Tuesday Tech Tidbit – 1/13/15

This week’s tidbit are tips for organizing student research using Google Docs.


There are many different ways to organize research, but because the Google Research tool is just so awesome, using Google Docs is just a no brainer.  The document below is a modification of this document via Mark Fijor (view his presentation Google Docs and the Common Core).
You’ll notice in column 2 students insert the link to their reference as well as cite their reference.  What this does is it organizes their research and their citations all in one place.  Students can refer to the footnote when creating their Works Cited page for their products.

Click here to view in Google Drive.

Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers shared the video below on how to substitute the note card method of organizing research with Google Slides.  While Google Scholar is available for citations, I prefer Google Documents over Slides because of the cite feature.  This is not to take away from the method.  I still think it’s fabulous!

How do you use Google to organize your student research?


React or Respond?


I absolutely love this quote.  I try my best to respond positively to challenging situations, but I am human after all…Something that I find challenging in my work is how to respond positively to people who react negatively.  They just suck the life right out of me sometimes.  One way I do so is by focusing on why I do what I do.  And when it comes down to it, that’s helping kids.

What are some ways you deal with negativity?

Google Research Tool


It’s 2015 and to start off the NEW YEAR I’m introducing TUESDAY TECH TIDBIT.  Every Tuesday I’ll post a Tech Tidbit to my blog.  In addition, there will be face to face Tech Tidbits!

This week’s #TTTidbit is coming on a Wednesday!  Do you know your students can conduct research right in Google Docs?  Why yes, yes they can and it’s a piece of cake!  View the video below for a tidbit on using the Google Research Tool.

Next week I’ll have a face to face tidbit in Kainoa’s Room at 3:00 focussing on using Google Drive to organize student research.  BONUS – everything will be aligned to Common Core.  I hope to see you there!

SotF Rethinking Learning Spaces Resources

Campfires in Cyberspace

An Educators Guide to Design Thinking

Hillbrook School iLab

The Third Teacher

The School I’d Like

Group 70

5B Fish Blog

Classroom Cribs

Erin Klein’s Blog


Web Tools that WOW!

Resources for Maui Tech Slam, 2014





Powtoon Resources – a Pinterest Board


Twitter and Google+
https://twitter.com/  https://plus.google.com/


iBooks Author for Maui Google Summit

I know, I know, it’s a Google Summit but can’t we all just get along Google and Apple?  Why yes, yes we can!  We can use Google drive to share our iBook and .iba files!  And now that Google Drive has unlimited storage for educators, well let’s make more books people!

Presentation on iBooks Author at the Maui Google Summit

Helpful iBooks Author Resources

Apple’s awesome page of tutorials

Demonstration of the different interactive iBooks Author features (A.K.A – Widgets)

25 iBook Author Video Tutorials

Create custom templates in iBooks Author

Lynne’s Pinterest Board of iBooks Author Resource

Copyright free images resource



Missed Doctopus?

Never fear!  If you missed our awesome guest presenter, Kristi Martines, today you missed out on her awesomeness, but you DIDN’T miss out on Doctopus thanks to web and our culture of sharing!  Check out these tutorials below created by Jay Atwood.  They’re very informative and Jay does an excellent job at explaining Doctopus.

If you would like me to come and help you one on one, I’m happy to do so.  Just let me know!

This video goes through the ins and outs of Doctopus.  Start here.  The next one will talk about folders.

Doctopus – 9/16

Doctopus – An EASIER way to share documents

Do you want a clear way to organize student Google documents?  Do you want to easily share and create documents for students? Try Doctopus, one of Google’s many Apps Scripts!  Join us on September 16 to learn the ins and outs of  Doctopus with guest presenter, Kristi Martines from High School!

When: Tuesday, 09/16/2014 @3:00 – 4:00
Where: Mr. Bowman’s Classroom
Sign Up: http://goo.gl/143tqX

What are 21st Century Skills?

Been to a tech conference lately?  You more than likely heard time and time again something about “21st Century Skills.”  Quite frankly, I’m a little over the term “21st Century Skills.”  I think more often than not, people use the term and may not really know what it means or what those skills are.  We know the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (there it is again) has defined them..does the 4Cs ring a bell…but what do you think “21st Century Skills” are?  I’m interested.  I think we should start calling these skills out more rather than throwing out the general term so much.  So, if you would be so kind, will you please take 1-2 minutes to fill out this survey and tell me what you think “21st Century Skills” are?  Of course, I will share the results.


HITC – Digital Storytelling in the iPad – Presentation and Resources

Here’s my presentation from #HITC2014 along with some resources we talked about in the presentation.

I just found this Gem from @GregKulowiec yesterday on twitter:

Here’s my Digital Storytelling Pinterest Board I was referring to:

Here are some more resources you may find useful:

Copyright Free Image Resources Pins

iPad Workflow Pins

iPad in Education