February 14, 2018

Tech Tuesday for December 19, 2017 Google Tips and Gifts

Teachers Using Technology
Do you know of a great use of technology by a Westfield Teacher? Share your own technology tip with me or nominate another teacher!

Teacher of the Week: Marjorie Ramey, CRES Instructional Coach
Technology Items:
  1. Google Drive
  2. Smartphone
  3. Computer
  4. Google Slides
  5. Snipping tool
  6. Google Sites
Every week I’m meeting teachers who are exploring new frontiers in EdTech. Marjorie has really stepped up her educational technology this year in her new role as Instructional Coach. She has been incorporating videosand pictures in Google Slides as a way to share celebrations of learning at CRES. Marjorie takes pictures with her phone and then uploads them with the Google Drive app.  When incorporating pieces of existing documents, she has found the snipping tool on her Windows desktop to be helpful as well.

Marjorie is now on Twitter and she has built a website to showcase her instructional coaching role. The website is called “Ramey’s Report.”

Connect with Marjorie:  rameym@wws.k12.in.us      Twitter:  @mrameywws               x6259
Google Tips of the Week
Disclaimer: Some of the following recommendations are EdTech related and some are personal tech items or items that would make a great gift. Just because they are listed here does not mean that they are recommended or appropriate for classroom use.

Google Play Music
Already have your own music collection? You can upload 50,000 songs to Google Play Music and stream them for free on all your devices.

Considering a streaming music service? An individual account is $10 a month. However, I recommend the Google Play Music family plan. It’s $15 a month for you plus 5 additional friends or family members.

Already have your playlists in Spotify or another streaming service? Don’t worry, you can use STAMP to move your playlists to Google Play Music.

YouTube Red
YouTube Red lets you save videos to your device for offline playback, allows videos to continue playing when you lock the screen on your phone, and removes all ads from YouTube.  Best of all, it’s free with Google Play Music.

YouTube TV
YouTube TV recently came to the Indianapolis area, and it may finally be time for you to drop cable or satellite TV service for good. It’s only $35 a month for 6 people to stream all the TV you want, on almost any device, and DVR is included. And there’s no contract.

Google Pixel phones

I didn’t want to upgrade my phone until I saw what Google has cooked up with the new AR Stickers in the Pixel camera app. It allows you to drag 3D objects into your field of view and then record video or take pictures to capture those objects. Of course, there are plenty of Stars Wars characters to choose from. This blog post has more information and this YouTube video is a pretty good demonstration. The Stormtrooper actually says, “Move along” if you get in his face!

Odds and Ends
A FREE online conference for teachers: #DitchSummit!

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a nine-day, FREE virtual event. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more.

You’ll get one new inspiring, practical presentation each day. Take your own notes, or download a one-page “key takeaways sheet” from each video. Plus, you can get a certificate for professional development credits for each video you watch.

From December 15-23, you'll get a new video presentation every day. After all the presentations are released, you'll have until December 31 to catch up before they expire.

Register here.
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