1. I love this chrome extension shared by Gail. It is called Save to Google. It is merely a different way to store your bookmarks. Typically when you bookmark a site you get a list of bookmark names located under "Other Bookmarks" or displayed across the top of your menu bar. This is nice if you remember what all those names are when you go back to locate a certain site. I can't remember diddly! This extension turns those bookmark names into thumbnail tiles so you can easily locate the site you saved. Below is a sample from my saves.
2. Another extension that was shared this week by Mike is The Great Suspender. Every time you open a new tab and load a website you draw from the available bandwidth while the tab is loaded, even if this tab is in the background of your browser. Install this extension and go into the settings to choose a length of time and after that time any tab you have not use will be "turned off" as far as using bandwidth. It will be as if you never loaded the tab. The question is, "Why don't I just close that tab? I can always open it again." Well, true, but it would lake longer to reload than it does to reactivate. It follows the same principle as a house thermostat. It takes less electricity to keep your air conditioning on low and let it run on those mild days than it does to turn it completely off and and then back on when you want the house cooler..
.3. I almost wish that I was back in the classroom just so that I could try this next add-on from Google Docs. It is called JoeZoo Joe Zoo works on Gooc Docs and can be used with Classroom as well. JoeZoo enables you to give feedback on students' Google Documents by simply highlighting text then selecting feedback statements from a huge menu of options. JoeZoo Express doesn't limit you to using just feedback phrases that they have listed. You can create your own feedback phrases and explanations.
4. The other night I sat through a free webinar about using storyboards to tell stories, illustrate problems and solutions, and to summarize favorite books. The webinar was hosted by Storyboard That. The recording of the webinar is embedded below. Storyboard That also owns the popular Photos for Class and Quick Rubric websites. At the end of the webinar we took a quick look at those tools too.
5. Friday at the Movies- This is my tribute to this week. All week, in every building, it seemed as if the students were operating under the influence of a full moon. Yet it wasn't full yet. Well, I have sinced learned that the final eclipse of 2016 will occur this weekend, and it just so happens to coincide with the harvest moon - something we're not going to see again until 2024.
For the second year in a row, this month’s full moon will coincide with a lunar eclipse, with those in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia are set to get the best view. The event is expected to last for about 3 hours as the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow. Youu can find out more here and since we will not experience it like those across the waters, you can also watch it here: http://www.space.com/34093-harvest-moon-penumbral-lunar-eclipse-2016-explained.html
Regardless, I am going to blame the week's lunarcy on this lunar event.
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.
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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