Friday, October 30, 2015

Google Summit NYC 2015

This past weekend the EdTechTeam hosted a Google Summit in NYC.  Every time I attend a Summit, conference or workshop, I always pick up a few new tips and tricks.  Here are a few of my favorites that I would like to share with you today.

Padlet 

Padlet is a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It allows you to "sticky note" your ideas, virtually, while adding any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

Below is a video that I created with Screencastify to show how to create your own Padlet.



Docent 

Turn almost any website into an engaging lesson by adding questions, discussions, insight, and more into the text.
FYI: 

***Try us for free. Create and assign up to 5 docents before paying anything.***
Unlimited everything: $40 / Year OR $8 / month


Biteable

"The World's Simplest Movie Maker".  As a Teacher you can create one account and all students can be on that one account at the same time, therefore the videos can all publish to that one teacher's YouTube account.


Scrible

Scrible's Toolbar allows you tot annotate pages on the web but also allows you to share these pages with others.  This can be a great tool to use in the classroom and with students!

There is a Basic Free plan and a Student Free plan:

Basic

Free

125 MB (Earn More)


  • Richly annotate web pages in multiple colors & styles
  • Save web research online & access it from anywhere
  • Use simple keywords to search full text of saved research
  • Use tags to quickly and easily organize research by topic
  • Easily share annotated web research with others via email

Student Edition*

Free

250 MB (Earn more)


Everything in the Basic Edition plus:
  • Capture citations and create bibliographies in a snap.
  • Compile notes from multiple articles into summaries & reports.
  • 250 MB to save your articles (Invite others to earn more).
  • Collaborate with others by inviting them to Sharable Libraries.
*For current students with an active school email address. Don't have one? Let us know and we'll help.

Tricider

Tricider can be used for online classroom collaboration and brainstorming ideas. It allows teachers and students collaborate together to collect ideas, discuss these ideas to find solutions and vote on the argument they think is the best.

Google Drawing 

Even though I already knew about Google Draw, here is a video to show a few tips a tricks regarding how to use it in your classroom.