1. Google Forms + ABCya Word Cloud = a great mash-up learning task!
Create a Google Form with one short answer question. An example may be, Describe the volcano in one word. Export all of the students' answers into a spreadsheet. Drag down to highlight and copy all of the words. Paste these into a word cloud generator. There are several but my new favorite is ABCya's Generator. A list of word cloud generators is below.
Tagxedo (This is Gail's favorite!)
2. Google Forms makes anecdotal records even easier! This is a tip I picked up from VSTE last weekend. The presenter created a Google Form, emailed it to herself, then opened it on her iPad. She then saved the link to the form on her iPad home screen so that she could access the form at a touch. She allowed me to copy her form. If you want a copy, please see me. You are welcome to adjust it after you have copied it.
Another great feature about using the Google Form is that you can click on Form, then choose Show Summary of Responses, and there are great graphs which summarize your data!
3. Google has themes! Are you tired of how your browser looks? You can dress it up seasonally. Go to the Chrome Web Store. Click on the left where you see "themes" Click the one you want and then add to Chrome! Enjoy!
4. Interactive white board without the board! At VSTE I signed up to receive an IPEVO interactive wand. This should be delivered after Christmas. Remember when I told you that in the future we may have to look into a replacement for the SmartBoard? This wand turns any wall into an interactive board. If you would like me to demonstrate for you, please let me know. The wand is $170 versus a $2000 SmartBoard!
5. Friday at the Movies - Pay attention to the little things
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler