Monday, March 27, 2017

Generally, it is good to pick one tool, technique or lesson and stick with it in a regular rhythm (every day, every Friday, every project) until you and the students master the technology which fades into the background and lets the learning shines through. If you are still getting used to a digital tool keep working on it...then pick the next thing.  If you are ready for the next thing pick your level below and give it a go.

Start in the Serve in the 

Basics:  Start in Kitchen.  Serve in Dining Room.  
    Google Drive is like your kitchen.  It is where you organize ingredients, create meals and store them.  Instead of food, we work with words and images instead of ingredients, folders instead of cupboards and documents and presentations instead of meals.  Make sure you have folders for each subject you teach and then a subfolder for each unit.  Anytime you are going to upload or create anything for that unit go into the folder FIRST and then use the NEW button and all your work will be autosaved and categorized where you the google drive kitchen.
     Google Classroom is like the Dining Room.  That is where you serve your meals (lessons) and interact with your customers (students).  Start in Drive...serve in the Classroom.
  1. Cheat sheet:  Drive
  2. Classroom Starter Videos 
  3. Google Chrome 101
  4. Google Drive and Google Classroom 102 tutorial

Intermediate:  Connect other Resources to your Google Classroom 
  1. ​​Digital Tools for Instruction:  Once you master Google Drive and Classroom you can now begin to layer tools...something we call App smashing.  Check out this list to take your next step.
    1. Highlighted tool:  ​​​StoryMaps - Maps, data, and research blended to illuminate your topic in new ways.  Go the next step and create your own...or have students do it (high-level learning and high skill needed)
Advanced:  Hyperslides and Interactive notes
  1. Interactive Notes:  Pass out a copy of a presentation or project/lab directions.  Some slides contain content/directions and some are organized for interactive note taking, slides where students create their own meaning with words and images and drawings or complete graphic organizers or paste links or created videos.
  2. Hyperslides:  Slides published as a view only but with links to learning content (videos/articles) and to classroom learning activities (classroom assignments/padlets/creation tools/digital experiments, etc)  

Larry Goble
Technology Integrator
Williamsville Central School
South High School
Transit Middle School

Friday, March 24, 2017

Google Slides...The Utility App

Google slides is my go to app.  My Utility player. A Utility player is the jack of all trades player on a the case the G Suite team.  Many assignments that are straight forward text should stick with docs and those with numbers and charts, sheets, and images, drawings, but the moment that mixed media comes into play I go to slides.  

Here is a list of some examples:
  • Create presentations (duh)
  • Tri-fold brochures
  • Menus
  • Insert videos, gifs and images for instruction giving
  • Insert text boxes
  • Change page-setup to 8.5x11 and use as a doc
  • Change page-setup to 800x200 and create a header for your google classroom
  • Download as a pdf and upload to wevideo to insert as images
  • Interactive Notes:  Pass out a copy of presentation with various slides for interactive note taking, slides where students create their own meaning with words and images and drawings
  • Unit Organizer:  Hyperlink to outside resources or back to an assignment on classroom to organize
  •  Hyperslides:  Slides published as a view only but with links to learning content (videos/articles) and to classroom learning activities (classroom assignments/padlets/creation tools/digital experiments, etc)  

This list could get long but I hope you are getting the idea.  Next time you need a player, go to your utility slides.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Let Your Students Choose Their Own Adventure and Get Organized in Google Classroom

1.   Student Learning Activity – Choose your path Google Forms
·         Remember how much fun choose your own adventure books were.  I would try them again and again.
·         We can have students demonstrate their knowledge of a text, a science concept, a historical event/person or anything else by having them create a google form with choices which lead to different situations or outcomes.
·         Students really have to know their material in order to create the Correct path AND alternative paths.
·         Check out these samples:
                                         i.    Dichotomous Key – for 6 Kingdom classification (mine)
                                        ii.   Student created – Hernan Cortes (source)
                              iii.  En Francais (source)

2.   Google Classroom organization
·         Label work with a title that begins with a numbering system starting with the quarter (2) then a decimal and sequentially label each successive assignment. 2.1 – Motion lab, 2.2 – Persuasive essay draft.  List graded assignments the same way in wits gradebook.
·         Teach students to use the Work menu to see a list of work due and filter by class

Those are my tips…but I have been wrong before.

Enjoy your life.

Larry Goble
Teacher assigned as Instructional Technology Coach
Williamsville Central Schools

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Connecting With Students...Around the World #GlobalSpeedChat

Have you seen it.  Probably just rolled out.  But I love it and you will too.

