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.