Sunday, March 27, 2016

Made to Stick Google Slides Template

Many teachers (and maybe students) have read the book Made to Stick,  which is subtitled, Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.

I was working on a new Google Slides presentation today and I noticed the the Heath brothers (who wrote the book) have created a Google Slides template.  It might be worth a look the next time you are putting together a presentation in which you want your ideas to, well, stick.

Another  great resource for effective slide decks is the  book Presentation Zen (available in the CVU library) and the companion website

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Chrome Music Lab

Here's an interesting new site that lets students experiment with musical ideas-- it's called the Chrome Music Lab. It is interesting how much you can do these days right in a browser.  This page links to a groups of activities that let students (and everyone else) try creating rhythms and melodies (without the use of standard musical notation), explore pitches that strings of different lengths make, and more.  Give it a try!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Making it easier to create resources in Moodle


If you haven't already noticed, we've made it a little easier to post resources in Moodle. The "description" field used to be required, however many people found it not helpful.'s now optional.  One less field to fill in when posting!

Assignments do still require a description, as that what tells students what to do.  This can be a written description or a link to a Google doc, etc.