Google View Image Button
I sent this info out just before vacation to some, but Google has changed their image search and has deleted the view image button. From what I can gather, this was in response to Getty Images and others who were complaining that folks were stealing their images. I tend to go the route of "let's show students and their teachers how to"... search for public domain or creative commons licensed images and how to cite or get permission to use them in our own work, rather than put roadblocks up and create a generation of hackers.
I found out that the button was gone as I attempted to show 5th graders how to get images for a presentation project. It was yet another one of those moments when the teacher demonstrates how to work around unanticipated tech issues in front of students. You can click on the link, which will bring you to the website, not the image and you get to see if you can find it again. You can right click on the image, open it in a new tab, get the url and info for citation and then right click or command click to save the image. Or... you can install the chrome or firefox extension that will put that lovely little View Image button back on the search page. I have successfully installed the chrome extension and it works well. You can get it here. There is also a firefox extension. If you need a quick and easy link to share with students use: http://bit.ly/viewimagebutton
I'm a little late to the party here, but caught a tweet the other day about LunchBots from Hummingbird Robots. If you aren't familiar, these are incredible kits to build all sorts of creative projects using some simple robotics and a well designed electronic board. I honestly cannot see what I am doing on most of the breadboards and raspberry pi boards I have tried and spend more time troubleshooting my connections than actually creating and coding. Hummingbird connections are color-coded, larger than most and easy to use. Here's their intro blurb: "The Hummingbird robotics kit allows students to create and program robots built from electronic components and craft materials. The Hummingbird is made by BirdBrain Technologies, a company devoted to cultivating creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products that engage students and teachers in programming and robotics" So... LunchBots...
These are quick 20 minute webinars, recorded on their YouTube channel; Byte-Sized PD that you can reference later. I happened on these as I was looking for other ways to explore mechanisms, fascinated with all the cool automata and contraptions I have been seeing from @TinkeringStudio #CuriousContraptions #automata. Check out the video below and then head on over to Exploratorium and see all their mechanisms too.
I spent one vacation day last week attending MassCue's Winter Google Palooza. The presenters at these events are teachers. They are in the classrooms and know all the pitfalls/wonders of using tech to enhance lessons. I always learn something new from Jenn Judkins and attended one of her sessions. She is the queen of useful workflows with sheets, addons and this time with templates for projects. Jonathan Schmid demo'd lots of great ideas for makerspaces in one of his presentations. He showed a link to this really cool cardboard pinball machine. So, of course I had to get one to try. I can't wait to have the kids design their own games and even hook up makey- makey to it. They have ideas on how to incorporate materials you can generate with your 3D printer too. Check them out here.
If you want to get a peek at all of the wonderful presentations,you can find them online. This is not as good as being there, but even for those who got to attend, it's always hard to just choose 4 sessions for the day and miss out on the others.
I was looking through the presentation on chrome extensions to support struggling learners, saw some I hadn't known about and was thrilled to see that TDLR is back up and running for all those who need a quick summary of a web page. I couldn't get the options section to work, but otherwise it seems like it's back.
Did You Know?
Before I share links about the Olympics- I have 3 quick things to share.
Duck Duck Moose
You may have known this for months, but I just happened across an article about Khan Academy and apps for littles. Did you know that Khan bought Duck Duck Moose? Did you know that all 21 of those apps are now free?
Unicheck Plagarism Checker
Richard Byrne has an interesting post on his blog about a plagiarism checker that is integrated right into Google Classroom- via an add-on from UniCheck. The article was written by a staffer at unicheck. Read the post here.
2018 Winter Olympics
My colleagues in 3rd grade who are doing a unit on the Olympics kindly haven't complained yet about all the resources I have been bombarding them with, but there are so many fantastic ideas out there.
There's a whole set of 16 videos from the National Science Foundation to illustrate the math and science of some of the sports.
Today I happened on this series of photos and links on Twitter. These math related ideas come from Desmos. Dennis Sheeran has a great collection of links on his site, all nicely collated on a hyperdoc. Check it out here.
The folks over at SpheroEdu have been hard at work coming up with a new video, using Spheros participating in curling.
Olympics Hyperdocs are all the rage online. Please remember that if you use these to #FILEMAKEACOPY.... and then give credit to the original creator. When I use a hyperdoc that someone else made, I make sure to go through each and every link to make sure they all work and to be sure that any info being collected from students is only being collected by me, not another school or teacher.
Here's some links to check out:
Just in case you haven't visited BreakoutEdu recently, the platform has changed a bit- with a free section and a premium section. You must register on the site for access. These are both Free.
Other Olympic Collections
Global Ed & Empathy
One of the most effective ways I know to foster empathy is to demonstrate the similarities we share. Global education projects provide a great pathway. One of the nicest projects I came across last week is the Kindness Rock project. Our 4th grade teachers have embraced both global ed and several kindness projects which actually just enhance and continue their longstanding excellent class projects. For those who haven't seen the Kindness Rock project:
Two of my champions of Global Ed have been hard at work this past week. Both Lucy Gray and Julie Lindsay have new projects in the works. Julie, over at Flat Connections, is offering a new PD program for educators that looks really interesting. After having taken her Flat Classroom course (twice), I know that I can recommend her professional development offerings for all who are interested in expanding their horizons with their students. This new series is called Playbooks and is divided up into 4 strands. You can read much more about it here.
Flat Connections is also starting a new round of projects for students. The new project this round is Windows to the World for grades 3-6, as well as the familiar favorites. This looks like an updated, revamped model of the A Week in the Life project, which I helped moderate 5 or 6 years ago. Lots of fun, lots of learning. Check out all the projects that are on offer here. These are well managed, global projects that really help you and your students connect around the world.
Lucy Gray is on the road again, currently at TCEA in Texas, then moving on to Mumbai, D.C and Boston. She and Steve Hargadon offer an incredible wealth of opportunities for teachers and students at all levels. Check out her upcoming work here.
Scratch 3.0 Preview
For all of the Scratch fans out there... it's almost here. Scratch 3.0 is due to be released in August, but... you can preview it now!
Check it out herescratch.mit.edu/preview-faq. Lots of info on the FAQ page too. Even more info is available on the wiki.
This is also the summer of the Scratch conference at the MIT media lab in Cambridge. Lots of fun, lots of learning. Amazing group of international educators. I can honestly say that I have met more people from other countries at the Scratch conferences I have attended than at ISTE conferences. I can sit and talk with folks from across the Connecticut River or sit and chat with friends from Mexico, France, Russia, Sweden, or Brazil. More info here.
Curation, Fact-Checking and More...
I had tagged a great article from Joyce Valenza- one of the world's greatest librarians- to share and then I listened to an excellent webinar from the folks over at Common Sense Media about a new game they are creating for middle and high school... but then I saw this image and post from Cult of Pedagogy by Jennifer Gonzalez. I am a dumper. I'll give you the links and maybe do a second blog post on our snow day tomorrow- but enough! I know I tend to overwhelm teachers I work with at times, but at least then I can go in to the classroom and help, can sit down and talk it through. After reading the examples she cited- oh, yeah. That's me. So... maybe tomorrow.