Sunday, November 12, 2017

StackUp Chrome Extension: Fake News Warning, Web Page Reading Level, and More

I just recently learned about the StackUp Chrome Extension and highly recommend it for any teacher and/or student.  

Purpose of the Chrome Extension:
  • Tracks your online reading time

  • Notifies you of a possible fake news (misleading information) website through a 'Be a Critical Thinker' header pop-up. 
  • Measures the reading Level of any webpage

  • See the average reading level of the websites you visit (on your Dashboard)


  • Agree to the terms by clicking on 'Add extension'

  • Keep the extension enabled as you visit websites. 

After the extension is installed, use the American News website, which is known to be fake news, to view the 'Be a Critical Thinker' header. When the header appears on a website it doesn't identify the misleading information, but informs you as a reader to be mindful of the credibility of the source. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Checkmark Chrome Extension - Feedback Tool for Student Writing

Check out the new Checkmark Chrome extension from the EdTechTeam. It allows teachers, or peer editors, to provide feedback to a student's document, without telling them exactly how to change the writing. Instead it alerts the student of a potential error and puts the correction back on the student.

The Checkmark Chrome extension allows a teacher, or peer, to provide feedback to a student’s writing quickly and easily.

Access the above image here

Steps for using the extension:
  1. Install the Chrome extension
  2. Enable it on your bookmark bar  
  3. Open a document you have editing or commenting rights to
  4. Highlight a word, phrase, or sentence on the document
  5. Use the toolbar to provide appropriate feedback. 
  6. The feedback will be displayed as a comment for the students. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Secondary Math Card Sorts with Desmos

Card sorts are a good way for students to interact with their learning by grouping concepts that relate to one another, such as vocabulary, geometric figures, graphs, functions, etc. In addition to the sort, it is always best to add high-order questions to engage the students into explaining their reasoning for the groupings. 

Desmos, which started as an online graphing calculator, has advanced into interactive activities, with already made content for: conics, exponential, expressions, functions, inequalities, linear, linear systems, modeling, quadratics, and transformations. 

In the past, I have made all of my card sorts using Google Slides and I will continue for non-math related content. For math, however, I will use the card sorting feature in Desmos, which I learned about from an amazing colleague, Meghan Hill.

Here is a quick video from Desmos that shows how it works. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cropping YouTube (Or Google Drive) Videos in Google Slides

Google Slides has video options available, so when you put in a YouTube or Google Drive video you have the ability to have only a select portion of that video play. Here is a quick two minute tutorial on how to make it happen. 

Video was made no judgement. ;-)