Can your Chromebook Cover Do This?
Came across this post and it reaffirms what the Cranium is all about, durability.
Can your Chromebook Cover Do This?
The Cranium Chromebook Protector named a “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product” by District Administration readers
Nominations from top K12 leaders led to the selection of products that enhance learning across the country
Millwaukee, WI – December 1, 2016 — The Cranium Chromebook Protector has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016.”
The winners were compiled from 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. The Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products has been announced online and in the December 2016 issue of District Administration.
The District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability and curriculum instruction.
“Learning about all the products being used to help districts succeed is inspiring,” says JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. “Our winners cover a wide spectrum. All of our 2016 honorees should be very proud of this achievement.”
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34th ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS ANNOUNCED BYTECH & LEARNING MAGAZINE
Outstanding Education Technology Products Saluted
NEW YORK, NY – (October 5, 2016) – Tech & Learning magazine today named 124 education technology products as winners in its prestigious 34-year-old recognition program. Honored software, hardware, network, App and Web products include innovative applications that break new ground as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. A panel of T&L advisors who tested hundreds of entries, chose the winners.
"Once again this year, the Tech & Learning judges examined hundreds of entries to select those products that were deemed worthy of our 2016 Award of Excellence. This wasn't just checking off spec sheets and surfing other people's reviews. Each product was handled and scored individually. Not an easy task." says Kevin Hogan, Editorial Director for NewBay Media's Tech & Learning Group. “These companies can be proud that our team of judges granted them their seal of approval."
Entries were divided into two categories: New Products and Best Upgraded Products. Winning selections include software , apps and Web-based products, as well as hardware and AV tools. Among the high-quality offerings being honored are resources addressing management, safety, communication, differentiated learning, assessment, and other key areas in education.
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2016 Tech & Learning Awards ofExcellence. Look for detailed descriptions and judges' comments in the December/JanuaryAwards Issue. Click here to see all of the winners
One thing I love about Google Docs is the fact your document is always updated. If I post a link, such as a newsletter, I do not have to change the newsletter link on my website each time I update my newsletter. It is one and done.
With that said, sharing a Google Doc as my newsletter, to me, does not look professional. I do not like seeing the menu bar (file, edit, insert format, etc). I want a clean looking webpage. I know if I publish the document to the web my formatting goes all wonky. That's where /preview is a great feature to use.
Let's compare the looks of the three different options.
1) Sharing a document:
2) Publishing to the web:
3) Using the /Preview feature
Do you see the differences? The third option, /preview is my favorite. Simply look for the last backslash in the website address (www) and replace everything after that backslash with the word - preview If you compare example 1 and 3 above, you can see how the this works. Try it out. Preview is a great feature for any permanent link you use with Google Docs.
If you want to force people to make a copy of your Google Doc, you can also use /copy instead of /preview, but that's for another day.
So now that we have technology, what should we do? How do things change? What change is in store for my teaching?
This is the third round of several newsletters that will provide you with tips and ideas on how to appropriate use an iPad..
Tool: iPad and the Chromville app
Activity: Creative writing with a prompt
Chromeville is an AUGMENTED REALITY app, meaning, images on the paper come to life. Students can color the image to their own liking, use the app to hover over the image and boom, out pops the student’s artwork, colors and all.
While that is fun, having the students add their own story to the animated artwork makes it that much better. With the Chromville app, they now have the complete Greenland story. You have four sections to write on, a beginning, two middle and an end. You could even have students sequence the story and then have the students play each page to see if it makes sense.
Chromville continues to add to their current augmented stories. Some of the stories are just introductions, but all are fun for kids and provide unique writing prompts. Visit their website (Chromville.com) to see the different downloads available and to print off the stories you wish to use. Check out the Chromville app.
you are currently viewing on your computer screen. Click a button and you can select your entire screen or click and drag through a part of a screen. It is a great way to highlight certain information, or to grab an image you want to use at another time.
Lesson Idea: Mapping
Tool: Awesome Screenshot - image can be saved to Google Drive.
Activity: Tell your students to find a map that details the middle east. Given the discussions around the current hotspots, have the students circle and label areas of conflict and in one sentence summarize what is happening in the given area.
