system wouldn't catch it.  What Google Tone does is use the speakers on your computer and the microphone on your students computers to send and receive a tone.  Your computer will make what I'm going to call a robot noise (beep, bop, bop) and the students' computers will hear that sound and go to a specific website.  You and your students do need to be logged in to your Google accounts and have this app installed into your Chrome browser.  If you are looking for more information, you can view the video below. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

8 Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to save time when using the computer.  Here are a few of my favorites and some others that I was reintroduced to.

Control & C or Command & C (mac) is the shortcut to copy a picture or a selection of text.

Now that you copied this text, use Control & V or Command & V (mac) to paste the image of text.

Searching for something in a document or on a webpage?  To do this you use Control & F or Command & F (mac)

While you are searching you may want to easy move up and down the webpage and not have to scroll.  All you need to do is press the spacebar and you will jump down the webpage a chunk at a time.  If you want to move back up, simple use shift and the spacebar and that will bring you back up.

While you are searching the web you may want to open up a new tab.  You can easily do that my pressing Control & T or Command & T (mac).

You may also be clicking on links on these webpage.  If you don't have a setting that automatically opens up links in a new tab you can Control or Command (mac) before you click on the link and it will open up the link in a new tab.

Lastly to quickly close a tab all you need to do is Control & W or Command & W (mac)

I hope these were helpful!  As always, let me know with a comment if there is anything that you are looking to learn about!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Edmodo is more than just for your students - it can be professional development as well.

Some of you may have heard of Edmodo and might even be using it in your classes.  Those of you who aren't using it probably think that it's just for your students.  Edmodo is so much for than that and can actually be a great tool for professional development.  You can join groups for things like middle school science or technology in the classroom.
Of course you can also create classroom groups to assign homework, quizzes, track performances and award badges.