Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The new Google Sites

Are you someone who made a Google Site a few years ago and didn't like the interface and/or thought the site looked boring?
You might want to go back and take a look at the new Google Sites.  The user interface is vastly improved.  The overall look is a lot cleaner.  Creating and editing pages is more intuitive, as well.

I just quickly made this site to give you an idea of how it looks.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Printing Class Lists new for 2016-17

As we start a new school year, you may want a printed roster of your students.  In an older post, I described how to do this in different ways.  We are no longer able to use GradeQuick, however Moodle, MMS and JumpRope all have the capability.

Here's how to do it in JumpRope, which is the quickest method, but is less flexible than the Moodle method below:

  1. Click the Courses tab
  2. Choose the course
  3. Choose Print Roster from the pull-down menu.

This will produce a pdf file of your roster, with 5 blank columns for recording data.  You can create more columns the old-fashioned way (i.e., using a pen and a ruler).

Here's how to do it in Moodle, which is a few more clicks but allows you more control.

  1. Open your class page.
  2. Click "Grades" in the Administration block.
  3. If you have your class set up in groups, you can choose just the group desired, or all participants.
  4. From the "Choose an action" drop-down list, Choose "Export -- Excel" (you may have to scroll to see it).  See 1st pic below.
  5. If you wish, you can specify exactly what data is exported, but it's easiest to just hit "Submit," then "Download."
  6. Open in Excel or Google Sheets, then delete columns that you don't need (you can also add/delete students)
  7. On the top row, go over to the last column that you would like to print and enter any character in that cell 
  8. When printing the spreadsheet, choose "Show Gridlines." It will print a grid up to the column you specified in the step above.

In Excel or Google Sheets

Friday, May 27, 2016

Media Lab new look

If you haven't had a chance to stop by room 118 (the AV Media lab) recently, please come visit!  I think you'll be amazed by the new look.  Nick, Matt, Matt Kihm, Jamie, Tom, and (our fantastic fill-in) Keith Peden all had a hand in transforming the space.  It was immediately put to use by Deb's Spanish class, seen here recording audio for their WeVideo projects.

We are looking forward to getting the most out of this space as we move forward.

Monday, May 16, 2016

New Q&A feature in Google Slides

Google Slides (formerly Google Presentations) recently got a great update that's worth checking out. You can now collect audience questions using something called Q&A.  Essentially, while you're presenting, audience members post questions to a link you provide.  Other audience members can then vote up a a question.  At any point, you can see which questions have a lot of votes and reply to them.

This is a great way to involve the audience (even the shy people who might never raise their hand) and filter for questions that have a lot of interest.

Here's a video of Q&A in action (featuring the winner of the first Google Science Fair)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

More summer PD opportunities

Got this today from Marlboro College:

I wanted to let you know that we are now offering the below optional credit courses on convenient schedules, with lower costs, all with an eye towards supporting flexible pathways.
Info and easy registration at: Marlboro's new professional development pagehttp://www.marlboro.edu/pdi
Summer PD Courses
  • Game Design for Teachers: August 14thSeptember 25th, online. 
  • Cracking the Code of Proficiency: June 20-22 Bellows Falls area. 
  • Transforming with Technology: June 14, 15, 16, Bellows falls area.
  • Teaching with Canvas Learning Management System. July 11 through October, Burlington High School.
Partner PD Courses
  • Create, Make, Learn 2016 with Lucie deLaBruere, August 1-5, Burlington. 
  • Google Certification Bootcamp: July 11th-12th, CVEDCi-Classroom, Dupont Hall, Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester.
  • Online Teaching Endorsement and other courses through Vermont Virtual. 
  • Universal Design: Technology Integration Certificate through Landmark College
For more information see: http://www.marlboro.edu/pdi 

Or contact Kara Hamilton in admissions at: khamilton@marlboro.edu | 802-451-7506.