Saturday, December 13, 2014

Create FREE Animated Gifs using Snagit and your Chrome Browser

Animated Gifs have returned to the scene as a GREAT teaching tool. You can email them, post them on a website or on social media, add them to a document or slideshow, but any way you put them, they're a powerful, succinct way to get across the steps of a technology process. Easy, fun, and FREE! Thanks TechSmith for the great addition to the Chrome browser!

Install the App here and you also need the extension, available here.

Video here if you don't see it below.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Updated Student Choice Continuum

The idea of the "Student Choice Continuum" has had quite a bit of traction thanks to followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Thanks for your feedback. Below please find the updated Student Choice Continuum which has discarded the "Based on Curriculum" anchor found in the original version. Educators pointed out to me that any of these activities could be based on curriculum or not and that often teachers think their activities are based on curriculum (word search) when they are actually not helpful to student learning. Keep sharing and sending feedback! I'm listening!


Vector Version (svg format)

Extra Large PNG Version

Thursday, November 13, 2014

3 Minute Tech Tip: Switch to the New Google Drive, Move Multiple Files at Once, and ADD (not move) Files to a Secondary Folder

In this THREE MINUTE video, learn to do ALL THIS: Switch to the New Google Drive, Move Multiple Files at Once, and ADD (not move) Files to a Secondary Folder

I know, that's a lot for 3 minutes, right?!?



Friday, November 7, 2014

5 Features of Google Docs you are Probably Missing Out On (#FOMO)

While just about EVERYBODY’S using Google Docs these days, there may be some important features you’re missing out on, so if you’re having GDocs FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), read on...

1. Suggesting Mode

This relatively new feature allows you to highlight a mistake in a document, type a suggestion on top, then lets other document editors choose whether or not to accept your suggestion. Writing teachers and peer editors: Don’t miss this feature!


Read the rest at the Synergyse Blog---A GREAT RESOURCE, plus, the rest of this article is really awesome, and I don't want you to MISS OUT.

Check out Suggesting Mode Below:


Thursday, November 6, 2014

3 Minute Tech Tip: Automatically Label Incoming Email with a Filter + a Label


This week's tip comes from a colleague who wanted a way to automatically label email messages based on certain criterion. This technique will DEFINITELY help you keep your inbox organized as well as draw your attention to important topics. Hope you enjoy it! If you do, please hit the thumbs up button you YouTube or share the video with others via your social networks or email.



If you'd like to submit an idea for a tip, please shoot me an email via the contact button on the top right of the blog.

Credits, and because I am asked all the time: Screencast software from Techsmith, Camtasia for Mac does both the cool features you see in this video: the magnifying glass and the picture in picture. I love it. Thanks Techsmith!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 5 Reasons To Give Google Play for Edu Another Look

Guys, You are SERIOUSLY missing out if you haven't looked at the new Google Play for Education store. And NO, you don't have to have a Google Play tablet to take advantage of it! Learn everything you need to know to get started in my post on the Synergyse Blog here, or click the image below.


Monday, October 27, 2014

CrowdSchool Seeks to Crowdsource PBL Units, Asks for a Start via Indie Go Go

CrowdSchool recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help scale its platform for teachers to create, share, and sell project-based Challenges. CrowdSchool seeks to make it easier for teachers to find and use project-based resources in the classroom.

All three Co-Founders have teaching experience, and Chief Learning Officer Tim Monreal still teaches middle school Social Studies. Pedagogy is at the heart of CrowdSchool and they are designing a platform that emphasizes 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

With a successful IndieGoGo campaign, CrowdSchool will launch a marketplace where teachers can search for a variety of project-based Challenges. Teachers will then be able to use a CrowdSchool Challenge online with students in their class. They will crowdsource project-based Challenges from teachers. Once teachers create a Challenge they can decide to share it for free to other teachers or list a price of their choosing. Project-based learning takes a lot of preparation time and CrowdSchool wants to make the planning process easier for teachers.

Although CrowdSchool is using IndieGoGo to raise funds to launch a full marketplace, they are currently adding Challenges and resources for teachers to use immediately in the classroom. On Friday, they released the first public CrowdSchool Challenge: "Create a Campaign to Reduce Bullying in your School or Community."

To use the Bullying Prevention Challenge Sign up here. It's completely free and they will send you everything you need to start using your Challenge within 24 hours.

To learn more about CrowdSchool visit their website , check out their IndieGoGo campaign page, or take a couple of minutes to watch the inspiring video posted below
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Article provided by CrowdSchool's own Tim Monreal. Thanks Tim!