I had a wonderful time last week at the Upstate Technology Conference put on by our local school district. It is totally free but there is a limit to the number of participants so it is hard to get in if you don’t register as soon as registration opens. I learned a lot and feel that I found a lot of things that will be useful. Here are some of my notes that I wanted to share with you.
Chrome Top 20 Extensions by Stacy Holcombe
- Save to Pocket
- Save to Google Drive
- Extensify - enables or disables extensions so your computer runs faster.
- OneTab- puts all your tabs into one; can open them all back up if needed.
- Checker Plus for Google Calendar
When sharing documents that you don't want others to edit:
Go to Google Drive, then pick a document and get the shareable link.
Everything after the forward slash before “edit” and change to copy:
Advanced Uses of Google Forms
Under settings, make a quiz (only works with multiple choice with one answer).
Google – icon’s nicknames: hot dog, hamburger, waffle
· EZ Query
Forms.google.com – has templates
Google Apps That Make Teaching Life a Breeze
1. Typing Club – teaching typing
2. Storybird – can be used for any subject; create a story based on the pictures that you find; picture books, long book, or poetry form; great for early finishers
3. Pdf to Word Doc converter – free, great for when you need to edit a .pdf file.
4. Google Keep – they can add pictures and summarize them; all notes can have labels for organization
5. Google Classroom – great for inclusion classes; put your notes in there
6. Diigo – bookmarking tool; you can highlight and tag
7. Newsela – article generator; sort according grade level, reading standard, language
8. Snagit – allows you to screen capture anything
9. Voice Note II – chrome extension; dictate and it writes it out.
10. Gliffy – creating mind maps, flow charts; trial period and then 90 day extension; can export as an image
11. Pixlr Editor – photoshop on the computer; search for “Pixlr Editor Tutorial”
12. Canva -
13. smore – make newsletters
14. Exit Ticket – You have to manually upload your assessments
15. USA Test Prep – great tests and resources for you to use; printable resources;
(control and plus or minus to zoom in or out of site)
Multiplying Your Voice Through Screencasting
Use Screencastify – a google chrome extension
Google cardboard – you need a device
Apps to use with Google cardboard –
Presentation slideshow at www.Kittytrip.com
Screencasts – 3 or 4 min. but no more than 5
Can be accessed repeatedly
The listener becomes in charge of their learning.
· Screenchomp – free
· Show Me – free
· Explain Everything – cost
· Screencastify – free google extension; 10 minutes
· Screencastomatic –
· Camtasia Studio – paid version of Screencastify
Practice a couple of times before recording.