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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Padlet: A Cool Way to Collaborate: Padlet

Do you like to collaborate to share ideas and information?  Brainstorm with others? Do you want your students to be able to collaborate with other classrooms in your school? Around the World? Padlet might be worthwhile. I've experienced Padlet usefulness first hand. First in my Two Summers Class at UConn and again at EdCampCT.

It can be used as a way to brainstorm ideas across classrooms, do collaborative K-W-L's, Faculty meeting back channels, your imagination can lead the way here.

Have you used Padlet?  Share your experience with other educators.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coolest Google Update Feature


Something New For 
Google Users!

I've been waiting all summer for Google Classroom, I did get access to preview.  Can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype. In the mean time Docs added a new feature that most teachers will find valuable. Drum roll! New editing permissions.  When you share a Doc under the blue share "button" you will see a drop down menu labeled with a pencil icon and a pencil and the word "Editing" with a down arrow. Click the arrow and you will see the drop down menu show at the right of the page. So what does it mean?

Editing allows the document to be edited by shared users

Suggesting is new, but different than comments. It reminds me of review in MSWord. (See Screenshop below)

Viewing allows the document to be seen by others and they can only make comments.

The ability to leave comments is still available to Docs users.

Suggestions will be different colors for different users.

Read more about Docs updates:
PC World: Google Docs Updates
Free Technology for Teachers: Updated Google Features