Sunday, November 29, 2015

Join Us For The Annual TLChat Virtual Cafe Smackdown On December 7th!

In just one week on Monday, December 7 at 8:00pm EST we will be coming together for the annual Open Mic Night EdTech Smackdown for #TLChat Virtual Cafe!

We hope you join Joyce Valenza and myself, along with our hostess Tiffany Whitehead, for a hour packed full of awesome karaoke-style sharing.
This is one of my favorite TL Virtual Cafe episodes of the year as we all become stars and present our favorite edtech finds, integration tips and shares, marketing opportunities and whatever else we want to share with the teacher librarian and educational world.  

To share something wonderful, please add your slides to our collaborative Google Slide presentation here
Please make sure you add wonderful images, the website link, your name and any tips, information and integration highlights you want to share.  I created this one for all of the wonderful books and songs from Cantata Learning....You can use it as an example.

Be ready on December 7 to grab the mic and share these during our virtual cafe.  And is okay to join us and watch on this night too.

You will join us at this link at 8:00pm EST and to learn more about TLChat Virtual Cafe please visit our wiki.

We cannot wait to see and hear what all of you have to share!  It is going to be a great hour of fun.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Winter Is Here.....Find Lots To Do With Your Kids On The Winter Symbaloo & Winter Around The World Project!

Winter is here....With snow on the ground in a lot of places and the holidays upon us, we are all looking for winter activities, resources and places to engage our young people in learning throughout the season and all year long.

I have created a Winter Symbaloo that contains lots of different places to find wonderful winter resources and activities.  You can find it here.

One of my favorite things on this Symbaloo is the Winter Around the World project that is children, librarians, teachers and families are participating in all over the world.
In our Winter Around the World Tackk, you can find everything you will need for this project including the Cantata Learning eBook Winter...The Coldest Season of All to kick off the inspiration for this project and lots of amazing learning, creating and collaborating.
With all Symbaloo webmixes you can not only use this free social bookmarking tool, you can also Stop Updates and take the webmix as your own, making changes and adding your own awesome winter resources too.
And search for additional Winter Webmixes in the right hand corner of the drop down menu.  I always find great treasures here.

Over the next few days I will adding more winter resources to the Winter Symbaloo. I hope you and your students check it out....and please join us for the Winter Around the World Project too. 

Hagan Gives The New "Voice Typing" Feature In Google Docs Two Thumbs Up!

Yesterday as Hagan was working on something in a Google Doc, I showed him a new feature that I just knew he would love.  

It is called Voice Typing and it is just what it says it is....You can type in documents with your voice. 
 This can be found under the Tools tab.  You just click on Voice Typing and it brings up...
the icon that asks you to Click to speak.  
When you click on it and start speaking the microphone icon will turn red and the typing will begin on your Google Doc.  You will be able to watch it and check for any mistakes.  This is really helpful to do as you go. 
As you are speaking, it will give you little hints to get started such as this one above.  It reminded Hagan that he could say "Period" and "New Line" to add punctuation with his voice too.
There is also this handy Doc Editors Help that will will give you lots of information to use the Type With Your Voice feature.

You can find it here.
The part about using punctuation with voice typing was especially helpful to Hagan.  

This is a powerful feature that Google has added to Google Docs.  It will be helpful not only to our students but also to teachers, librarians, and professionals as we keep up with the writing that we do everyday.