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Posted Date: 10/04/2017

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Using YouTube in Google Classroom

A few ideas to easily incorporate YouTube in Google Classroom are:  

  • Add a video by clicking the YouTube icon

  • Make video announcements

  • Create a playlist of resources

  • Use YouTube for writing prompts

Random.org

Do you often need to quickly pick a random number?  Then random.org is for you. This site produces “true” random numbers and even has a tool to simulate coin flipping and card shuffling.  

 

random number picker

 

http://www.random.org/

 

Constitution Day (September 17) Activities

Need some Constitution Day activities?  Check out the

Constitution Center. Click here for an interactive version of our Constitution.

 

https://constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day

 

Downloaded Files in Chrome

How to choose where your downloaded files in Chrome are saved

How to add a picture to your name in Gmail?

  1. Open Gmail.

  2. In the top right, click the arrow by the setting gear.

  3. Click  Settings

  4. (Be sure you are on the General tab.)

  5. In the "My Picture" section, click Change picture.

  6. Select or upload a new picture.

  7. Click Apply Changes.

Free Tool to Combine PDF Documents

Try PDF Binder to combine your PDFs into one document.   

https://pdfbinder.en.softonic.com/

Google for Conversions

Use Google for conversions.  If you need to quickly convert currency, metric or American units, simply type your info into the Chrome search bar.  Example:  "how many feet in a mile" or "100 US dollars in Euros".

Free Audio Books

Looking for free audio books and eBook downloads?  Check out Loyal Books and Lit2Go (also has an option to download passages) to use in your classroom.  

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Slides Carnival

Check out Slides Carnival for free PowerPoint & Google Slides templates that can enhance any presentation.

http://www.slidescarnival.com/

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Tyler Tarver Math Academy

Need help with math?  Check out Tyler Academy on YouTube. He’s a fellow Arkansan with amazing resources.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/sirtylertarver  

Grammar Gladiator Game

This is a fun way for students to learn about grammar.  Skills include punctuation, conjunctions, homophones, articles, verb tenses and more.  The goal of the game is to make the gladiator jump on platforms to launch fire into the correct answer.    

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http://roomrecess.com/mobile/GrammarGladiator/play.html

Right-click on a Chromebook

To right-click on a chromebook, simply click the touchpad with two (2) fingers and the right-click options will appear.

Online Research Sources

Do you need online research sources?  If so, check out this list from teachingauthors.com.

http://www.teachingauthors.com/2017/03/online-resources-for-writers.html

Canned Email Responses aka Template Emails

Tired of typing the same reply over and over? Or, are you looking for a way to automatically respond to emails?  Try canned responses (automated answers to common types of messages).  Simply, compose your message once and save the message text with canned responses. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

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ADE Resource for Writing

Check out the ADE’s Livebinder resource of writing instructional tools.  It includes YouTube videos, Quick Writes, and much more.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2120149

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Adblock for YouTube

Since we have the Google Suite for Education, we are able to download the AdBlock for YouTube extension.  This extension will remove the ads on YouTube when viewing in the Chrome browser.

To add this extension to your account, please do the following:

1) Go to Chrome Web Store (Be sure you are signed into your school account.)

2) Search Adblock for Youtube

3)  Add Extension to Chrome

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KidzType

KidzType is a cool site for students to learn how to type.  It is organized by grade level and offers typing games, lesson, exercises, practice, and more.  

http://www.kidztype.com/

Photos for Class

Photos for Class is a great site for finding safe images for students.  It finds creative common licensed images.  Best of all, it generates an automatic citation once you download the image.

http://www.photosforclass.com/

Force Copy Option for Google Docs

ave you wanted to share a document with others, but want to make sure they don’t manipulate your original document or would you like to have the receiver automatically prompted to Make a Copy of the document?  If you would like for the link you send a recipient to ask them to Make A Copy of the document, please do the following:

  1. Click the Share button

  2. Click Get Sharable Link button

  3. Click Copy Link

https://docs.google.com/a/msd3.org/document/d/10oZ1sGR8qkivjj2WA08yAluB2P-pPyzK_CWwSUKa3a8/edit?usp=sharing

  1. Paste the link into a new email

  2. Erase everything after the last slash and add the work copy

https://docs.google.com/a/msd3.org/document/d/10oZ1sGR8qkivjj2WA08yAluB2P-pPyzK_CWwSUKa3a8/copy

  1. Send email. Now when the recipient clicks on the link, it will ask them if they want to Make a Copy of the document.

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Learn Free

Do you need lessons on Microsoft Office, Chromebooks, Snapchat, Prezi’s, etc.?  Learn Free is an excellent resource for teaching students and adults about technoloy and office skills.  The site also includes sections to help with Match and Reading. Check out their obile app so you can learn on the go.  

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

Science 360 for Breaking STEM News

Science 360 offers a library of breaking science news and wonders.  It includes videos, featured series, and radio elements from science, engineering, technology, and math.  Science 360 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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https://science360.gov/files/

Internet Arcade

Do you sometimes miss those video games from the 1970’s to 1990s such as Oregon Trail and Carmen San Diego?  Well, Internet Arcade is your answer.   This site has over 800 video games.  Check out the Internet Arcade by clicking here.

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https://archive.org/details/internetarcade

 

How to remove a Google account from “Choose an account” page list

If someone is simply wanting to remove the extra account as a choice for Google login, please follow the steps below.

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Text Fairy

Do you quickly need an image converted to text?  Text Fairy is a great Android app that takes an image of text and makes it editable. You can then copy, paste, and send the editable text in SMS, email, etc. It does not read handwriting, but it will convert your typed text.  Best of all, Text Fairy is free!

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.renard.ocr&hl=en

 

Google Books

Google Books is a service that provides access to public domain books and magazines.  You can even create your own library.  Teachers can organize a bookshelf for students making it easier to access useful titles for a certain project.  Google Books is said to be the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books..

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https://books.google.com

Build Your Wild Self

Want to make a quick, cute avatar that can also help students study geography regions, animal parts, climate, etc?  Check out all the fun you can have with Build Your Wild Self.  Students can describe how they feel about a character or use it to enhance digital storytelling.  

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http://www.buildyourwildself.com/

Google News Archive

Google Newspaper Archive is great for students to find old news articles about various topics typically not find with a traditional Google search.  Students could compare and contrast various news events, use articles as writing prompts, and discuss current events.  

https://news.google.com/newspapers

 

Cool Classroom Timers

Click here to find cool classroom stopwatches such as a duck race, egg, and candle timer.   

http://www.online-stopwatch.com/classroom-timers/

Chrome App vs. Extensions?

Web apps are basically websites. They run within Chrome's browser.  Sometimes they may need to install a small component on your local machine, but that will only make a difference when you're using that particular Web app. An example Web app would be Google Maps. It runs within the browser and doesn't require you to download anything, but it has its own user interface.

An extension affects something global on your browser. Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.  An example is the Chromecast extension "Google Cast," which allows you to broadcast your

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