Internet Travels

Edcerpts are my weekly round up of interesting links and ideas I discovered on the internet. It is published on Mondays for the previous week

Apps

First up this week is two YouTube playlists on getting the most out of Google Slides and Microsoft Powerpoint. Richard Byrne over at Free Technology for Teachers organized his Google Slides Tips & Tricks and his PowerPoint Tips & Tricks videos into their respective playlists.

For those reading teachers out there, he also posted an article that covers Physical Phonics Games.

Pedagogy

I’ve had several conversation addressing motivation and creativity. What Motivates You to Learn is a lesson addressing the opinion article The Key to Success in College Is So Simple, It’s Almost Never Mentioned as a way to introduce and discuss the process of learning at the high school level.

Have you read a book, but then forget about it? These tips on how successful people read books may help. And when reading, here are 6 habits to build mental focus.

For your struggling students, how about how to build student confidence along with research into into the best way to provide tutoring.

Blogging is still a thing, even in this age of social media. Being successful at blogging is personal, but you can increase your chances of being successful by creating a calendar of future posts. Miguel Guhlin posted his blog formula which is well worth a read.

Technology

Generation Z is checking out flip phones. I’m not ready to go that minimalistic, but I have tried to limit the social media apps on my phone. Another technique that I go back and forth on is setting my iPhone screen to black & white. That really cuts down the attractiveness of doom scrolling.

ChatGPT is all over the news this past week. For those that don’t know, ChatGPT is a chat bot who can answer questionsor follow directions remarkable well. So well that it is starting conversations on what it means to teach and assess students. Lisa Nielsen takes the opposite approach of banning ChatGPT by offering ways teachers can use ChatGPT with students. At the college level universities are looking at ways to revamp their teaching while Ryan Watkins is recommending you update your course syllabus.

How about using ChatGPT and Midjourney (an AI art generator) to write a children’s book in 72 hours?

ChatGPT is amazing, but its grasp on reality and what is true is tenacious at best.

Much to the chagrine of tech support people everywhere, Google has released ChromeOS to Chromeboooks with 6 new features.

Tips

Do you still have people who you want to follow on Twitter? How about getting their tweets through RSS?

I’ve struggled with how to teach creativity, and here is new research on how you can actually help people become more creative! There is also a book coming outThe Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain by Tara Swart all about creativity and its ability “to make social innovation more effective and have a positive impact on populations of brains, not just our own”.

Pop Culture

In the good news department, a Gallup poll shows that most people trust their teachers.

Pot Pourri

Although ChatGPT has issues with what is true or not, AI has beaten lawyers in analyzing NDAs.

The supply chain has caused a lot of problems, but keeping the lights on 24/7 at a school was not on my bingo card.

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