Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Presenting with Google Slides

It is no surprise that I am a fan of Google Apps for Education and almost all things Google related.

I often use Google Slides when presenting at a conference and sometimes need to access other websites easily. So my screen typically looks something like this:
Instead of going full screen like the image below.

In the past there were two ways that I would get to a screen for presenting.

  1. The first option I would use is found inside of Google Slides while editing the document. I would click on "Present with speaker notes" and click away from the notes, leaving just the presentation with access to my tabs.
  2. The second option I would use  is publishing the presentation to the web and using a special URL

Not any more my friends, not any more! 
Today I stumbled upon an easy fix on the Shake Up Learning Blog. Find the word "edit" in the url and replace it with the word "preview." Thanks Kasey!

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Method of the Grandmother

Learning new things can stir up a range of emotions for people.

I typically am excited and intrigued. I want to learn more and figure out how I can use the information and who I can share it with.

When I am doing this as an adult learner and sharing the information with other adult learners, this is in my comfort zone. I teach and learn with other adult learners and feel confident in my abilities.

Teaching and learning along side students is exciting as well, but I also feel a sense of leadership and needing to know all of the answers. I am learning to be okay with not knowing all the answers but learning along side them. When something is good for our kids, I should not be holding them back because I am not comfortable with it yet. I relate to the poster on the Code.org website with a quote from Marissa Mayer "I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow."

To access this poster and other posters, visit https://code.org/educate/inspire 

 Dr. Sugata Mitra introduced me to "The Method of the Grandmother." Watch the clip below, it will start at the correct time for you to learn about this method.


The next time you find yourself in a situation where you may not know "all of the answers" try out the Method of the Grandmother.

 If you would like to watch the whole video HERE IS THE LINK