Author: Stephanie Stieglitz

Google Story Builder

Try something new with your students. It only took a few minutes for me to make this example. The tool is web based so it works on all devices. Google Story Builder can be used without creating an account, simply name your characters, give it a title and start writing your story. When you have finished Read More …

Formative assessment made easy

Over the summer, Google added a great time saving feature to Google Forms. Google Forms will now grade your assessments for you and setting it up is pretty simple. Use the app chooser (waffle) to open your Google Drive. Select the red New button in the upper left. Choose Google Forms (you will probably have Read More …

App Review Committee (ARC)

District 181 works to provide the highest quality educational resources for our learners. To that end, a team of district educators review apps for educational use on district devices. Staff members submit apps, both free and paid, to the App Review Committee (ARC) through Helpdesk. ARC members use the app, experimenting with features and sharing Read More …

Word Clouds

Word clouds are visual representations of the frequency of a word, words used more frequently are larger. Yes, these are very cool to look at, but they also have real educational uses in the classroom. Students can paste the text they are analyzing into a word cloud generator and pick out the main ideas by Read More …

Type with your voice

Google docs now has the ability to transcribe your voice into text. You can “type” that paper while you are on the treadmill or rocking a baby to sleep. Here’s how: using the Chrome browser, open your Google drive and create a new document. In your document, select Voice Typing from the Tools menu. Click the Read More …

Editing a PDF

There are many times when we wish we could edit a document that we only have available as a printed page, not in a digital format. It is possible to use the school’s copier to scan the document and email yourself a PDF of the document. Once you have a PDF, we can use Google Read More …

Printer paper direction

Have you ever wasted paper or labels trying to orient it correctly when printing or copying?  There is a symbol on each printer or copier that can solve that problem. The folded corner indicates the top of the page and the lines indicate which side of the paper will be printed.  The symbol will be Read More …

Fabulous Fonts

A few tips for making the most of Apple fonts. In Pages, select the Format drop down menu, then select Font and slide over to choose Show Fonts. This will bring up the fonts window below that you have seen before. If you look under the action menu (it looks like a gear sprocket) you Read More …