As teachers ask questions, and as I gather website ideas, I have been building a website of USD Technology Resources. It has the How To videos I have been making, as well as a number of websites organized by curricular area. You'll notice that the first page of the website has a Google Form. If you have a website you and your students love, please share it with other teachers. If you submit it by form, I'll add it to the site.
Have you noticed that I make many screenshots? As we all know, "a picture speaks a thousand words," so I add lots of images to the documents and slides I make. Here's how to do it.
On a Mac
To make a screenshot of the entire screen, press shift + command + 3
To make a screen shot of a portion of the screen, press shift + command + 4
When you do, a small crosshair pointer will appear. Use the mouse to position the crosshair pointer to select the area you'd like to capture. When you let go, the computer will capture the that part of the screen and put it on your desktop. If you've not positioned the crosshair correctly, you can always press esc (escape) to cancel.
On a Chromebook
To capture the entire screen, press ctrl + the copy key above the 6
To capture a portion of the screen, press ctrl + shift + the copy key above the 6. Just as on a Mac, use the mouse to position the crosshair pointer to select the area you'd like to capture. When you let go, the computer will capture the that part of the screen and put it on your desktop. If you've not positioned the crosshair correctly, you can always press esc (escape) to cancel.
When you have taken a screenshot on a Chromebook, you will get a popup box in the lower right-hand corner. You can copy the image to your clipboard right then and paste it into your document. However, you can also find your screenshots by going to the three line drop down in the upper right hand corner of the screen, clicking on it, and going to Downloads.
There you will find a list of your screenshots.
If you Open the image, you have the option of editing your screenshot or printing it. You will also be able to insert the image into a Doc or Presentation/Slide in Google Drive.
EduWin at Union Middle School
Every Thursday morning, from 7:30 until 8:10, Carla Dunavan, Mary Martin, Gena Pacada, and Nicole van Wilgen hold a Tech open office. They sit and share what they've been doing with tech in their classrooms, and offer help to any UMS teacher who has a question. When I visited, one teacher had stopped by to ask a question about a feature of Google Classroom. Gena and Mary explored Infuse Learning, a website that allows teachers to push content to a student device and have the student answer, sending the responses to appear on the teacher dashboard for him/her to evaluate in real time. Have an ELL student? Infuse Learning can push translated text and audio to that student as well.
Here is a short video showing Infuse Learning with iPads, however, you'll be able to use it with Chromebooks, as well as MacBooks.
If you or one of your colleagues are doing something in your class that uses edtech tools, please let me know. I'd love to share it with other teachers.