Below is the slide deck the counseling and tech departments used for our most recent parent meeting. Included are many great resources parents can use to support them with technology use in their home.
Thank you Stephanie Stone, Chris Wright, and Max Wright for the opportunity to collaborate, and for making this event a success.
Please copy and use my bottle volume calculator. This is one of those times that the spreadsheet skills I often teach can be put to a very practical use.
I have been homebrewing for a few years now, and I like to bottle my homebrew using glass bottles that I collect from wherever I can get them. One of the drawbacks of reusing bottles is that I now have many sizes of bottles, with five different volumes. The last time I brewed I calculated the number I needed in my head, and ended up sterilizing about a dozen extra bottles. This time I decided to wash the exact number of bottles I needed (plus one, just in case). I calculated the number of bottles by creating this simple spreadsheet to figure things out for me.
I currently have about 8,000 songs in my iTunes library, which is over 26 days of music. It is easy to fall into listening the same music over and over. I have two different playlists that I have created to keep my music fresh.
The first is my “Never Played” playlist. It is all the songs in my iTunes library that I have not ever listened to. It is really easy to set up this list.
Click File > New > Smart Playlist
Change Artist to Plays (is 0 will automatically populate)
Click + to add another condition
Select Media Kind is Music
You can also limit the number of songs in the playlist, which I would recommend if you sync this list to your phone or another device.
My second must have playlist is the “Least Recently Played” playlist. It is the songs in my iTunes library that I have not listened to in the longest time. To set up this list:
Click File > New > Smart Playlist
Change Artist to Media Kind (is Music will automatically populate)
Click Limit to & set the number of items you would like in the playlist
After selected by choose least recently played
What is great about this playlist is that once you play a song it will be removed from the list. The list will always contain the songs that you haven’t heard in the longest time. (You will need to sync your device to your computer for the list to update.)There are also many variations of these lists that can be created. One of my favorites is my least recently played live Grateful Dead playlist, I have created with the songs the Grateful Dead give away on their web site each November. It looks like this:
Feel free to add your favorite playlist in the comments section.
I have been fortunate enough to work with superstar teacher Karen Leese on some great projects over the past year and a half. Her essential question for this project was, “Why do people move?” Her 4th graders surveyed the school community about why they moved to Malaysia. They analyzed the survey results and then created infographics using Piktochart. Some even connected their survey results spreadsheet directly to their infographic so that the results would be live and always updated. Take a look at their work below. Karen posted this originally on her blog.
I am excited for the opportunity to present at Deep Learning in Malaysia. I’ve made some big improvements to my Stop Motion Animation workshop, adapting it to the focus of the conference.
In the workshop we will be using the iStopMotion app. It is my favorite, and well worth the $9.99. See my review for more details. I have created a self-paced stop motion animation course that you can find on iTunes U & 21CL.
Most elementary teachers post photos of their students regularly. Over the years there have been many services that help create slideshows. If a school is a GAFE school, and teachers are expected to not use any outside services to share photos, options for slideshows are very limited. Picasa has been a favorite at my school, and currently Google Photos does not offer a similar option to create slideshows. It is possible to make movies from the Photos app, which I have previously documented.
An easy solution to the “slideshow problem” is provided by YouTube, and I believe it is a great option, because it is so easy. A huge thanks to Trevor Beck, who told me how to create the slideshows.
Below is my explanation of how to make a slideshow from your Google Photos:
As a long time Mac user my go to screencasting app is Quicktime Pro. If you are a Windows user you might want to try Windows Media Player. (Disclaimer: I’ve never used it.) I realize there are fewer options available for online tools than there were a few years ago. Below are a few of the more popular free tools that I have tried: