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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.
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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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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.

HIS Tech Bytes – 18 January, 2018

This is a newsletter I have been putting out every other week for the staff at Harare International School in Zimbabwe.  I figured I might as well share it with the world at large.  I hope you enjoy it!
Alex

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

The Answer to Questions Students Ask
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Tired of students asking annoying questions that they could easily look up themselves?  Pass along a little “How to” with some visual sarcasm thrown in.  http://lmgtfy.com/ Let’s you type in their question and then gives you a link that visually shows them how to do it for themselves.  Quite funny and makes the point.  Here is an example from Kate R. – thanks for this!
Make a Dozen Cool Learning Tools From a Single Spreadsheet!
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Flippity – Turns Google Sheets into flashcards, Quiz Shows, Random Name Picker, Memory Games, Word Puzzles and more. It is a simple add-on from Google. That takes your spreadsheet of data and generates all of those powerful learning tools.  If you are interested, but not sure where to start drop me a line and we’ll make a plan.
   
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!

How Technology is Shaping the Future of Education
cropped-apple-logo4 In this article in Business Insider I was hooked by the line: “Even with technology being used in more and more classrooms, teachers will be as important as ever.”  This article looks critically at several aspects of the increasing use of technology in the classroom and how it is shaping not only what we teach, but how.
Hey, This is Getting Personal!  And That is a Good Thing!
666252_users_512x512 This article, originally titled Personalized learning gives students a sense of control over chaotic lives.  Looks at several school who had struggling students under their old curriculum system.  However, with the incorporation of Blended Learning, and then taking it further and personalizing it for individual students they achieved that panacea of education – student buy-in.