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Google Docs & iPad: The Perfect CRT (Casual Relief Teacher) – How-To

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The CRT, an incredibly brave species that wakes early, enters new environments, and deals with hostile natives…

In the schools I have worked with, I think that being a new CRT must be tough. You have a whole new place and class to deal with, unsure of your environments and what to do. The last thing they would want is having to deal with technology.

It has been common practice that if a teacher is going to be away, they would leave work in a filing cabinet, or on their desk for the CRT to pickup and use. Even this can be a pain, if the teacher is sick they may not have left work. Even tougher these days, with teachers (like ours) using online platforms like Google Apps, leaving physical work can also be a hassle (and a waste of paper). Finally, as our teachers take their devices home so CRTs…

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A Sneak Peek into GAFE in Action!

So I promised everyone out there who was interested in my upcoming event, ‘GAFE in Action,’ that I’d keep you posted with any updates. Just this week, I had students complete the Google Basics Exam and I have been blown away! Kids in grade 3 have achieved as high as 93%. I’m so proud of them! I recently just created a Google Classroom group as well. This is going to be a shared space where the kids who are presenting can communicate and share their ideas.

Children are currently in the process of putting their proposals forward about the different Google APPS they want to share and teach teachers and children about on the day.

So here’s a sneak peak of some of the things you might find amongst our workshops… Along with all of the other exciting stuff we have in the pipelines. Genius Hour, Google Drive, Google Teach… Just to name a few.

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Every Kid Needs A Champion

As a Primary School Teacher, I have the pleasure of meeting so many kids. The extroverts, the introverts, the bubbly kids, the class clowns… And the kids that fly under the radar. No matter who they are, or where they come from… They all need a champion. This video says it all beautifully.

After I saw this, I immediately thought, “How can I be a champion to my students?” I knew there were things I knew about my kids, and things I didn’t. I also came across a post where a teacher asked her kids to complete this sentence starter… “I wish my teacher knew…” I knew this would be the perfect way to be a champion to my kids. And it worked! Give it a go! I used a Google Form to do this. You never know what you might find out.

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GAFE in Action

A little while ago, I mentioned that I’m currently working on putting together a, ‘GAFE in Action’ day for teachers and students to attend! This process is well underway, and I can’t believe how much enthusiasm I have received from the students at school! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have expressed your interest. Recently, I called an Assembly with my 3-6 students and presented a presentation to them. I wanted to get them excited about how they can take part in this wonderful opportunity! Here’s what I showed them: “> I want to keep everyone who’s inerested in this initiative in the loop! I now have 20 students who have successfully passed the Google Basis Exam. Students have one more week to complete this exam. Once all successful applicants have completed the exam, I’m going to meet with them and assist them in putting together presentations on their favourite Google App for you! Watch this space… I’ll be sure to upload and share some of the things their working on. If you have any ideas about things you’d like to see, let me know! Continue reading

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Finally: A browser add-on that lets you copy and paste text out of images and memes

Originally posted on, ‘Extreme Tech.’

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Have you ever ended up on one of those awful websites where the text is saved as an image, preventing you from selecting or copying it? Or maybe you want to share the text from a comic, screenshot, or meme without painstakingly transcribing it? Now, with the Project Naptha browser extension, you can use your mouse to select the rasterized text from any image that you find on the web, and then paste that text elsewhere. You can also select the text and translate it into another language, or attempt to remove the text entirely (much like Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill function)… Read More about Project Naptha here.

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