10 Attention Grabbers To Try when using Tech

10 Attention Grabbers To Try when using Tech

10 Attention Grabbers To Try when using Tech

10 Attention Grabbers

When our students are using devices it can be really challenging to get their attention. Sometimes they have headphones on, sometimes they are just really engaged in the lesson. These 10 attention grabbers are something to try with your students. Some will stick with your group and you can add them to your regular rotation of classroom management strategies.

These attention grabbers are split up into 2 categories

Call and Response

The teacher says a phrase and the children respond to it with a specific response (usually also requires a physical response from students like putting their hands up, etc.)

  1. Hands Up – Buttercup (students raise their hands from their devices and look at the teacher)
  2. Mac – Cheese, Children – Freeze (this one is two parts to give students a moment to prepare to stop)
  3. Hands on Top – That means stop (hands on head)
  4. Floppy – Disk (fun tech themed one)
  5. Light Show – Time to go (teacher flashes lights and then says the phrase. This one is great for when they are wearing headphones)10 Attention Grabbers To Try when using Tech

Teacher Phrases

This set of attention grabbers doesn’t require a verbal student response, but rather a physical one.

6. Clap it and Lap it (to get your students to remove their hands from the keyboard)

7. Flip the Flap (for use with iPad covers, “Close the lid” would work well for laptops)

8. T-Rex Arms (again, to get your students to remove their hands from the keyboard)

9. Horn signal

10. Chime or music with specific patterns or songs for different effects

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Give these a try and let me know how they go for you. Do you have another suggestion? Leave it in the comments so we can all learn from each other.

This list was compiled by dozens of Tech Teachers and Media Specialists in the Facebook Group Technology Teacher Tribe.  Request to join today!

10 Resources for Your {Almost} Paperless Classroom

If you are fortunate enough to have technology in the classroom, you should be using these 10 resources. These are the easiest apps and sites that I have found for students to use, and the most meaningful for me in terms of content and data.

Resources for going paperless:
1. Google Classroom is an absolute must! Upload any pdf to Google Classroom and your students can annotate over it! AAAMMMAAAZZZING!!!  They can type, highlight, and write on any pdf.

2. Class Kick is another way teachers can assign pdfs and have students annotate over them. If you don’t have access to Google Classroom, try this app! It makes using technology in the classroom easy! Classkick is a free app that shows teachers in real-time exactly what students are doing and who needs help so they can provide instant feedback. Using any content, teachers add drawings, text, images, audio, links, and videos to provide instruction or create assessments.

3. SeeSaw App is yet a third way to assign content to students. You can assign files, videos, drawings, and anything from Google Drive now! This app makes technology in elementary classrooms so easy for students. They can upload their work, and you must approve the assignment. Send parents a link to their students portfolio so that they can see their child’s work. They won’t be able to see any other student’s work, YAY for student privacy!!!

4. Digital ReadWorks  is a great way to assign articles. They have an amazing, in depth library of fiction and nonfiction texts organized by skill, topic, and/or grade level. They are easy to assign, students will need to have a login, but the texts are well worth it.

5. Newsela also has tons of articles along with comprehension questions. They publish new articles daily to reflect current events and highlight holidays and cultures.

6. Front Row is great for math practice! You can assign lessons, or allow students to do the adaptive practice on your current math domain. All students need to get started is your class code and logging in is easy. You can check their “report card” to see how they have done. I usually require 20 problems (2 levels) during a math block. The video tutorials are so helpful when students are struggling with a topic.

7. Remind app makes communicating with parents super easy! Print out instructions for parents and then send them texts anytime you need to. You can also schedule texts so that they go out at just the right time.

8. Digital Task Cards  are fun and easy! No more printing, cutting, laminating, and storing (and finding) task cards! Students get immediate feedback with these digital task cards and enjoy the competitive format. Check out how digital task cards work on Boom Learning! Boom Learning will give teachers who are new to Boom Cards, for one year, and at no charge, the ability to collect and maintain student progress reports for up to 80 students. This is a super cool feature because students get immediate feedback and you have digital access to data that you can analyze!

9. Digital Interactive Notebooks takes the frustration of copying, cutting, and pasting out of interactive notebooks. As long as students have devices, they can access their notebooks. Students love these notebooks, and you will love how much you can use and re-use them.

 

10. This Paperless Back to School Flipbook is easy to set up and parents will find it much more useful than your old handbook that gets lost in the hustle of back to school paperwork. You can send the link home as often as needed.

