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Using Comics in the Classroom
Are you looking for an alternative way for your students to write a story? This week I read about a great Comics site called makebeliefscomix . Students are able to create their own comics using this site. The site is available in many different languages. Below is a tutorial that walks you though oof this digital tool. I think that this is a very valuable tool that all students can access. If you have questions about this please let me know.
I have a free premium Tech Tool for you to try over the next 3 months if you are interested. If you click ON THIS LINK you can have access to a great tool called Pear Deck. This is a feature that I have had a few requests about our district purchasing. I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago and was able to get a free trial for all the teachers in our district. Pear Deck is a great way to create easy interactive formative assessments using Google slides. You as the teacher can control the Google slides presentation for everyone in your class. You can build in interactive elements for both new slide presentations and presentations that you have already created! For a student to access your Pear Deck they click on a link and enter in a code. HERE are some instructions to get you started. HEREare some already created pear deck templates HEREare some video tutorals to get you going
The other school morning my 6 year old daughter who is in Kindergarten got up with me around 5:30 AM . I am in the kitchen getting the coffee going and I typically read for a few minutes to get going in the AM . Ruby walks in the living room without saying a word and goes and gets her Kindle Fire tablet and her headphones and sits on the couch. Not a "Good morning Daddy", nothing, just wakes up,gets her device and sits on the couch and stares at the screen. I immediately think, "well great!, parent fail, we're having too much screen time and she's addicted to the screen and she is 6. Am I modeling this behavior for her? ". Just to put myself a little more over the edge I say Good morning and then I inquire about what she is watching. Her device has parent controls enabled so she can play kid games, and watch kid videos etc. . . so, anyhow, to put me over the edge a little more she is watching a Youtube Kids video of girls her age playing with Barbie…
I wanted to let you know about several new updates for Gsuite for Education that has taken place or soon will take place.
Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Sites - These services will soon have a new look. Nothing will change functionally but it will probably look a little different. These have started to roll out on January 15th and will continue to roll out to all users across the world by February. Some of the things that you and your students may notice is the change in typography, controls (buttons, dialog and sidebars). Also the icons will change a little and look "cleaner and fresher". Again, these are cosmetic changes and nothing that will affect the day to day use of these products. If you want to read more about these changes you can check out the GSuite Update Blog
Google Classroom - Lots of great things happening in Google Classroom. It really is amazing how much it has grown and changed in the last few years! This fall Google created the "C…