On add-ons, and scripts, and things…

We’ve been using a paper-based notification system for years to document behavioral and academic issues with students. It’s involved lots of paper and email and too many people.

After an amazing workshop with Brent Coley, I realized two Google Suite plugins he showcased could simplify lots of things with our process.

The add-ons are autoCrat and copyDown. Now when teachers need to notify a student, their parents, and their faculty adviser…they just complete and submit a Google form. Emails are sent to all concerned parties and a pdf copy is saved to a folder in Google Drive.

While wrangling spreadsheets to my will, I got over a major hurdle thanks to this tip from benlcollins.com. Looks to be an amazing resource!

<This post is mostly a buried acorn for me…if you want to know details…let me know.>

CUE 2017 – Day 1

Here are some jumbled jottings…Hopefully I’ll have some time to clean them up.

Keynote

The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset
Jo Boaler

  • youcubed – website
  • Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset
  • No such thing as a math person, science person, etc.
  • There is no “wall” that you hit in (math) education
  • Make mistakes…synapses fire…learn more from mistakes
  • Challenged and struggling …best brain growth
  • Don’t label students as “smart” or “gifted”
  • “I’m giving you this feedback because I believe in you.”
  • Videos – How to Learn Math (students | teachers)
  • Creativity is inhibited by speed, performance orientation, performance and rewards
  • Transformative power of a mistakes friendly environment

Multimedia Textsets + Google Docs = Hyperdocs
Kristen Bell

Presentation

  • hyperdoc.co – (not com) Hyperdoc site
  • Re-check goobric
  • Download content to Google Dive
  • Google arts & culture … favorites…create album
  • ListenCurrent – audio resource site
  • Liftedlines – quote resources

Breakout.edu

Presentation

Hidden Gems in Google

Presentation 

Google Drive

  • Open image…use eye then arrow
  • Asterisks in names…to top
  • Ctrl-z – drag (add to multiple folder)

Google Sheets

Drawing

  • Color pick eye dropper
  • Safe YouTube…strips ads etc.

Docs

  • Google Keep notes…writing comments…todo lists
  • Copy….change edit to copy

Minecraft

Didn’t have the chance, but worth checking out…

Keynotes

California’s Kelp Forest

 

 

I love to dive the kelp forests off the SoCal coast. When I first started to dive I was overwhelmed at the variety of species I was seeing. Over time, I started to see the order within the complexity. What I couldn’t find was a good website that would help me with the monumental  task of learning about what I was seeing in this entirely new world.

So I put my students to work! This site has some great resources on the kelp forest. I’ll even be so bold as to say I haven’t seen one with more resources (and links to resources) in one place.  The biology class of 16-17 did a great job providing info on some of the organisms as part of their unit on ecology.  I particularly like the webcams and videos linked throughout, but especially on the resources page.

When I need to relax, the Anacapa Ocean live stream does it every time (during daylight anyway :-).

Within a few days of publishing the project, Google released their new Google Sites. We hope you enjoy! Click the link below or the image above to visit.

Kelp Forest Organisms – CLHS Biology 2016