Make-a-Movie with BrainPop

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Brain POP via Compfight

Just announced: “the launch of Make-a-Movie, the newest addition to our suite of creation tools. Make-a-Movie empowers teachers and students to make their own BrainPOP-style movies, building scenes with images from our library or their own drawings. Moviemakers can then record narration, manipulate backgrounds, add cool transitions, and begin with a letter the way BrainPOP movies do.” – from BrainPop.com

Visit the Get Started with Make-a-Movie educators page for a preview with step-by-step guides and screencasts.

Also visit the BrainPop Blog to explore the December recap of the new games and movies that are now available at BrainPOP. For more information about how to utilize BrainPop, visit the Elanco Elem. Instructional Tech Info 2016-17 document.

 

 

Football by the Numbers

Super Bowl XLIX Joe Parks via Compfight

It’s Super Bowl week. Here’s a fun and interactive way to have students experiment with STEM concepts, such as angle and velocity. A fun way for students in grades 3-8 to play with the science of football.

“EA SPORTS, Madden NFL, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education are proud to introduce EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an engaging… educational program designed to harness students’ love for football to engage them in key math and science concepts.” — http://footballbythenumbers.discoveryeducation.com/

In the football interactive, students are “presented with on-the-field scenarios and challenges faced by the NFL’s best players and coaches, it’s your (students’) job to make the informed, real-time decisions necessary to win the game! Design strategies for running the most effective play by using your math and science knowledge, and then it’s up to you to make the call.”

Click here to Launch the Interactive.

Students first set the angle and velocity, then…. get to see if the quarterback completes the pass.

 

Farewell & Thank You!

Farewell & Thank You!

As you may have heard, I’ve resigned from my position as instructional technology coach in Elanco in early January. In addition to spending time at home with my kiddos, I hope to develop my educational consulting endeavors.

Thank you so much to all of you who have included me in your classrooms and project design work and who have attended any of the Wired Wednesdays or other professional development sessions I’ve offered. It’s been such a pleasure working with all of you and your students!

I will miss everyone at Elanco and wish you continued success and happiness. Continue challenging yourselves, and don’t be afraid to take risks with technology! You can’t break it! If it’s going to help students collaborate, communicate, and create in meaningful ways, give it a try! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything! Email me anytime at hiltelemtech@gmail.com.

I’ll look to the #elancosd hashtag and your blogs to check out the innovative and exciting learning happening in your classrooms!

— Lyn Hilt

Elanco Gateway for Teachers

pages-on-mobileJust as the Elanco Elementary Students have had a district links homepage for the past school year, now a similar page is also available for teachers using the Elanco Gateway pages. All of the important links that have been placed on the teacher symbaloo page for the past several years are also posted on the new Elanco Teacher Gateway. Each elementary building has their own teacher site:

The page has been designed to have a quick links row at the top for those most frequently used sites. A ‘content’ section follows with district and educational resources, then a ‘district resources’ section with many of the district office employment links. Teachers may want to consider making this new website their homepage on their district computer.

The Elanco Elem Teacher Links Symbaloo will begin to be phased out after the 2016-17 school year.

The are a number of reasons for creating a new teacher links page using the Elanco Gateway, including:

  1. The page loads much faster,
  2. The page is less likely to be down (The Symbaloo website has been experiencing more and more stability problems as of late),
  3. The page has no advertisements,
  4. The page is much more mobile friendly by better scaling to a variety of screen sizes (see image). Teachers may want to bookmark the site on their mobile phones for quick references to district links,.

A big thanks to Lindsay Sessions in the tech department for all her hard work creating all of the tiles on the pages. If you have any suggestions, notice any incorrect links, or need tiles added, edited, or deleted, please submit a tech work order, or contact Tim Leister.

Back-to-School 2016 * Google Goodness for You!

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your summer days! There have been some exciting updates and releases this summer in the Google Apps ecosystem that I’d like to share with you, along with some other resources to help you jumpstart your technology integration efforts this year!