This is a simple and very effective lesson. Students need to research particular areas, locate those areas on a map and quickly summarize the issue. We are building literacy skills and checking for understanding at the same time. Once done, these maps can lead to a class discussion of why it is important to understand these areas. Please note, just labeling a map makes Jack a dull boy. Have students liven it up by switching colors to represent different levels of conflict. For example orange could be low and red could be high. Once done, have students name it and save it to their Drive and have your students submit you their link either through their Google Drive or through Classroom.
Awesome Screenshot is an application that can be used with Chromebooks and a Google user account. See the icon on the above right. While the above lesson was used for a map, it can easily be adapted to an article, to have students proofread; an image, so that students identify the particular subject, or even to simply highlight certain sections of an online text for information students feel is important to understand.
Do you have a 1:1 classroom? If so what should you do? How do things change? What change is in store for my teaching?
This is the first round of several newsletters that will provide you with tips and ideas on how to appropriate use any device in your classroom to help remove you as the teacher and make you the manager of information.
Teacher v Manager?
We have typically taught by talking at students instead of managing knowledge. We were taught that way, so we continue that "tradition." The instructor had the knowledge and we accepted it. Granted, a lot of that has to do with how knowledge was gained. Today, the knowledge is in the hands of the students’ devices. The role of the teacher has changed to ask questions of the students, to guide the students, to manage content, not to try to control it. For students, finding information is not enough, they also need to explain why it is important to know. You may not always feel that piece of information is important, but the student does and their explanation is your proof. A good way to do this is to have the students conclude with, "This is important because...."
Tool: Today’s Meet (todaysmeet.com)
Activity: Ask the students to find information about the topic and have them post to Todaysmeet.com what they feel is important to know.
Because there is so much information out there, providing students with a website to use is a good starting point. You can post the link for students to use on your TodaysMeet.
This is a simple and very effective lesson. What you will also discover is that students will post the same information you want them to know, but they are the ones doing it. Once posted, let the discussion begin. “Hey Jennifer, why did you say xxxxx is important to know…” Reiterate what she says, have the students write up their notes in a document, or, look out, a PowerPoint/Presentation. By doing the latter they can then also embed videos and images and make their notes more meaningful. (Yes, you can embed images in a document too).
This lesson completely removes you from driving the content and makes you the manager of it. Students are engaged and active. You will see more students participating, more explanation and improved literacy and reading skills.
Please note: With any blogging exercise, please remember to lay down the rules for appropriate online posting. If an inappropriate post appears, shut down the activity and try it again another day.
Let’s face it. Chromebooks are great, but cheap. They are inexpensive because they are cheap. Cheaply made that is. Because of that, a few companies have developed covers or bags that work with the Chromebooks.
First, if you can afford them, bags are great. They definitely offer outstanding protection, and a few are even made that allow the Chromebook to operate while inside the bag. Unfortunately, a $25 - $50 bag seems a bit expensive for a $250 computer. Plus, how many student have a backpack already. Is there room for a bag within a bag? As long as it is not a nylon strap string bag, any device should be fine in a backpack.
That brings me to the Cranium versus those other plastic covers. A couple have developed a cover for the Chromebook. It looks nice and has a bottom cover too. That bottom cover makes people think it offers protection, but what I have found is that it offers nothing. Chromebooks that are dropped will see damage to their motherboard. Recently we have found those that did not seem to have damage after being dropped, are now over heating. Adding a cover to the bottom only enhances the heating problem and will trap heat and melt the motherboard faster. I would not recommend a bottom cover. It offers no protection and can add to problems.
With Chromebooks, the most susceptible to damage is the screen. The lid is so flexible, it is a matter of time before someone picks up their Chromebook by the screen and snaps it. Obviously this is where reinforcement is needed. There are a few products out there that protect the screen/lid of the Chromebook. Obviously there is the Cranium and the other plastic or rubber covers.
First the plastic/rubber covers. They look nice, but do they really protect anything? I was at a conference talking to a vendor where I took my Chromebook, with the Cranium attached, and smashed my Chromebook against a corner of a desk. No damage occurred to my Chromebook. A chip was taken out of the Cranium, but that’s why it’s there. I asked the vendor to do the same with their plastic cover. They laughed and said “no way.” Couple that with the fragility of plastic in colder temperatures and there is additional opportunity for damage.