 

Are you going to be incorporating technology into your classroom next year? If so, have no fear! You’ve got this! If I can do it, you can too! And you can save soooooo much paper by using these tools!

 

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Using Tech to Ease Math Center Prep

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Thanks to apps and websites, I’ve stopped spending hours of preparation and lots of money on creating math centers for my students. Instead, I used several math apps and websites to support student practice.

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I run a guided math set up currently in my second grade classroom and plan to do something similar in my new fifth grade classroom next year. Students rotate through Meet with the Teacher, Practice, Problem Solving / Fact Fluency, and Review with Tech.

Often, the practice was paper and pencil this year. But, I also used www.classkick.com and app.Seesaw.me sometimes for practice. I love classkick because I can see at a quick glance where students are and if anyone needs help.

Stuents glued the problem of the day in their problem solving journals, solved the problem and then took a picture to submit on Seesaw. This way I can grade quickly online. Then, they worked on Fact Fluency using either xtramath.org or the fact fluency component of www.frontrowed.com. I prefer xtramath because I can see progress easily, but students like to have choice. Front Row will give reports if you have the school version.

Finally, in review with tech, students can choose one of many adaptive math programs. When I have the ability to assign or students have the abilty to choose a domain, I assign or tell students the domain to choose. Again, Front Row has a great site that you can access completely for free, but any reports or the ability to assign come with the paid version. Students are able to choose the domain they work in though. There is an app, but it does cost, so I just use a QR code for my students to scan and access.

Prodigy Math Game is super motivating for students. I usually have students do front row first because I feel like they get more math, but prodigy is much more motivating and does give reports, at this point in time at least. My second graders have figured out how to add others to our class group login and get noisy collaborating with classmates about what world they’re in so they can battle each other.

SumDog is another game based math practice platform.  This one is best using the app or a computer with flash. The free version is limited but my students enjoyed it fine enough. We competed in a competition that the company occassionally has and were the winning school. Our prize was to get the full version for free for one year. My students loved that they won and have really loved playing the full version. The full subscription requires the SumDog 3D app, which is also free but only full subscribers will have acess to most of the games in the 3D version. The games aren’t really 3D and don’t require any special eye wear.

Additionally, any coding apps or sites would be a great thing to add to your math. A great fast finisher option or an additional rotation. I have mostly used code.org, but I know many more have popped up and are wonderful.

There are many other math websites and apps and you can use whatever you have access to or that work best for you. These just happen to be the ones I have had the most success with in my district and with my devices. We’d love to know in your comments below what sites and apps you use. I’m always looking for new ideas.

Prepping for the Test with Newsela

With the pressure of preparing our students for upcoming standardized tests, we want to be mindful to not focus our teaching primarily on the TEST. When teachers focus their teaching on the test, it affects meaningful learning, lack of motivation, and a curriculum that is too structured without flexibility. By using Newsela for test prep or teaching nonfiction, students are engaged in deeper, more authentic, and meaningful learning. Newsela is a free, reading-leveled, nonfiction and current events website and app.

Technology Tools for Fun and Easy ELA Test Prep

Preparing students for their standardized state tests doesn’t have to be terribly boring and use a whole tree worth of paper. Over the years helping 5th grade students prepare for their science state test in North Carolina, I have come across some amazing online resources for ELA that I want to share with you.

I chose the best 3 because I know your time is limited and you need to work on other test taking skills and subjects with your classes.

  1. Prepdog has common core quizzes for grades K-8. You can have students take a test in a specific standard for ELA, or let them choose what they practice. One of my favorite things about using Prepdog is that it requires students to choose their answer by selecting it from a drop down menu. This is an important skill to practice if your students have to take their standardized tests on the computer. prepdog test prep
  2. Pearsonlongman is another great technology tool for test prep. The reading tests have passages for students to read and then multiple choice comprehension questions to answer. This site has students click on a radio button to select their answer. The reading passages and questions are separated so students also have to navigate the page to find which questions and passages go together. Great practice!
  3. Lumos Learning is my third recommendation. There is a sample question for each of the common core standards and topics. So, for 5th grade there are 41 sample questions! Students select an answer choice and then check to see whether or not it is correct. There is even an answer explanation if they were wrong.

Bonus resource if you need to practice with bubble sheets but want the questions to be online. Testprepreview has you covered.

While I shared these resources for 5th graders, each of these sites has options for the other elementary grades, too. What are some of your favorite websites for test prep?

