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Keyboard Shortcuts for the Busy Educator

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts.  There are A TON out there – just try googling “keyboard shortcuts” to see what I mean! – but most of them are impractical for educators.

These are the ones that really will make your life easier, and hopefully these will cut down on time searching through programs and apps for what you need!

 

To print in any program: Ctrl + P

To extend your screen (so your projector shows the assignment but you can keep using your laptop for other work), use the Windows key (looks like the Microsoft Windows icon): Windows + P and choose “Extend”. Windows + P and choose “Duplicate” to return to normal.

Search for a keyword or phrase in any program / document: Ctrl + F

To zoom in on your window (this makes all font bigger): Ctrl + plus sign.  To zoom back out: Ctrl + minus sign

To search for any file: Windows + F

To show all open windows 3D style: Windows + tab

To copy and paste: Select text, ctrl + c to copy and ctrl + v to paste

To cut and paste: Select text, ctrl + x to cut and ctrl + v to paste

For quick font formatting: ctrl + b to bold, ctrl + i to italicize, and ctrl + u to underline

 

 

 

20 Tricks to Make You an Excel Expert

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for organizing your work life. But how much do you know about its secrets? Try these tricks from LifeHack to make your spreadsheeting days easier and more efficient!

Full article: 20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone an Excel Expert

The Greatest Gift: Teach Students to Fight Fake News

Challenge student thinking and fight ignorance by fostering critical thinking skills and information literacy in your classroom!

Full article: Teach Students to Fight Fake News

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

 

This infographic reference can help remind you to use more student-centered instructional strategies in your curriculum.  Click here for the complete graphic.

 

 

The Periodic Table of Videos

Maintained by the University of Nottingham (UK) comes this collection of videos for each element of the periodic table.  Be sure to check out the university’s YouTube channel for more great content.

Periodic Table of Videos

Wireless Philosophy – YouTube Channel

Video lessons on critical thinking, from analyzing a persuasive essay to dissecting research findings, as well as accessible videos on the practice of philosophy.

Link: Wireless Philosophy

App Highlight: ThingLink for Assessment and Creative Learning

ThingLink, a free app in the app store, lets users create interactive images.  Add your own or web-based images, videos, links to articles / web pages, sound clips, or text.  This app is simple to use and the applications are endless!  Finished ThingLinks can be emailed and viewed in a web browser.  The site’s published ThingLinks are searchable in the app and on the website and easily copied to your personal library to be shared / uploaded.

Suggestions for using ThingLink in your classroom:

  • For teaching: Use ThingLink to explain a diagram, math problem, poetry form, concept, etc..  Link articles, instructional videos, and add text explanations.  Have students use your ThingLink to teach themselves, especially useful if they are absent from class.  Sample ThingLink on Inverse Trig Functions: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/730047756499943424 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view supplemental content.)
  • For learning / assessment: Assign ThingLink as a research project or to check for understanding.  Have students research any topic and link / describe all resources in the ThingLink or have students upload diagrams, label the parts, and write explanations for each.  The features will work for any discipline!  Sample research-based ThingLink on St. Ignatius Loyola: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/773971961398165505 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view added content.)

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Project idea: Interactive timelines for any topic

Below is an article that reviews 10 free timeline generators.  Read through the short reviews and choose the best one for your class.

“Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools” by eLearning Industry: http://goo.gl/ogIz3z

 

The Tiki-Toki timeline generator is already used in some Theology classes. Check out this sample timeline created by Diana Haney, “St. Iggy and the Jesuits”: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/492586/Saint-Iggy-and-the-Jesuits/

St Iggy

 

Six creative ways to inspire girls in science lessons

Inspire girls to pursue STEM with these creative ideas inspired by Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer!):

  • Create a timeline or a comic strip of her fascinating life (Her father was Lord Byron, the Poet) or another prominent women in STEM history: Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, and Sally Ride.
  • Curate a collection of curious facts for students to explore
  • Make them wonder with science “tricks” to spark interest
  • Solve mysteries with SCIENCE
  • Bake cookies using sunlight, or make a solar oven using a pizza box!

 

More resources:

Girl Friendly Physics: http://girlfriendlyphysics.co.uk/

Top 10 Tips for Engaging Girls with Physics: http://teachers.theguardian.com/teacher-resources/21200/

TED Talk: “Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEeTLopLkEo

Science Grrl: http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/

 

Read the article:

“Six Creative Ways to Inspire Girls in Science Lessons” from @GuardianTeach

http://goo.gl/EGDNzf

Vocabulary.com for learning vocabulary for any subject

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Vocabulary.com isn’t just a tool for English teachers (Though it’s quite handy for literary devices and novel vocab!).  Any teacher can create their own lists of vocabulary for students to learn, or choose pre-made lists from the vocabulary.com library on any subject!  Create lists of terms for history, math, science, or art units to help reiterate and refresh.

How vocabulary.com works:

https://www.vocabulary.com/howitworks/