Guide to using a Chromecast as digital signage

I just wanted to share something I stumbled across. At school we have an old TV with a custom computer attached that is running some digital signage software. However, this software is terrible, clunky and not user-friendly at all. It creates too much work.

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The Stem Circle

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and doing a short presentation at a STEM workshop for Teachers. It was a  free workshop run over 2 days by Christian Williams, he is a teacher here in Melbourne, Australia that has been recognised as one of the worlds best.

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Best free iOS Apps to travel with

So, you are going away on holidays and you are trying to workout if there are any apps you should get before you go to make the trip a bit easier. Well, here are a few tools and apps that will help!

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Google Motion Stills

So I came across a cool App by Google for iOS, if you have an iPhone that’s capable of taking Live Photos (6s or better) it will take these Live Photos and turn them into GIFS for you.

I went through some old photos and made some super cute pictures of Poppy. What’s best is you can export them to video and use the video as your Facebook profile picture too.

 

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5 Easy things to do with Google forms in the classroom

I am a massive fan of Google Forms in the classroom. It’s brilliant way of giving feedback to students straight away on assessments and also proving us insightful information straight away and showing any potential patterns.

Here is a list of 5 things that you can use Google forms for in the classroom to help save you time & make learning more engaging.

1: Formative and Summative tests

Forms is a wonderful way of creating pre-tests and post tests for students or exit tests. You can enhance it will extensions like Flubaroo to automatically grade the students work and email them the results. The students will love the instant feedback, and it will save you a night of marking! Try it for multiplication and spelling tests first.

2: Collecting Student information

At the start of the year its often nice to find out information about the students such as friends, hobbies and interests. Forms makes it nice and easy to do this, also its very easy to email it to parents for collecting contact information.

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3: Observations

When students are proving feedback to one another for talks or presentations, why not have a form open that helps score the students. Instant feedback and you can see a summary in one place. This can also extend to observations you may make about the students learning.

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4: Conversation starters

It may be a nice way of gaining opinions in staff meetings anonymously and having conversations about more difficult topics.

5: Classroom Surveys & Graphing

It’s a nice easy way of gathering information from your students for a task, it could be about likes/dislikes, height or anything else you can think of. Students can then easily work with this data to create graphs using Google Sheets

 

I hope you found some of these useful, give them a try and see how you go. What do you use google forms for?