Sunday, October 26, 2014

Google Classroom, Google Chromebooks, Google Draw

               Welcome to Google Classroom! 
If you use Google Apps for Education, Google Classroom is a MUST!  Check out this video!                               Sign up today! It's FREE!
                What is Google Classroom? 

Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.

Create and collect assignments:  Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students.

Improve class communications:  Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.

Stay organized:  Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.

Please click HERE to visit my blog to read how my second graders are using Google Classroom! 
Google Apps and Google Classroom are great tools to use for Differentiation, Resources, Focus for Learning, Assessment
Common Core State Standards!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Online Graphing Tools

websites for online graphing

Need some suggestions on websites to use for making online graphs with your students?  In a recent blog post I wrote, I gave two different possibilities that work great!  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources to find these suggestions.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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PuppetPals: 5th Grade / Learned Behaviors and Inherited Traits

Working collaboratively, 5th grade students created PuppetPals depicting their understanding of learned behaviors and inherited traits.

Requirements of the Project: Students had to write a script/storyboard the following questions as well as provide examples of learned behaviors and inherited traits.
  • What is the difference between inherited & acquired trait?
  • What is the difference between instinctive & learned behavior?

The finished projects where downloaded to the app, Book Creator and then uploaded to YouTube. Below is an example of the finished project.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Texas Regions: 4th Grade Lifecards App Project

4th grade students created Texas Region postcards utilizing the app, Lifecards. Students were assigned a specific region and researched information for the project. Photos for each Texas Region were uploaded to Dropbox for students to download to the idevice. 

The finished products were made into an interactive flip book (via FlipSnack - viewed best in IE) and showcased on the grade level website. 

 Below is an example of a finished product: Peace,

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Using Photobucket in the Classroom

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.Photobucket is a photo saving and photo sharing website that has been around for a long time.  I have used this website for personal uses – saving pictures of my sons to share with family, saving pictures of items I am selling to be able to share easily on forums and Craigslist, etc. etc.  However, it’s only recently that I have started using Photobucket in my classroom.  I started using it as a means of sharing class pictures with parents, but have found that it can be used for so much more than that.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources for some ideas on how to use Photobucket in your classroom.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Google Play for Education

I will be presenting 2 sessions on Monday! 

Click HERE to visit site to find out more about presentations! 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

BYOD Classrooms

One of the biggest challenges for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) classrooms is that there are many different possible formats that students can bring.  It takes time to build up knowledge of which apps and websites work on each different format.  I suggest using Google Docs or a page on your class blog of to collect a list of great overall resources based on the three different formats.  As you, your students and their parents find new websites or apps to meet the skills and content you are working on, add these links to this document that so that is available to entire class.  In the spirit of collaboration, I have started my own collaborative Google Document with some of this information.  Feel free to add to this document and/or share it with your students and co-workers.BYOD - differentiating your technology options to allow for many different formats, including iPads, android tablets and PC laptops to all be used in your classroom - suggestions from Raki's Rad Resources

For more tips for a BYOD classroom – including specific app and website suggestions, check out my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oh, Good Lord...I am in Heaven....

You have to check out I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to view the various fonts from my computer in an easier format.  Oh, the simple things that bring so much joy....

According to the website:
"Choosing the ideal typeface for what you are trying to communicate can be frustrating with the available font browsing interfaces. is designed to help with this font selection process by quickly displaying previews of any text with the fonts installed on your computer."

  • Type a word or a phrase in the text box (1) and click the load fonts button.
  • Scroll through the previews and choose the ones you are interested in by clicking on them.
  • Click the filter selected button (2) to isolate selected previews.
  • Finally note down the names of the selected fonts to be used in your image or text editing software.

You can also:
  • Adjust the size of the previews by entering a pixel value 3 or by clicking the smaller / bigger buttons (4)
  • Invert preview colors (5) to test the fonts on a dark background.
  • Toggle between lower case (aa), Title Case (Aa) or UPPER CASE previews(AA) (6)
  • Adjust letter spacing (tracking) of fonts in selections (<> button when you move your mouse over preview tiles)
  • Zoom in to explore intricate details of fonts in selections (+ button when you move your mouse over preview tiles)
  • Drag and sort the order of previews in selections to compare similar fonts side by side.

How It Works?

" detects the fonts installed on your computer with the help of a simple Adobe Flash script and displays the results using HTML and JavaScript. You need to have Flash plugin installed and JavaScript turned on. Font rendering relies on browser's capabilities and some of your installed fonts may not show up due to their names not being recognized by some browsers." 

Now, how cool is that....
The site was created by Fahri Özkaramanlı. "He is a freelance visual communication designer living in İstanbul. He received his BA and MFA in Visual Communication Design at İstanbul Bilgi University. He is currently teaching Web Design courses as a part time instructor at İstanbul Bilgi University and Sabancı University. He has examined design processes as part of his academic research and aims to design tools that could help designers within these design processes. is his first project within this context."

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