Monday, October 5, 2020

October 2020 Tech Tips

 See the future, I always like sharing these hints at what the next 5-10 years could look like. Microsoft just showcased a video and it even includes a classroom scene as well.

How to use Notes in IOS to Scan documents, mark them up and even make a PDF out of them.

Two new Google Docs features

Citations, easily build up a citation using the correct format 

Compare two documents

Comment reconnaitre des fausses nouvelles et la désinfo, voici un bon reportage et site d'info de Radio-Canada

Ste-Anne a partagé son site d'innovation à l'éducation pour l'enseignement à distance. Il y a plein de ressources, outils et explications intéressante sur le sujet.

September 2020 Tech Tips

 IOS 14 is available now for iPhone and iPad OS 14 is available for iPads

IOS 14 brings a lot of graphical changes but the biggest improvement is on iPads for Stylus utilisation. 
You can now do so much more with handwritten notes than ever before,

Check out all the features

Sunday, August 23, 2020

August 2020 Tech Tips & Sir Ken Robinson

 Sir Ken Robinson, passed away on August 21st, he has one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and was always a proponent for change in education.

He also wrote a series of books including one that Hal gave to us a few years ago called Creative School.

Here are a few of his talks,
Why schools kill Creativity?

Changing Education Paradigms

Learning Revolution

Tech Tips August 2020

Screencastify replacement LOOM
Screencastify has ended their free subscription for Covid, I recommend trying Loom as a replacement.

Zoom Updates
Only a few updates including saving a whiteboard or multipage whiteboard to image or pdf, more reactions heart, surprised face, laughing face, or party emoji and a whole bunch of upgrades for noise background reduction, video quality and speed improvements.

Zoom has currently not reinstated the 40 minute limit on our accounts so for the time being we are continuing the same logins and access we had during the third trimester.

Big update to organize Activities
  • 🔗 Assign an activity to a class and then directly link students to the activity (perfect for sharing in a student announcement, Google Classroom) 

  • 📁 Edit folders in the menu below and sort folders in the Activities tab for better subject-level organization 

  • 🖨️ Print activities to help students and their families complete activities offline 
  • ✅ Students view their activities organized in three sections To Do, In Progress, or Done

  • 🗂️ Students click on the folder icon to easily sort their “Literacy,” “Math”
Go Formative
Selwyn House now has a school license for Go Formative so if you want an account just let me know and I will send you the invite.
This is a very powerful quizzing platform that integrates easily with Google Classroom, we have already begun doing some of our Admissions testing using this platform as well.

Friday, May 1, 2020

May 2020 Tech Tips

Giving Audio or Video Feedback:

You can easily give audio or video feedback on assignments, especially with us doing distance learning,  students want to have a connection so visual and or auditory feedback could have more of an impact.

First you're going to need a URL or Hyperlink of your Video or Audio feedback, but first you need to make it:

For Video:
You can use Screencastify to record yourself and get the sharing URL of the video that is saved in your Google Drive.
Free 1 year if you use CAST_COVID code when activating your license.

For Audio:
You can use Google Read & Write Voice Notes, Talk & Comment Add-on or Mote, each of these allow you to insert an audio comments in a Google Doc. 
You can add the audio comment to any doc file, it does not have to be in the students' work file, once you have the audio, it will also have the hyperlink to that audio clip.

You can insert these hyperlinks or URLS in emails, seesaw, google classroom, etc....

I recommend adding Permanent Clipboard Chrome add-on, this allows you to easily paste the code whenever you need it. You can also keep a few URLs of pre-done audio feedback clips to insert quickly as well whenever you want without having to re record or search the link.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 2020 Tech Tips

Interesting Article from the New York Times:
Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won.
Easy to use Whiteboard system, you can ask questions and see students answering live on their own whiteboards. Thanks to Elisabeth Jean for the tip.

An online student response clicker system

30 Activities from Apple These activities are great for children ages 4–8+

The full versions of Popplet and PicCollage Edu are currently free on IOS(iPad or iPhone)
Popplet is a mind mapping app

An easy to use photo editor

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 2020 Tech Tips

Microsoft Report on Education in 2030 Infographic

Student Selector in Google ClassroomTo randomly call on your students, you can use Classroom’s Student selector. The Student selector randomly picks students from your class roster. You can call on a student, skip a student to call on later, or mark a student as absent.

Cloud Audio Recorder is a fun, simple and easy to use audio & voice recorder.This audio recorder is a free recorder that can capture any sound, voice made by your computer microphone. You can save the recorded audio to the mp3, wav format. Supports HTML5, Flash recorder. You can also save the audio file to your computer or Google Drive directly.

https://www.citnum.caDévelopper la citoyenneté est devenu essentiel à l'ère du numérique. Amener les futurs citoyennes et citoyens à faire preuve d'autonomie, à agir en étant guidé par une réflexion éthique et à démontrer une vivacité dans leur façon de penser de manière critique.

L'IAJe suis allé à une présentation sur le IA par Valérie Bécaert d'Élément AI à montréal, voici un TED Talk sur le sujet et voici un bon vidéo qui explique les différents type de IA sur le marché.

Monday, December 9, 2019

December 2019 Tech Tips

Just a couple this month:

Cool tips to get more out of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides:

Canva is now free for educators:

How Canva can help in your classroom, Infographics. Presentations. Posters. Documents. With Canva, you can create anything you can imagine.

Get all the pro features for free.

October 2020 Tech Tips

  See the future, I always like sharing these hints at what the next 5-10 years could look like. Microsoft just showcased a video and it eve...