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 . . . 


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Favorite Google Chrome Extensions, Why I Love them, and Why You Will Too!

Learn about a few of my favorite Google Chrome Extensions in this video tutorial for use by education professionals and students. Think of all the time you can save with these great tools!



Monday, July 28, 2014

Getting to Know the New Google Drive Features for the New School Year

You may have noticed some pretty significant changes to Google Drive lately, but if you haven't, no doubt you will as you begin the 2014-15 school year. Here's a great overview from Alice Keeler's blog and here's one in video form from me. Hope these help you get started on the right foot!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Smarter Chrome Lesson 2: Themes & Extensions (Video)

Themes may not be essential to using Chrome, but they sure are fun! Learn how to get and change your theme then see how to install extremely useful utilities into your Chrome browser.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Smarter Chrome: Session 1 Bookmarks and Tabs (Video)

If you're just switching over to the Chrome Browser or getting started with Google Apps for Education, this series is for you. Become a Chrome expert in no time starting with the first video in what will soon be a series. Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Leads to Engagement? These Three Relatively Simple Things . . .

I've been doing a lot of reading lately in preparation for the first upcoming Engage Me Academy. Here's one thing I learned . . .