I recently attended a webinar entitled “Intro to Google Apps for Education”. These are a few of the things I learned which you may find helpful too.
- Chrome has the current browser market share with 60.4%. Firefox has 23%, Internet Explorer has 9.5%, and Safari has 3%.
- Chromebooks are nearing 50% of the market share sales in education. They are generally around $249 so they are low cost, and they use Chrome apps and extensions.
- 40,000,000 students are using Google Apps for education.
- Google Apps are FREE. These come in the forms of Google drive, docs, sheets, presentations, forms (graphic organizers), drawings (charts), apps and extensions. (If interested, you can dive into any of these to find out more.)
- They are safe and secure in the cloud, which reduces costs.
- A very helpful tool is google docs, which allows collaboration on documents. You can easily edit your students’ papers, for example.
- Under “forms” you can create surveys or give quizzes.
- Drive/Docs is like a hard drive where you can store everything–pics, videos, documents, spreadsheets, any type of file.
Feel free to share any other information you’ve come across in your recent internet travels–sky’s the limit!
Here’s a tidy little list of positive things you can say to your child to make his or her day! (Try to make it 4:1–four positive comments to every critical one.)
- I knew you could do it.
- Now you’ve got it.
- You’re on your way.
- Nothing can stop you now.
- What an imagination.
- That’s got to feel great to accomplish that!
- You must be very proud of yourself!
- You figured it out.
- You’re really growing up!
- I love you!
Make your child’s day–give him/her all the positives you can think of–and while you’re at it, enjoy how great it makes YOU feel to give them!
Provide these and see what happens:
- A quiet place to work.
- All materials handy and ready to go (pencils, paper, calculator, etc.).
- A set time each day to do homework.
- A positive attitude from you that your child can sense.
- A good example (get out the checkbook, read a book).
- Guidance from you, not answers.
- Cooperation with your child’s teacher.
- Refrain from too much involvement. Let your child do it.
- Stay up-to-date by checking your child’s classroom website.
- Help do the hard homework first.
- Let your child take breaks to help them focus better.
- Reinforce the positive effort your child puts in.
Good luck and have a great year!
The Big Summer Read booklists from Reading Rockets will help you and your child choose books that are at just the right reading level or interest area.
Better yet, download their two page handout version of the list! Have the list in-hand while visiting your local library.
Trying to get your kids to unplug on long car rides? Try this!
Audio books pull the whole family together. Listen to your favorite series (The Harry Potter series is FANTASTIC) and, after you’ve just pulled into the driveway after 10 hours in the car, watch your kids stay put to hear the last few pages! (This is especially wonderful for kids with learning challenges.)
FREE IS GOOOOOD!
Visit your local Pizza Hut, Barnes and Noble (think FREE BOOKS!), or town library for reading contests your kids can enter. They can earn lots of fun and free stuff! Try the Scholastic Summer Challenge to get your kids to read, log their minutes, and chart their goals and victories.
What To Do When You’re in the Car?
Look for cows! Or birds, chipmunks or squirrels! One person takes the right side of the road, and the other takes the left. Kids need to keep track of how many animals they see–one point for each. Add a twist—you lose all your points if you see a dog or a cat!
Cool Website (Think…Cool Dad!)
Visit “Dad Can Do” to find craft ideas for dads and kids to do together. Using inexpensive, free, or recycled materials, make origami figures, swords, or paper planes, to name a few. Have a blast! URL http://www.dadcando.com/default.asp
Ever Heard of Geocaching?
You too can search for hidden treasures, or “caches” out there in your part of the world! You can use a GPS app on your smart phone if you want. Earthcaching is becoming quite the topic lately—you search out and learn about different geologic features. Try this family website: Geocaching 101: Family Fun for All, in Every Season.
This is (Addition) War
Math with cards—use a deck of cards to play Addition (or Subtraction or Multiplication) War. Deal two cards to each player, face up. Everyone adds up the amount on their cards.
The one with the most points wins (or decide ahead that the one with the LOWEST amount wins!) If there’s a tie, then leave those cards up, and the dealer deals two more cards, face up, to each player, and the winner takes ALL the cards.
When the deck is all used up, players count their cards—the one with the most cards wins the game. But, really, they all win, since they are practicing all those wonderful skills!