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Google Forms - Interactive User Experience

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This is a really cool video on how to make your Google Form interactive - or, if you will, "Choose Your Own Adventure!"  I can think of so many applications for this...both as a teacher, and as a learning activity for students.


From MeL: Using MeL for Country Reports

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From Sonya Norris at Michigan electronic Library:

Do you have students asking for resources to write country reports? MeL has several student-friendly resources for this oft-requested topic.
Britannica and World Book both will allow you to compare basic facts and figures about countries but Britannica is definitely more full-throated when it comes to articles. They do a great job with articles at scalable reading levels including images and video to augment the text that is freely available for students to include in their reports with attribution.
Kids InfoBits is geared for preK-5 and while they don’t do side-by-side country comparisons or list every country recognized by the UN, they do have in-depth data on approximately 90 countries. They have resources from many sources that they break down into books, biographies, pictures, magazines and news. For Brazil, for example, they have over 500 news articles beginning at middle school reading levels as well as dozens of …

Upcoming #REMC12E Professional Learning Opportunities

There are several upcoming professional learning opportunities that are low-cost/free for educators from #REMC12E districts!

#CISD Inspire Workshop: Online & Blended Learning
Join us as we explore what opportunities exist for school districts, questions you should be asking during implementation, and legislative impacts concerning pupil accounting/FTE.  Jill Slaught from the Pupil Accounting team will be joining us with her expertise. This workshop will be8:30-noon on June 1, 2017 at Calhoun ISD; for more information refer to this flyer.
#REMC12E BreakoutEDU WorkshopWe are holding a BreakoutEDU Workshop - experience a Breakout game, then develop one of your own! The first 18 to sign up will leave with their own BreakoutEDU kit - complete with box, set of locks, hint cards and more, a $125 value!

When: 8:30-2:30, June 20, 2017
Where: Calhoun ISD
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
Limited to the first 18 people from #REMC12E - a Breakout EDU kit!
Flyer and Registration
Sponsored by: #REMC Asso…

Website & Resources - Digital Public Library of America

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Great find of images, primary sources, and a variety of other resources for school use!

From the site:

"DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. Our core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and managing projects that further our mission through curation, education, and community building."

From MeL - Using MeL for Biography Research for Students

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From Deb Biggs at MeL -

Do you have an elementary through high school aged student at your desk looking for resources to write a biography for a school assignment or just satisfy their curiosity? Look no further than MeL, we have outstanding biographies spread among our various resources.
If you’re looking to browse in a particular area, such as a figure for Women’s History Month or a poet for National Poetry Month, BritannicaSchool is a good place to start. Research in Context for middle schoolers has over 232 individual biographies just on civil rights figures and they’re strong on ancient civilizations such as figures from India, Greece, Egypt, the Aztec Empire and Rome. If you’re looking for presidential biographies, Kids InfoBits is going to be your best bet at the elementary level and Britannica for high school students. Worldbook Kids specializes in brief biographies for the K-5 group that you can break down and explore by gender, area of specialty, country or cultu…

Google Sign-in - New & Updated

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You may notice a new look and feel to your Google login!  As this update "goes live" this is what you should expect -

The first time, you will get a message box telling you that you should expect the new look:
While you may not have feelings one way or another about how it looks, if you are on a device that has many people logging in with their Google, you should appreciate the fact that you can now REMOVE accounts from the list.

Look at the bottom for a "Remove an account" option:
Clicking on that will put an x next to each account:

Clicking on the x will pop-up a confirmation window that you want to remove that account from the list:
Note- this does NOT delete the account, it just removes it from the list for quickly logging in the sign-in window.  It can always be added back to the list when you sign in with it again in the future.