AAAAAAGH! I am so excited for you! I LOVED teaching 5th grade - between the kids and the curriculum, it's the best! To tell you the truth, fifth graders are really not all that different from first graders. They still need lots of engaging activities, are thrilled with innovative practices, and thrive on your strong management of their behaviors.
Any chance you, or someone you know owns a dongle that is compatible with an iPhone 6 or iPad mini connection?? I would love to borrow one for my presentation in Seattle!
No, but I have something EVEN BETTER!
As is going to become my yearly tradition, I am spending the hours while my family is upstairs watching the Super Bowl downstairs NOT watching the Super Bowl. Last year's post was 5 SUPER Ways to Use Google Drawings, so I thought I'd KEEP in that same strand, but go with a different tool (and another of my favorites!): Google Keep!
If you've never been there, Keep is a handy little note-taking app that lives inside your Google suite. I say "IF you've never been there" as if that's a thing . . . turns out hardly anyone has even heard of Keep. When I mention it, a strange look spreads across people's faces as if I had asked them if they'd ever heard of Google Nose. So, IF you've never been there, try typing keep.google.com into your Omnibox and see what happens. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Surprised? Never knew that was hiding there?? Take heart - neither did a lot of people. So now you can start transferring all of those dog-eared, smudged stickies that have been cluttering up your computer screen to digital format - with added benefits!
My favorite thing about Keep is that, just like the other Google Apps, it's live, dynamic, and collaborative. There's even an app for that (download for iOS or Android). I can add something to a note on my phone, and BOOM - it's there on my computer. I type a note on my computer, and POW, I (and anyone with whom I share it) can instantly access it from a phone. I can also add labels to categorize my notes in any way I wish. Personal, work, inspiration, or whatever suits my needs - there's a label for that because I get to make it.
And so, without further ado, here are 5 SUPER ways to use this little-known tool:
I'm sure there are a gagillion more uses for this tool, and I will be sure to KEEP note of them as I discover or hear about them, as should you!
Oh, and PS:
So you wrote a grant and got yourself an iPad - AWESOME!! But what to do with it, especially when you only have one? Any more, it seems like you have to have a class set or at least a center's worth to do anything valuable . . . but that is not the case at all. Think of your iPad as your new teaching partner. Heck - give it a name! He/she has the power to make your life easier, your students more engaged, your parents more connected, and your donors more impressed than ever!
Here are some ideas for you to start with, but let's see how we can make this list grow!
Go do all of these and more with that new iPad - then share your other ideas in the Comments section below!
I almost hesitated to post this today for fear that you might think it's a joke, but I assure you that I don't joke. At least not when I'm telling you this.
After my last post where I talked about the basics of the basics, I was thrilled to learn about this handy hint. I noticed that the most troublesome part of teaching iPad basics to a group of people to whom all of the various options and gestures were completely overwhelming, I realized that the most confusing part was remembering which gestures did what, and what combination of taps, clicks, and swipes resulted in what actions.
After a bit of investigating, she learned that this ghostly little dot is born from an accessibility feature called Assistive Touch, which allows users to perform some of those confusing gestures, like double-tapping or multi-finger swiping, without actually double-tapping or multi-finger swiping. All of the most common gestures, all in one place, and launched by the simple touch of a ghost button?! Awesome!
To turn on Assistive Touch: