Articles in category "Weekly post"
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Changing your password(s)
How long have you had the same password? How many of your digital accounts have the same password?
The regular changing key passwords should be part of your 'digital hygiene' routine. As educators we should be modelling such practices to the students we support.
Locking your laptop
It is bad practice to leave your laptop (or any digital device) unlocked in spaces where there are are many others - such as a staffroom or classroom.
If you are moving away from your laptop for any period of time - it is really easy to lock it. Just press the Windows key and L together and your laptop is locked until you enter your password again.
If you are using a Chromebook - either use the lock key (it has a padlock on it) or press the Magnifying Glass key + L on your keyboard.
Kami - web based PDF annotation and manipulation
Kami is a great web based app for the annotation and manipulation of PDF documents and the like. It works really well with the stylus on the Yoga style devices that a lot of you use.
Kami has huge potential as a digital whiteboard. Try using your laptop in tablet/Yoga mode, protecting to the classroom screen via the Windows Wireless Adapter (HDMI 2) and see how well writing your laptop's stylus is in Kami. Open a PDF document in Kami and then try annotating/highlighting etc using Kami and your stylus. Feedback welcomed about Kami as we consider a possible future subscription.
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A digital decency manifesto
Do we need a digital decency manifesto?
Set up Google Meet breakout rooms via Google Calendar
It would seem that this is now available for our @ecolint.ch accounts.
Rich text in now available in Google Classroom
Alice Keeler is worth following for edtech ideas and updates.
Audio tour of an African and Japanese collection via Google Arts & Culture
The virtual exhibition space of Jean Pigozzi’s Pocket Gallery invites you to discover highlights from its African and Japanese collections featuring 40 of its most important artworks ranging from renowned painter Chéri Samba to emerging new talent. These treasures are frequently lent to museums across the globe, but until now have never had a dedicated building of their own, making this Pocket Gallery a truly unique space.A new audio guide for our Augmented Reality Galleries
Find the galleries in the Camera Tab of the free Google Arts & Culture app for Android and iOS and jump inside to explore each one from there.
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Using Google Chat more for internal communication and customizing notification frequency
Google has added more options for notification settings in Google Chat and Chat in Gmail.
These additional notification settings give you more control over the amount of notifications you’ll receive based on your level of engagement or involvement in specific conversations.
I believe that Google Chat (as a version of instant messaging IM) could have more of a role to play in our internal communication practices.
Chris Baker shares an interesting approach here → We need to talk about e-mail and meetings: Planning your school’s internal communication.
Read more about the changes to Google Chat notifications here → Google Workspace Updates - Customize notification frequency with more options in Google Chat and Chat in Gmail
A guide to Google Meet for parents and guardians
Google has recently released a useful guide to Google Meet for parents and guardians.
Pastoral leaders may want to share th guide with parents. Even though we are not following the remote-learning path currently Google Meets are still being used by staff with students and parents.
WeVideo - use these videos to get started
At International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations we have a WeVideo subscription available to all students. We tend to try and focus the use of WeVideo on the younger students (Years 7 to 9) and Adobe Premiere Pro available (via the school's Adobe Creative Cloud subscription) on years 10 and 11.
These videos from @WTSVT act as a great introduction to WeVideo and show some of the features that make its use with a class effective and efficient →
Google Maps - stepping back in time with Google Street View’s archives
Using Google Maps you can access Google Street View’s imagery archives and see how a place has changed over time.
Work though this process to see for yourself →
- Open Google Maps and go and find London Bridge.
- Drag and drop the yellow ‘Pegman’ onto London Bridge.
- → Left click on the yellow man at the bottom right of the map and, keeping the mouse button held down, drag him across the screen, only letting go when you are on top of London Bridge.
- When Pegman lands, the map changes to show you Street View imagery. 'Turn around' until you are looking at the Shard.
- A dark grey box appears at the top left of the map. Click the tiny clock symbol in the dark grey square.
- Use the slider that appears to go further back in time, then click on the small image above the slider. Street View will then show you historical views. You can change the year by clicking on the slider again. You can also navigate your way around Street View just as you would in a more up-to-date map.
- To exit Street View, click the back (left) arrow in the original dark grey box.
