Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 5 Reasons To Give Google Play for Edu Another Look

Guys, You are SERIOUSLY missing out if you haven't looked at the new Google Play for Education store. And NO, you don't have to have a Google Play tablet to take advantage of it! Learn everything you need to know to get started in my post on the Synergyse Blog here, or click the image below.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CrowdSchool Seeks to Crowdsource PBL Units, Asks for a Start via Indie Go Go

CrowdSchool recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help scale its platform for teachers to create, share, and sell project-based Challenges. CrowdSchool seeks to make it easier for teachers to find and use project-based resources in the classroom.

All three Co-Founders have teaching experience, and Chief Learning Officer Tim Monreal still teaches middle school Social Studies. Pedagogy is at the heart of CrowdSchool and they are designing a platform that emphasizes 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

With a successful IndieGoGo campaign, CrowdSchool will launch a marketplace where teachers can search for a variety of project-based Challenges. Teachers will then be able to use a CrowdSchool Challenge online with students in their class. They will crowdsource project-based Challenges from teachers. Once teachers create a Challenge they can decide to share it for free to other teachers or list a price of their choosing. Project-based learning takes a lot of preparation time and CrowdSchool wants to make the planning process easier for teachers.

Although CrowdSchool is using IndieGoGo to raise funds to launch a full marketplace, they are currently adding Challenges and resources for teachers to use immediately in the classroom. On Friday, they released the first public CrowdSchool Challenge: "Create a Campaign to Reduce Bullying in your School or Community."

To use the Bullying Prevention Challenge Sign up here. It's completely free and they will send you everything you need to start using your Challenge within 24 hours.

To learn more about CrowdSchool visit their website , check out their IndieGoGo campaign page, or take a couple of minutes to watch the inspiring video posted below

Article provided by CrowdSchool's own Tim Monreal. Thanks Tim!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Three Minute Tip: Create and Share a Folder in Google Drive (and an Advanced Feature you Might have Missed)

If you're sharing multiple files with the same group via Google Drive, how about sharing one folder then adding anything ELSE you want to share to that folder? I know, great idea, RIGHT?!? Learn how to . . .

1. Create a folder
2. Create a file within the folder
3. Move an existing file into a folder


Click HERE to view the tip. Scroll down if you already know how to do this and want an ADVANCED tip instead . . .

ADVANCED tip . . . ADD a file to a Folder

Sometimes it's handy to have files in more than one folder. You never want to make multiple copies of a file because then you'll have to remember to update multiple files. Instead, ADD the file to a second (or third or fourth folder) instead of MOVING the file. Here's how:

1. Click once on the file you want to add to select/highlight it.
2. Hold down SHIFT then press Z on your keyboard. This will reveal the "Add File" dialog.
3. Select the folder you want to add the file to.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Three Minute Tech Tip: Google Chrome Extension TabCloud

TabCloud is my FAVORITE Google Chrome Extension. It allows me to upload a set of tabs then open them on a different computer, at a different time, or just after restarting my computer. INDISPENSABLE! If you enjoy it, please share this post or like and share the YouTube video. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cables Can be SCARY! October is Cable Collection Month

If your workplace is like every one I've ever seen, about 98% of people have a drawer and a half full of cables that either go to nothing or that go to nothing they still have or that go to nothing they know they have; meanwhile in the technology department, thousands of dollars is spent to replace those cables languishing in drawers. Let's solve the problem! Let's make October Cable Collection Month! Here are some images/slides/materials to get you going. Let me know if you're going to use this in your neck of the woods!

Materials you can copy:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Getting Started with Google Classroom

As you may have heard, Google Apps for Education recently released Google Classroom. While it is NOT a Learning Management System (LMS), it does simplify procedures for teachers sharing files with students. Most notably, it automatically creates a copy of a specified file from Google Drive for each student within an organizational structure then allows students to "turn in" those files virtually, which changes the permissions of the file from student-owned back to teacher-owned. Students retain view rights. If you're looking for a tool to simplify and save time when using Google Apps for Education with your students, it's arrived! Hope you enjoy this hastily made video. Please leave comments if you have questions, and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Teachers . . . Molders of Dreams, Poem by Clark R. Mollenhoff

This year at our back to school assembly, our Interim Superintendent read the poem below. When he shared it with me, I gotta admit, I got a tear in my eye. So true. As you start the new school year, don't forget, whoever it is you teach, you are molding their dreams.

I'm pretty sure we need this as a bumper sticker . . .