Writing Reviser – a Google AddOn

29 03 2017

Back in 2014, I wrote about SAS Curriculum Pathways and the many interactive tools and lessons available for free. They are still there but now they are moving to Chrome!!! The Writing Navigator is a tool AND app that helps students move from planning to drafting to revising to publishing. You will have to create an account but its free.

And NOW, SAS has included an add-on to Google Docs for the Writing Reviser! Any teacher I’ve shown this tool to has been blown away!
To get it, go to Tools, Get Add-ons in a Google Doc: 
When you want to use the Writing Reviser just go back to your AddOn tab and Open the Addon! I can’t even tell you how much is available with this add-on. I could not do it justice. Here’s some images but you really need to try it to see its power.

Sentence Economy Information

Verb Tenses

Misplaced Modifiers

Enjoy!





SWAY an online FREE Presentation Tool

11 12 2016

Have you ever used SWAY? It is an incredible FREE online tool that can be used to create presentations/lessons. Since it is strictly online, it works well with Chromebooks. A VERY cool thing about SWAY is that it intuitively offers content based on the words you place on your “cards”. The content offered is Creative Commons – You can embed YouTube, Geogebra, Tweets, Google Maps…

The example above was created by me and all content was in the Sway library for me so I never had to leave the site.

Sways can be private or public so sharing is encouraged! The following example is one that I found – I chose it because it gives some really good ideas. If you click on the … in the right corner, you can open full size in a new tab. Enjoy!

 





New to Kahoot!

3 11 2016

Hi all!

I know many of you use Pear Deck, Quizizz and Kahoot in your classrooms. I want to share what’s new with Kahoot!

It’s called Jumble and you need to move your tiles to put them in order. There are several example games ready for you to use including a Word Jumble, Film Trivia, Halloween Fun, Political Jumble, and Build the Equation.

political-jumble

MATH TEACHERS – it seems as though we are often left out 😦 BUT.. you are going to LOVE creating equations through jumbling! Click on the following link to learn more about Jumble. Scroll down to find the example games. jumbleHave some fun! CREATE and SHARE!!!





Convert your paper document to editable documents

31 10 2016

Hi all

I have been playing with a really neat tool! I sure wish I’d known about this when I was in the classroom. It’s called Office Lens and is a free app available with Windows, iPhone and Android devices.

Watch the video to see how Office Lens works with Word and PowerPoint (also works well with OneNote)

I’ve placed links for the Windows Launch as well as iPhone and Android. Enjoy – let me know how you like it!

 

Windows Launch Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/office-lens/9wzdncrfj3t8

Android and iPhone Information: https://blogs.office.com/2015/04/02/office-lens-comes-to-iphone-and-android/





Get Microsoft Office 2016 for $9.95

19 09 2016

Did you know you are eligible to get Microsoft Office 2016 for only $9.95???

Go to the following URL:
http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx?country_id=US&culture=en-GB and enter your school email address. See the image below:

ms-office-hupYou will then be directed to open your email and will find your instructions to purchase. GREAT deal…Enjoy!

ms-hup-email-confirmation





Google Slides as a BackChannel

21 08 2016

Hi all! – welcome back! Hope you had a relaxing summer!

As you know I’ve retired from the classroom but what some of you did not know is that I am still the director of MTRACT and am SO looking forward to working with you this year:) Please contact me (bknab@msd.k12.ny.us) with any ideas you may have for MTRACT course offerings!

It’s been a busy summer! I attended a CTLE workshop and will have all updated information posted on both this site as well as the MFT site this week.

Have you ever used TodaysMeet in a workshop or with your students? Did you know that Google Slides now includes a Presenter View that acts as a backchannel? What a great way to give your students the opportunity to ask questions as they watch a presentation. I’ve attached a video to give you a better idea as well as a HOW TO. Enjoy and have a GREAT year!





OpenEd

23 02 2016

Hi All,

Welcome back from break! I’ve updated the Courses page with many new offerings from different teacher centers and colleges. Take a look!

Hope you enjoyed learning to Flubaroo your PearDeck (our last post). If you missed it, take a look – I think you’ll enjoy..

Now, my latest find! It’s call OpenEd and MANY of the resources are FREE – you never know how long these things last but I’m loving it for now. It is a treasure trove of resources that you can use. Some publishers are only in the premium version but there’s plenty to choose in the free version. Select your subject / standard and state whether you’d like to find video, game, worksheets, assessments, lesson plans, homework, audio… I’ve been working with some teachers in Freeport and they are loving it. Here’s the link: Open Ed