Showing posts from May, 2019

Making magic with Google Draw

While it is easy to get carried away with a range of apps, extensions and sites when you are a digital teacher, it is important not to focus more on a cool tool than your lesson content. In the spirit of this, Clarelle and I decided to run a session about Google Draw, to show how one simple tool can be used to do a range of things. This was a really fun session to run - it started off with us talking about the things that we use all the time, like sketchnoting, annotating, hyperdocs (or hyperdraws). We then looked at some of the more artistic things that you can do with Google Draw, I had a lot of fun with this part, but it wasn't for everyone! We also went through some of the tips about how to use Google Draw. Some of them were really basic, such as changing the size of the Google Draw, but they are still really useful to know!                    

Google Sites 101

 This week Clarelle and I had the opportunity to present about Google Sites once again, which is one of our favourite sessions to run. Why? Not only because it is hands on, but because it is fantastic to watch people realise how simple it can be to make a website using 'new' Google Sites.                    If you are familiar with Google apps like Docs or Slides, you will probably find the layout of Sites pretty familiar and user friendly. It is really simple to embed items from your Google Drive so uploading lesson content is a quick process. Check out these slides for more tips on how to use Google Sites, I urge you to give it a try!

Sticky Learning with Hyperdocs

When I used to think about Hyperdocs, I immediately imagined a page filled with hyperlinks. After a session with hyperdoc guru Lisa Highfill, I realise that I may have been wrong about them, in fact, they are not so different from the type of slides that I have been creating for my own learners. The docs and slides that Lisa creates have a definite structure, they clearly take the students on a journey, which for me would look like 'learn, create, share', while for Lisa this might look more like 'explore and explain'. The slides have short instructions and they use images and a layout that is visually appealing. The other misconception that I had about hyperdocs was the number of links that they would feature. Yes, student choice is wonderful, but nobody likes to be bombarded with links as this can become overwhelming. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of links that Lisa's slides provided; the links were purposefully chosen and took students to engagi