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Create a Badge with Google Drawing If you have thought of creating your own badges here are the steps I use in Google Draw to create them. From Google Drive create a Google Drawing. Use the File menu to choose “Page setup…” Choose “Custom” for the drawing size and choose 300 by 300 pixels. Hold down shift to draw a perfect circle. Make the border of the badge size 8 pixels. Use Control C to copy the circle and Control V to paste the circle (Command C and Command V on a Mac). Change the fill of the 2nd circle to transparent. Click on the image icon in the toolbar. Search Along the top of the upload box are options for how to insert an image. Clip Art Instead of choosing “Any type” of image change the drop down menu to “Clip art.” Resize the inserted clipart to the desired size.

80+ Google Forms for the Classroom If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. Thanks for visiting! Google Forms is a great tool for the classroom and this post from 2008 has always proven popular on my blog. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ideas here. I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. 1 ) Get to know your class Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favourite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. 2 ) Emotion graph An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. Use a Google Form to gather the children’s responses to different parts of any type of linear narrative, written or visual. 3 ) Spelling test Steve Kirkpatrick had this brainwave a while back so check out his excellent post for more information about setting up the spreadsheet. 4 ) Comprehension questions

10 Free Web 2.0 Tools And How To Easily Use Them In Your Classroom Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend the first Ozarks Education Research Initiative (OERI) Teacher Technology Conference at Willard High School (MO). The learning sessions I attended were all very good and I am going to share 10 of the FREE tools I learned about below. I will be incorporating them into how I teach and hopefully by using these tools during faculty meetings, PD sessions, and other opportunities as they arise, this will help us all to find ways to incorporate them into the classroom to engage our students even more. This quote from last week has stuck with me ever since it was spoken – “Date the tool. Marry the idea.” I don’t recall who this is attributed to, but it resonates with me still. Engagement is key! Twitter summary of OERI Teacher Technology Conference at Willard High School on May 30, 2012 via Storify This is a summary of the tweets sent out during the conference. Socrative This link takes you to their website. Today’s Meet by Allison Pilley @ajpilley

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Badgr 12 Screencasting Tools For Creating Video Tutorials Ever wondered how people show you so clearly what is happening on their computer, like in the Photoshop Video Tutorials we shared with you? Thanks to screencasting software, anyone can do it. So what's stopping you now from making your own how-to videos? Try out one of these 12 tools and get to making your first video! Free AviScreen - As the name would imply, this capture program records the video into AVI files, but can also do BMP photos. - An open source program for capturing your on-screen video and audio as AVI files. Copernicus - A free program for Macs that focuses heavily on making quick and speedy films by recording the video to your RAM for quicker access. - Beyond recording video, Jing allows you to take a picture of any portion fo your desktop, draw on it, add a message, and immediately upload your media to a free hosting account. Wink - Screencasting software that focuses on making tutorials with audio and text annotation abilities. Commercial

Online Testing Free Quiz Maker Create the Best web-based quizzes ClassMarker Active censorship Printable Graphic Organizers General Graphic Organizers Worksheets Learning organization techniques should not be a chore, but rather a process that everyone should grasp, understand, and implement into their lives. For example, if you're someone who is unorganized when it comes to bills, more than likely you have a hard time getting them paid by the due date. Another example might be with school work. If you're a student and you don't have an organization structure in place for taking and storing notes, then chances are you don't do very well with taking tests. Organization is truly a skill. Being well organized will help students and teachers both be productive in and out of the classroom. Once you have yourself day organized it is time to look at how to better organize and focus your students. Now look at your individual lessons. We offer tons of graphic organizer worksheets to help students learn the importance of organization in the academic world. Subject or Process Specific Graphic Organizers

The Hat - Random Name Generator Current version: Freeware "I'm first!" "No I'm first!""No, I called it!" "Well I'm second!"" Sound familiar? The Hat is a simple but handy little utility that offers a fun and easy way to automatically determine a random order from a list of any amount of names. Note: The Hat is completely free but comes bundled with optional partner offers during installation. Recent changes:Key FeaturesGreat for Parents! Just like pulling names from a hat to determine a random order for a group of people, The Hat generates a random order from a list of any number of names. Names can be entered in several different way. The list of names can be optionally be remembered between sessions so that the next time you open the program, the same list of names is already entered. Great for raffles and sweepstakes! The Hat also allows you to pick individual names one at a time. Great for teachers to assign partners or split classes into random groups! Click here to download your free copy today.

Welcome to LearnSprout Reveal them with LearnSprout. With a simple 5-minute setup, LearnSprout can help you identify attendance trends, track college readiness and spot at-risk students. Get Started! Create your account and analyze your data! Features LearnSprout is a free service for K-12 schools and districts that turns raw, abstract data into actionable information. LearnSprout combines GPA, course completion and test scores to determine each student's progress toward college readiness and highlights students who need extra support. Identify chronically absent students and spot trends in historical attendance to support data-driven decision making across a school or district. Spot historical trends in student health and anticipate flu season before it arrives. It's Easy Setting up LearnSprout is easy. LearnSprout is free to schools and districts. Collect live data from all schools and districts across the state. Trusted by thousands of schools - Alex, Assistant Director MIT Academy - Anne, Principal (HS)2 Academy

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