Articles tagged "Chromebook"

Using your Chromebook stylus to digitally annotate a document

[This post is focused upon educators using a Lenovo C13 Chromebook]

Your C13 Chromebook has a rechargeable USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) pen stowed on the front edge of the device, below the keyboard on the right hand side.

There are a number of ways to use the stylus to annotate a document - whether it be signing a document, adding annotation to an extract or adding feedback to a piece of student work. The ways range in complexity and flexibility. It is worth trying them all and seeing which best fits the task you are trying to complete.

We will focus upon the use of a PDF document.

Using the Gallery app

  1. Make sure the PDF document is downloaded onto your Chromebook, so that you can see it in the Files app, under Downloads.
  2. Double click on the PDF file. This will open the file in the Gallery app.
  3. On the top menu bar - there is a squiggly line - the Annotate tool. Click on the squiggly line.
  4. You then have the choice of a pen or highlighter, the thickness of the line and colour.
  5. Once you have finished annotating the document you can click Save - or use the little drop down option next to Save, to Save As - which would save an annotated copy of the original.

Using Kami

  1. Make sure the PDF file is in your Google Drive.
  2. Go to kamiapp.com.
  3. All educators at Campus des Nations have access to a Kami account.
  4. Click on 'Sign in' → Continue with Google → use your @learning.ecolint.ch account.
  5. Choose → Open file from... → Google Drive → find the file and click on it.
  6. The file will open in Kami and then you have a range of choices on the left hand side.
  7. Have a look at the 'Markup' and 'Drawing' tool sets.
  8. Once you have finished there is a 'Save' icon on the top menu bar.

Using ManageBac

  1. This starts with you creating a task which includes a dropbox for students to upload a final product. Require the students to submit a PDF document.
  2. For each student you have the choice to Annotate and Grade the document.
  3. The document will open in ManageBac. There is a Drawing tool on the top menu bar.
  4. The tool seems to have an amount of 'smoothing' which doesn't work well with my hand writing - but others may have more success.
  5. The annotations auto-save.

Weekly post #46 - Cursive, Focus time and teaching with Google Arts & Culture

Chromebook users - it's time to have another look at Cursive

Those teachers who are luckily enough to have a C13 Chromebook should take a moment to explore Cursive again.

To launch Cursive go to → https://cursive.apps.chrome

The initial pen input lag issues that we present at launch seem to have been fixed.

Read more here → chromeunboxed.com - Cursive, Google's Note-taking PWA, has been updated and is actually usable now [16 December 2021]

Google Calendar - Set aside time for focus

Google has added the ability to add 'Focus time' to your calendar "so you can block out and protect your time for heads-down individual work".

Similar to the Out of office event type, focus time has a different appearance on your calendar and includes the option to automatically decline conflicting events.

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Set aside time for focus in Google Calendar [20 October 2020]

Google Sheets - New intelligent suggestions for formulas and functions

You’ll now see in-line, sequential, context-aware suggestions for formulas and functions when working with data in Google Sheets.

Formula suggestions will make it easier to write new formulas accurately and help make data analysis quicker and easier.

Simply begin inserting a formula in Sheets—suggestions will be automatically displayed and as you continue to type. You can view additional incremental suggestions in the drop-down menu.

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - New intelligent suggestions for formulas and functions in Google Sheets [25 August 2021]

Teaching with Google Arts & Culture

Google have releasing a new Teacher Guide – "a dedicated resource for educators to make learning with Arts & Culture and using the platform in class easier than ever".

"It includes ready-to-use handouts and customizable activity templates, and compliments other popular experiences on Google Arts & Culture that were designed with educators in mind. "

In my opinion Arts & Culture is one of Google's best kept secrets. It is a huge resource of super cool stuff. It is well work 10 minutes of a teachers time - whatever the subject they teach!

How about →

Weekly post #35 - Chromebooks, lucid.app, digital notes and the Social Dilemma

Staff familiarisation with C13 Chromebooks

Forty teachers at International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations Secondary are starting the academic year using Lenovo C13 Chromebooks as their personal devices.

The slides below are what was used at the familiarisation session →

Use lucid.app for all your Lucidpress and Lucidchart needs

Lucid have brought all their services and you files together in a very 'Google Drive' style approach.

To start a document or find your exiting ones - start of lucid.app.

Do you get students to produce notes in Google Documents?

If you allow your students to make digital notes in your lessons consider the use of a Google Documents.

A single document, per student, per subject structured with uniformly formatted headings (using H1, H2, H3 etc) and bookmarks produces a well structured document that increases in usefulness as more content is added.

The Social Dilemma is now available on YouTube

If you haven't seen it - it is worth a watch. I think there are some great sequences in it. I particularly like the ones that 'show' a characters attention being kept by a social media platform.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mqR_e2seeM

Weekly post #24 – history, updates and Edpuzzle

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]

Edpuzzle

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.

My parents had one when I was a child. It was less for coding and more for playing Chuckie Egg and Arcadians.

On the subject of educational technology history there was a related Instagram post from the Foundation recently →