Friday, March 23, 2012

Do More With Google Maps

I just came across the following presentation by Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) on his Free Technology for Teachers blog.  This is a great introduction into getting more out of Google Maps.  Some of the features he covers include the following:
  • Changing views and activating information layers
  • Adding Maps Labs features
  • Measuring distances
  • Creating and saving a personalized map
  • Adding collaborators to a personalized map
  • Adding placemarks
  • Embedding links, images, and videos into placemarks
  • Drawing paths between placemarks
I thought I knew Google Maps, but always manage to learn something new from Richard.  A big thanks to him for sharing his slides and his knowledge.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

YouTube for Teachers by Chad Kafka

Let me start by saying that I only wish I could take credit for the slides below.  These are great!  This slide deck was put together by Chad Kafka (@chadkafka) and includes a few items specific to his school, but the information can easily be transferred to any Google Apps for Education domain.  For those teachers new to using YouTube in the classroom and even the veterans, there will be something you can learn in these slides.  Way to go Chad, and thanks for sharing!

Monday, March 5, 2012

T.H.E. Journal Webinar on Chromebooks for Education

Mark your calendars now.  On Wednesday, March 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm CT, T.H.E. Journal will host a webinar on Chromebooks for Education.

Presented by:
  • Jaime Casap  (@jcasap)
    Senior Education Evangelist
  • Jason Markey  (@jmarkeyAP)
    Assistant Principal
    East Leyden High School
  • Bryan Weinert  (@LeydenTechies)
    Director of Technology
    Leyden CHSD 212                          <---  Hey, that's me :-)

Moderated byLinda Briggs, contributing editor, T.H.E. Journal

Jason and I will be sharing how and why our district has chosen to move to a 1:1 environment in the 2012-2013 school year when almost every one of our 3,500 students will be issued a Google Chromebook.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Computational Thinking Resources from ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has just released some great new resources related to computational thinking (CT).  You can find the following along with other resources on their website at

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Use Screencasts To Provide Feedback To Students On Their Digital Assignments

The following video shows a great way to use screencasts to provide feedback to students on their digital assignments.  This comes from Amy Mayer's Fried Technology blog.  I absolutely love this concept and think that pairing a verbal response to student work with all the great written collaboration that can take place today (i.e. Google Docs comments) is just outstanding.  While this video specifically demonstrates the use of the free Jing screencasting application and Google Docs, I think it can easily be expanded to other screencast tools and used to provide feedback on almost any type of digital work.  Well, maybe not multimedia projects that have sound, but just about everything else.  For example, you could create a screencast with your feedback as you navigate through a student's slideshow, digital presentation, Themeefy or Storify project, and much more.  I especially like this idea in language classes as it allows for teachers to provide verbal feedback in the language being studied.  Although this process does require a little investment of time to setup the first time you run through it, I think the overall benefit would be well worth it.