I would like to give you some information on #GlobalSpeedchat (   

Essentially it is a new initiative to connect student around the world.  App smashing Adobe spark and padlet and a host of other tools, #globalspeedchat hopes to engage students from all over the world with each other. 

Here is a TedEd blog about it.

 I hope you will ask your students to post and then check back as each task gets more international posts.  

And go.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

For those of us using Google Classroom and Docs in our school google domain (schoogle), our public name may not be formated as we wish.  My district lists our last name first and first name last…as do our student’s accounts.  The GIF attached shows how to change it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Take It Up a Notch: Aggregating Student Video Projects for Teacher and Peer Feedback on Youtube

Take It Up a Notch:  Aggregating Student Video Projects for Teacher and Peer Feedback on Youtube

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Students are immersed in a culture of video. Youtube attracts more eyeballs than ANY cable station. Watching educational videos is one way to deliver content, but having students create videos on your class content "deepens thinking" and engages them much more than consuming video.  But then what?

File:Google Classroom Logo.pngGetting videos to the teacher is relatively easy in Google Classroom.  However, at times we want all the videos in one easy place for teachers and students to comment on.  The simple answer for this is to use your G Suite for Education account to post on Youtube.  Students can place their videos in a playlist that the teacher creates and the class shares.  Here is how:
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Teachers:  In YouTube, while logged in with your school account, go to “My Channel” on left three lines menu (we call it the hamburger menu in our district) Choose Playlists in the middle of that page.   If this is your first time in YouTube you may have some setup to do including picking privacy settings.  Some teachers are reticent to be public (bigger public, bigger impact) but even if your channel is public, you have the option of choosing the setting for each video or playlist.  
Choose to create a new playlist, name it and choose Unlisted for the privacy setting.  This way your playlist cannot be found by search, but students can find it with the link.

Next, Click on the Share settings and check the  “Allow people with link to add videos”

As with most things...the first time is slightly more complicated than the second.  The first time students should log in with their school google login (schoogle) and go to their Youtube account and choose “My Channel”. They will then have to set up their name and gender and create the channel.  After that, students can follow the link you posted to your playlist. When they press continue they will be able to upload their own video.  If they are on a chromebook and the video is on Google Drive the process is “Add Videos” while in the playlist.  Similarly if the students are working on a pc...the video must first be downloaded to the pc and then uploaded, unless your students’ videos are syncing with Google Photos.  Ahhh...the options are endless.

Students and teachers alike now have access to view and comment on any video that has been added to the playlist.  
Once the videos are all in, access to add videos can be restricted and the playlist shared with parents, the school or the world for critical feedback and celebration.

Much Thanks to Eileen Theuerkauf and Jennifer Murphy for editing this post.

Friday, October 28, 2016

                   Spooktacular Tips for Halloween Week!

                     1.   Great Google Slides templates: Techy scale - 3/10
                     2.   Math Games aligned to Common Core: Techy scale - 2/10, 7th and 8th grade examples for November
                     3.   Minimize all windows on your screen to get to desktop quickly: Techy scale - 1/10
                     4.   Digital Feedback:   Techy scale - 7/10 Open all your student assignment files to correct at the same time.

1.    Slides Carnival: Find a good one…press Use and make a copy.  Enter your content.  Halloween one for Monday… Halloween Template

2.  Games and worksheets.  Search by grade K-8 or by standard.  Track students or not by importing google classrooms.  Assign to students by posting link to that game for extra practice on wits or using the post to google classroom button.  Scratch pad (student use stylus or finger to show work) and multiple choice questions
a.   7th Grade:  Solving rational equations

3.    Are you a windows hog?  Lots of open windows and tabs?  Try these keyboard shortcuts. 
a.   Minimize all windows: D
b.   Close all windows: Alt + F4, F4, F4
c.   Switch to next tab in Chrome: Ctrl + Tab, Tab, Tab
d.   Switch to next window:  ALT + Esc, Esc, Esc

4.    Digital Feedback:  If you are collecting assignments in google classroom you have likely developed your own feedback method to provide formative feedback.  It likely entails opening each assignment one by one and commenting or copying and pasting a rubric or using an add-on like doc assist.  One thing I here from Teachers is that they wish they could open all the files up at once.  The video link demonstrates how to do this, attach a rubric if you wish, complete your regular correcting methods and then press the next button to go to the next student assignment.  You even have the option of providing voice comments.   Video