-Brittany

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Such fun test prep ideas that will be easy for me to use! I love the test prep games! These review game ideas will provide the test prep motivation that I have been looking for!

10 Ways to Make Test Prep Fun

It’s almost time to start thinking about those test prep strategies! Ughhhh… all your hard work, will it pay off? Make it count, and make it fun with these test prep review ideas!

Such fun test prep ideas that will be easy for me to use! I love the test prep games! These review game ideas will provide the test prep motivation that I have been looking for!

1. One quick test prep idea is to find or create review games on Quizziz.com. It is easy to create a quiz, but the best part is that students complete at their own pace! You can set the amount of time allowed per question to keep students on pace, but it is not a race to the finish. This encourages students to be thoughtful in their responses.

2. If you don’t have enough devices in your classroom, you can use plickers to gage student responses  during whole group test prep review. This also great if you are short on time and just want to display the questions on your board, students will love responding with their plickers cards!

3. Create a bingo review game of terms and definitions for a fun test prep Bingo Game. You can easily create a table on a word document and type in terms or definitions. Then create a matching table on another page with NO words in the table. Have students cut out the words and glue in any order onto the blank table. This gives everyone different Bingo boards. Then the teacher or a student calls out the terms or definitions (opposite of what you put on the boards). Students will love winning this game and getting to be the next bingo “caller!”

4. Use task cards as a partner activity. Partner students, one reads the task card and one has to figure out the answer. Rachel Lynnette has a great explanation for this idea.

5. Play a “headbandz” style review game by writing terms on index cards and paper clip them to sentence strips fitted to the students’ heads. Put them in groups and have students take turns trying to give the student enough information about the term on their  head (without saying the word) to guess it.

6. Have students write questions/problems for their friends to answer. Give them a few examples, sometimes it may be necessary to give some suggestions as to what type of items to use in their problems such as favorite pets if you are reviewing data or pizza if you are reviewing fractions.

7. Play Scoot with task cards by placing one on each desk and having students “scoot” to the next desk after a certain amount of time. This gets them moving and adds fun to the normal task cards. If you do not have enough task cards for each student, create a few “take a break” task cards and disperse them randomly. You can write fun tasks on them like “draw a picture of your favorite animal” or “write a sentence using a spelling/vocabulary word.”

8. Use your board games, especially during FREE CHOICE time to review by incorporating task cards. Students must answer a task card before they can make their next move. This works great with Jenga, Battleship, Connect 4, Checkers, Trouble and Guess Who. Read my blog post on using task cards with board games here. 

9. Use digital task cards to quickly assign review questions to students. These task cards are NO-PREP and SELF-CHECKING! Students lose points and are sent back to the question for answering incorrectly. All you need to do is create a spreadsheet to accept responses and you can score from there!

10. Make sure that your students know, above all else, that this test cannot measure their worth or their intelligence as much as you can. This test does not define them! You expect them to do their best, pay attention to details, and show growth, that is all.

I hope that you have found a few useful ideas here to help keep your students engaged, learning and motivated to rock that test! Visit my blog for more tips and ideas! dirt-road-teacher-logo-15

3 technology tools for Data Storage to Try as a Teacher

Onlinе data ѕtоrаgе iѕ a virtual storage whеrе users саn ѕtоrе infоrmаtiоn in an оnlinе dаtаbаѕе to minimizeе the chances of lоѕing or dаtа being damaged. Thiѕ online dаtа ѕtоrаgе tool iѕ usually a сlоud service.

Online filе storage service has gained еxtrеmе рорulаritу tоdау and hаѕ become one оf thе most common аnd affordable mеаnѕ оf storing dаtа fоr bасkuр. All ѕоrtѕ оf imроrtаnt dосumеntѕ such аѕ рhоtоѕ, muѕiс, videos and dосumеnt filеѕ саn easily bе ѕtоrеd with these Onlinе Stоrаgе tооlѕ.

Onlinе storage can also bе perfect filе-ѕhаring tools that can be a solution to ѕеnding filеѕ thаt аrе tоо lаrgе tо ѕеnd by mаil. It is a rеliаblе dаtа ѕtоrаgе thаt саn bе accessed frоm аnуwhеrе and a simple wау to ѕhаrе filеѕ with parents, ѕtudеntѕ, аnd colleagues.

