Thursday, April 16, 2015

FAB YouTube Channels for Kids

Did you know that YouTube has more than 1 billion unique users per month, 
over 6 billion hours of video watched per month, 
and that100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute? 
Holy cow, those are some crazy high statistics! 

There are so many channels out there that it's hard 
to find good, quality, educational channels for kids. 

I've compiled a list of some of some that are FABULOUS and posted the list below. 

Here are a few of my absolutely favorites: 
Soul Pancake including "Kid President," "The Science of Happiness," and "Metaphysical Milkshake" -- targeted at a range of ages. The idea is to get kids to think, question, and act ethically.

Steve Spangler is a science teacher and author whose primary objective is to make science fun. Spangler’s channel Sick Science! features simple experiments that can be done by anybody at home with no special equipment or training.
This is science in its most practical form, showing how it affects us on a daily basis.

Minute Physics: Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.

Coma Niddy isn't your ordinary science channel. Coma makes videos that educate and entertain. 
You will find catchy science raps, rants, skits, and parodies on topics like Nanotechnology, 
Astronomy, Physics, Dinosaurs and more.

TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Force a Copy in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

There are times that you want to share a Google spreadsheet, doc or sheet
 with about Google user (a student maybe) but want them NOT to edit your doc,
but to make a copy first.

Of course you could send them directions for how to do so
{because it isn't hard}
but we all know that not everyone reads directions.

So instead...
how about making it automatically prompt them to make a copy?

You can and it is so stinkin' easy you won't believe it!

Here's how: 

1. Create the spreadsheeet, sheet, or doc as you normally would and share it. 
Be sure you SHARE it or this won't work.

2. While in the document, copy the URL but delete the word edit and anything after it
 at the end of the link 

and replace it with the word copy.  

3. Send the link that ends in copy to the person you want to share it with. 
That's it!
When they recieve the link they will get a message 
that asks them if they want to make a copy! 

NOTE: If you are trying to force a copy of the form, 
you must use the URL for the spreadsheet, NOT the form. 
The form is attached to the spreadsheet.  

Here's an example of a form I created. 

Here's the spreadsheet that goes along with it.

{If I share the spreadsheet it shares the form too because they are connected!}

Here's the regular URL when I am in the spreadsheet:

And here it is after I deleted edit and replaced it with copy: 

When I send the second URL this is what the users sees after clicking on it: 

How cool is that?
Easy peasy!  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Earth Day Resources 2015

What is Earth Day? 
Earth Day is a Birthday!
 Just like a birthday is a special day to celebrate a person,
Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth. 
Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California. 
Every year, America and over 100 different countries join together in the 
celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. 
Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.

Here are some great apps, websites, games, and printables 
to use with your students on Earth Day!

Games & Stories

From Mighty Books


The Groovy Teacher has some great Earth Day Printables including this 

Sparklebox has tons of great Earth Day Resources HERE

Earth Day Printables from ABC Teach can be found HERE
including this Recycling Word search

Earth Day Activities on Pinterest can be found HERE.

Earth Day Smart Notebook Lessons can be found HERE. 

Teacher Pay Teacher Freebies can be found HERE. 

You can find all of these resources and more on my 
Earth Day Fun website HERE. 
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