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Alternatives to Expensive Software: LibreOffice
"Microsoft’s Office suite is the productivity standard in offices around the globe, but when it comes to your computer at home, if you don’t want to shell out for a license, or don’t have access to it through other means, you’ll still need something to work with—especially if you have to work with Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations others send you. Enter Libre Office, our long-favorite alternative if you need a local, non-web-based office suite."
Note: Resource information taken from LifeHacker
Gimp - "If you don’t have the money for Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions, or never purchased a copy of Photoshop for yourself, the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP for short) is for you. It’s feature-rich, powerful (even moreso with the GIMPShop plugin), and with just a little work, can work pretty much exactly like Photoshop when you need it to."
Note: Resource information taken from LifeHacker
History Videos for Kids
From the creator of the website and collection of materials: "Originally, I created the gallery for my kids for our study of early modern history this year. I made sure to include videos that would coordinate with my elementary writing curriculum–Writing Through History. As my children read and write about various history topics, they can now watch educational videos that give background information on the history topics covered."
Google Forms - YouTube Tutorials
Manage event registrations, create a quick opinion poll, and much more. With Google Forms, you can create and analyze surveys right in your mobile or web browser—no special software required. You get instant results as they come in. And, you can summarize survey results at a glance with charts and graphs.
Youtube Video Tutorials - Google Forms
1. Google Forms Full Tutorial From Start To Finish - How To Use Google Forms
2. The New Google Forms - Detailed Tutorial3. Google Forms - Self Grading Quizzes
The Best Guide to Google Forms You'll Ever Find
"Google Forms is a powerful form-building tool that is easy to use. But, for those new to it or others who only use certain features, you may not realize all that it can do. This guide to Google Forms will walk you through every button, feature, question type, and setting."
Read & Write for Google Chrome
Note: The Edutopia article "Accommodating Students with Dyslexia" offered several suggestions in our efforts to help these students in their learning processes. One was using Google's Read & Write for Google Chrome Extension. This fascinated me so I looked more into what this Chrome Extension does. Even the "Free" version has significant possibilities in my classroom. I suggest reading the article then watching these tutorial videos.
Article Link: Accommodating Students with Dyslexia
Video Link: Read and Write for Google Chrome Tutorial
Video Link: Read and Write for Google Chrome - A How-to Guide for Students
Accommodating Students with Dyslexia
Edutopia Article - April 17,2018
"Although awareness of dyslexia is steadily growing due to campaigns by grassroots movements like Decoding Dyslexia and national organizations like the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the National Center on Learning Disabilities (NCLD), many educators are still unfamiliar with what dyslexia is and how to accommodate it in the classroom."
Note: Again, I realize this is not a "tech" article, but I found it relevant to my classroom. The following "Tech Thought" is a "tech" idea in support of "Accommodating Students with Dyslexia."
Why a Rubric Isn't Enough
"My colleagues convinced me that these behaviors represented neither what my students knew nor how smart they were. Kids may fool around, but when they cannot produce anything for assignments that they know will impact their grade, there must be something else going on that I’m missing."
Edutopia Article - William Juang April 16, 2018
Note: I realize this is not a "tech" article, but I found it relevant for my classroom.
How to use Google's Arts & Culture app to find your Art Doppelgänger
"Unless you've been living under a rock (or, you know, living a healthy, social-media-free life, which is totally cool too), you've likely seen the photos floating around fairly recently of individuals standing in museums next to their uncanny art doppelgängers. And, as a result, you've probably had at least one passing thought about whether or not your art twin is out there in oil paint somewhere. Thankfully, Google's Arts & Culture app has made an effort to turn the look-alike search digital with a new experimental feature, saving you the price of world travel and museum admission fees."
Google Arts and Culture
"This project is a huge collaboration between Google and museums and libraries across the world that enables people worldwide to access museums, artifacts, works of art, and world wonders from the comfort of their own home.
Google Arts and Culture offers a huge number of features. Many museums (including the palace of Versailles, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, and the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments) offer the “Explore” feature, which allows users to guide themselves through many of the museums’ exhibits using nothing but their computers. "
Bruce has been a Lutheran School teacher for over 30 years. Serving 4 different church schools as principal, teacher, youth director, coach and technology instructor, he has enjoyed helping teachers find resources for all kinds of situations - especially uses for technology in their classrooms.