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Google Forms Quizzes

Google Forms now has the ability to self-grade forms you create as quizzes. Released in June, this post from the Google for Education blog shares this new feature. Step-by-step tutorials can be found here. What can Google Forms quizzes do?

“…we launched Quizzes in Google Forms on Monday to help teachers quickly create, deliver and grade assignments or assessments. With Quizzes, teachers can select correct answers for multiple choice and checkbox questions to reduce repetitive grading. They can also enter explanations and review materials to help students learn. And to make sure students understand the lesson material, teachers can prevent students from sending themselves a copy of their responses. ” via the Google for Education blog

Exciting stuff! Check out a video tutorial here:

If you previously used the add-on Flubaroo to grade student Form responses, this post by Eric Curts gives a great comparison of the two features and when to use each.

Note: Stuck with anything in Google Apps? The Google Help Center is THE place to go to find the answers you need!!

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Image via http://hyperdocs.co/about_hyperdocs

HyperDocs

As someone who built webquests for students in the early 2000s to promote interactivity with the web, HyperDocs appear to be a similar way to help students interact with online content in order to collaborate and create content of their own to build understanding. A HyperDoc is very simply a Google doc or Google Slides set that is built to include hyperlinks to resource sites, videos, images, and more to engage students in learning more about a topic. In order to make them most engaging, HyperDocs should include tasks for students and provide a variety of student-driven choice options when possible. If not thoughtfully designed, a HyperDoc can simply turn into a digitized worksheet. Try to avoid this at all costs by including maximum opportunities for student engagement, creation, voice, and choice!

The term “hyperdocs” was coined by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis in their book, The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps

Resources for you:

Image via https://futureofstorytelling.org/google-expeditions/

Image via https://futureofstorytelling.org/google-expeditions/

Project Ideas & More

Google Maps and Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions was a new program running at select schools last year, utilizing the latest in virtual reality (VR) applications to take students on global explorations. This summer it was announced that Google Expeditions is now available for use by all students! If you’re interested, talk to your building principal and consider applying for a Spartan Foundation grant to acquire devices and Google Cardboard viewers. The app is free for Android devices and is coming soon to iOS devices as well. Read more to learn about how students are using Google Expeditions!

There are many applications for Google Maps in the classroom. From math to social studies to geography and science connections, students can create custom My Maps, calculate distances, and explore landforms. Check out these resources on ways to use Google Maps in the classroom:

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Fonts for Days!

I know you love beautiful typography for your classroom creations… kiss Comic Sans goodbye with Google Fonts. Did you know that while you’re working in a Google doc, you can click on your fonts menu and browse all the way down to More Fonts…. to be taken to another collection of fonts you can add to your apps?

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You can also visit the Google Fonts website to browse the collection of fonts to find exactly what you’re looking for. From this site you can select fonts by clicking the red + sign next to the font (you can even type in the textboxes to see how they will look with words you type often!) and downloading the font file to your device and installing for use in other applications outside of Google.

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Wishing you a wonderful school year, filled with opportunities for you and your students to connect, collaborate, and create together! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Tim with any questions or needs!

Created by Georgina Tanaka via https://twitter.com/GtanakaTanaka/status/761965169517834240

Created by Georgina Tanaka via https://twitter.com/GtanakaTanaka/status/761965169517834240

#gafe4littles

Follow the hashtag #gafe4littles to learn more about ways to incorporate the use of Google Apps for Education with even the youngest learners! Educators Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler recently held the first #gafe4littles workshop in California and are sharing their resources via the hashtag and elsewhere. Keep an eye out for some wonderful things being shared, and don’t forget to share what’s happening in YOUR classrooms via the hashtag and your blogs as well!

Google Classroom Updates

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Hello, everyone!

I know many of you are using Google Classroom with your students, and perhaps more of you are looking to use it next year! Because Google values feedback from teachers, there have been many enhancements made to Google Classroom this year.

