Friday, October 24, 2014

Google Forms Add-ons

A few weeks ago Google forms were updated to include 
lots of great features like new themes and customization.  

Yesterday Google introduced add-ons for Forms 
that give the user even MORE flexibility and options! 
Woo hoo! 

So what are add-ons? 
Add-ons are little extras that make using forms even more awesome! 

How do you get these handy dandy little add-ons?
There are two super easy ways. 

One, just click on the Add-ons drop down and choose Get Add-ons.

Two, visit the Add-on store HERE
In the store you can search by type in the top left corner or 
just mouse over one of the titles to find out more about it. 

There are quite a few add-ons in the store already, 
with more being added daily!

Here are a few of my favorites: 
  • Form Notifications: Allows you to set up email notifications using form submit triggers
  • formLimiter: Close your survey automatically, after a maximum number of responses is reached, or at a date and time
  • Form Values: Stores and pull from lists that you regularly use in Forms, like a list of staff, students, rooms, etc. No need to type them in each time!
  • g(Math) for Forms: Create graphs (including plotting points), statistical displays, and write complex math directly in your form!
  • docAppender: Appends Google Form question responses to the bottom of selected Google Docs. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top 5 Websites

It's hard to pick my favorite websites 
but as I was navigating to some that I use almost every day
I thought these are definitely some of my faves
and I bet some people don't even know about them! 

So here, in no particular order, they are: 
{made with #4}

Ever visit a website, get an error, and it them or is it me? 
Down for Everyone or Just Me will help you find out! 
Just paste the website URL in the search box 
and click to find out if it's down for everyone (which means it is a website issue)
 or just for you (which means it is a connection issue). 
#2 is one of my absolute favorite sites EVER. 
It's super simple. 
Just enter the text you want and it is previewed in every font on your computer! 
No more working to find the right font by 
changing the font and looking, changing the font and looking, 
changing the font and looking.  
You can even select those you like for side by side comparison. 
And did I mention, it's FREE? 

Pixlr is one of the best online editors I know of. 
It's so similar to Photoshop and it's FREE!
One of my favorite uses for it is to match a color. 
Here's how: 

Click on Open image from computer. 

Navigate to the image saved on your computer. Click to open it. 
From the toolbar on the left side, click the eyedropper tool. 
Click anywhere on the image that you want to match a color. 

In the box at the bottom of the tool bar, the color you selected will appear. 
Click on that color. 
A new window will open and the codes for your color 
will appear in the box on the right side. 

You can now use the color codes on this screen to match a color in PPT. 

Type the words you want on your Powerpoint slide and select it. 
Click the Drawing Tools tab and then click Text Fill and then on More Fill Colors. 

A new window will open. Click the Custom tab. 
Fill in the color codes and click Ok. 

Your font will now match your image perfectly!

Canva is a site that is amazing and helps you look like a pro- 
even when you aren't!
Canva is a FREE service that makes it easy to create beautiful slides, 
flyers, posters, infographics, collages and more using a simple drag-and-drop process. 
You simply start by selecting a template then drag and drop designs, 
pictures, clip art, and text boxes. 
Canva offers a HUGE library of clip art {free and paid} 
but you can also upload your own images to use in your graphics. 
Once finished your project can be downloaded as PDF an image file. 
Canva make even a beginninger look like a PRO!

Canva also has some fabulous tutorials to help you with your designs 
that can be found HERE
There are truly a ton of uses for Canva: 
website headers, flyers, handouts, graphics, FB headers,
Twitter headers, blog graphics, and so many more!

While the first four are work related, the last one is a personal favorite. 

Faithit is a site I visit every single day. 
Faithit is a site full of faith-based videos with uplifting and inspiring messages. 
From cuddly puppies to cute kids to touching stories,
this is your place for faith-filled comfort. 
In a word full of sadness and pain and ugly- 
Faithit is my reminder that there IS good in the world.

Their slogan says it all: 

Change the World. Share What Matters.

Similar sites are The Good News Network and GodVine. 

Okay- your turn. 
What's your favorite website? 

Monday, October 13, 2014

High Level Question Stems Cards

The Texas Education Agency designed the 
Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) 
to assess the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) 
students make in learning the English language. 
The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), 
outline English language proficiency level descriptors 
and student expectations for English language learners (ELLs). 
In Texas, school districts are required to implement ELPS 
as an integral part of each subject in the required curriculum. 
TEA has created some great ELPS training materials that can be found HERE

I took the question stems in one of the ELPS training guides
and created question cards for the teachers in our district
 to print and use with their students. 

There are six different sets of color coded question cards- 
each containing 18 different cards.

Sets include: 
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Inferencing and Predicting
Organize and Classify
Summarize and Paraphrase



as well as a set of Probing Question cards.



Although these were created for use with LEP students, 
they are great for ALL students! 

You can download a copy of the question cards HERE.
I even included directions for how to print the question cards. 
Since they are PDF's- you can print a bunch per page
 or print them whole page to hang in your room!
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