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Jun 14, 16

sentence diagramming, text editor, visual thesaurus

Jun 07, 16

Sylvia Duckworth graphic and Carol Dweck TED talk,
ideas and resources

May 27, 16

"Here are some common keyboard shortcuts:
Home button: Command-H 
Search: Command-Space
Switch apps: Command-Tab
Select All: Command-A
Cut: Command-X
Copy: Command-C
Paste: Command-V
Bold: Command-B
Italics: Command-I

May 25, 16

How you can be good at math and other surprising facts about learning

May 25, 16

New Google Slides Features!
by Anna Otto May 25, 2016 2 min read original

Google just released a couple amazing upgrades to Slides that I'm quite jazzed about!

The most noteable is a new integrated backchannel/audience participation tool they're calling "Q&A". Now, when you're presenting using Google Slides, you can display a short URL that audience members can access and submit questions while you're presenting. Audience members can see everyone's questions and vote up the questions they also want to hear answered!

As the presenter, you're able to see the questions at any time and how many votes each has received.

To access this tool, don't go hunting for it while you're in edit mode, you won't find it! Instead, when presenting, take a look at the presentation toolbar in the lower left corner of your screen and click on "Presenter view".

Once started, a URL will display at the top of each slide that audience members can access when they have questions to ask.

If you want to share a question with the whole audience, just click on the "PRESENT" button beneath the question and it will display, 

Thoughtful features of this tool include:

The ability to resume a Q&A session if you've exited & re-entered presentation mode, or start a new Q&A session.
Audience members can continue asking questions if you exit presentation mode.
You can stop accepting questions at any time with the click of a button.
The presenter can access their speaker notes through the Q&A tool as well.

There are 2 features that may or may not be good, depending on your perspective:

Users can submit questions anonymously. If you have audience members who are shy, this is nice. However, students may choose to post inappropriate questions that all other users would be able to see...

Users need to sign in to their Google accounts to submit questions. For students (or those without Google accounts) that can be a bummer.
The biggest negative I've encountered so far is that it appears that if you create a presentation using an Enterprise Google account (i.e. your school account), people outside your organization cannot submit/access the questions. I've tried making my presentation public, but this still appears to be the case. I feel like I must be missing something, as this is a HUGE limitation, so I will continue to research this issue and post an update if I figure out a solution!

UPDATE 5/5/16 - Turns out you CAN let people outside your organization submit questions. In the "Presenter View" window, go to "Audience tools" and change "Accepting questions from..."

This new feature is pretty great!

Check out the video below to see Q&A in action!

Another new feature of Google Slides is that you can now present your Slides through a Google Hangout. This could have great potential for Blended Learning applications!
Finally, Google also released a laser pointer feature that allows you to use your mouse cursor like a laser pointer when presenting. This too is accessible through presentation mode. See it in action below.

What do you think of these new features? How will you use them with students and staff?

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May 25, 16

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12 Sure-Fire Focus Fixes for ADHD Kids

From exercise and earmuffs to using digital tools, our readers share their best (and most creative) tips for helping ADHD students focus their attention at and after school.

by the editors and readers of ADDitude
Strengthening School Focus

Attracting and retaining the attention of an ADHD child at school is no easy feat, but the right accommodations can make a tremendous difference for student and teacher alike. ADDitude readers share some of the tried-and-true classroom tricks that have worked for their children. 
Prompt With Pictures

“Using a laminated end-of-the-day checklist with pictures of each task helps my child remember to record homework assignments and to bring home the necessary supplies like books, papers, and folders. A separate checklist for morning routines like turning in homework also helps.”

– Tammy
Ensure Understanding

"To make sure our son was really understanding homework and in-class tasks, the teacher gave him red and green cards for his desk that he could raise to let her know non-verbally if he didn't get a problem or assignment."

– Lauri
Show Visual Progress

"Last year, teachers helped our son by placing a strip on his desk with a start and a finish line. They would take a little Velcro man and put him where he needed to be on his school work. He moved through assignments slowly, but each day he won the race!" 

– Ashley
Block Out Background Noise

“We live in Chicago. Last winter my 10-year-old daughter excitedly told me about an accommodation that SHE suggested to her teacher, and the teacher gamely went along with. She asked if she could wear her earmuffs during independent writing time, to drown out classroom chatter! And it works!”

– Suzanne

Pedal to the Mettle

“The school placed an exercise bike in my son's classroom to give him regular opportunities for activity, which helps him regulate his body energy and persevere on assignments.” 

– Kristine
Budget Out Breaks

“Having a 'thinking box' for our daughter helps her take ownership of when she needs an accommodation. She has 'thinking tickets' that she can turn in for helps – a chewy snack, a water break, a fidget, or moving to a different seat. She only has a certain amount of tickets for the day so she has to plan, evaluate, and problem solve when to use them.”

– An ADDitude reader

Partner Up With Peers

"Our middle school daughter has a senior student 'buddy' who she meets for 40 minutes every other week. Her buddy gives tips that helped when she was in middle school, and helps with any projects she's behind on. Last year, the buddy even helped my daughter totally reorganize her very disorganized backpack, when she would get upset with me if I even threw away a gum wrapper.” 

– Sally
Don't Procrastinate. Dictate!

"The Dragon Dictation app allowed my son to speak what he was thinking and then edit and review later. It made a huge difference in the amount of writing he was actually able to complete! Although we still have a long way to go, he has a lot less trouble getting the words out of his head onto the paper.” 

- Jessi
Honor Learning Styles

“My son is better verbally than he is on paper. He takes written tests with the class, and then takes the test again orally. The final grade is the average of the two scores."

– An ADDitude Reader
Find Phones' Functions

“My oldest grandson is allowed to use his cell phone to take a picture of the homework assignment on the whiteboard. Now, 'I don't have any homework,' or, 'I don't remember' aren't an issue. Then the school has students text their teacher and they get text reminders to finish the homework. Also kids set phone alarms for school deadlines.” 

– An ADDitude Reader
Go Digital With Google Docs

“My son can submit his homework through Google Docs so he doesn't have to remember to take it to class and hand it in. He completes homework in the digital document, and it's instantly shared with his teachers so they have it automatically.”

 – Sharon
Split Work Into Sections

"Our daughter was able to get more done when we used a colored folder to divide assignments into segments. We cut the front into three strips. She would open the top strip, and complete that portion. Then, if needed, she'd take a break and return to the second portion later. The ability to focus on the open section, and not look at the entire assignment was a huge improvement.” 

– Joe'L
More Resources for ADHD Students

Set your child up for success with these ADHD resources:
20 Great Accommodations
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The 40 Best Solutions
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Fidget to Focus
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