  • You can now schedule assignments, questions, or announcements to post at a later date!
  • Use questions to poll students!
  • Coming in the fall: parent notifications!

Read all about the updates here.

The Google Classroom team is also planning to offer developers deeper integration among their services and Google Classroom, so you may see more opportunities for using Google Classroom in different ways in the future.

The What’s New in Classroom help page from Google lists each update with more details about each. Keep that page handy along with subscribing to the Google for Education blog so you never miss any news about Google Classroom or other Google products! You can also follow Google for Education on Twitter!

If you’re not currently using Google Classroom but you are taking advantage of the collaboration and communication suite of Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms, I highly encourage you to give Classroom a try next year! Reach out to a colleague using Classroom, Tim, or Lyn, and we’ll be happy to support you getting started! All of the Google Classroom support resources can be found on our tech blog here.

P.S. For you Google Slides fans… there’s now an integrated Q & A feature! Great to engage students and obtain feedback during lessons!

May 2016 Updates

Thanks, Mr. Leister! 

As the end of the school year approaches, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and explore some new technology resources:
 
  • Digital Learning Tools at ELANCO Elementary – At the end of each school year, teacher input concerning the paid educational programs at ELANCO is very important.  Please take a few minutes to complete the Elem Digital Learning Tools Survey to share your opinions on current programs, as well as to offer suggestions for future programs and professional development needsOne of our August in-service days will have sessions based on your suggestions. 
  • New Q&A Feature in Google Slides – A newly released feature in Google Apps for Education provides the option for presenters to allow their audience to submit questions and vote on them during Google Slide presentations.
  • Quizizz now integrates with Google Classroom – so that you can use the Google Classroom Share button to easily send out Quizizz games to your students.
  • Subscribe to your School’s Calendar in MS Outlook – Follow these directions to add the your school building’s calendar to your Outlook Calendar. 
  • End of the School Year Backups – It’s approaching the end of the school year and teachers will soon be packing up their classrooms for the summer break. However, teachers should also consider packing up (or backing up) their digital classroom as well.  Consider some steps that you could take to cleanup and secure your computer files, browser settings, and Email.  Yes, email….Take the ‘Inbox Zero’ Challenge and get to zero emails in your Inbox before leaving for the summer and claim your ELANCO Credly Badge here.  Remember that you can claim other Elanco Digital Badges for your many tech skills. 
  • May Edition of Storify at #ElancoSD – A collection of educational resources and social media posts from Elanco teachers and organizations. Check out posts and pictures of the Blue Ball Big Read, our HS spring sport athletes, GSHS Prom 2016, GS chorus concerts, and more. Include the hashtag #ElancoSD in your tweets to see your posts in future editions. 
  • The Elanco Leading Edge Flipboard Magazine – Read what’s new in the world of Teaching and Educational Technology. View on the web, or subscribe via the Flipboard iOS or Android App to read on your mobile device.

April 2016 Elem Tech Updates

April 2016 Updates from Mr. Leister

While the students are testing this week and next, perhaps you’ll have some time to explore some new technology resources:
 
  • Quizlet Live is a new feature from Quizlet that allows teachers to play an in-class game using existing online flashcard study sets. The game requires students to collaborate in small groups to find the term that matches the definition.
  • Google Classroom has added a new polling feature!  A recent blog post from Google for Educationshows some creative ways teachers are using polling in their classrooms.
  • Kahoot has added a new ‘Team Mode to their online game system to better “nurture collaboration, teamwork, leadership skills and good communication.”
  • ThingLink is an online tool for teachers to create interactive images by adding ‘hot spot’ buttons to overlay text, images, videos and more.  Here’s one example for learning about the U.S. Presidents
  • Nearpod is a great classroom presentation tool with the formative assessment tools are built right into the presentation allowing students to respond on their computers with open-ended answers, multiple choice questions, or the use of drawing tools.  I have 2 Nearpod Teacher accounts that were paid for by the district for any Elementary Teacher who is interested in having the full version of the program through February 2017. First come, first serve!
  • April Edition of Storify at #ElancoSD – A collection of educational resources and social media posts from Elanco teachers and organizations. Check out pictures from our guidance department of the Class of 2016 accepting their college admission offers. Include the hashtag #ElancoSD in your tweets to see your posts in future editions. 
  • The Elanco Leading Edge Flipboard Magazine – Read what’s new in the world of Teaching and Educational Technology. View on the web, or subscribe via the Flipboard iOS or Android App to read on your mobile device.
  • Remember that you can claim your own Elanco Digital Badges for your many tech skills. 
 

