Links/Resources for ED 5320 – Comprehension for Content Reading on March 23 2011:
- Google For Educators – Tools for your classroom, classroom activities, posters, teacher community
- Google Classroom Posters
- Google Search Tips poster in .pdf form (handout from class)
- Use Evernote to gather and organize your research, and utilize this tool as a teacher, a student, and at school.
- Pioneer Library Access – Access to SIRS & EBSCO here
- SIRS Knowledge Source Educator Resources and Student Handouts
- SIRS Knowledge Source QuickStart Guide in .pdf form (handout from class)
- SIRS Discoverer Tutorial
- EBSCO Tutorials
Bouns: Molten Chocolate Lava Cake recipe….
There is a little-known trick in Gmail (and in turn Google Apps users) that will let you delegate multiple ‘virtual’ Gmail addresses to a single account.
In Gmail, account names with periods anywhere in them are ignored. Also, and more importantly for schools, Gmail will ignore anything following an account name appended with the ‘+’ plus sign.
Yeah, it took me a second as well to grok what that can mean for teachers….
I have worked with a few different elementary schools, and they would really love to have their students be able to use Gmail, along with some of these new, amazing Web 2.0 tools such as Animoto and Prezi. These services require that you have an email account to create an account. The problem is that Gmail requires (by mandate of federal law) that account holders be at least 13 years of age. If the school/district does not have a student email solution, or if their solution is that students can use Gmail, that leaves anyone under 13 out of luck.
If I would have known about the Gmail addressing trick, the problems would have been solved for these teachers and students. Now I know that 1 Gmail account can be managed by 1 teacher, but have as many unique ‘users’ delegated by using the + addressing trick.
Let’s explore… Let’s say that you teach 5th grade, and you create a new Gmail account called ‘tanners5th’, so your address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, if you wanted your students to use any web services that require an email address, you allow them to sign up as:
…and so on using whatever naming convention you want. The email@example.com account will receive any and all messages addressed to any of these delegates – Gmail ignores the + and what follows, but keeps it in the address so that you can easily use filters or can see what message was directed to whom in your class.
One account for the entire class, but as many unique email addresses as you need to sign up for these excellent Web 2.0 tools. A very neat and clean solution!
Great advanced authentication tool for when users log in from a new or different computer to GUARANTEE that they are who they say they are by texting a code to the users cell phone – keeping your Google Mail account that much more secure.
Turn this option on for your domain in the ‘Advanced Tools’ tab under Authentication.
I received this message from a teacher that I work with today:
Excellent! I just got one about a month ago, and I am still figuring out good apps and the rest.
I have an iPad and want to get it to work with my Google stuff – do I need an app???Do you have any tips or good apps for it?
Note to Google Apps users: Automated password recovery isn’t available for your account at this time. Please contact your organization’s IT admin for help with password recovery.
SketchUp is a tool for creating, editing and sharing 3D models. The SketchUp “secret sauce” is a unique set of powerful tools that are designed to be easy to learn and use. This amazing and powerful software has been made available to all Utah schools free of charge from Google! Come and peek over my shoulder for a quick primer on how SketchUp models are made, what they can show you, and where to go to learn more.