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15 February, 2018-HIS Tech Bytes

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Your bi-weekly peek into the tech world, because tech doesn’t bite, but not being informed does!

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Here you will find helpful tips, tech tricks or new resources you can use in your classroom.  Please feel free to submit any you would like to have shared to the staff or a request for a feature to abraden@his.ac.zw

Print a Google Doc with Comments and Annotations
doc Thank you to Kuda for finding this very helpful extension for Google Chrome and Google Docs.  If you are in Chrome and commenting on student work it is not normally possible to print a Doc with comments.  However, with this app added to Chrome you can.  Sorry Safari users, one more reason to switch to Chrome I guess. 🙂
Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc
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Yes again!

Do you have a Doc/Slide/Sheet you want students to have their own copy of?  Forcing them to make a copy (so they don’t mess up yours) is SUPER easy.  When you copy the URL of the doc replace the word “edit” with “copy” (without the “” marks).  When they click the link it forces them to make a copy and then sticks it in their Google Drive.
News icon What’s Making News

Here are some articles related to technology in education.  Each article is linked to the original story in case you wish to dig deeper.  Enjoy!

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sd.png According to a three year long study from the International Journal of Science Education using web-based tools (click here for some examples) in science classes help increase science-based knowledge in all students, and particularly so in underachieving students.   Additionally, for students who are normally marginalized in science, kids with learning disabilities and ESL learners  improvements were quite significant.  An excellent summary of the study can be read at Science Daily.
Education Spending in Technology
 ed money They spent $1.2 billion investing in EdTech companies and that is expected to grow by 20% annually, or there are these guys whos families spend $70,939/year per kid and this country teaches coding starting in elementary.  Who are these global leaders?  Respectively, China, Singapore and Malaysia.  The article Education technology is a global opportunity looks at not only spending, but where the greatest area of growth in education is.  Can you guess where?
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Student-Led Live-Streaming

Last week Harare International School in Zimbabwe, where I happen to work, hosted the 2018 International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa  (ISSEA) Basketball tournament.  There were teams from over six different countries here for three days of basketball, socialising and fun.  One of the agreements among the ISSEA schools is that, if possible, events such as this should have some sort of media presence so that folks back home can keep up with the action.

Initially we contacted a media company as well as a local ISP who were going to stream the main court and even provide commentary for the games.  This would have been a first for ISSEA as any live-streaming prior to this had not had any audio.  Long, very long, story short they backed out less than 24 hours before the games were to begin.  Enter our tech team.  Through some fantastic team collaboration and division of labor we ended up with a solution using a Canon DSLR, two pieces of software and a hope and a prayer for success.  We also rounded up the most key component, a group of dedicated students to take photos, which were uploaded to a Facebook page, and videos which were live-streamed to the school YouTube page (indoor games) or uploaded later (outdoor games).

Here is the best part, and why I love my job.  We barely had time to get the equipment and software in place before the games started, but as the first game kicked off we were up and running with a live picture and audio.  As the game was going the students running the computer asked if they could explore what it could do in hopes of making it look a little nicer.  As we are an IB school, student-led initiatives are a big part of what we are about.  So off they went in search of tutorials, videos, blogs, really anything they could find about the software we were using to stream.  By the second day we had live score updates on a scoreboard panel, school logos, ISSEA logos and more all imbedded in the live video.   The whole process from beginning to end was an amazing example how students can do so much if we just give them the tools and the support.  I could not be prouder of them.

HIS Tech Bytes – 1 February, 2018

 techbytes header3 Your bi-weekly peek into the tech world, because tech doesn’t bite, but not being informed does!
tech t & t Tech Tips and Tricks

Here you will find helpful tips, tech tricks or new resources you can use in your classroom.  Please feel free to submit any you would like to have shared to the staff or a request for a feature to abraden@his.ac.zw

Gotta’ Dash – Don’t Look at My Cache!
 zzz Do you have those times you need to step away from your computer but it is in a public place where you don’t want people to see what is on your screen?  There are two options that will keep people out of your machine.  The first is “sleep”, get this quickly with Control–Shift–Power button, the second is to “lock” by Cmd-alt-Power…or simply close the lid,  🙂
Newsela Pro Keeps on Giving
 

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In the Pro version of this great resource you can track student progress, reading level, skills assessment and so much more.  In addition you can assign articles based on skills students need, assist them in challenging themselves by adjusting Lexile levels, give them the chance to re-do assignments and more.  Need a reintroduction or a refresher to Newsela?  Call your friendly tech integrationist!
News icon What’s Making News

Here are some articles related to technology in education.  Each article is linked to the original story in case you wish to dig deeper.  Enjoy!

Google Cultural Institute – Take the Time to Check This Out!
Google Culture.png I can’t even begin to tell you how cool this site is!  You can visit cultural heritage sites, museums, artistic collections, historical figures, significant events and more.  All come with primary source information, hi-res photos, some have virtual tours and so much more.  By way of example check out the photo series of African Kings, take a virtual tour of the Guggenheim in Bilbao or learn more about Mahatma Gandhi (one of over 6500 people in the database).  There is so much here! – please take a few minutes to check it out.
Can Technology Really Level the Playing Ground?
 Ghana flag At the recent Education World Forum the Education minister of Ghana, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh contended that: “Technology is a leveller for the divide between the poor and rich”.  At this meeting of more than 100 ministers and industry leader everyone seemed to echo this sentiment.  Is this realistic?  Read the article and decide for yourself.