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.
Our school district just purchased 625 iPads with Title 1 grant money for some of our elementary schools. In one week, I have registered and synced the first 120 of those iPads using multiple BretfordPowerSync Carts for iPad. So far, the process has taken just over eight hours, with many more hours of setup ahead. While I was away at a tech conference, Apple released a new application for Mac OS X Lion which could vastly simplify the whole process for us. Here is a video by Randy Saeks from the TechRecess blog which does a great job of introducing Apple Configurator, which sounds like it may be exactly what people in my position have been looking for...and at least for us, it came just in time. First look at Apple Configurator from Randy Saeks on Vimeo.
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
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
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