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4th of July Challenges!

Crop your bitmoji

4th of July Challenges!

Challenges bitmoji

A Few Fun Things To Try

Happy 4th of July. If you’re sitting around waiting for those hot dogs to grill and want to learn a few quick skills here is a short list of challenges.

Crop Your Bitmoji

If you drag your Bitmoji from the Chrome extension onto Google Slides or Drawings you can crop out parts of the image. Double click on the image so that the cropping handles show up (they are black lines.) DRAG from one of the 4 sides the cropping handles to crop out text or other elements of the Bitmoji.
Crop your bitmoji

Master Control T

Control T creates a new tab. I control T, and start typing a website (or paste one) all the time. Such a time saver!
Control T

Then try Control W to close the tab. As an added bonus Control Shift T will bring your tab back.

Make an Animated GIF

I know you were dying to know how I created that animation for the Bitmoji cropping. I used Snagit! Note: Snagit does not work on a Chromebook or tablet. Snagit has educator pricing of $29.99 one time (not a subscription). Download the free trial to start making animated GIF’s.

Click on capture in Snagit. Select a portion of your screen. Choose video record. After clicking stop, Snagit editor opens. Notice in the editing bar of the video is a one click button for GIF! SUPER EASY! A GIF will be created from your video. You can then DRAG the animation right onto Google Slides, Docs, or Drawings from the image tray at the bottom. SUPER EASY AND FUN! Create an animated GIF in Snagit

Try Open Middle Challenges

I was sitting next to an engineer on a plane and I went to openmiddle.com and chose a random math problem. It was interesting! Turns out the problem was for 3rd grade. Open Middle is DOK 2 and DOK 3 level math problems. THINKING and figuring things out is fun. These are not the math challenges you had in school, even if you do problems for primary grades they will be fun to figure out!


DOK 3 math problem challenges

5 Easy Steps for Teaching with Digital Tools

Introducing digital tools into your teaching can seem challenging at first. There are many tools out there, and it might feel like there’s a lot to learn. But with easy steps for teaching with digital tools, you can start simply and gradually. There’s no need to dive in all at once – just take it one step at a time. Taking easy steps for teaching with digital tools starts with trying something!

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Students Prepare to Present

Help Your Students Prepare to Present

Maximize student success in presentations with ‘Speaker Notes by AliceKeeler,’ the ideal Google Slides add-on. Enhance how students prepare to present with easy transfer of speaker notes to Google Docs, promoting effective communication skills. Dive into the world of engaging, technology-aided presentations and empower students to shine in their academic endeavors. Discover the key to transforming student presentations into interactive, skill-building experiences.

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Infographic 7 Basic Steps for a Google Form

New to using Google Forms? This tool is essential for teachers to not only save time but to be adaptive to student needs. Use Forms to survey students, play games, personalize instruction, and assessment. This infographic on the 7 basic steps for a Google Form will help you get started.

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Online Workshop: Get Your Add-on Published

How can you make Google Workspace (Docs/Sheets/Slides) even better? You can create custom Add-ons with Google Apps Script. Wondering How to Get Your Google Workspace Add-on Published? Join Alice Keeler, Google Developer Expert, to learn the steps to get your Add-on officially published.

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