Historic imagery isn’t available for everywhere in Street View.
Earning badges, certificates and accreditations to show your competencies
There are lots of 'edtech' companies out there producing some excellent applications for use in the classroom. The better companies are also focusing on ensuring they have the resources available for educators to learn how to maximise the use of their tools.
BadgEdTech is a great site that summarizes all the badges, certificates and accreditations out there for educators to earn.
Teacher tutorials on YouTube all in one place
You can find an explanation video on YouTube for most things! Hence the term 'University of YouTube' →
A teacher out there in EdTech world (and I am not sure who) has curated a whole spreadsheet of useful explanation videos for Google Workspace apps. Check out the spreadsheet here.
Google Workspace for Education updates coming in 2021
Google recently hosted a virtual event for educators where they announced 50+ updates to the likes of Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Meet and Chromebooks.
Read more about the updates here → Chromebook Classroom - Look what Google has planned for 2021! [27 February 2021]
We are exploring the potential of Edpuzzle. Edpuzzle enables you to easily edit videos and turn them in engaging quizzes. The process is simple - find a video, add questions and assign it to your class.
If you would like to be part of the Foundation's subscription and associated network which enables easy sharing etc - please drop me an email and I will send you the necessary 'special' link.
A bit of educational technology history
Does anybody remember the BBC Micro? Those of you who do will be 'pleased' to know that it having it's 40th birthday this year! There is a video from the BBC News about it here.
On the subject of educational technology history there was a related Instagram post from the Foundation recently →
Replace your background in Google Meet
It would seem that this feature appeared for us this week.
You can now replace your background with an image of your choice. To get the best results you should sit yourself quite close to a wall behind you. The plainer the wall the better the results.
Waffle, hamburger, snowman and the shish kebab
There are no official names for the various icons that access menus in Google Chrome. Therefore we should adopt our own!
The waffle - the 3 by 3 set of 9 dots, found at the top of the screen in Gmail, Drive etc that brings up the matrix of other G Suite application.
The hamburger - the three horizontal lines like the bun and patty of a hamburger, found throughout Chrome to access settings.
The snowman - the vertical line of 3 dots, like the 'buttons' upon the chest of a snowman. Usually used to view additional configuration options - such as in Google Meet.
The shish kebab - the horizontal line of 3 dots like pieces of meat on a kebab. Not as common as the 'snowman' but also gives you access to more settings and commands.
[Credit for this idea → Chromebook Classroom - Those Crazy Chromebook Icons]
Google Meet now has a 'green room'
A Practical Guide for Teaching Summarising and Note-Taking
Not strictly a digital things - but with definite overlap with research skills and approaches to learning.
If found the Delete, Substitute and Keep: A Practical Guide for Teaching Summarising and Note-Taking post from David Rodger-Goodwin super interesting.
David is certainly worth a follow.
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Badging digital skills with G Suite Skills from Canopy
I have been using G Suite Skills from Canopy with a group of students during Enrichment period and I am impressed. Using Google Classroom you assign the students badges to earn, such as 'Getting started with Google Drive' or 'Next steps with Google Slides'. The students are presented with tutorials to work through. The student get 'graded' for correct completion and for their efficiency.
Students build up their badges to earn extra badges that represent a level of competence with the whole of Google Workspace. We now have a core of Year 9 students with the Gold Google Workspace badge.
So far the number of students that have experience this at Campus des Nations is limited. If you can see a way we could integrate this into some of your lessons or the work of your department, please let me know.
Free online access to the Financial Times for you and your students
The Financial Times offers free online access to Diploma students and their teachers.
As a school we are registered. Go to Secondary Schools Subscription Page - type Campus des Nations into the 'Check if your school is already registered' box, choose Campus des Nations from the 'Select your school' list and then enter your school email address. You are then emailed a link to activate the subscription. At this point you can 'log in using Google' and use your school @ecolint.ch (or @learning.ecolint.ch) account.
How to create a kahoot: Step-by-step guide and extra tips for teachers
A really useful step-by-step guide to Kahoot for those who are less aware of the global quizzing phenomenon.
We have a couple of 'seats' still available as part of the school's subscription.