Althоugh thеrе are mаnу оnlinе dаtа storage tools hеrе аrе 3 оf thе most commonly uѕеd оnlinе tools fоr data storage thаt саn bе uѕеful fоr tеасhеrѕ.

  1. Drорbоx

Drорbоx iѕ оnе of thе mоѕt рорulаr оnlinе ѕtоrаgе tооlѕ аvаilаblе tоdау. Yоu саn store, ѕhаrе and ѕуnсhrоnizеѕ dаtа across аll dеviсеѕ uѕing thе Drорbоx арр оr on the Drорbоx wеbѕitе. You саn ассеѕѕ your filеѕ аnуwhеrе, frоm desktop соmрutеrѕ, lарtорѕ, tаblеtѕ аnd еvеn smartphones. With enhanced ѕесuritу, management tооlѕ, and priority еmаil аnd рhоnе ѕuрроrt.Drорbоx can be a vеrу uѕеful tооl fоr tеасhеrѕ for reach оut tо their ѕtudеntѕ and thеir colleagues.

Drорbоx enables filе sharing tо ѕtudеntѕ, assignment ѕubmiѕѕiоn bу students аnd lots mоrе. And at timеѕ tеасhеrѕ may wаnt tо ассеѕѕ ѕоmе filеѕ from different location еithеr аt home, at school or оn mobile dеviсеѕ.

Hеrе аrе some of thе uѕеѕ оf Drорbоx for Teachers

  • Students соllаbоrаtiоn: Dropbox can bе uѕеd as a соmmоn filing cabinet through whiсh tеасhеrѕ can рrоvidе dосumеntѕ, such аѕ аѕѕignmеntѕ, hаndоutѕ, рrоjесtѕ аnd mеdiа filеѕ for ѕtudеntѕ. But another uѕе gоеѕ in thе opposite direction, from ѕtudеntѕ tо teachers, whеrе ѕtudеntѕ саn submit their аѕѕignmеntѕ thrоugh Dropbox so the tеасhеr саn thеn rеаd thе filе, review аnd lеаvе соmmеntѕ on it, fоr thе ѕtudеnt tо rеаd lаtеr withоut thе need tо ѕее the tеасhеr.
  • Cоllаbоrаtе with Colleagues: Teachers саn collaborate with thеir tеасhing соllеаguеѕ bу uѕing Drорbоx tо share lеѕѕоn рlаnѕ, assessments, and оthеr сlаѕѕrооm mаtеriаlѕ.
  • Storing оf ѕtudеntѕ Dаtа: Drорbоx саn be used to ѕtоrе student projects and dаtа.
  • Tо present ѕtudеntѕ Portfolio: Drорbоx саn bе аn еаѕу wау fоr ѕtudеntѕ to present роrtfоliоѕ оf thеir work to their teachers.

“A teacher once said thаt Drорbоx iѕ like hаving a “digital locker.”

2. Gооglе Drivе

Gооglе drivе is аnоthеr ѕаfе оnlinе dаtа ѕtоrаgе tools сrеаtеd bу Google thаt users саn uѕе to store and ѕhаrе filеѕ in thе cloud. Thiѕ tool саn ѕtоrе аll types of filеѕ including, photos, vidеоѕ dосumеnt, media аnd оthеr digital filеѕ. It hаѕ itѕ оwn ѕеt оf tооlѕ knоwn as Gооglе Dосѕ (Docs, Sрrеаdѕhееtѕ, Prеѕеntаtiоnѕ and Drаwing) whiсh hеlрѕ tо сrеаtе, mоdifу аnd ѕtоrе dаtа. Gооglе Docs рrоvidеѕ еvеn mоrе capabilities tо tеасhеrѕ. Gооglе Drivе is a grеаt tооl thаt teachers саn uѕе tо ѕtоrе аnd share documents and other types оf filеѕ аnd collections.

Some uses of Gооglе Drivе for teachers

  • Tеасhеrѕ uѕе Google drivе to соllаbоrаtе with thеir students оn projects, assignments, papers, оr рrеѕеntаtiоnѕ.
  • Tеасhеrѕ саn in сlаѕѕ ѕhаrе wоrkѕhееtѕ with thеir students to wоrk оn and ѕubmit fоr grаding.
  • Teachers can соllаbоrаtе with their tеасhing соllеаguеѕ tо ѕhаrе worksheets.

