Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Google Apps: Suggested Edits

Google recently announced a new feature for Google Docs that I believe teachers will find very helpful when providing feedback. In addition to offering suggestions through Comments in student documents, anyone with Comment access or greater can also add inline suggested edits.

To view the document without suggested edits, select Viewing. Suggestions are hidden from view allowing creators to view and publish a clean version of their work.

The option can be turned on by selected the new Editing button that appears on the far-right of the tool bar. Once enabled, anything typed will be considered a suggestion, and therefore made permanent or removed with one click by the document owner. Suggested changes are visually different: text color matches the user's cursor and color band below the avatar. A comment box appears at the right highlighting the edit location while also allowing a discussion.

This new feature has also solved one of my smaller gripes with the comment feature. While not something I require for all projects, occasionally I would like to permanently document the suggestions I offer students. When in Suggesting mode, the suggested edits do appear when the document is printed. Unfortunately the sidebar discussion is still not included.

Connect with a colleague to experiment with this new feature. Or, visit this document and try it out (no login required, Comment permissions set). GTSD staff are invited to contact Mrs. Bond to discuss how to use this and other Google Apps tools with students.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Video: "Word Crimes" by Weird Al

DY wsh stdnts w%d na dat d clsrum S ofn nt d suitable plce 4 txt spk?
(Do you wish students would recognize that the classroom is often not the appropriate place for text speak?)

Weird Al Yankovic's newest song will make great background music for essay grading!

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Sentence translated to text speak using Lingo2Word.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Most Challenging Multiplication Tables

Which multiplication problems do your students struggle with the most? Flurrish Education set out to answer that question by analyzing student responses through their app. Below is a chart showing which problems students struggled with. Click the image below to read more about how the data was collected and to view a larger version of the chart.

My own children struggled with 6x8, it is interesting to see that they were far from alone in that struggle!

h/t r/dataisbeautiful

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Books: Bakery Sabotage and the Dark Side

The Good Dog
by Todd Kessler, illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson
expected publication July 2014 by Greenleaf
Happy Family Bakery is under siege. The money obsessed Mr. Pritchard is sabotaging the popular treats and sweets to drive the community back to his dull and stale bakeshop. Tako, the family's new pet, defies the rules to help save the family business. Engaging story filled with just the right amounts of drama, intrigue, suspense, ethics, and friendship. Recommended for early elementary libraries and classrooms (grades 1-3).

Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan
by Jeffrey Brown
expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Scholastic
The saga continues as Roan returns to the Jedi Academy. After a rough start at last year, he is ready to have a great second year of middle school with good friends and teachers. Like most middle schoolers, Roan dallies with the Dark Side, causing rifts in friendships and a drop in grades. Readers do not need to love Star Wars to enjoy the series. Several character names reference the films, but unaware readers will not be lost. There is a bit of juvenile romance, including dating and jealousy. Recommended for readers in grades 4-7.

Advanced reader copies received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Video: Look Up

Technology is amazing and wonderful and fantastic. It is my classroom, my playground, my link to so much of what the world has to offer. But it isn't everything. Technology is a tool, whose purpose is to help us seek information, organize new learning and ideas, creatively construct new information, communicate, share, and even goof around. Sometimes we (you, me, our students) get a little too attached to the laptop/tablet/phone. This spoken word video begs the viewer to seek balance.