Using Google Jamboard in your lessons
5 ways that Google Jamboard can save your Social Studies bacon is a great read which is full of ideas. The ideas could easily be integrated beyond the 'social studies' classroom.
All educators and students at Campus des Nations have access to Jamboard - just check the 'waffle'.
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Using Google Podcasts
You can find Google Podcasts in your 'waffle'. This is a great option if you want students to listen to podcasts without having to download or subscribe to a service or application.
Using podcasts as a teaching resource
Podcasts have a massive potential as a teaching resource. It is always interesting to ask a class to listen to an audio podcast rather than watch a video.
There are many different sources of podcasts out there. Podcasts tend to range in duration from 10 minutes to 60 minutes+. I would suggest that podcasts around 25 minutes long are a 'sweet spot' in terms of the topic depth that can be explored and optimal student engagement time.
A couple of series that are worth checking out →
- 50 Things that made the Modern Economy - all 10 minutes long
- 39 Ways to Save the Planet - all 14 minutes long
podcasts.geographyalltheway.com is a app I 'built' that curates 200+ podcasts useful for the teaching of IB DP Geography.
The whole app is driven by a Google Sheets spreadsheet. If you are interested in the potential of such things - get in contact.
Resizing the left-side navigation of Gmail
You can now resize the Chat and Rooms sections in the left-side navigation of Gmail.
This makes it easier to stay on top of your most important conversations and navigate to relevant chats faster.
Take your Google Calendar offline
You can now enable offline support for Google Calendar on Google Chrome. When enabled, you can view your calendar and events from four weeks prior or any time in the future by week, day, or month.
This is particularly useful when you’re offline or have unreliable internet access.
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Adobe Flash Player is dead!
Adobe stopped supporting Flash Player beginning December 31, 2020, as they previously announced in July 2017.
In addition, to help secure users’ systems, Adobe blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021. Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.
If you believe that some of the teaching resources you reply upon are Flash based - now would be the time to explore alternatives!
Read more here → adobe.com - Adobe Flash Player EOL General Information Page
Google Earth skills progression
Recently the Individuals and Societies department have been integrating Google Earth Projects into various units. Year 9 students are using Google Earth to design and document a flight from Southampton to Cape Town in 1937. Some Year 11 students will be using Google Earth to present their knowledge and understanding of glacial landforms.
The Google Earth skills progression that has been developed to support the integrations can be found in the Campus des Nations Digital Toolbox.
Ever wondered about Google Earth imagery? This video does a good job in explain it all.
Smart compose and spelling autocorrect available when adding comments in Google Docs
Smart compose and spelling autocorrect are now available when adding comments in Google Docs. These features help you compose comments quickly and with confidence by reducing the chance of spelling and grammatical errors and suggesting relevant contextual phrases.
Read more here → Google Workspace Updates Smart compose and spelling autocorrect available when adding comments in Google Docs
Anki flashcards are part of an 'active recall' and 'spaced repetition' revision approach
Anki is a free to install (Windows and Mac) application that is used to make and review flashcards. The application, which is popular with university medical and law students, is based upon enabling spaced repetition. As a user reviews a deck they indicate how easy or hard they found the content. This will then determine how soon after the user sees that card again.
Read more here → Using Anki flashcards as an IB DP Diploma student
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EDU in 90: The Latest, January 2021
A couple of useful Google Meet updates in this latest video from the Google for Education team.
Additional language support for live captions in Google Meet
Live captions are the automatically generated subtitles as everyone speaks during a video call. Google have expanding live captions in Google Meet to French, German, Portuguese and Spanish (Spain and Latin America) speakers. They were previously only available in English.
Live captions allow deaf and hard of hearing users, users with different primary languages, and users in noisy environments to participate more fully in meetings.
Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Additional language support for live captions in Google Meet
Create and work with documents that contain multiple page orientations in Google Docs
For documents created in Google Docs, you can now change the page orientation on a per-section basis. This will allow you to make room for wider content such as tables and images that can benefit from extra horizontal space.
You’ll also be able to edit, import, and export Microsoft Word documents that contain both portrait and landscape oriented pages.
Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Create and work with documents that contain multiple page orientations in Google Docs