15 Can't-Miss Chrome Extensions for Productivity Advertisement More Google gold for you! You listed some of your favorite Chrome extensions in one of our recent polls and Dave turned them into a handy list. Today we bring you a few more essential extensions geared toward helping you work better online. Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions The standard Chrome experience can be made so much better with a handful of extensions. Read More For Keeping To-do Lists Install: Dayboard When you first sit down to work, use Dayboard to list your 5 Most Important Tasks or MITs for the day. Momentum is another start screen that doubles up as a to-do list. For Blocking Distractions Install: StayFocusd With StayFocusd, you can get online distractions out of your system by indulging in them for a bit. Who’s to stop you from tweaking the time limits or disabling StayFocusd whenever you feel like it? For Saving Keystrokes Install: Auto Text Expander for Google Chrome There’s not much to the extension.
R U Engaging Your Students? Strategies and Tools for the Texting Generation Students and Smart Phones Go Together Like Reading and Writing. Let’s Put Them to Use in the Service of Learning! In the U.S., and increasingly abroad, students of high school and college age require a smart phone as a standard part of their lifestyles. In fact, the pervasiveness of these devices can be a real distraction for teachers, who often have to ban the use of them in classrooms. Of course, it is also possible to embrace these ubiquitous gadgets, and put students to work on them! There are many types of assignments and tools that can be used to engage students using their beloved devices. Research – Access to the Internet means that countless research opportunities are at your student’s fingertips. Another great way to put those phones to use is to use Remind to make sure they know about upcoming quizzes, tests, or assignment due dates. So let’s go put those smart phones to use in the service of teaching, learning, and student engagement! About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
Google Classroom: A Free Learning Management System For eLearning As eLearning professionals, we are always looking for tools that help save time when it comes to the organization and maintenance of our online courses. We want to offer our audience the best possible experience, but keeping everything streamlined can be quite a challenge. The good news is that Google Classroom may be just the free learning management system that you’ve been looking for! What Can Google Classroom Offer To The World Of eLearning? Google is already a powerful design and development tool in eLearning thanks to Google Applications for Education. Google Classroom can be utilized by any eLearning professionals and online educators who have already created a Google Apps for Education account for free. Online facilitators and other eLearning professionals can create assignments within the application and distribute them to their learners online within a matter of seconds. Here are just a few of the ways that Google Classroom can be used as a free learning management system:
Change the Way You Learn & Teach with 15 Educational Chrome Extensions A device that beat the iPad at the mobility game? Sounds impossible. Yet Chromebooks overtook iPads to become the bestselling educational device in the U.S market. Some of the pie can be credited to Google’s push with education. Teachers and pupils explored the role of technology in education. My Study Life Information overload is an epidemic. My Study Life is the tool for teachers and students alike. My Study Life is also cross-platform across iOS, Android, Windows, and Chrome. Quizlet Studying hard without revising is a waste. We have all experienced the panic mode at some point in our lives. There is a huge library of flashcard sets you can also pick from. As a student, you can also look into FlashTabs which I had mentioned in the list for must-have Chrome extensions for this year. BeeLine Reader Online reading is an information literacy skill. Your mileage may vary. BeeLine Reader is helpful for readers of all levels—from young readers to graduate students and beyond. Notable PDF Spell Bee
5 Great Educational Resources for Modern Classrooms In the digital age, many innovative organizations have branched off into educational initiatives, and their timing couldn’t be better. Recognizing the need for visual literacy, digital citizenship practices, and guided ed-tech implementation, many of these organizations strive to offer our students and teachers versatile tools and the most rewarding experiences possible with them. Such educational resources are designed to appeal to both the teachers and students of modern digital classrooms. They make terrific use of design tools, social media applications, and a healthy dose of the tech our students love to work and connect with. The following 5 educational resources in this article represent exactly the types of learning environments that are meant for today’s students. Canva Educational On March 24 2015, the web-based design startup Canva announced the launch of its new visual communication support program for teachers called Canva Educational. iPad in Education Skype in the Classroom
100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom 100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom by onlineuniversities.com Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality resources on the web to meet all your study and teaching needs, and all you need to access them is an internet connection. The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. But besides the basic features, there are lots of little tricks and hacks you can use to make your Google Docs experience even more productive. Ed note: This is an older post, so some of these features or links may be out of date. Keyboard Shortcuts Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more. Productivity Hacks These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined. Features & Tools Collaboration Organization
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about March 23, 2015 Over the last weekend, we spent sometime curating what we think are some of the best Chrome apps and extensions for teachers and students.Our selection is based on the reviews we have been posting here over the last couple of years and is also based on criteria such as popularity of the apps, its ratings...etc. Of course the list is no way comprehensive and there are tons of other apps to be included here but for brevity and practicality purposes we limited our list to the titles featured below. Have a look and share with your colleagues. 1- Google Classroom “Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. 2- ClassDojo “ ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. 3- Google Keep “Quickly capture what's on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family. 4- Glogster Edu 5- Sketchpad 9- Any.do
Save Your Time With 10 Underused Google Features Google’s email service was born on April Fool’s Day. Today, it’s no joke. We can’t do a day without it. Trivia about Gmail may not be useful for productivity, but I bet you will jump at a tip that shows you how to delegate your email to an assistant or spouse. Google’s tools are a continuing source of time-saving productivity tips that can help maximize our use of resources available to us. Here are ten time-saving features in Google products we shouldn’t do without. A Checklist of Google Tasks Google Tasks has often brought me back when my brain had gone for a walk. Matt Cutts, the well-known Google engineer thinks so. As long as it is around, you can also use these five methods to use Google Tasks on your desktop. Remember the Video Meeting Add a link to a Google+ Hangout to any Calendar event in one click. Set up a future Hangout in three simple steps: Go to Google Calendar. Others can also add a video meeting to an event if the calendar is shared between the participant. From the Web
Cognitive Neuroscience Society » Blog Archive » Babies Learn Language Socially “It has to be social.” That’s the advice Patricia Kuhl gave to me and another CNS 2015 attendee following her riveting talk about language development. It doesn’t matter exactly when you introduce a new language to a child under 7, she said, as much as it matters that the learning is in a social setting. Co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Kuhl is the an expert in baby talk – having pioneered the use of new tools for measuring and understanding how language unfolds in a child’s mind. On the occasion of her receiving the George A. Here are some highlights from her talk today (hint: it’s mostly about the social brain): Most us know, many firsthand, how hard it is to learn a language past childhood. The early change in phonetic ability, starting around 12 months old comes down to two types of learning, Kuhl explained: computational and social. Even how a mother speaks to a child helps in this computational learning. -Lisa M.P.
10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers This afternoon I was asked if I could put together a list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons. In the past I had put together lists of Sheets scripts, but most of those lists are outdated as Add-ons have mostly replaced scripts. Here's my updated list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets and Forms Add-ons. Google Docs Add-ons: The Tag Cloud Generator Add-on will create a word cloud in the right-hand margin of any of your Google Documents that contain more than one hundred words. One of the most useful Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator. Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts to type the accents and characters is one of the challenges that students face when learning and trying to type in a new language. g(Math) is an Add-on for Google Docs that enables you to easily insert graphs and equations into your Google Documents. Google Forms Add-ons:FormLimiter is one of my favorite Forms Add-ons.