Tech Tutor Mark uncovers the best and most useful tech sites, resources and tips for everyone from the home user to the educator. Some of these tips are WOW inducing; others life changing. The majority are just plain cool, but all are extremely useful for anyone who uses technology and wants to learn more.
Google Wonder Wheel
Google search is a wonderful tool for students of all ages, but the search giant takes it a step further with Google’s Wonder Wheel. This fascinating visual search tool helps students refine searches, and learn about connections between terms. Using Wonder Wheel is easy! To begin, go to http://www.google.com and type in your search term(s) as you would on any other search. Once you click the Search button, your results will be listed. Above the results list is a small hyperlink that says Show Options. Click on this link to open a sidebar with more options.
Once the sidebar has opened, click on Wonder Wheel under the Standard View menu:
Clicking on Wonder Wheel will open up your search term as the center of the ‘wheel’ with related terms branching off:
Clicking on one of the related terms opens up a new branch of the wheel, and lists search results for that term along the right side of the screen:
You can continue clicking on related terms to expand your Wonder Wheel as far as you want:
This is a great way to help kids expand and refine their searches!
Thanks to the TeacherTech blog for this excellent Google search tip.
Published in March 2016, this is one of my favorite posts from our Port Huron Schools EdTech Weebly blog . What is a Doctopus, you ask? And for that matter, what is a Goobric? I'm so glad you asked. I took a lengthy look at both tools and put together this step-by-step guide/article that I hope will help teachers tie together three great Google student assessment and management tools: Google Classroom, Goobric (a Google online rubric) and student assignment submissions (linked through Doctopus) all in one place. Here is the article: ift.tt/1QVW54z http:// fb.me/7DQ2ITOYU
Keyboard Shortcuts: It All Depends on Context (A Deeper Dive) It's true. I can write a full in-depth article on just about anything technology-related. Even something as seemingly straightforward as keyboard shortcuts. Who knew how complex this topic could be. You might have wondered why a shortcut like Ctrl+D does one thing in one app or extension, while the same shortcut does something completely different in another. Hopefully, I can shed some light on a bit of the keyboard shortcuts confusion. Here are some things to consider: 1. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D in Google Slides or PowerPoint, for example. If you're in Google Slides and you select a graphic object, you can press Ctrl+D and it will duplicate the object. This should work the same way for everyone. However, if you are not selecting an object in a slide, but are just in Filmstrip mode instead, pressing Ctrl+D will duplicate the slide. And, if you are not in Google Slides but on a random website, pressing Ct
Desktop Apps to Use: In Google Docs ( docs.google.com ) , use the Add-In called Open ClipArt . This adds ClipArt to your Google Docs. In Google Slides ( slides.google.com ) , go to the Insert menu and insert WordArt, Line, Shape and Image. In PowerPoint , go to Insert>>Pictures or Insert>>Shapes. Use a different slide for each of your logo designs. Note : Upload to Google Drive when finished. Legal Image Search Tips: In Google Slides : If you go to Insert>>Image , use the Search tab. It searches only images that are free and legal to use to use (not copyrighted). Creative Commons (CC Search) : What makes CC Search so great is that it is more than just an image search. Search 12 different media sites from within one page (including Flickr, Google and YouTube). It searches music and video sites as well as images. Pixabay.com : Free high-quality images. Only requires a login if you want to save the images to your account. Ot