Saturday, 25 February 2017

Follow along with the Learning Spaces Book Club

What do our learning spaces say about our learning?

I’ve begun to assemble a Flipboard on Learning Spaces.  This magazine is meant to compliment the broader reading the Learning Spaces Book Club will do. Our first text, is on it’s way here: feel free to read along with us, and join us in the #uwcLearnSpaces conversation to be, found on Twitter. If you didn't sign up for the club, but you'd like to have someone pass on their book to you, please let us know by commenting to this post.
If you want to learn more about 'next practice' for learning spaces, here are three amazing people who are leading the thought-athon on that topic.  If you aren’t following these big brains on Twitter, stop reading this post, and bring them into your PLN now:
If you are reading this right now, and you have a favorite text/resource when it comes to learning spaces–or if you have a great question to ask when it comes to classroom redesign, please share in the comment section.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Friday Friendly Advice: Google Slides to co-author an eBook?

Google is great and getting better and better.

Did you know you can change the size of a slide in Google Slides to build an eBook?

STEP ONE: Go to file, and select 'Page Setup'

STEP TWO: select 'custom' and resize your slide

STEP THREE: edit your book, set up a template and share: you can now collaboratively co-author an eBook

While there isn’t an automatic table of contents generator you can build this in yourself.

You can link your table of contents to the slide/page by going to Insert>Link and then simply select the slide number.

If you would like to print a hard copy, remember that you can always save your Google Presentation as a PDF, this option is under FILE.

But wait, there's more...

You don't have to start from scratch.  SlidesCarnival has an amazing assortment of templates, just like this one.

Make a copy of any template, and follow the directions above to resize and off you go.

I need great images, but I find attribution a bit tricky...

Use Pexels--wonderful free to download images, no attribution necessary--and you can modify or edit images as needed (read more on that here).

Here's a sample image from their collection:

Monday, 20 February 2017

Digital Bytes 20th February 2017

Kindness: A Lesson Plan

The folks at Edutopia have put together another great article on ways of incorporating more kindness into your classroom. With detailed suggestions and resources, you are bound to get some new ideas to enhance your personal and social education lessons.

We could all use a little more kindness in our lives.

Starter Questions for Seesaw reflection

During a twitter chat on the weekend about portfolios, one of the teachers shared a padlet of questions prompts and sentence starters that students can use for reflection. Sometimes, reflections can become “same-y” and a little stale. Why not refresh your reflections with this padlet?

Spreadsheet Activities for Every Subject

Eric Curts has put together 5 ways spreadsheets can be used by students. Check out his webinar, or scroll down to explore each of the 5 suggestions in a shorter format. I think the pixel art challenge could be a fun activity!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Digital Bytes - 13th February 2017

Apple Teacher

Apple recently launched their Apple Teacher programme - a series of self-paced professional development modules for educators. Gain badges which help move you to becoming an Apple Teacher for Mac and/or for iPad.

Commenting in Google Docs

Take your commenting in Google Docs to the next level. Many people know that you can leave written comments but did you know that you can leave voice comments, video comments and hand-written comments too? To do this, you will need to use some Chrome Extensions. This article take you through the process one step at a time.

Why Drawing Needs to be a Curriculum Essential

This article from the Guardian explains how images are a primary visual language and we need to create images and also be able to understand them.

Try out some fantastic drawing apps on the iPad like Adobe Draw, Paper 53 or Drawing Pad.