Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Math Fonts

Are you familiar with the 1, 2, 3 Math Fonts that are available in the district?  There are 32 total fonts like counting beans/cubes/tiles/bears, clocks, dice, dominoes, fractions, geometry, math symbols, money, pattern blocks, and place value.   Below are just a few examples. 

To see more of the fonts and to learn about how to use them, check out the official manual online.  http://www.justusteachers.com/mathfonts/MathV4Manual.pdf 


How do you get this amazing resource?  Follow the instructions below to install on your Windows or Mac computer.


Windows- Go to the Microsoft Software Center (Start, All Programs, Microsoft System Center 2012, Configuration Manager, Software Center) and choose 123 Math Fonts.


Mac-  There are 2 options for getting the 123 Math Fonts on your Mac.  You can either turn in an Eduphoria work order or install them yourself from the Activities server.  Follow the instructions below to install yourself:


To Connect to the Server:
1.  From the desktop of the laptop, click GO and CONNECT TO SERVER.
2.  Type the server address https://webfs.gcisd.net and click CONNECT.
3.  Enter your network login information.
4.  This will mount a server named WEBFS.GCISD.NET to your desktop.

Installing the Fonts:
1.  Open MACINTOSH HD.
2.  Click LIBRARY and FONTS.  Leave that window open.
3.  In a new window, open the WEBFS.GCISD.NET server that you just mounted.
4.  Click ACTIVITIES, TEACHER, SOFTWARE INSTALLS, FONTS and MAC FONTS OSX
5.  Drag all the fonts from the Activity server Mac Fonts OSX window to the Library Fonts window.
6.  Close all windows after all the fonts have copied.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

iMovie New Features

What is new in iMovie for iPad version 1.4?

iMovie for iPad has just upgraded to version 1.4.  Once installed, there are several new features listed below.

The one that may be most helpful to GCISD teachers is the help icon:



By using this help feature, teachers may have fewer technical questions to field, offering them more time to focus on content.





Friday, October 19, 2012

Socrative

Socrative

Socrative is a tool that can be used for an exit ticket, formative assessment, quick class voting, and class reviews in a game format.  Teachers create a Socrative account at socrative.com and students can interact via smartphones, iPads, and computers.

Watch the video to learn more:





Other Links

Socrative User Guide
Socrative on GCISD Training Wiki
Students as Teachers - Designers of Weekly Activities


Follow Socrative on Pinterest

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trading Cards App

The Trading Cards app from Read, Write, Think is a great FREE app that students can use to create and share trading cards for a variety of educational purposes.  

The app supports multiple users so student work can be separated for safekeeping.


Flashcards can be created in a variety of categories:
  • Fictional Person
  • Real Person
  • Fictional Place
  • Real Place
  • Object
  • Event
  • Vocabulary Words

Each category has guiding questions to assist the students in creating high quality trading cards.  Students learn summarizing skills since they have to make the most important information fit onto the card.

Cards can be saved to the camera roll or emailed.


For more information about the app and lesson plan ideas for using it, visit the official app page on Read, Write, Think.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/mobile-apps/trading-cards-30922.html

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tips from our Readers-YoutubeClean

YoutubeClean strips away all the extra videos and advertisements from a Youtube screen. After finding the video you want on Youtube, simply add the word "clean" to the URL--after Youtube and before dot com.


Find the Youtube video you want:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIkwC-sFDKw&feature=g-all-u

Add the word clean as shown here:
http://www.youtubeclean.com/watch?v=IIkwC-sFDKw&feature=g-all-u

It's that simple!

This tip comes to us from Heather Cato, Instructional Coach.

Do you have a technology tip or resource up your sleeve that needs to be shared throughout the district? Complete the form below and your idea may be featured on our blog!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Digital Classroom Tool: Evernote



What is Evernote?
Evernote is a web-based service for keeping notes and notebooks. Think of it as a virtual binder! You can create notes and notebooks on the Evernote website (http://www.evernote.com ), on the Evernote software (free download from Evernote.com), and/or via the app on your iPhone or iPad (also available for Windows, Android or Blackberry phones). Everything is automatically synced together so you can access all your notes from anywhere.

Here’s a great guide to getting started with Evernote:  
http://evernote.com/getting_started/

Note:  Evernote's Terms of Service require parental permission for all students under 18 to create an account.

Ideas for Using Evernote- As a Teacher:
  • Take notes at faculty, team or PLC meetings
  • Document parent communication in a notebook for each student
  • Keep anecdotal records on students
  • Use the browser bookmarklet to save web page resources

Ideas for Using Evernote- With Students:
  • Keep a fluency notebook with audio recordings of the student reading selected passages.
  • Use with Skitch- students annotate a picture in Skitch and send directly to an Evernote note.
  • Reading log- students take a picture of the book they’re reading and type their reflections or connections
  • Science- take pictures of experiments in progress and go back later to type CER
  • PBL- record driving question, need to knows, take notes, etc.

Other Evernote Ideas and Resources:

Ready to get started with your students?  Here's instructions for setting up student accounts and creating/sharing notebooks.   

The GCISD Digital Coaches would love to come help you get started!  Contact your Campus Liaison to make arrangements.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Goo.gl - URL Shortener and QR Creator

Looking for an easy way to share long URLs with students?  Try http://goo.gl.



So why should you try Google URL Shortener instead of any of the other URL shorteners like Tiny URL? When you login with your Google ID, Google URL Shortener actually becomes a 2 in 1 tool.  It shortens your URL and creates a QR code all in one step!

How to use:
  1. Go to http://goo.gl.
  2. Login to your Google account.
  3. Paste a URL into the box and click SHORTEN URL.
  4. Your URL will be shortened into a "goo.gl/____" address on the right hand side of the screen.  
  5. Click DETAILS below the shortened URL to view the QR code.  The code can be copied/pasted to a document or saved with a right-click.
  6. All URLs that you've shortened will be tracked in your main list so you can always go back to access the code.
Want to learn more about QR codes in the classroom?  Check out our QR code blog post here:  http://gcisdleadwithtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/02/qr-codes.html






Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chirp


Chirp is a super cool way to share things from one iPad to another.  It's a free app that can be downloaded from the GCISD App Catalog.  Chirp uses sound to transmit a web link, a note or a picture... sort of like an audio QR code!

Ideas for using with students:

  • Links- Having young students type in links can often be a painful process!  With Chirp, you can Chirp the link and they just click it to open in Safari.
  • Notes- Send students instructions, story starters, text to edit, etc.  You could also create a group shared story.  One student could start a story in a note, Chirp it to another student.  That student can add one and so on.
  • Pictures- Many apps export the product to the camera roll.  Students can chirp their completed project to the teacher as an easy way to turn in work.
Check it out and let us know your ideas for using with students in the classroom.  
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