Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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New “Compose Email” for Gmail that doesn’t fill the whole screen. 

Other features:

  • Multiple messages composed at the time

  • Formatting font style 

  • Keyboard shortcuts for formatting 

  • Can drag image into body of email

  • Switch back to Old Compose 

  • Calendar invitations and emoticons are coming soon

Monday, October 29, 2012

Finally! Research Tool is now on Google Presentation


The Research Tool allows students to search for more information on any word, phrase, or topic while creating their Google presentation. They can search for web results, images, quotations, maps, reviews and more!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Using Geometry and Technology for Digital Architecture


If you are planning to assess student geometry knowledge and skills, look no further than a digital architecture.

Students will learn and apply the process of planning and designing a 3D architectural building model. They will apply geometry concepts to accomplish their goal. To make the learning experience more authentic, the students will take on the role of architects who will create models for their clients.  

Learning Plan

  1. Geometry Lessons

  2. Guided/Independent Practice

  3. Architecture Presentation/Lesson

  4. Architecture Research: 

  5. Paper Floor Plan/Geometry Sheet

  6. Digital Floor Plan

  7. Constructing Digital Structure

3. Architecture Presentation: Provide students with background information on architecture, examples of architecture, its design elements and principles, and a review of geometry concepts related to geometry.


4. Architecture Research: Have students navigate architecture websites and complete the graphic organizer that focuses on key information. 


5. Paper Floor Plan/Geometry Sheet: Students will draw the exterior view of their structure, its floor plan, and calculate the perimeter and area of the structure. 




6. Digital Floor Plan: Students will replicate their floor plan digitally, using the My Deco website.


7. Construct Digital Structure: Using Tinkercad, students will use their floor plan to create a 3D model of their structure. 


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Be a surgeon, mobile phone designer or weather forecaster! (Simulation-Based Learning Unit)

Learn how to utilize web-based simulation games to help improve student engagement in meaningful learning, and develop their meta-cognitive skills. These web-based simulations provide students with real world experiences that encourages discovery learning. 

I have created a simulation-based learning unit that allows students to take on the role of people in different occupations. Students will learn about the benefits of operating simulation games in an educational setting through my presentation.  In these simulations, students will complete lifelike tasks that will provide them with an idea of what it is like to work in different career fields. Simulation-based learning will also help students authentically reflect on the career knowledge and skills that they learn.

Teachers! Make sure to install extensions to block ads for these games! Here is my blog post that provides information on ad blocking extensions for Google Chrome. 

Here is the graphic organizer that students would for each of the simulation games:image

The graphic organizer is divided into sections based on different simulation experiences. Each section provides students with questions that pertain to that specific simulation experience. Students will need to: 

  • Read ALL the questions before starting the simulations. This will help you look for the important content.

  • Fill out the graphic organizer while you are playing the simulation.

  • Use the “Research” tool to define or find more information about a topic or term(Menu Bar>Tools>Research), if the information is not stated in the game.

  • Use the highlight tool in the toolbar for multiple choice questions.

Below is an image of the section for the city planning simulation. image

Below is the image and link to the simulation game that the students would need to play to answer all the questions on their graphic organizer.image

Here are some other simulations.

1. Virtual Knee Surgeryimage

2. Floor Planning/Interior Designimage

3. Mobile Phone Designerimage

4. Be a President for a Day!


This unit involves these ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards strands:

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Research and Information Fluency

  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

  • Technology Operations and Concepts

Sunday, October 7, 2012

5 more essential Chrome extensions for students

I’m back with some more essential Chrome extensions for students! I found these extensions from techGeec’s video, however some of the extensions were not be applicable for school settings. So I have listed the extensions that are!

Stay Focused: Allows students to stay on task by blocking specific websites for a certain period of time (like a timer). 

WOT (Web of Trust): Tells you what sites are safe to go to!

Session Manager: Save and close your open tabs to open later (Students can save their school-related tabs as “School Session.” So when they go to school, they can simply click on their “School Session” and immediately their school-related tabs will open.)

Clickable Links: Non-linked listed URLs become links

Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroll: Often when you scroll down on a web page, it jumps from section to section. This extension allows your scrolling experience to be smooth.