1. This Google Tip is brought to you by my grandson, Ryan. Sometimes the best things I have learned are due to a child, this time my own grandson, messing something up on a computer that I need to then fix. Some how Ryan accidentally turned on the CAPS Lock on my Chromebook. Something I had been missing but didn't know how to do. So I then had to search for the solution. I discovered that if you push and hold the alt key and the search key at the same time a little arrow will appear on the bottom right notifications bar and a pop-up will alert you that Caps Lock is on. Then tap Shift to turn off Caps Lock. What is the search key? It is the magnifying glass that is in the place of where a CAPS lock would be on a windows keyboard.
2. Lauren Kershner, from CES shared some resources with me last week. Many of us are working on Growth Mindsets with our students. Lauren pointed out that Class Dojo had some great lessons. The site is called Class Dojo Big Ideas. Check it out and thank you, Lauren!
3. The Google resource I am sharing this week is not mine but rather came from a Facebook group to which I belong. For copyright purposes, you will see the name of the original creator on the first slide. It is called Build a Jack-o-lantern. This would be great at any elementary grade level. Even older kids like a kick-back activity once in a while. Plus, I like that it asks the students to write about their creation once they are done with it. Click the image to open the document and then go to File->Make a Copy. Enjoy!
4. I hope I have not been driving you crazy with my begging to do a Breakout EDU. This week I would like to share a digital Breakout that I have put together called The Monster Mash. This is based on an unplugged version I found on the Breakout EDU site, I know that sometimes it is hard to fit a real one in the schedule. This one is designed to be done in a more timely fashion. Perfect for an inside recess or you can work on it during the day in pieces as brain breaks!
5. Friday at the Movies - My youngest grandson has become obsessed with Moana and especially this song. After reflecting I realized it is perfect for us educators. Often we see that the students feel stuck. It's an encouragement to keep going.
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