That brings me to the Cranium. We have taken feedback many people across the US and in three countries about what is needed and what we can improve. We took that information to make the Cranium II. First off, the screen needs to be protected. We created a device that eliminated the flex in the screen. We also felt it needed to be supporting things such as a sleepy head or pounds of textbooks. It can easily support 25 pounds of weight place directly on it. We needed to be light, rigid and durable. Done done and done. We took the original and cut the weight by a third. We increased the rigidity and reduced the Cranium from being top heavy. While the original was designed to be a little top heavy to land on the cover if knocked over, people did not like, or appreciate, that feature. Finally, the Cranium II is the only device out there that specially doubles as a whiteboard. This is a feature teachers will appreciate, as life cannot be always online.
If you can afford it, get a bag. If not, look at the Cranium. It enhances and protects the Chromebook while in use. As I’ve said before, “your cranium protects your brain, shouldn’t you have a Cranium protect your Chromebook?”
If you have not heard of augmented reality (AR), you will soon. It could be the next thing in the never ending quest of engaging students. Watched any Harry Potter film. When you see the pictures moving and waving, that is AR.
Augmented reality takes a static, flat image or object and superimposes a video or another image over it. Take a look at ColarApp.com and download the corresponding app. Print out and color the free pages, hover over the page and watch it come to life around you. I can hear elementary school students giggling with amazement right now. Don't just hover over the image, move around it. The dynamic image is 3D. You can do the same with Chromville.com or the app Flashcards AR. Another option is to take a picture and add a video to the image using Aurasma. Then share your Aurasma channel with a QR code.
Currently we have 6th grade GT students creating a map of the US using AR. Each time the student scans the outline of the state, a video will pop up with a student giving some basic information on the state, such as the capital and a fun fact. These same students are creating their own alphabet AR flash cards for 4/5K-1 students. Each card will have students giving the pronunciation of the letter and a example of a word that begins with that letter. The students are creating material for students and having a blast doing it.
In 6th grade, we had students create "Wanted Posters" where, when you scan over the poster, the student appears and takes on the persona of the wanted villain. A fifth grade class did a science fair with bulletin boards and when scanned, the student appears and demonstrates the experiment. In a high school science class, the teacher took his black and white worksheet and superimposed the color image of a cell over the black and white image. Now students could see the different parts of the cell instead of guessing with the black and white image.
What can be done is endless. What will happen is incredible. Students learn to summarize; students provide details they might have missed in a static document; students explain their own learning. This is truly exciting. For instructions on how to use Aurasma, please click here. I know you will enjoy using it.
Over the past couple of months, I have been playing with EdPuzzle and EduCanon to see what all you can do to help hold students accountable when it comes to watching videos. Sure, I can embed a video in a form and ask questions, but I wanted/needed more. I wanted the videos to pause and ask a question. I wanted to track what students watched. I wanted data. That is exactly what I found in the two apps of EdPuzzle and EduCanon.
Both of these apps are free and connect to your Google account; both provide teachers with data; both are game changers in the flipped learning realm. Teachers I have shown these to have already commented more students are doing their work because they know they are being tracked.
Which one is better?
It depends on your needs. We are using EdPuzzle to provide student feedback on how often they rewound a video to get an answer as well embed questions. We are using EdPuzzle to hold students accountable to video homework instruction.
On the other side, we are using EduCanon to embed videos with stopping points in lessons so that those students who are able, can move ahead with the assignment. The video stops so that students can do each step at their own pace. Any parent who has gone through the Rainbow Loom phase with their kids know the YouTube method of stop, pause and rewind (SPaR'ing) is how they learned the fancy bracelets. This is exactly how we are providing some video instructions at the younger levels.
Regardless of which one you like better, check out EdPuzzle and EduCanon and make one your own. I know you will appreciate how they will assist you in your classroom.
I am the Director of Technology for the Shorewood School District and one time AP Economics teacher for Menomonee Falls High School.