An еxаmрlе оf thiѕ iѕ thе challenge оf a ѕtudеnt whо could not рrint their hоmеwоrk оr аѕ a tеасhеr thаt you wоrk on ѕоmеthing аt hоmе уоu can email tо уоurѕеlf at school thrоugh аn online drivе. Nоt only dоеѕ оnlinе storage drive ѕоlvеѕ thiѕ, but it also ореnѕ роѕѕibilitiеѕ fоr соllаbоrаtiоn and feedback with others. Gооglе Drive storage is nоt just fоr ѕtоring filеѕ it’s аlѕо a great tооl fоr collaboration.

  1. IDrive (not free)

Anоthеr оnlinе tool fоr dаtа storage iѕ DRIVE, not оnlу саn this tool bасk uр уоur data it also has еxtеnѕivе filе-ѕhаring аnd syncing сараbilitiеѕ. It’ѕ features inсludе thе аbilitу to ѕhаrе filеѕ and fоldеrѕ with other реорlе likе ѕtudеntѕ аnd соllеаguеѕ. It саn аlѕо back uр multiple dеviсеѕ аnd filеѕ. Thе ѕеrviсе iѕ highlу ѕесurе аѕ it transfers аnd stores filеѕ. It аlѕо gives users ѕоmе easy wауѕ tо uрlоаd аnd access filеѕ, оvеr thе Wеb оr frоm mоbilе phones. Tеасhеrѕ саn uѕе IDrive tо ѕеnd аnd ѕtоrе virtuаllу any lаrgе filеѕ.

This fоrm of storage ѕhоuld not bе viewed аѕ a rерlасеmеnt for соmрutеr drivеѕ, but it саn ѕаfеguаrd data from hасkеrѕ, viruѕеѕ, ѕруwаrе оr shareware, diѕk iѕѕuеѕ аnd other wауѕ оf lоѕing data.

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Have you tried these tools? Which one do you prefer?

Brittany

6 Storage Solutions for 1:1 Classrooms with Flexible Seating

Teaching in a tiny 1:1 classroom inspired me to give flexible seating, both of these situations pose unique storage dilemmas. I’m going to share a few ideas for storage in a classroom with flexible seating that are working in my classroom with you today.

  1. My classroom is not entirely paperless yet, there are a few things that I find my students just do better with if it is on paper. Keeping up with unfinished work is a task in a regular classroom, but even more so in a classroom with flexible seating. One way that I have my class grouped is alphabetically, this is done at the beginning of the year for simplicity. I use that grouping for bathroom breaks, lining up, and sharing this storage. I save space and money by using only 2 sets of these 3 plastic drawers for storing unfinished work. This usually only consists of a vocabulary packet for the week and maybe a spelling packet for those that have lost iPad privileges.unfinished-student-work
  2. Storing earbuds is often a struggle as well, I have just attached a simple, cheap over the door jewelry organizer to my iPad cart. Each section was numbered, of course that has worn off since then. But thanks to the clear pockets, my students can see their earbuds quickly, get them and go. earbud-storage
  3. With flexible seating, you will definitely need to have clipboards easily accessible. Check out this cute idea for storing clipboards. Mine are numbered so that if I find them out of place, I know who it belongs to.

4.  These cubbies are perfect for storing all of your student’s personal materials such as pencil boxes, and notebooks. My cubbies are much smaller and overflowing with workbooks and clipboards. I use tubs like the ones on top for workbooks that aren’t used on a daily basis.

5.  When I only had 11 iPads, I used a dish drainer for storage. I learned very quickly that keeping the cords straight and out from under the iPads was very important. The weight of the iPads on the cord can quickly sever the cord and it will no longer charge the devices.

6. Many times my students don’t need the contents of their entire pencil box, nor the responsibility of having to keep up with it. All they really need to get the morning started is a pencil. I have an over the door shoe hanger with a numbered pocket for each student. Here they keep 3 pencils and are able to grab them quickly each morning. Mine is similar to the one below, but it does not have clear pockets (I think it’s best for students to not see what others have in their pockets).

I hope that you found some storage ideas that you could use here! If so, please come over and check out my blog at dirtroadteacher.com

*Disclaimer- the links to storage products are affiliate links. If you purchase these items through the links provided, I will receive a small commission that does not cost you anything. Thank you!

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5 Easy Organizational Tips for your Google Drive

How Can I Find My Files in Google Drive??!

