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Five Ways to Create Mind Maps and Flowcharts Online Earlier this week Tony Vincent Tweeted an excellent graphic that he made to show the process of creating a flowchart in Google Drawings. Tony's graphics are always top notch and this one was not an exception to that rule. Check it out. — Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) June 18, 2018 For those who would like a video overview of how to make a flowchart or mind map in Google Drawings, I have one for you.

Three Options for Adding Voice Comments in Google Docs Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning. In order for feedback to have a positive impact it should be provided in a timely manner, focus on process, and provide ideas for taking action. You can achieve all of these things using typed comments in Google, but why not make even more of an impact by leaving voice comments? This can be a powerful way to motivate and engage students.Kaizena- Easy way to provide high quality voice feedback for students.Read&Write for Google Chrome- Leave voice comments for students inside of Google Docs. Make sure you register for a free teacher account to have this functionality.Talk and Comment- This extension makes it possible to create voice recordings and use them anywhere you can share a URL.

The Incredible Times: A News & Media Literacy Game Presented by Eisha Buch, Senior Manager of Education Programs, Common Sense Education Hosted by Common Sense Education and Sponsored by Symantec If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Digital Learning & Leadership community and go to the CE Quizzes link in the Community Toolbox. Watch the team at Common Sense Education to get a sneak peek at an exciting new online game launching soon! In this edWebinar, Eisha Buch, Senior Manager of Education Programs for Common Sense Education, unveils The Incredible Times, a free game for exploring the topic of misinformation in an engaging way by introducing and sparking critical conversations around news literacy. In this session, explore the key learning objectives of the game and different ways it can be implemented in your classroom in conjunction with other Common Sense Digital Citizenship resources. Eisha demonstrates the game for us as well.

Codeable Crafts Review for Teachers The best thing about Codeable Crafts is how easy it is to create a short, simple animated story. Kids need only to drag simple, puzzle-shaped coding blocks together in different ways to experiment with programming concepts like movement, repetition, and more. They can also just have fun telling a story. Kids create their characters from a nice set of whimsical geometric animal templates. Codeable Crafts gives young kids a good introduction to programming, but there are a few downsides. Edueto We lost the pricing…for good! We’ve decided that Edueto should be completely for free. As of today, the pricing is gone, and the full product is available for free. We want to keep perfecting Edueto, and we feel like we’ll more likely achieve it without charging our users along the way.

6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom Presentations look much sharper with the right slide template and eye-catching photos. These tools will improve your slide shows and more. (Flickr / Danny Sullivan) When my students and I work with Google Apps, there are two common struggles that we face: Foiling Fake News Made by Tech-Kim & Ms. Fitz Students, teachers, anyone connected to the internet is already running on information overload and now fake news has us all questioning our most trusted sources. So how can we best prepare students to grow to become independent online consumers in this snap-judgement world of social media link-sharing? We created this teaching kit as a companion to our article, Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False?

App Inventor Get Started Follow these simple directions to build your first app! Tutorials Step-by-step guides show you how to create even more apps. Teach Find out about curriculum and resources for teachers. 50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. Think of it as the Maximum PC blog roll (remember those?).

The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 As regular readers know, I’ve begun posting my end-of-year “The Best….” lists. There are over 1,700 regularly updated lists now. You can see them all here. You might also want to check out All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place. As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users. Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out. “Last week scientists at NASA announced that they will send a manned spacecraft to the moon by the year 2018.” “Supermoons can trigger tidal waves and catastrophic earthquakes.” “A rare liger cub with a lion dad and tigress mother was born in Russia.”

Four Video Apps To Help Parent/Teacher Communication Teaching is not an easy job. We all know this to be true. I have a sure fire way to make your job easier. Read&Write Assistive Technology App Read and Write is an extension from texthelp that is designed to help students feel more confident with reading and writing. Teachers can get free access by installing the extension then filling out a request on this page. Once you complete this step, your trial account will be converted to a premium account for one full year.