Category Archives: All Grades

This category of recommendations would work well with students from any grade.

Doodle 4 Google – Canada 150

This one is generally for the Canadians. Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for Google.ca homepage for a day. If you haven’t heard, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this summer and the winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.

See the link below for entry details.

The URL: https://doodles.google.ca/d4g/

Adobe Apps Coming to Chromebook

As announced this week, Adobe is releasing newly updated Android apps will be optimized for Google Chromebooks, and will be available in the next couple of weeks. This is significant in districts like my own, where ChromeBooks are the dominant device for student and teacher work. You can find out more at the link below.

The URL: https://blogs.adobe.com/education/2017/01/24/expand-your-students-creativity-through-adobe-apps-now-on-chromebook/

STEAM

steamI started hearing about STEAM this fall and was delighted to realize that the ‘A’ was intentional. Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math… Sounds like a good collaboration to author and scientist Adam Ruben, who explores the addition of Arts to a previously exclusive club. Thanks to Gary McFarlane for retweeting this article.

The URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/10/full-steam-ahead

eBooks from Google Slides

ebookI’ve always been a fan of finding ways to use applications in ways other than those intended. I stumbled on this idea that I had not thought of — to use Google Slides to lay out content, then export as a PDF eBook. Kasey Bell’s ShakeUpLearning.com outlines the easy steps so that your students might start publishing their own ideas and work. I suppose the same thing could be done with Microsoft’s PowerPoint…

The URL: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/how-to-create-an-ebook-with-google-slides/

Typewriter Simulator

OverTypeI’m doing some research for some printing lessons and came across this little distraction. OverType is possibly “the first typewriter sim on the web that faithfully recreates the manual typewriter experience, eschewing all modern computer conveniences like easy deletion and editing, and providing authentic features such as overtyping, wobbly and unevenly inked characters, and only being able to press one key at a time.”

The URL: http://uniqcode.com/typewriter/

(And while I’m on the topic of typewriters, I saw this related item on social media last week… Mr. Paul Smith creates amazing artwork with just his typewriter. View a short piece on him at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svzPm8lT36o)