NEW Chromebook Screenshot And Video Capture Updates!

Ok, so other than the updates themselves, which are awesome, consider how this changes what your students can do!

Screenshot update:
Choose area, full screen, or window from the same keystroke feature.
Automatically copied to clipboard.
One-Click to screenshot editor.
Editing tools like Draw, Resize, Crop, Rotate, and more!
Video Capture!!!
Instantly select video capture.
Click Settings to add mic recording!
Capture all or part of the screen!

What can students do with this?

Faster video recordings sent to you in Google Classroom
Third Party Workaround (Sorry Flipgrid, Threadit, and Screencastify)
Instant access to annotated screenshots to share with your class on Meet, Zoom, or in Classroom.

Who gets this update?

It’s an Android 11 update, so check out the list of chromebooks receiving it here and see if yours or your student chromebooks are on the list!

Handling Teacher Burnout

It is what it is.

I’ve heard that phrase more times than I can count, but I should have started counting back when I heard it for the first time, because I’m sure the number of times would have been staggering (at least I think I’m sure). Many teachers just don’t like the way school, teaching and learning are going right now. Some teachers love it, but for a lot of us, the stress of what is really a totally new job and a totally new teacher identity in a location where our profession crosses over with our home and personal lives so that we forget whether we’re supposed to be preparing a lesson or preparing a snack is leading to the inevitable…teacher burnout.

If you’re anywhere near this precipice…have a listen to the newest episode of The Instant Relevance Podcast. My guest, Amber Harper (@burnedinteacher), is the author of Hacking Teacher Burnout and the founder of The Burned-In Teacher. Her perspective and practical approach to solving the burnout problem and using that fire to re-ignite your passion for teaching will inspire you and prepare you for tomorrow.

#MakeItReal Moment Number 16: The Funnies

The Funnies

When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for my Dad to come home from the convenience store with the Sunday Morning newspaper. He’d start pulling apart the sections, making a pile of news, sports, store flyers, and then, like a slow motion moment in a movie, he’d pull out…THE FUNNIES! I’m not sure where you’re from or what you called the newspaper comics, but in NJ we called them “the funnies” (insert future #MakeItReal Moment on regional dialect here). I can honestly say that I LOVED the funnies, although I can’t actually remember a time when I laughed out loud at one. Come to think of it, they’re not that funny. But they were a part of a grown up thing, the newspaper, that a child could covet as their very own. And they did approach situations from a different angle, often trying to make a twist ending by the third frame.  Those Sundays of my youth have stuck with me, so now I visit every morning before I read the news to check out two of my favorite comics, Foxtrot Classic and F Minus.

Here is today’s F Minus Comic.


See? Not “funny” per se, but this time it made me think about something totally different. I realized we could use comics (funnies) like this as catalyst pieces for teaching students about the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning structure. You see, this comic makes a claim. To many, a totally impossible and outlandish claim. But it’s not outlandish to me, or to my wife. A few years ago we were having a philosophical conversation about why multiplying 2×5 does not equal 12. Her thought was that it only equals 10 because we start with zero. How come the expression 2×5 doesn’t imply that we’ve started with a 2, then brought in 5 more 2s? After a while, we decided to call this method “Mathematatics” and will put it on Wikipedia soon to see if people believe in it (suckers). 

So look back at the F Minus comic. There’s a lot there, and plenty not there, too.

Claim: For a short time, 2 + 2 = 5.

Evidence: missing

Reasoning: missing

It’s time to put this in front of your students to see what they can do. Can they debunk the claim? Can they explain how this could be possible in the real world? Can they create a system like Mathematatics that could explain it instead, all the while citing their evidence (showing their work for math), then sharing their reasoning? I think they can. And I think it would be a lot of fun. 

Let me know if you use The Funnies in your class for Claim, Evidence, Reasoning lessons, or other ways!!! 

Share your ideas and lessons with me at the #MakeItReal Hashtag on twitter!!!

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