Jul 192016
 

At the ISTE Conference this year, the Technology Integration Matrix came up during a session discussion. The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.

How do you think you are doing??

Technology Integration Matrix

Jul 142016
 

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Does your district use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for email, Docs and Drive? Do you have access to Chromebooks in your classroom? Do you use Google Docs with your students on a weekly basis? Then this is the session for you!

We will dive deep into Google Classroom. Classroom is Google’s version of an LMS (Learning Management System) that is designed to work incredibly well with teachers and schools who are using the Google Apps for Education platform. It has many features similar to Canvas, but it is entirely free to use. If you are in a district who is using Google Tools and you are using Google Docs to collect student work, Classroom is what you need. We will also take time to dig deep into some of the great features and tools available to you and your students in Google Docs for research, revision, dictation and more.

Here are the links and resources you’ll need for our session today:

Jul 132016
 
Thank you so much for joining me for one (or more) of my sessions at the 2016 URSA Conference. All of the presentation information, links and resources for my sessions are linked from this page (and from the URSA tab above). If you have any questions or comments during or after the conference, you can connect with me @sedcclint on Twitter or on my Facebook Page. Use the #ursa16 hashtag on Twitter to join the Conference conversation.

Wednesday, July 13
Thursday, July 14
  • 10:10 am-12:20 pm (2-hour session): Google Classroom and Docs – In Depth, Education Building, Room 104
  • 3:00 pm: Literally Explain Everything (apps & tutorials here), 20-minute Over The Shoulder Demo, Education Building, Room 202
Friday, July 15

 

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In this two-day course, we’ll get you up to speed on the incredible array of services and applications that Google provides to teachers and students for free. If you have Chromebooks in your classroom, this workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities and realities of a paperless classroom, as well as having a place to showcase student work, collaborate with experts in the outside world, and managing your limited time in a more effective way.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Create a Google Site to provide information to students and parents, highlight classroom activities, and showcase exceptional student work.
  • Create a collaborative Google Slides presentation, and publish it to their Google Site.
  • Be able to effectively use Google Classroom for assigning and collecting student work digitally.
  • Create a lesson plan utilizing additional Chromebook apps where students will create a project, demonstrating strategic and/or extended thinking.

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Using Google Classroom and Chromebooks? Two New Tools To Make Life Better

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Jul 012016
 

At the ISTE 2016 Conference in Denver this week, Google announced a few new tools for teachers using Google Classroom and Chromebooks that will make life much easier and better.

First, Google has added a new Chrome app for teachers called Google Cast for Education, which allows students to broadcast their Chromebook screens to the teacher’s computer, WITHOUT the need for any extra hardware or stuff to buy. No more trying in vein to get a Chromecast or Apple TV to work in your classroom! If your computer is hooked up to your projector/interactive white board, then any student’s screen can be shared with you and the rest of the class! Alternatively, you can “cast” your screen to an individual student for some one-on-one help (if the student is running the Google Cast for Education app).

  • To get started, teachers need the Google Cast for Education Chrome app. GAFE Admins can pre-install this for all of the teachers in their domain.
  • Your students need the Google Cast extension. GAFE Admins can do the same for this student extension.
  • If you are trying this out before school starts in August/September, make sure to get the Google Cast (Beta) extension.

Second, a feature that I have been telling teachers was coming for a while (my bets have paid off!). Google has added the ability to create quizzes with grading and feedback features in Google Forms. No more messing with add-ons to do quick quizzes! It’s completely supported in Classroom, so you can now build your quizzes in Forms and assign them in Classroom. When students submit the form, it’s automatically graded and turned in. Learn how to make quizzes now (YouTube).

If you’d like to keep up with what Google is doing for Education, make sure to follow the Google for Education blog.

Let me know @sedcclint on Twitter, or leave a comment below, if you have tried either of these new tools and how they are (or will be) helping you in your Google-ified classroom. I’ve been using both of these tools today, and they are terrific!

Google Docs “Super Powers”

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May 182016
 

I’ve shared these amazing features of Google Docs with numerous teachers in trainings I’ve done for Google Drive & Docs, and have also made a rather large detour in my Google Classroom trainings to share these tools, but I had never recorded them to post here. I made my screen recording back in November, and posted it to YouTube, but I neglected to share it here, until now.

Enjoy!

 

Forwarding Multiple Gmail Messages at Once?

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Apr 052016
 

I just got this great question from one of my teachers:

Is there an easy way in Gmail to forward a folder full of emails to another email address?

There is a way to save and move those messages, but not how you are describing… Google has a service called Google Takeout (https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout) where you can create an archive of ALL of your Google data, or just from selected Google services. You can create an archive of all of your email or just those emails within one or many labels (folders) and download the archive to have as a backup.

Getting those emails back into another Gmail account is more of a process. There is no way to import directly an email archive (you would think that would be the case since you can create and download said archives…). This is the best article that I found explaining the steps to import them into a new account using the free Thunderbird email program.

And… Now that I’ve written and researched all of this, I did a bit more research and found an easier solution. There is a Chrome browser extension called Multi Forward for Gmail that will allow you to select multiple emails to forward at once. Read the reviews for some tips on how to use and it’s limitations (you can only forward 100 messages/day). Let me know if you try it and it works for you!

UCET 2016 – Tech Madness

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Mar 152016
 

Welcome to UCET 2016! Below are the links to all of my presentation resources – just click on the session you have attended (or wish you could have made it to), and you’ll be able to access my presentations directly, see all of the session notes and links to the apps and resources that I have presented. You can also find all of my session information on Sched!

If you’d like to be informed when I post new resources and information, you can follow me on Twitter @sedcclint, or on my Facebook Page. Thanks for your attendance and interest!

Thursday, March 17

Friday, March 18