March 2016 Elem Tech Updates

Thanks, Mr. Leister!
With Lyn out on maternity leave, I thought that I’d send out an update with some new resources that are available to Elanco Elementary Teachers and Students.  Some to the links below will direct you to Lyn’s Elem Tech Blog, while other will go to my Garden Spot Tech Blog that I use with the secondary teachers. 
 
  • Recent Updates to Google Drive – Voice typing in Google Docs makes typing easier, especially for those students who struggle. New templates in Docs, Sheets and Slides allow for quick access to pre-formatted, professional looking documents. Google Keep for all those reminder sticky notes that have in the past only existed on your desktop.
  • Kiddle is a new safer and more secure version of the Google search engine. A great way to better eliminate those unwanted Internet search results for young students. 
  • The Student Blogging Challenge, which happens twice a year, is starting up again in March and includes a series of 10 weekly tasks created by Edublogs which you can customize for your class. For more information about Elanco’s Edublogs, visit the Edublogs & Blogging page. 
  • Quizalize your Formative Assessment by using the online tool called Quizalize to randomly assigning students to teams while answering questions that accumulate points for their team in real time.
  • TED-Ed explains the answers to some of life’s most basic questions, such as “Why are there so many insects?”, or “What does outer space do to your body?”, or “Why are manhole covers round?” with short video lessons using animation and simple terminology for students.
  • March Edition of Storify at #ElancoSD – A collection of educational resources and social media posts from Elanco teachers and organizations. Include the hashtag #ElancoSD in your tweets to see your posts in future editions. 
  • The Elanco Leading Edge Flipboard Magazine – Read what’s new in the world of Teaching and Educational Technology. View on the web, or subscribe via the Flipboard iOS or Android App to read on your mobile device.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions about any of these updates or want to discuss methods to integrate technologies into your classroom.
 
Thanks.

Kiddle – A Search Engine for Kids

kiddleEven the best school district Internet content filters will sometimes allow inappropriate content in the search results for teachers and students. Kiddle is a new customized search that uses the Google search engine, created just for young kids. Using Kiddle will allow students to still utilize the search power of Google without receiving some of the unnecessary information that comes along with their search results.

Below, you’ll read the benefits of using Kiddle with young students as described on the Kiddle About Page.

1) Safe search: sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as we filter sites with explicit or deceptive content. 
2) Kids-oriented results: the boxes below illustrate how Kiddle returns results for each query (in the order shown):

  • Safe sites and pages written specifically for kids. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 1-3.
  • Safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 4-7.
  • Safe, famous sites that are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand. Filtered by Google safe search. Typically, results 8 onwards.

3) Big thumbnails: most Kiddle search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan the results…..
4) Large Arial font in Kiddle search results provides better readability for kids.
5) Privacy: we don’t collect any personally identifiable information, and our logs are deleted every 24 hours. Please read our full privacy statement here.

To make Kiddle easily accessible for students, an icon has been added on the new Elanco student gateway homepages (here’s Blue Ball Elem) with the Google Search icon. googlesearch

This free resources might be one to share with parents as well. Keep in mind that as with any search engine, there is no 100% guarantee that all search results yielded are child-friendly. Continue to be vigilant about assigning meaningful online work for your students and supervising their activity.