Author: John Mansel-Pleydell (page 1 of 5)

Snooze Your Email

I was working with a principal this summer and showed her how to snooze an email and from her reaction, I realized that this would be good short tech tip to share with others.

I have written previous tips about curating your email (ART of Gmail ) November 2018 tech tip in that tech tip you had three choices Archive, Respond, ToDo. 

The rationale for ART is that you want your inbox to have a few as possible messages save in it. 

For some people, archiving is a rather drastic step as you tend to feel like you lose something when a message is no longer in your inbox and you need to get back to it. The solution is to snooze the message and have it return to your inbox sometime in the future. read more

Seesaw Student Journals

If you have not taken a look at SeeSaw yet then the latest updates to the online student journal app might make it worth your while. SeeSaw has been around for a while and has carved out a niche in the lower elementary grades as a great place for littles to share their projects and ideas in a safe online space. This latest round of updates brings all the ipad features to the chromebook platform.

SeeSaw is an online student portfolio that lets students post their work in a portfolio viewable by teachers and parents. Once a teacher sets up a classroom in SeeSaw they invite students to login by either scanning a QR code (Grades K-1) or logging in with their school google account. Once logged in, students have a variety of tools they can use to post items to their portfolios. The teacher approves each posting and family members can be invited to view portfolios and post comments and encouragement. read more

Free, Curated Educational Videos from Watch Know Learn

This week we are looking at a resource that has been around for over 10 years but many teachers have never heard of it. I am talking about a website called Watch Know Learn. The site was launched by Wikipedia co-founder, Larry Sanger in 2008 as a collective video library, curated with a wiki style philosophy.

Watch Know Learn is in the business of indexing educational videos and placing them in more than 5000 categories. The videos are sourced from familiar places like YouTube and Vimeo, TeacherTube and many other video streaming platforms. read more

Adding Lit Trips to Google Earth on a Chromebook

This Tech Tip came after working with some teachers at Patrick Henry schools at an inservice. They were trying to load a Lit Trip that had been emailed to them into Google Earth on their teacher Chromebooks and it was not working correctly.

If you are wondering, “What is a Lit Trip?” you might not be alone. Many teachers have not heard of this wonderful tech idea which is essentially a series of locations that you can load into Google Earth and have the students fly and visit virtually, the places described in a piece of literature. read more

Gmail Shortcuts Revisited

In my Tech Tips article series on Curation, the most recent installments talk about Gmail and how to organize your Gmail to be a Gmail Ninja. Looking back in the archives Chris Malanga wrote about Gmail shortcuts back in September 2017.

Let’s revisit the idea of shortcuts and look at some of the most useful ones that fit in with the ART of Gmail as outlined in my November 2018 tech tip. Remember you have to turn keyboard shortcuts on in your Gmail settings. See Chris’ tech tip linked here. read more

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