Thursday, February 11, 2016

Making Digital Citizenship Authentic Through PBL

The perfect storm

It’s not too often you can turn local disasters into something positive but in this case the recent Texas flooding opened the doors for something special. The storms caused numerous delays in our schedule and we were forced to cancel Carnival Day. A tradition for sometime, Carnival Day is typically a half day of shortened classes followed by fun and games for students to unwind.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Google Search: Medical Conditions

About this time last year, Google announced the ability to search for common health conditions that would return relevant medical facts in the Knowledge Graph.  Your search will now show a definition of the condition, symptoms, affected ages, and other important and educational facts.  From Strep Throat and Planters Warts to Lung Cancer and Ebola, you can find over 900 different medical conditions using Google Search.

Take a look at my results when I performed a search for "tonsillitis."   Notice the menu options across the top and the "Download PDF" link at the bottom.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Google Search: The Knowledge Graph

Part of my New Year's resolution is to spend a little more time sharing EdTech tips via the THT blog.  This post will be the first in a series this winter relating to Google Search.  I spend a great deal of my time teaching others about the amazing things that can be done with Google Search.  In fact, I often find that many users who take advantage of Google Search know very little about it's awesome capabilities.  With that, I hope you enjoy this first post and the foundation for the next few in this series regarding Google Search, and in particular, the Knowledge Graph.  Enjoy!

One of the best features of Google Search is the Knowledge Graph.  The Knowledge Graph is commonly displayed to the right of the results of a Google search.  It contains detailed information that is widely used when searching for a particular topic.  The Knowledge Graph is also a tool for displaying the collection of interconnected data that Google has acquired from the web that is closely affiliated to your search topic.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Google Tour Builder

I'm always looking for great ways to have students demonstrate their learning through digital story telling.  Of course, I've always been a huge fan of GoogleTreksTM by Dr. Alice Christie (GoogleTreksTM post).  Putting content on a map provides an opportunity for all students to gain knowledge in not only the topic/subject discussed, but also in geography and global awareness.

Over the past few months, I have fallen in love with using Google Tour Builder.  This web-based learning tool is similar to Google Earth but instead has been specifically created to tell stories.  Originally, a Google Earth experiment, it was released as a method for allowing military men and women to document their travels.  Google Tour Builder now is used by anyone who is looking to tell a story.

Using Google Tour Builder, I have worked with several teachers to create student-centered lessons using a map as the foundation.  Take a look at a few samples from teachers involved in professional development offered by the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program:

How can you use Google Tour Builder to tell a story?  Better yet, how can students use this tool to tell THEIR own story?  Give it a try.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Google Tip: Math Calculations

Math Teachers - This is for you!

Teaching students about area and/or perimeter?  Let's get a little help from Google.  Search Google for "Triangle Calculator."