It's time to re-explore one of our best technology integration resources: Discovery Education. If you've been in the district awhile, you will remember it by its original name, United Streaming. The name has changed over the years to Discovery Education Streaming, and now Discovery Education. But it is still one of the best ways to integrate vetted educational content into your daily instruction, and it's much more than just video clips. We have compiled some of our most updated and user-friendly tips into the presentation below. Please take a look. If you aren't already, we hope you will find what you need here to revisit this great multimedia resource.
Discovery VR - http://ift.tt/1i4q4Hx
This month I was asked to do a training for a group of teachers and help them explore virtual field trips. Over the years, I've done multiple classes on this topic and each time I try to begin my pre-training research by pretending to be one of the teachers looking for information. I find a few sites or live locations and I then let the teachers explore them....but this time was quite a bit different.
So, I type in my keywords and begin looking for virtual field trips that might be ones that the teachers may not have looked into before. With so much technology out there, the resources are always changing, so I like to do new research every time. The first site that comes up is something called "Google Cultural Institute" and it literally...blew...me...away! It explored something radically new called "360 Degree Video" which is an interactive view into a video. Picture watching a video on your computer and something goes past the camera and you missed what it was....with 360 Video, you can drag your cursor on the screen and turn your view in another direction WHILE THE VIDEO IS STILL PLAYING!
I have to admit, I actually lost about 2 hours playing around with this site and exploring how this was possible. Take a look for yourself at one of the videos :
I was absolutely amazed by the interaction possible for students and began exploring YouTube for every educational related 360 Video ever made. Needless to say, it wasn't long before I realized that many of the YouTube videos weren't going to work for the teachers as virtual field trips, because of the...ahem...questionable videos that come up during a YouTube search on 360 Videos (Note: Don't do this search at work! lol)
After scratching my head for a bit, I remembered one of my co-workers was doing a refresher course for teachers on the uses for Discovery Education. Within seconds, I had found a sub-section of Discovery Education called Discovery VR. http://ift.tt/1i4q4Hx
Jackpot! Not only was every video educational, but they were also sorted by curricular area, viewable on computer or Google Cardboard and they were completely interactive! (Note: This time I lost about 3 1/2 hours exploring....lol. Here's an example of a video that you can get lost in "On the Board with a Big Wave Pro" ) Click on it and explore.
Students can explore various videos ranging from rollercoasters to 3D robotics to spelunking in the heart of Texas, just to name a few. All videos are 360 interactive, but can also be switched to complete VR if you ever want to view using Google Cardboard or something similar.
So, the next time that you are interested in taking your students on a field trip, take a look at Discovery VR first. You won't regret it, because they are on the cutting edge of Educational VR!
via Jim Leishman - Technology Integration Specialist Port Huron Schools - Tomorrow\'s Innovators http://ift.tt/22KN4ko
Raise your hand if, every time you go to your email, you find more junk than anything else. I am pretty good about not signing up for subscriptions from too many different companies, yet somehow I still receive more junk than I think I should. I've also found the the Unsubscribe process is either vague or intentionally so time consuming that most people won't bother. It's just easier to continuously delete the emails than it is to try and unsubscribe and that's done purposefully by the companies that want your business!
Now, there is finally a simple way to stop receiving those unwanted emails: Unroll.me
Unroll.me is an online service that will look through your email, list all the subscriptions you have and then give you the option of just checking an X and you will automatically be unsubscribed from those companies. I usually do this twice a year on both my work email and my personal email. I took a screenshot, below, of how many subscriptions were found in my work email (I was too embarrassed to show you the 270 that were found in my personal email! lol)
Once you click continue, it simply lists each subscription and gives you a couple of options:
1. Click Unsubscribe. This will unsubscribe you from all future emails from this company.
2. Click Add to Rollup. Instead of unsubscribing you from the company, you will receive a digest of emails they send based off of a time preference you set and they will no longer show up in your inbox. They will be in a special Unroll.me folder.
It's as simple as that to stop all of those annoying emails you receive with the Unroll.me service and it works with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, Windows Live, iCloud Email and AOL Email. Try it for yourself and see!
via Jim Leishman - Technology Integration Specialist Port Huron Schools - Tomorrow\'s Innovators http://ift.tt/21SCU0P
In a previous blog post, we covered a Google Sheets add-on called Flubaroo, which lets you create an auto-graded Google Forms quiz. If you would like to take Google Classroom to the next level, there are two other add-ons that will provide additional power: Doctopus and Goobric. Goobric (a Google Chrome extension) lets you create a Google rubric for evaluating student-submitted Google Classroom assignments and Doctopus (a Google Sheets add-on) lets you view all of your student submissions in one online spreadsheet, complete with links to each student document. It all integrates quite well if you follow the steps below:
13. Click the blue Attach rubric button. Doctopus now presents a spreadsheet of columns and links (see below).
14. Important: Look for the column called Goobric Link. These are the links to run the Goobric (Google Rubric) on top of each student’s document. Click on the first Goobric Link. The Goobric/rubric appears at the top of the document.
15. Click on the rubric score for each part of the assignment, and then move on.
16. Note: In the top right corner, you can either click on the Next>> button and advance to the next student, or click the drop-down menu which gives the names of each student, so you can jump to a specific student name – if you prefer that method.
17. Note: There is a checkbox to "Also email scores to" each student. This is optional.
18. For students who need oral feedback, there is also a Record Audio Comment button (shaded below) where you can record and save an audio comment. You get up to 120 seconds for the audio comment.
Click the Upload arrow and this comment is then uploaded to Google Drive and is attached to the document. This audio file will also appear in Doctopus as a link. See Video #1 (10:00) below for an example of this.
19. Click the Submit button and it will grade and automatically advance to the next student.
Port Huron Instructional technology Department