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Paper image from Attendee lists flickr photo by quinn.anya shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

It is very easy to lose track of files in your Google Drive, or to feel that it is disorganized. A colleague of mine recently expressed that she wished she could just ‘start over.’  While my Drive doesn’t always look organized either, I am going to outline for your 5 tips to help you keep track of what you have in there, so that you don’t waste time searching, and can readily find your files.

These are beyond (or in addition) to the folder organization tools in Google Drive. Google Drive has built-in folder organization that you can use to organize your files. You can do this from “My Drive” by either dragging the files into the folders (on the left), by right clicking on the file and then choosing ‘move to.’  You can also do this within each folder by clicking on the folder icon at the top next to the title of the document.  This is similar to how you would use folders on a desktop computer.  But let’s be honest, we aren’t always so good at putting our documents into the right folders right away. And in Google Drive our folders get filled up even more quickly with documents we create, those we upload, those shared with us. So how do we find the things we are looking for??

Here are a few strategies that I use to keep track of my work inside Google Drive.

Star tool

This is probably my favorite!  I have certain Drive files that I use almost every day – team documents, phone logs, etc.  For frequently used things that you want to keep available, star them!  You can do this while you have the document open by clicking on the star next to the document, or by right clicking and then choosing “add star”

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Then, to find these files again, simply click on ‘starred’ and you will get only those files. This is the fastest way I’ve found to go to files that you know you will be using a lot.

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Add to Drive

Some people like to just leave files that are shared with them in their “Shared with Me,” but if you want to be able to organize the files that people share with you, you will need to add them to your own drive.

The “Add to My Drive” icon looks like this add-to-drive .

Once you add something to your drive, you can organize it in a folder, color code it (we will talk more about this below), star it or do anything else.  However, the owner is still the original owner.  You will still be able to see changes. This is NOT the same as making yourself a copy (in which case you are copying the file or folder as it is now, and won’t see future changes).

You can organize the files within your drive by drag and drop, or by using the organize menu, shown below.

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Color Code

Did you know you can color code items within your drive?!

I just learned this recently. You could color code by class periods, but subject, by whatever other system would help you.  A few screen shots are shown below. You can right-click and change the color of a folder.

The colors make it very easy to pick out the items you are looking for.

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Search Tool (file name, person name)

Google is, originally and primarily a search tool, and it’s still really good for searching. I know people who don’t even try to organize their Drive, and just use the search tool.

You can, of course, search for files by name, or by keywords within the file. Did you know you can also search by file type?  By the person who shared with you?  You can also use that little arrow on the right hand side can give you many more filtering and searching options

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Sorting

Just like in your desktop folders, you can sort your google drive by size, date modified, owner and a few other things.  This can make it easier to find what you are looking for.

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If you really have a document or two that you use almost every day, you do NOT have to go and re-open it every day. You can go to your google chrome settings (shown below)

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Then find the setting that says “on startup — open a specific set of pages”

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You can choose to open any pages you want when you open Chrome. This includes specific documents.  The easiest way is probably to have them open, and then when you ‘set pages’ you can choose the current pages.   You can also cut and paste the URL.

pages2Here is a further resource on organizing your google drive or check this one out.

What tips and tricks do you use to keep track of your files? Please share them in the comments below.

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Tech Lover

Have you shopped yet? These ideas will be perfect for the technology lover in your life!

The gift ideas below are linked to affiliate links on Amazon.com.

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6 Tech Themed Toys that the kiddos on your Christmas List are going to LOVE

Have you seen the “Code A Pillar” yet? I would buy this in a heart beat for the technology lab. It would make a fantastic “unplugged” activity when the wifi is down. Make up a quick reflection prompt and you have an entire lesson!

I wish I was a kid again so I could have received the “Ozobot” for Christmas! From the website, “Program your Ozobot Bit to dance, race, and more! Perfect for boys & girls from beginner to advanced.”

While this next one might not count as a technology device, these LEGO bricks can be built into moving machines! What kid wouldn’t love to build these on Christmas day?

If you’ve been infected with the bug for augmented or virtual reality, you’re going to be obsessed with this Virtual Explorer Space Expedition game. Hands on STEM learning as you travel through the solar system!

This next one might be my favorite on the list because it is solar powered! This set can be made into 14 different robots, which means it will be entertainment for at least a week ;-). How fun would these be in the classroom?

The last one to make my top 6 list is a “Learning Phone” for pre-K kiddos. We use our phones every day to learn new things, and now you can do the same for your 4 year old.

So there it is- my top 6 technology themed gifts for Christmas (or birthdays, holidays, celebrations, or just because).